In 2009 while showering before going to my journaling group (AKA Bible Study) I looked at the back of my shampoo bottle. “Wash. Rinse. Repeat.” I thought, “GAWD, what transparent marketing; if really did that, not only would I run out shampoo each time I washed my hair, I’d wreck my hair as well!” That’s when God whispered back into my heart. PRAY. LISTEN. OBEY. REPEAT. And I was just totally awestruck—and wrecked—it was hard to remain standing. If God used a donkey to speak to Balaam, He used a shampoo bottle to reach me. Just as my heart had been truly irreverent, God used the focus of that moment to speak to me.
Is being saved the endpoint of the earthly life of christians? Is that all we need to concern ourselves about? What did Jesus want for us and from us? Can we live a life that is significant and fulfilling?
I believe life is about much more than salvation. God has plans and purposes for everyone. We can know Him and His will for us. And we can stay in that place—BUT IT IS HARD WORK. While I use paper, pens and technology to help me, all I really need are a little time, as much humility as I can manage and maybe a Bible if I’m blessed enough to have one.
Learn to walk by faith: PLOR (Pray. Listen. Obey. Repeat.)
KEEP YOUR PLOR ON!
I’ve left traditional employment for a few months to focus on my family following the recent loss of my wife and my second granddaughter when my wife’s airplane crashed on 6/17/21 (see https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/small-plane-crashes-in-tooele-county-2-dead/). I’m also producing content. If you want to support what I do or want to donate to our family, let me know and I’ll something that up.
I’m so many things but the most important things are 1) a christian, 2) a father & grandfather, 3) the widower of the most amazing woman I ever met, 4) a patriot and Army veteran (MOS 98C), 5) a teacher of SO many things (a tutor, a STEM teacher in traditional classrooms before such a thing had a name, a corporate technology trainer, the K-8 home schooling parent of my kids while my wife was stationed overseas, a museum docent, a history, archeology and paleontology tour guide at two sites, and simply a perpetual student), 6) an HKN engineer (AKA a science, math and tech nerd who created a massive military community website as a volunteer), 7) a caregiver, 8) a certified optician, 9) a lifetime woodworker, 10) a recipe inventor and publisher, 11) an actor, singer, poet and dabbler in most every art I meet, 12) a hobbyist historian (and the victim of an AP art history class that led me to believe I wanted to be a renaissance man when I grew up (which I really never did), and 13) still silly enough to have earned a B.A. in psychology!
If I had to pick exactly one self-definition it would be "loving God by loving people." I just wish I was a whole lot better at it!
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Love this! I’m going to start doing this- thank you
You’re welcome. So happy it blessed you. The glory is God’s!!