Even the hemorrhoids are healing. (Sorry for bringing those up again.)
|Picture by my wife|
I'm a believer. I'm not only a Christian, but I'm a Christian that believes the teachings of Christianity. I may not be good at following through, but I don't believe that my purpose on earth is to enjoy life. I think I'm alive to glorify God. I don't get to choose how my life goes; I've turned that over to God.
I think the result of that is a joyful life.
I think the purposes of God are simple. As the great wise man Solomon concluded, everything else is vanity except to love God and keep his commandments. And as both Jesus and Paul said, all his commandments are summed up in the command to love one another.
I believe that where people honor the message of Christ (which I think is best summed up in Matthew, chapters five through seven, the Sermon on the Mount), people live in joy. There they know that all men are created equal. There they know that the pursuit of money is the rejection of God and leads to misery. There they know that selflessness is the route to the greatest joy. There they know to listen to the guidance of God and live in compassion.
|It's definitely fall here in Nashville|
I know today's post is not about leukemia, but since I'm thinking about purposes, all that other stuff comes up in my mind.
Here's what I feel like God wants me to do with the rest of my life, after the transplant:
- Pass on everything I know to my children.
- Teach until no one will let me teach anymore.
- Learn how to establish indigenous businesses in third-world countries (and empower others to do so) because I think it's the best way to alleviate suffering in the long run.
Well, maybe I've said too much on a blog devoted to my leukemia experience, not my philosophies. I am, however, among those who think it's a shame that school students are no longer told that Rome fell because of immorality, laziness, and selfishness. I am among those horrified that selflessness and sharing is taking a back seat to "Look out for Number One."
|Just a picture I liked as I was walking yesterday|
We are living what I was warned about as a child in public schools, but that's not much announced today. Immorality destroys a society. The equality of all people and the exaltation of kindness, giving, humility, and self-control produces a society of remarkable joy and opportunity.