Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth

We have a missionary in our church who was in Peru for 40 years. He went back this summer for about 3 months, and he spoke in church tonight.

I do not remember any specific points, but it was inspiring to see a man of God, who had been faithful, continue to be so. He spoke of spiritual facts and they caused him to break out in laughter. He was so grateful for what God had done for him. It was awesome.

It made me think. The challenge was to serve God. To trust him. To not be afraid, but to stand with courage and boldness even if you are the only one.

And Ecclesiastes 12:1 came to mind. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” We are to remember who God is, and what He requires now. (I still claim youth, btw)  Notice where this is found. The end of Ecc. where Solomon has discussed everything under the sun, and found it all vanity and vexation of spirit.  The conclusion of the whole matter found 12 verses down is to “fear God and keep his commandments.” (I may be posting more about the fear of God later…I am going to do a series in Sunday School on it.)

But we are to fear God now. Too many people wait. We hear in church about how we shouldn’t wait till we are older or seniors, etc, but I think my generation takes that and still puts it off. We assist in this feeling by not requiring kids to grow up. We excuse their behavior.

People think (I know, because I thought this way) that life doesn’t begin until later. “When I graduate high school things will change.” Yeah, they change, but life is now. Remember your Creator. “When I graduate college, then things will be different.” Remember your Creator now. “When I start a career, then I can find time for spiritual things.” Remember Him now. “When I get married, then I will have help, and can care more.” Remember God today. “When I have kids, I will teach them and do right so they do.” Remember now!!

I told last year’s seniors this. If I were to preach in chapel, this would be my message. Remember him now. Life is short, and it is from God: God, our Creator. I’m not going to prolong this by lecturing on what it means that He is our Creator, but think upon it.

Life is not ours, and the things we wait for to begin our lives are foolishness. High school, college, marriage, kids, career, anything. God doesn’t require any of them. God requires us to fear Him and keep His commandments.

My heart was burdened tonight, because I tell my kids at school this. I tell friends and other I counsel to remember Him now. And I try, but how many of us get into a rut of “remembering” and don’t actually remember? I know I do.

The point here in Ecc. 12 is that in our youth we can still serve God. It is too late to serve Him when you are ready to die. Serve Him now.

“Remember now thy Creator.”

The start of something new

“It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.” — Tolkien (FotR)

Many great things begin with small steps. I don’t pretend to see greatness in the future, however, I do realize that without the initial steps, nothing will come to pass, and so I take on the responsibility of the blog.

I have blogged before. At that time, I announced on many occasions that my blogs were my personal journal. Though true, I used this declaration, I think partly, to excuse myself if I was offensive. It was often the result of my free-writing. I continue to enjoy free-writing, and may need to break myself from reverting to such a habit here. Regardless, my journal was at times reported as needlessly long, boring, and useless. I suspect many journals may appear that way to outsiders.

Yet, I wanted readers. I began blogging around the same time as others I know, and I found time and reason to read, for that is what I wanted. I desired to communicate principles, not just record my thoughts.

After taking a lengthy break from my previous blog I continued to have this desire to communicate. I enjoy the research and writing, and yet, I was hesitant to resume for the lack of audience. If I began with the purpose of communication, and had no one to communicate to, my result would be nothing more than a personal journal — something I can no longer justify prioritizing.

Being introduced to the world of blogging did open my eyes to many other blogs — some insightful, and some discouraging. I now follow several, and though I do not always read everything on each one, I can say that I do read the majority of posts.

Through word of mouth, and the ever-spanning reach of the internet, I found these other blogs to help me. My experience with blogs was two pronged. I was encouraged at the fact that as I had found, first the blog, and then help from it, so others might with my blog. But I was discouraged in that I am “a nobody.” Many whose blogs I read are those that would be noted as “somebody.” I was not on a track to change my status, but I partially felt that the voice of a nobody might be refreshing.

Some posts (here and here and others) over the past few months have again caused me to consider my desire, and the task before me in that. I have not improved my position, but I have considered the benefits to myself, and someone may find this, and find encouragement or a like-mind.

From my writing, you may learn to know me better. This may be positive or negative, but by the grace of God, my impression upon you will be Christlike. I hope to be grown through this blog (through my own research and writing, or through comments), as I would hope to help in the growth of others.

This task presents itself at perhaps the busiest time in all my life. I am still a newlywed (2.5 years). I am a young father (She’s almost 8 months!). I am still new to my occupation (High School Math/Computer teacher: beginning my third year; usually 10-11 hour days. Creating two new courses). I have taken on additional responsibilities at church (I teach one night a week at the Bible Institute, in addition to a monthly Sunday School lesson.). My life is full, and yet, there is more that I do desire. Oh, and we are in the midst of buying our first house.

It is because of these more pressing priorities, that my goal with this blog is to update weekly. If I cannot bring myself to update once a week, then perhaps this is not the time for me to blog. If I can update more, all the better.

Lastly, allow me to comment on the title: “Thoughts of an unlearned”. Titles are never easy things for me to come up with. I don’t pretend some false sense of humility by picking such a title. It comes from Acts 4:13 where the disciples are unlearned and ignorant men, but they had been with Jesus. As I said before I am not a “somebody.” I am not a pastor, I don’t have a PhD, or a ThM. I do not have years of experience in the ministry.

I am a Christian with the Holy Spirit, and by God’s grace I will continue to grow in Him.

So, for now, welcome to my blog.