So...I’ve been on the planet for over 30 years at this point. True, I am a committed Christian now, but that has not always been the case. Many of the reasons I am convinced and continue to “press on” are contained in the Thirty Pensive Points below. I would hope that they may help guide the pursuit of a set of true convictions. (There is some sort of progression here, for those of you looking for it, although not particularly linear):

  • No matter what…each day is a chance to start fresh – another 24 hours for new inquiries and to make new decisions.

  • Time is all we truly have to exchange and it goes faster than we’d like to admit – only to never be recovered.

  • Life is what we make it and we cannot escape the consequences of our choices. Unlike instinctual animals (like, say, my pet turtle) we all have the free will to choose both our actions and reactions. This is the only life we have. Choose wisely.

  • We have as much time as we need. We make time for the things we value.

  • We have access to a lot of information. Information doesn’t equal knowledge. Knowledge doesn’t equal wisdom. Therefore, simply having information doesn’t equal having wisdom.

  • We tend to avoid the questions to which we do not want the answers.

  • We tend to answer our own questions with the answers we wanted in the first place before we asked the question – or find someone else who will give us the answer we want – or, if all else fails, find someone who at least won’t challenge our answers. Did we really ask a question then?

  • Discontentment with the world as well as our lives should cause us to search out and embrace what brings contentment rather than squirm around and then complain about being discontent.

  • People who “have it all” are still discontent. Those who “have nothing” are discontent. There is a way to find contentment with either.

  • The question of “why are we here?” can have only 1 solid answer. The real question is: Are we prepared for the answer?

  • Feelings are not needs, but tend to be responses to having those needs met (or not). Perhaps we should ask: who or what can effectively meet our needs?

  • What we want to believe about reality doesn’t determine reality nor does what we want to define as Truth determine Truth.

  • The only way a finite being can know infinite Truth is if an infinite being reveals it (this one is a borrowed quote).

  • A true conviction cannot be reached without mental effort and academic pursuit. (frankly, why would you want one based on something else?)

  • Living with an eternal outlook is a choice. Living without even considering eternity is also a choice, but a bad choice.

  • You cannot hide from an omnipresent being (although, for some reason we try).

  • It is better to have God on your side than any single human being. Are you sure He is on your side?

  • If we simply always embraced that God is good (which He says He is), there would be little room for doubt or discontentment.

  • God and His Word are both universal and eternal. We can either figure that out now or later or after it’s too late.

  • If we needed it, God could make it. If God could make it and we don’t have it, we probably don’t need it right now. Learn to wait.

  • Bible study – what’s that? Well…studying the Bible. Why? Well, how else can I know what it says or what the author wants me to know? Why trust the Bible in the first place? There’s ample evidence supporting it…we just have to do due diligence to search for it and examine it fairly.

  • Imagine living a truly abundant life every day– that is offered in an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Circumstances don't mean squat. How we handle those God-allowed circumstances in light of His revealed commands is what counts in the end.

  • Fear of the future is no excuse not to obey God in the present.

  • We should identify what might distract us from our goals and work to disconnect from it (at least emotionally) or it will eventually become an idol.

  • If our will seems more attractive than God’s, it’s because we are temporarily deceived.

  • To continually and successfully live IN the world but not OF the world is one of the greatest accomplishments in life. “It’s not about me”….easy to say….harder to live.

  • Approximately 3 decades of life with approximately 1 decade of seriously following after God doesn’t, in and of itself, ensure I will finish well. Continual daily decisions ensure that.

  • No one else is going to carry your cross – only you can do that.

  • And, finally, for all you singles: If it’s not best for me to be married right now in order for me to fulfill God’s purposes for me on earth, then, quite simply, it’s not.

Remember...No GOOD thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11).

- Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man? --
Proverbs 20:6

- What we do in life echoes in eternity. --

- Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. --
C.S. Lewis

- The key to wisdom is this -- constant and frequent questioning ... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth. --
Peter Abelard Sic et Non ~1120 AD

- If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. --
Margaret Thatcher

- The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. --
Charles Darwin

- If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. --
C.S. Lewis

- Joy comes from choosing what's best. --
Bill Cobb

- But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! --
Hebrews 11:6