I started Turn Not to the Right Nor to the Left for reasons that were implanted in me by the Holy Spirit.
I've been a Christian since the mid-1990s. Unlike many others, I don't remember the day that I answered God the Father's call, drawing me to Jesus the Christ. I only remember having the notion that maybe I ought to start reading one of the several Bibles that were lying around in my dwelling. After that, I remember thinking that, perhaps I should start going to church. However, in hindsight, God the Father had been drawing me to his Only Begotten long before that--since the time when I began to be able to distinguish right from wrong in a clear manner. I was eleven years old. (Interestingly enough, that was the age when I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up: a writer.)
From the mid-1990s until 2008, I believed on the salvation of Jesus Christ, but I rarely got into the Word--except when I found a permanent church home in 2004--and I never put God the Father to the test with regard to faith. I never asked him for anything and believed that I already received it. I never diligently sought first the Kingdom of God, much less believed that anything I might ask for through that seeking would be added unto me.
There have been many important events, however, since the beginning of 2008 which pushed me toward the quest for God's Kingdom. Without getting too much into specifics--at least in this post--God has been pushing me to the point where He wants me to be since that time. Adversity in the life of the Christian is meant for that purpose--especially when the individual Christian has strayed from God's intended path, as I had from 2008 to the early part of this year.
And though I have occasionally shaken my fist at God (while perceiving His indulgent laughter in my spirit), I know that His correction is an indication that He loves me and has not forsaken me.
Looking back on my walk with the Triune God in the last two and three-quarters years, I am astonished at the work which the Lord has done in me. Much of it has been very painful, but like painful procedures and medications which heal the body, God's painful correction methods are healing my spirit. And I am grateful to him for the discipline that He administers to me.
After much prayer and devotion, my aim is to give the Lord all of my love. I hear some people reading this asking what that means. What does it mean to love a being who is all-powerful and all-knowing? Well, it doesn't mean the same thing as it means to love someone who can be seen with one's physical eyes. One must love God in another manner. The beginning point is real communication--as is so with fellow humans. Praying is how we talk to Him; and reading His Word is how He talks to us. Those I can do and have been doing; that is what pushed me to the point of creating this blog.
So why did I create this blog? It has been encoded in my spiritual GPS to do so. I cannot see the purpose of doing so, but my faith is the evidence of the things I am unable to see. Am I meant to bring others to Christ? I don't know. I am merely trusting in God, being obedient to the instructions that He has put in my spirit, and picking up my "stick" --the metaphor which Glenn Beck used on 8/28/2010 in reference to the staff which Moses used when he obeyed God and led the children of Israel out of Egypt.
I am using the things which God put in my hands.