Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Reflections

It has been some time since I have written anything meaningful here. I have been involved in some mental turmoil recently which has effected my frame of mind. I believe this is mostly the result of recent reports indicating that my health has declined faster than I would had hoped. I have undertaken a serious effort to delay the progress of this decline. Hopefully I will be around for many more years.

At any rate I have been doing a lot of reflecting recently. During my life there have been many ups and down in my walk with the lord. I have no doubt that I am currently attempting to live life as our Lord would have me to, or that I will be with Him in heaven someday. However, I wonder how many I have led astray by my actions. I fear that my many errors and indiscretions have led my children, and perhaps acquaintances, to doubt the truth of the Christian message.

Although I believe that my intentions were always to help them grow into good citizens I was often too stern in my discipline with my children as they were growing up. Indeed by today's standards my actions could often be considered abusive. I do not regret that I tried to hold them to high standards, but I do regret the methodology that I used to accomplish it. I can not go back and undo the past, but I wish that I could.

In addition during periods when it was not convenient to follow the truth I, perhaps like many if not most people, would find some rationalization as to why my actions were really OK. This in spite of knowing down deep inside that it was wrong. So I lied, drank excessively, smoked, swore, ranted, raged, and more.

My children knew that Dad was a hypocrite. They did not and in some cases still do not understand that my failures in living according to Christian principles and practices does not make the Christian teachings wrong or invalid, it simply illustrates that I am just another weak human being that needs Gods love and forgiveness.

I expect that when my life comes to it's inevitable end I will go to spend eternity with God in heaven. I hope to spend that time with my entire family. I want, very badly want, all of my family to end up there with me in spite of my failings. My greatest fear is that because of my poor example they, and perhaps others, will not be among the faithful found there with Him.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Commitment and Revelations


It's been some time since I have blogged here. I have mused about several things in the last few weeks and intended to commit them to writing, but always seem to get distracted. This morning I came here expressly to reveal some of my current thinking on the church, politics, christian service, etc. I find that I am still having trouble focusing on one specific idea, so instead I will direct you to some recent comments that I have been pondering.

I found this article posted this morning in the blog "Pulpit Magazine". I am not always in completed agreement with this source but I can find no argument with this specific article. Actually I think it Nails it pretty well.

I frequently read a blog named, "Pyromaniacs". It is authored by a team of extremely unbending, uncompromising Calvinistic Christians. For those who do not follow various doctrines the largest segment of Calvinistic adherents are the various groups identified as Baptists. The group of folks writing this blog live and breath this stuff in minuet detail.

Now I am personally of a Wesleyan/Armenian (As in Methodist) bent, so I often disagree with them, but they do raise some good points for thought and edification. I especially enjoy reading their ideas regarding some of the emerging/emergent movements, which they despise.

I found today's "Pyromaniacs" discussion of the types or sources of Gods revelations to be very interesting.

They do often have some wild graphics on their site. Today's photo of the mountains reminds me of the view from Sarah Palin's home town of Wasilla, Alaska which I passed through multiple times while working on a church project near there last fall.