Well, here it is…my first blogging essay. It wasn’t easy coming up with a first topic and as I write, I’m still not sure what it will be. But, I think that’s what the desire to write can sometimes do to a person…even if that person likes to write, they very often come up empty. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty I’d like to say, even if I’m the only one listening or reading it. But, it’s the content of the writing that’s got me a bit stumped. God has given me not only the desire to write, but I believe the ability to write. It’s taken me quite some time to prayerfully consider what it is He wants me to say and what it is He wants me to relay to others. But, before I go on, I want to say that the few prior sentences have nothing to do with religion, nor will this blog. It has to do with relationship. And, that is a relationship with Jesus Christ. OK, good. I got that out of the way. I won’t be Bible thumping or standing on my soap box pontificating. That is not the purpose of this blog. What IS the purpose of my blog is to bring to light the life (and, often times struggles) of a Christian man through his everyday walk, experiences and sometimes meandering and tumultuous life, hence the term “The Ascent of a Son”. I am a son of God. And, I am and will be continually ascending upward to be more and more like Him, (plus, I also wanted to include a mountain term as that is where I live and that is what I love). Now, this isn’t to say that I have no peace and joy in my life, I do. But, the reality and honesty of it is that some of the time it just isn’t that way. And, I think that it’s the same way with the majority of Christian men and women. The walk with Christ is a difficult one. And, the bridge between fleshly, soulful desires and the desire to be obedient to the Lord and what it is He has and wants for us in our lives can be a tenuous one. But, I guess that’s what these essays will sometimes be about, (hey…I think I just came up with the topic!). So, I guess if you want religion or religious dogma and the like, this may not be the website for you. There are plenty of places for that all over the internet. Now, this isn’t to say that I won’t throw in a few scriptures from time to time to reinforce my point(s), but the majority of the time it will be real life issues experienced from the view of a Christian man. I was going to insert the word “mature” man there, but my wife might have taken issue with that.
During my life, I’ve seen the world from many different and often polar points of view, but I am still living a life of learning, discovery and training and I’ll always want it that way. In some respects, I’m still in an “early learning” stage of things. But, I guess that’s the beauty of learning…you start out slow then get those wonderful “Ahh Haa” light bulb moments. And, come to think of it, there will probably be a lot of those as I continue to write this blog. Hopefully, not only for myself, but for you too.
So, these essays and experiences are for those men (and, women) who are continuing to walk with the Lord, but as a dear friend once coined the term “while holding onto the Cross, I sometimes get splinters in my hands”. I hope you all come away with something that you can use in your own lives to help you find that place of balance while still loving the Lord and finding and living in His peace, love and joy.
I wholeheartedly welcome your thoughts and comments too…so, please feel free to offer them as you deem fit, (but, please keep it clean though!). So, welcome everybody! Let’s take this journey together and maybe, just maybe, we can teach one another and have many more of those wonderful light bulb moments in our lives…