I've been a bit delinquent in posting lately. Sorry.
For this week's wondering, I wanted to share a portion of an email I sent to someone who wondered why I do what I do. Originally, this question came in a cafe and I responding in a more technical sense. Upon reflection I realized that I missed the heart of what I wanted to convey in the response. Below I've posted more to the heart of why I do what I do.
"In the cafe, I gave you some of the technical aspects of my journey – I had some good youth leaders, I found that I could do the work well, I enjoyed the studies for it, etc. I neglected to share the foundational part of my story, which I seem to take for granted at times, when I share parts of the story of my journey.
Anyway, that seemed like a rather long intro to say simply that the reason I do what I do is because I feel God has encountered me in real, tangible ways, and these encounters have changed my life. I haven’t seen any visions or heard a booming voice from the sky. Rather, in everyday moments I have experienced love and forgiveness from others; I have experienced profound peace in dire circumstances as well as in just being in nature; I have experienced provision for food, housing, and finances in miraculous ways; and I have experienced God’s presence – through the lives of others and sometimes in deep peace when I am by myself – which has shown me that I never have to be alone alone.
As I reflect upon all of these various moments I believe that they are more than random collision of coincidences of people and circumstances. I realize that they are all ways in which God demonstrates love to me and to others, and I want to live my life so that others would know true love, deep peace, real joy, and the hope that no one ever has to feel alone alone.
I hope this makes sense, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing more of my story.
Thank you for listening."
~ Pastor Dan