My life was an interesting journey. It included some unexpected twists and turns, a very long and steep learning curve at times, more than a few wonderful adventures, some long lasting joys, and a handful of events I would rather not repeat.
Unexpected twists and turns?
A few. OK, perhaps more than a few.
I learned that one can argue any side of a topic so well that truth and the right course can be obscured. I learned that looking for truth among many contradictory perspectives can yield positive results. I became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and married a wonderful woman. We have been together now— and despite a number of unexpected detours, have grown our love for one another— for more than half our lives.
I learned that one can have many interesting yet different careers in a lifetime. I learned that most of humanity has similar objectives in life and face similar trials and tribulations; regardless of religion, heritage, or economic status. I learned much about the advancements and shortcomings of modern medical science; that some diseases simply cannot be abated or outcomes changed.
I learned that sometimes there is a gap between teaching and learning; that we can be taught but not learn; that we can learn without being taught.
I learned that choices have consequences so all that we do in life will need continued, thoughtful, and proper consideration. Prayer works. That will not prevent bad consequences but more often will delivers good consequences.
Think first. Choose wisely.
I learned two basic commandments in life. Love God. Love others. We are here for a reason but it may not be what you think it is. God’s love is not unconditional. Personal salvation is not number one on the list of spiritual considerations. Yet, if you put love first in your choices and actions, then everything else in life tends to work better.
I learned that learning can be difficult at times. As an entire lifetime came to an end I found myself still learning, still wanting and willing to learn, still needing to be taught.
I am asleep in death, awaiting fulfillment of the promise given by Jehovah to the Jews and by Jesus to Christians.
Choose wisely, my friends.