As I sat down to write this Nugget, I reflected back to a conversation I had with a critically ill friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer. On several occasions, she has asked me to explain the foundation of my writing. She also quizzed me about my spiritual inspiration. Well, I knew that if she was inquiring, others probably had the same curiosity.
Nugget 44 is my response to these questions. This Nugget will have a slightly different slant than the other 43 I have written. This one will focus on my spiritual relationship. It does not in any way deviate from my Mission to write Words to Help You Leap Over the Bumps in Your Life Journey. In fact, I hope it will express the foundation of my inspiration behind the Nuggets.
I pray that no one who reads this Nugget will be offended by it. But if you will permit me to use a cliché, my prayer is that you “won’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”
I am thoroughly blessed to know that some have signed up to receive my Nuggets who may be on a different spiritual road than mine. I respect your personal choices. With great sincerity, I assure you that my intent is never to offend. It is to help you stay focused and full of hope as you travel through your life journey. Often, there are so many challenges that it is easy to lose our way and veer off course. But I encourage you always to remember this: You are never forsaken.
When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they had to travel through the wilderness and pass through some extremely dense places before they found a resting place. They had no maps, no GPS, no radar guidance systems, or other technological directional devices. But God never let them travel aimlessly during the day or night. He provided light every step of the way with a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. So, it is with great hope that my Nuggets will inspire you if you face unknown or unforeseen circumstances.
When I first began my writing mission, I wanted it to be clear to everyone that the foundation of my Nuggets was built on the Bible. I put my faith in what the Bible declares. I believe it is truth and that it clearly provides me a journey map for living a successful life.
The history of the Bible provides excellent insight into several of the present-day scenarios. The people loved, worked, married, gave birth to children, and engaged in family life. Bad choices and excuses were made, crimes were committed, and fights and wars were regular happenings.
When you study the Bible, you always find similarities to at least one of our modern-day cartoon characters and/or super-heroes. There were divisions caused by leaders and even priests who seized every opportunity to cause discord and strife. The parallels of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote appear throughout the Bible chapters. There was no shortage of faithlessness, stubbornness, and rebellious self-will. Oh yes, and lest we forget, they had more than one pandemic (plagues).
Here is the amazing part! In the twenty-first century, we are still duplicating some of the same deadly actions as occurred in the early Bible. Frankly, I wonder how humanity survived. Yet, here we are, alive and well and still traveling through life.
I wondered why, with such a turbulent biblical journey over many centuries we are still privileged to live in a universe filled with opportunities for joy and well-being. Needless to say, our course has not been without its challenges. As I reached the end of the Old Testament, I realized that the only thing holding us together has always been God’s everlasting love.
The Gospels and the remaining letters of Paul and the other emissaries describe God’s remarkable nature and character of love and grace. The sum of everything: I wanted to know about why humanity still exists and why it is still wrapped in one of the most significant scriptures ever spoken or written:
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten [unique] Son…”
To finalize my answer to the question concerning the spiritual inspiration for my writing, I made my personal choice to believe in Jesus Christ as my redeeming God and Savior. The words “my personal choice” are emphasized to ensure that I do not leave the impression that I am trampling upon the personal choice of another.
My purpose in writing the Nuggets is always to inspire you with hope and trust in God and His remarkable plan for your life journey. If you put your hope and trust in Him, He will show you how to use your gifts and talents to lift others to a higher purpose, directing them toward truth, joy, and light and maybe even inspiring you to write your own set of Nuggets.