We had our first COC&I meeting this year at the Roadhouse today. Attendance might have been a little light because of the weather. We had sprinkles on and off. But we had a full slate of speakers, from our usual MiniMe and Woody, to Christopher Ward who is running for Representative District 52, Mike Sweeney who is running for Congress, and last but certainly not least McKinley Melancon who is running for Judge of County Court at Law 5. This was definitely a good meeting, and Oh yes, we had a lawyer speak obout Family Law. Everyone stayed around after the meeting so we could talk and ask questions. It was great.
We stopped in to the Start Dust down in South Austin for the 48th Anniversary party of the Austin Bandidos. To say that it was well attended would be an understatement. For the first event of the year, 2018 is starting out very, very well. We wandered around saying hello to everyone we knew, and introducing ourselves to a bunch of people we didn’t know, and just generally having a great time talking with folks. They were handing out free nachos and sausage wraps, so naturally we enjoyed a light dinner. I didn’t take many pictures, but here are a few for your enjoyment;
Have you ever felt alone? I don’t mean alone in the sense that everybody else in the house happens to be out running an errand. What I mean is alone in the sense that you are out on a road trip by yourself, and when you stop at the overlook of a great valley to soak up the grandeur, you stand there looking out and no-one else is around, your cell phone says no-service, and your bike is silent waiting for you to turn the key. You may pause in that moment, and consider how alone you are. The view is spectacular, but you have no-one to share it with because you are alone, completely alone.
If you are like me, being this alone is kind of uncomfortable, and when I am this alone, my thoughts turn to God. The Bible tells us that we are never out of His sight, never so alone that He can’t see us.
One of the verses I like is;
Psalm 16:8 “I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
Another that is even more powerful is;
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
So, we are never really alone. At least if you believe what I have been sharing with you all these years, that God is real, and He loves each of us and wants to have a personal relationship with us.
Lately I have been reading an author from the 1700s named Søren Kierkegaard. He was a genius, and a philosopher. Probably because of that he tended to over analyze everything. He certainly analyzed the Bible at great length, and eventually came to a place where he did believe in God. One of the things Kierkegaard wrote in one of his 25 authored books was that he could classify people into one of two categories. Authentic and In-genuine. You can probably imagine which group you might want to be in. Unfortunately we all sometimes fall into the in-genuine category, because we hear something we don’t understand and instead of trying to figure out what it means we just put it out of our mind as something to be considered later. I have done that, and I’m sure you have too. But the thing is, do you really want to put off considering whether God is real when avoiding this decision can effect your life forever?
Kierkegaard said that it only takes a “leap of faith” to believe that God is real. I have taken that leap, what about you?