Savoring Gadfly's Fifth
The month of August 2013, marks the fifth anniversary since my brother Jeff (AKA: Paco) invited me to write the Sunday Sermon feature for this website. I owe a great debt to him and all of you, Paco's Riders, who have been more than tolerant and patient with my expositions and epistles concerning the issues of faith, the relevance of Scripture in daily living, and modeling a walk in Christian living. It is my sincere hope that anything I have contributed here has been helpful to you, the reader, in gaining a greater grasp of understanding God and the meaning of life.
Life is indeed difficult. Among those great difficulties, for many of Paco's Riders, loom the monumental tasks associated with serving others in the capacity as a public servant. The stresses of the job as a peace officer have led some to seek the comforts of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other vices as a means of temporary relief. Unfortunately, those paths lead to personal destruction and ruined families. Others have sought self-interest in the workplace, often advancing themselves while leaving their families to fend for themselves. Along the way, temptations concerning honesty, integrity, honor, duty, faithfulness, and reputation threaten to compromise one's sense of self and well-being.
In my view (what I attempt to convey in my writings each Sunday), faith in God is critical and useful in combating each destructive lure and temptation one may face, allowing for a sure path to escape each collision course one may be heading toward or careening down. And even if one stumbles and falls, there is a faithful God willing to forgive, heal, and restore a contrite heart. No matter how far the fall or impossible the breach of conscience may be, God's love has the power to overcome it all. Scripture is the best place to start in your walk with God, and your local church a great resource and place of reconciliation and restoration. I recommend both to you.
Thank you for reading the Sunday Sermons. For those who have posted thoughts, comments, or shared their faith with the readership these past five years, I want you to know how truly blessed and grateful I am for your efforts and thoughtfulness. May God find you walking closer to Him every day.
I remain your servant.