My username, aspiring2live, comes from the realization that most of my adult life has been spent surviving instead of LIVING. I have a million reasons to be happy and thankful, to smile and be cheerful, to be friendly and enthusiastic. And I WANT to be all those things, but sometimes I feel like a two dimensional object in a 3D world or something. Only recently I have begun to understand a little more about who I am, where I came from, and where I am going. I think I missed the full implications of a lesson I was taught at about 6 years of age. God is love. Without Him, there inevitably become fewer and fewer reasons to be happy and enthusiastic, to LIVE.
I have good, solid reasons why I stopped going to church and turned away from God. I mean, believe me, if there have ever been poor Christian examples and hypocrites, I could write the book about who they are and what they've done. There are a couple of problems with my life plan that brought me back to that first grade lesson, though. First, I don't have enough faith to believe that evolution exists, that man is "getting better," that evil is non-existent, or that the human vasculature just grows and grew from primordial pond scum. Second, I can't explain to my sons what my good, solid reasons for avoiding church and God are. After all, it's their SOULS I'm playing with. The responsibility is horrible and frightening, and it's mine.
And so, I am seeking a way back to God APART from all the crap I have seen and heard over my life. I am nearly ready to engage in a bond with Him that is simple and child-like. I have come to realize that it doesn't matter what other humans have done wrong, that is between only them and God. Just as MY life is only between me and God. And you know, no one else is going to be standing with me on judgment day, no fingers to point, no blame to pass. Faith is about ME and GOD and the single, unbreakable bond between us. NOW, all I have to do is act, to go, to do, to achieve for and with God. I aspire, now, to LIVE.
What about you?