Archive for June 2nd, 2008

Balancing Success

June 2, 2008

Aristotle wrote that virtue was a mean between extremes of acceptable character traits.  I agree with Aristotle that often we need to find a balance in life.  Too much or too little can be a bad thing.  Yet, I sometimes wonder if balance leads to mediocrity?  Do we need to be off balance to succeed?  It seems as though people who are successful are driven to pursue their goals and dreams, often leading to imbalanced lives. 

What is success?  Do we measure it in some tangible form?  Or is it more personal?  Is it simply a subjective belief that our lifes have had meaning, purpose, success?  I believe that ultimately our success is achieved by fulfilling God’s purpose for our life.  I suppose that once again I am in agreement with Aristotle who also believed that humans had a purpose.  It is ironic that I would find myself so often in agreement with Aristotle, since he was so rooted in the material world, and I place much greater emphasis on the spiritual or nonmaterial realm.

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Whisper in the Wind

June 2, 2008

I am the pastor of a small church in a small town in Iowa.  Years ago, in discouragement, I thought of myself as nobody from nowhere.  However, I have thoughts that I would like to share with anyone who might care to read.  I am somebody, a child of God, fullfilling the purpose for which God created me.  Along with many others whose names may never be in  lights or books.  We all have something to share, something to say, to contribute.  I consider this blog to be my opportunity to “whisper in the wind.”