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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How Many Times Must I Hear It?

The other night, I was aware, for the first time in a little while, of God speaking to me. It was through a TV show... you'll see the irony of this in a second. I was lounging on my sofa Sunday evening, being completely lazy, when I stumbled across the show playing on Bio - "I Survived... Beyond and Back." It was a show that documented three near-death experiences (NDEs). Being a sucker for NDEs, I switched it on and settled back. Each of the three individuals related the accounts of their respective deaths and post-death experiences. After, each person revealed how they were convinced that they were brought back into their painful situations of recovery here on Earth because there was something more here for them to accomplish. It was at that moment that I felt the revelation = Do you not get this picture? Was your conversation with Patricia not enough? You need to get off your butt and fulfill these plans I have for you. Enough with being lazy. Start moving, for you, too, have more to accomplish.

Without trying to sound haughty, I have felt for quite some time that God has intended for me to accomplish big things. And how am I supposed to do this when I go home every evening and lounge around for hours? I must admit, I do not have the faintest idea as to exactly what God has planned, but I feel strongly that now is the time for me to act in faith and follow the daily callings I fell through prayer and meditation, my attempt to connect with the Spirit. It is time for me to sort through this jumble of ideas I've had for weeks now. To achieve this, I pray for the faith and happiness I so often see in the members of Starfire, whom I get to work with every day. Nine times out of ten, these individuals will have a smile on their faces, simply because they woke up and have the chance to experience and fully live another day.

Why can't we all live this way? Why can't we all express gratitude for the complex simplicity of life through our daily actions, acting as the earthly representations of God's love, mercy, and wisdom? Now is the time, dear friends. I urge you to pray, asking for the wisdom to realize your dreams, the joy to embrace them, the courage to act upon them, and the perseverance to see them to fruition. We all have dreams, along with the gifts to act upon them. Listen to those quiet, nagging thoughts that hang at the back of your mind from day to day, for they could be whispers from God. Pray on them always, so that you may know the correct actions to make. Take this chance, and make this your day to fly.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wait... You mean the world didn't end?

Greetings blog lovers, today is Monday, May 23, 2011. Yes, that's right, two days after the ill-fated Day of Judgment that was supposed to have occurred this past Saturday. And we're still here? Surprise, surprise. Anyone who was familiar with the Bible at all would have known that Saturday was not the day of the Rapture/Judgment Day because NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY NOR THE HOUR. How many times does this have to be pounded into the heads of people like Harold Camping and his followers? The hour of 6 pm passed quietly in the Eastern time zone of the United States, sneaking past with a partially overcast sky and no hint of an earthquake that left the globe in ruins. Will the atrocities that Harold Camping declared actually happen one day? Again, anyone familiar with the Bible knows that yes, there will be a Rapture and a Day of Judgment and plagues and earthquakes and 300 pound hailstones... it's true, Google it. However, when these things will happen, in what order, and how many people will be affected, nobody but God knows. All we can do (those of us who abide by the Christian faith, anyways) is to be ready and watch, living our lives as though each day could be the last.

In other news, my girlfriend has officially moved back to Perrysburg to live with her parents and finish up her college career at Bowling Green State University, thereby changing the way my life will run from now on. I will have much more time with my Cincinnati friends, but things will become quite lonely very quickly during the later hours of the evening. I find it interesting that not every single piece of my life can be optimistically in sync at any given point... now that I have an awesome job here in Cincy that I love, the one thing I love most about my personal life is physically absent... so we'll see what happens. At any rate, it's time for me to bounce. Until next time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tomorrow Begins the New Chapter

Today is a bittersweet day, a day that is kicking off a very bittersweet week. Today is my last day working at SC Ministry Foundation, a co op position that I have held for a solid year now, and during my time here, I have grown mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I have a much greater sense of awareness for issues of social justice and what can be done to add to the solutions. The people I met via our Board and Committee meetings here are all 100% genuine, God-fearing, phenomenal people, and I would never have made many of these connections at all had it not been for my time at the Foundation. For the people I was able to meet, and for the opportunities I have been provided, I am eternally grateful.

Today is also my last day as an employee of 5/3 Bank. My few months working at the bank has definitely offered me some new insight into an area of the workforce that I had not previously delved into, as well as some insight into how to better handle my own personal finances. It has also been a learning experience, helping me realize that retail banking is not the career for me.

Tomorrow is my first day as an employee of Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. This opportunity that has been offered me is a blessing straight from God, as it always uplifts my mood and my faith to see those who have disabilities flourishing in the talents God has bestowed upon them and spreading those talents for the glory of God. This transition is a much needed improvement for both my personal and my spiritual lives. It will help me to keep strong and focused as I help my girlfriend move back to Perrysburg this weekend, only to return on Sunday without her. Thus begins the saga of this long-distance phase of our relationship, a phase that I did not foresee or even think would happen until last week.

So much change in so little time; staying focused on God and God's will for my life will help keep me sane.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Current Musings

For the first time in four months, I've been able to pick up a book and read it because I actually wanted to, not because I had to. It is an activity that I have greatly missed and take great joy in. There is nothing like diving into a book and allowing oneself to be caught up and swept away in the messages of the words and the lines between the words. My current choice = The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Back in January, during my vacation to Fort Myers, FL, I trudged through the pits of the Inferno, down to the icy core of Hell itself. I climbed up the shaggy thigh of evil's embodiment to find myself at the base of the Mount of Purgatorio, which I have ascended to the blissful rest and wonder of Earth's first earthly dwelling, Eden. Currently, I am joining Dante and his lady, Beatrice, as she guides him up into the realms of Paradiso. I can hardly wait to see what awaits.

The transcendent, ethereal journey of Dante through the spiritual realms is arguably one of the greatest poems ever written. It calls to mind questions of a life outside of this one, but one which is greatly influenced by a person's earthly life. As I finish, I may begin a study that delves into the deeper, existential symbolisms behind Dante's work and see how it relates to us who live in the 21st century. Yes, I know i just graduated, but I get bored easily...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Starting a New Chapter

This past Saturday - May 7, 2011 - will be a day that I hold forever dear in my heart. It is the day that I graduated college with some of my closest friends. As we all start a new chapter in our lives, it will be important to keep in touch with those whom I've held dear over the past four years of my life.

The changes that are occurring in my life right now are causing me to have a blurred feeling about my life, as though all I can do is just keep up and keep truckin' one day at a time. I have a second job interview at Starfire U tomorrow morning, which I couldn't be more excited about. Starfire U is a nonprofit organization here in Norwood (a suburb of Cincinnati) that acts as a college for students who have disabilities. There may be some fairly large changes coming up in my girlfriend's life as well; we'll see what those entail as of Wednesday, but we're pretty sure we have an idea.

These changes have both pros and cons... they will definitely test my patience, trust, indeed my very will, but all things work together for the good of God. With all of the free time I have now, I'll be able to pick up a ton of new hobbies and rekindle some old ones, including regular postings on here to rant and rave about readings, research, ideas, and all those wonderful things. So stay tuned, all, and walk this journey with me.