Basis of belief
As my first blog under "Devotional," I just wanted to convey a little about where I'm at in my view of life. It's not that complicated -- I actually try to keep it as simple as possible because I am not brilliant and don't multi-task well. KISS is my moto: Keep It Simple, Stupid. My writing skills are marginal. My wife, Marsha, a journalism graduate from the University of Kansas, edits most of my fishing reports, mainly because they're posted on our business site for all to see. This blog, not so much.
I'm a follower of Jesus. I am far from perfect, and the longer I live, the more I realize how much I lack being perfect. I believe God loves people. He created "man" in His image, and we are favored among all His creation. He sent Jesus, His son, to die for our sins. Despte that ultimate cost, He provided our salvation free for the asking, believing that we can exchange our degraded life for His holy one. It is a choice, Seeing and understanding this choice is inspired by God's Spirit. He essentially choses us.
Most of the world has digressed into a state brought on by men turning their backs on God, His love and His Son's work on the cross. Timothy 3 describes this present time.
But there is hope, there is a promise.
My role here as I see it is to "love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being" (Deut. 11:13) and to lay my life down for the people around me, the ones who God brings into my path. The latter is the area in my life that needs the most work.
I am selfish and spoiled, which is easy to be in this narcisstic society. At 54 years old, I'm trying to lay my life down on a daily basis, trying to let God change me into the man of God He created me to be.
Most recently, I have been motivated to yield myself by my dad passing away a few weeks ago. Legacy is something I'll be blogging about a lot. My father was a Godly man who laid down his life for the people around him, whether friends, acquaintances or strangers. I look at the life he led -- and have heard from many who expressed their gratitude for his touch on their lives -- and think how in the world can I follow that? Knees to the floor, eyes to heaven, and my mind to His Word -- and I can keep giving my life to Him and He will change me, He will direct my path.
More later . . . much more, God willing.