Advice and tips for livingMy dad used to say "The child is father of the man." I guess I didn't take his advice. Now I often think that I'd love to give people advice in fields beyond my profession, financial planning, where I do it for a living. If only they'd do this, I muse, they'd enjoy these benefits (that I have enjoyed for years). Tony Hillerman, in his wonderful autobiography "Seldom Disappointed" said "So much for unsolicited advice," after he as a teenager had seen his counsel ignored by a friend to the friend's disadvantage. Recently I saw a teenager wearing a T-Shirt with the words "You're entitled to my opinion," perhaps a reference to the human problem that so few are ever asked their opinion - which may be a subliminal cause of violent crime. These attitudes galvanized me into starting this web page. All items below are unashamedly my personal opinions, unsupported by double-blind trials or other evidence. I don't care; you can take them or leave them.
15 January 2004
So many people don't believe in God these days. Unfortunately (for them) that doesn't mean He doesn't exist. Fortunately for them, He still loves them; even has plans for them, and some will become hard workers for Him. You may be one. All I will say at this point is that without God, and without knowing him in the person of Jesus, my life would be empty and meaningless. Instead, I have never been happier, and He is the reason. If you would like to find out about God, the Alpha course is a splendid starting point. Don't confuse learning about religion with being converted to Christianity. It came home to me during a recent discussion with some good people who run a theology school, and during later discussion with my wife Laurie-Ann, who has been through theological colleges, how many colleges have curriculums directed towards knowledge rather than faith. Some "knowledge" is actually the interpretation of individuals, and can be erroneous. Many seminaries and theological colleges are a great test of faith, since they seem to attract thinkers to their staff who are interested in promoting the latest theories, and have no interest in bringing people to Christian faith. I find it difficut to imagine that anyone would give their lives to serve some of the newer liberal interpretations of the Gospel. I believe in the supernatural, where God is at work.
2 April 2003
Read audio books
Take good vitamins / minerals
Having said that, I have some addtional thoughts on the subject of encouragement - fantasy style.