Medicine

Della informed me that I was not blogging since my last post was an On This Day In History. I accept her challenge to do so even though my life has been too busy and confusing and stressful as of late to permit me to write as I would like.

So here is my official post :
Regret. Do you have some yourself? When I was younger, I didn’t regret anything I did or said. My reasoning behind this was : If I said or did anything that hurt myself or others, there must have been some God-ordained reason why I did what I did. In a sense it was not me acting, it was someone else orchestrating the events of my life. I had no free will in the process. In one sense, I used to be a Calvinist on some primitive level without understanding what I was articulating. I do not believe this anymore. I think God lets us play a role in what happens on this earth (that doesn’t mean I am an Open Theist, Arminian, Deist, nor does it mean that God does not interact and intervene in my life or the life of this world).
Clearly, this position is not articulated well and please be patient as I try to work it out in my life. I just think there are certain things I have done and said that I would take back in an instant ( much of this has happened recently) simply because I do not understand the reason for their existence in my life or others around me. I have hurt others in a way that may never be reconciled, and I struggle with that. And I think there are better ways of going about things the way I did (hindsight is a killer). There are events and instances in my life where I firmly believe that my will was in stark contrast to the will of God. Does this mean God can’t turn it into good? I think God can. Does God have me go through this pain and anguish for a reason? I am not so sure anymore but probably yes. So who makes the final choice in life events? That is still the question. The explanation of individual pain helps me on the minor scale. But what about tsunami victims? What about AIDS in Africa? Is this pain and struggle a lesson to be learned? Would you really tell this to a victim of either one of these tragedies?
All of this to say that I do regret now. I wish I could take back things that I said and did. I wish I was a different person, a better man, made wiser decisions. To those who I have hurt in my life I am truly sorry for everything. Later …

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  1. You believe that God is all powerful and all knowing. What makes you think you have the power to go against what he has planned for you? What do you really think his role is then? Yes, you may have done things that are in “stark contrast from the will of God”, you were disobedient. Doesn’t mean that God wasn’t in control over that or the outcome of the situation. You can’t thwart God’s plan. You can’t surprise Him either. So which ever way you want to look at it, everything happens for a reason, good or bad. He works for the good of those who love Him. Don’t get discouraged when our simple minds can’t grasp the bigger picture.

    I didn’t mean to come off as lecturing, this is a reminder to me and an encouragement to all believers. This is also not the end of the conversation but the opening comments.

  2. Rob

    “God predestined you not to be a Calvinist.” — Mark Driscoll

  3. I think that is a good saying, I laughed out loud. Hey Rob, I met Josh Spears last night, he’s a cool cat. We decided that we should all get together over some brew sometime soon. Another thing, your blog comes up blank when I try to get on, what up? peace.

  4. Rob

    Josh is awesome. I haven’t got to spend much time with him, though. I was really good friends with his wife, Kirsten, in high school. I am definitely down for doing that. I invited him to the Tuesday night thing. Yeah, my normal blog is jacked. You can get there easier by going here:

    http://www.livejournal.com/users/longforgotten–>

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