Just Why
Off the Wall, May 25
, 2012

Not long ago, one of my readers of this column asked me a very interesting question. “You seem to write a lot about God. Doesn’t that irritate a lot of people?”

I explained to her that we have over one-half dozen Roman Catholic Churches in our circulation area alone, plus any number of Protestant churches. When you think of it, the majority of residents belong to Christian churches of one denomination or another. So, when it comes right down to it, I am giving those who believe something to think about.
As I see it, I could have understood her question more so if we lived in a large city with persons choosing to honor various gods. But we as Christians all pretty much think alike with a few exceptions as a result of doctrinal teachings.

So, then it occurred to me, maybe I owe my readership an explanation why I give God so much credit for what has happened in my life. That, I hope, will lead to a further understanding. Thus, I hope to point out a few facts just why I do include Him in the many columns I have written. As a result, I hope you will come to understand how exciting it is to intertwine Him into everyday living habits, knowing that He will be right there to help through the pluses and minuses of life.

It all started some 30-some years ago when Christians showed me that my negative ways can be turned around if I give my life over to Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into my life. They strongly emphasized two acts – commitment, and having an on-going relationship with Him (praying and listening for direction) and reading His Word. How hard is that?

I didn’t say the scriptures had to be read in big chunks. How ‘bout three readings a day? For example, I get a booklet titled, “the Word among us, daily meditations.” In addition to prayers, I read the “First Reading,” “Responsorial Psalm,” and a “Gospel Reading,” plus meditations concerning the readings. I start my day off with these readings which takes about 20 minutes. I come away so excited that each day I could write a homily, which is a short explanation of the scriptures tied in with directives as how we as Christians should follow God’s Word as He asked us to do so. I’m set afire!

I’m reminded of the many times I camped out with friends and family. There was always someone who knew how to make a fire by rubbing sticks together or hitting two rocks together until sparks were transferred from the hard surfaces onto the grasses or newspapers that would easily catch fire. The bigger branches and logs would eventually catch fire yielding a small flame. As the fire grew, it put forth a light that glowed which could be seen from many yards away. Those were some exciting moments.

In parallel, I eventually caught fire when someone suggested I ask Christ into my life and was given instruction that by prayer and quiet listening and reading the Holy Bible, I would come to know how much He has for me and that He loves me unconditionally. You can douse a man-made fire with water and eventually extinguish it, but there is no putting out this old man’s fire for the One who died for me so I may be free of my sins.

The day I wrote this column, the reading was from John 12. “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. …I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.” How fitting…

In answering the reader’s question, the Trinity – God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit – three persons in One, has kept my flame burning, so hopefully, I will be able to share their light with others. The Holy Spirit has touch me when I do right, wrong, and always steps up to the plate when I need stories to write. I ask for one, He gives me three. Do you now understand why I write about an awesome God frequently?


- Paul J. Volkmann
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