What is Truth?

The other day I overheard a conversation where somebody asked the question “If you have enough knowledge, why do you need faith?” (The better word to use here is information rather knowledge).

Well I think that this is a brilliant question because it helps people out more than we think. Today, there is so much information to choose from and so many ways to receive that information. We in our day have more access to information than anyone else who has ever lived on this planet in the past. This makes the choice an extremely important one to make in terms of the information we choose to receive. In that case, there is a certain amount of faith that we put into the choices we make when selecting the information we input into our minds.

A great example of the idea above is from a book called “The Other Side of Heaven”. The book is the story of a young man named John Groberg who served a 3 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the island nation of Tonga. In his book, Groberg talks about how a lot of the traveling was done by means of sailing. On many occasions he ran into uncertain situations while sailing. One situation in particular Groberg was in an urgent situation where he needed to get another missionary who was ill from one island to another. In an excerpt from the book he states:

“ The weather was threatening, but we felt responsible for the Missionary’s well-being. After prayer, we left to investigate the situation. Extra heavy seas slowed our progress, and it was late afternoon before we arrived. The missionary was indeed very ill. Fervent prayer was followed by a priesthood blessing, during which the impression came very strongly to get him back to the hospital on the main island, and to do it now!…”

“No sooner had we committed ourselves to the open seas then the intensity of the storm seems to increase sevenfold. The small gale became a major storm. As the sun sank below the horizon, bringing it darkness and gloom, the spirit seems to sink into the darkness of doubt and apprehension. The thick clouds in the driving rain increase the blackness of our already dark universe. No stars. No moon. No rest. Only turmoil of sea, body, mind, and spirit. As we toiled on through that fearsome night, I found my spirit communing with the spirit of the father of afflicted child in the New Testament, as he exclaimed, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24). And the Lord did, and He does, and He will. That I know.

Pg. 182-83, The Other Side of Heaven by John Groberg

One thing that I want to point out about that story is at that time in Tonga, they were not as fortunate as we are today with all the hospitals that we have and other health benefits. Also our safety whether on land or sea, is a lot more advanced. If that is the case, then why have faith?

The only thing that makes your Faith valuable is what it is based on. You can have Hope for anything and have it be unfruitful or have Faith in something that is fruitful but not beneficial. The only base for your Faith that you will find to be both fruitful and beneficial is in Jesus Christ. He is the only way and I testify of that to you today as I write these words. I am as sure of it as I sit here and write these things to you. The next question that I would like to pose is, “How do you have Faith?” I will share my own experience with you on this.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

What I can say to you Is that God lives. He is our heavenly father and wants us to become like him someday. I know this to be true. The only way that I have come to know this is through my own study, prayer and obedience to the Lords commandments. The kindling of Faith starts with hearing the testimonies of those who have Faith as well. My Parents have been vital in helping grow my Faith in Christ as well as my other Family, Friends and Teachers.

So to close, I would invite you to pray and ask our Father in Heaven what is truth. Start our by saying, “Father in Heaven… then ask him your questions, tell him your thoughts and feelings, be vulnerable with him. To close the prayer, end it with, “…in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

I would also invite you to surround yourself with those who believe in Christ and if that is not an option watch, listen and read others testimonies. It will not only spark the fire of faith, but it will strengthen it as well.

Hesitant

I am stuck on not knowing what to write about. Heck I question if I have what it takes to do this blog. Well although I question it, I know the answer already and the answer is that I have exactly what it takes.

Now, I would like to share a couple thoughts with you regarding writing.

I have been writing in my journal everyday for the past 5 years or so. It has been an amazing experience and I am so glad that I have done it. There are days that I miss or that I only write a few words, but I do it regardless. Even with having a few years of experience, I still run into writers block. It’s not something you will escape ever. I thought I could escape it, but I can’t.

Now I may be wrong about that. Maybe there are some people who never have writers block, but I haven’t met that person yet (If I ever do though, I will let you know). Maybe it’s something only an amateur writer experiences. Sometimes you forget that you have writers block. It still happens to me and I have to get into the mode of recognizing it when I do have it.

For those who don’t understand writers block, it’s another word for perfectionism. It’s when you need to write but you can’t think of a good enough idea to write about or you just can’t think of an idea at all. Well the cure to that is quite simple.

All you need to do is WRITE.

It’s the only way to cure it. There’s nothing else. One thing I will tell you right away is that what you write will probably suck a ton. Now I didn’t say it will probably suck, I said it “will Probably suck a ton”. That just means it may suck more than you think but that doesn’t mean it won’t suck. 10% of the time you’ll actually write something that doesn’t suck.

I know that what I say probably sounds quite hopeless to some, but don’t worry. Remember that, Steinbeck did not write the grapes of wrath right after he was born. Hemingway didn’t come up with the old man and the sea out of nowhere. They had experience. They also sucked at some point in their writing.

Another important thing to remember is that 9/10’s of writing is rewriting. A fantastic example of this is George Lucas and Star Wars.

Not many people know this, but right before Star Wars was to be released, Steven Spielberg and another friend of George Lucas watch the movie and both said that it needed severe help as it didn’t make a whole lot of sense. What it needed was editing. With George Lucas his wife’s help as well as a few others, One of the greatest movie franchises in history was saved.

That last example shows us how not only writing is affected by this block but our creativity as a whole is affected. Take the risks that you need to take and don’t worry about failing.

You will fail!

Be glad that I tell you now rather than you getting your hopes up for automatic success just for your ambition to be put down. Another piece of advice is a pretty common one. That is you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.

Attempt those shots and don’t let it get you down. You will live with regret, but try to minimize it as much as you can and don’t let those regretful moments shape you.

Take a look at my accomplishment as a writer. I had writers block just this morning, and instead of it getting to my head, I just wrote. Now I have 10 paragraphs written. This is not exclusively for writers, but for Dancers, Painters, Basketball Players and many more. This is for everyone.

The Start

I just arrived to work. My shift starts in 5… 4 minutes. As much as I would love to just sit here and write down all my thoughts for a good 10 minutes straight, I only have 3 minutes to write and that doesn’t give me a ton of time to think either.

I would love to write for a living; at least I think I would love it.

Who knows?…

One thing is for sure, I have a job and although I don’t absolutely love my job, it provides me the money I need. I am grateful that the Lord has provided me this blessing.