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When Life Hangs In The Balance – I’ll Follow The Son


Golden_WaveI’ve wondered many times when I was a child, what life would be like when I was an adult; a husband; a father.  My imagination would conjure up visions of a burly man, physically fit, yet understanding, compassionate and loving.  I would shudder at the thought of the tremendous responsibility of marriage, and even more, of fatherhood.  The mere thought of this “serious” future that awaited me would quickly bring me back to reality; the reality of an eight-year-old boy at the precipice of manhood, or so I thought.

My journey was far from over, yet I have always been able to visualize it, almost touch it.  Growing up in a small town Salvation_Crossafforded much of the quality of life that people today cherish and search for when raising a family.  Surely, it lacked in cultural variety and experience, yet it grounded me in a forged way that would serve me well in my life ahead.

“Like most other boys growing up in the 60’s, there was beer, a bit of cursing, plenty of outdoor sports, bikes to ride, movies to see and girls to gawk.  And these things were indeed memorable, yet in my family, one thing trumped them all and that was Church on Sunday.”

At the time, even being an altar boy, I missed much of the essence of what having faith is all about.  Perhaps it was mired in the overtures of the Catholic Church financial bulletins, where your family name was used as a club by disclosing your contributions.  Perhaps it was overshadowed by the procedure, rigidity and absence of emotion by the clergy.  Perhaps it was a victim of an emphasis on Catholicism and not of Jesus Christ and the Bible.  But it was there to be discovered, experienced and revered, nonetheless.

I’ve always been one to pray, heavily in times of “need”, but also in times of blessing, bounty and benefit.  And even though every child, adult and Catholic saw the same crucifix and Jesus, my Jesus was special because He spoke and listened to me.

Fishing_SunsetIn all my years, I’ve yet to be disappointed, angered or spiteful by my Jesus Christ.  For even though my prayers weren’t always answered in MY timeframe, I accepted whatever response I received from my Jesus Christ, because I knew he was Almighty, Omnipotent and Kind.  That faith, attitude or core value system has saved my life many times; from preventing me from making mistakes, to my physical safety to being the recipient of good things happening to me as a result of my “choices”.

You see, each of us must find our own path, one bridled in our own sense of morality, and bounded by God’s grace.  A path only limited by our imagination.   I simply can’t imagine living a worthwhile life without the guidance, feedback and love of God.  I know not everyone shares that same belief, and that is ok, for the essence of our being is that of choice.  To a degree, we create our own future by the choices we make.  And for me, what better resource could one have, than Jesus Christ as your mentor, friend, Master and Creator?

As it was for me and as it will continue, when in doubt, I’ll follow the Son.  It’s a highly personal matter and it will remain that way.  Be well and choose wisely.   God Bless you.

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Human Life – The White Noise of Consciousness


spiritmerkabahI’ve always appreciated the importance of perspective and context as they relate to analysis, problem solving and yes, even brainstorming.  Likewise, I believe that human life is perfectly captioned via the well-known label of “Intelligent Design”.

There is a healthy and welcomed balance of sorts when the two words are paired together to represent the ultimate “body of knowledge” about life, thought, universe, origin, purpose and journey.

But, what exactly is human life, in a grand sense of being?  As an understatement, it is an experience.  It is a lesson to be learned in preparation of eternal life.  A “hands-on”, fully immersed “test drive” of the beauty, magnificence and peaceful existence in our dreams; or more aptly of our Destiny.

As a microscope divulges the intricacies of the physical aspect of human life, a seemingly static and solid piece Omega_Watch_Gearsof carbon (our body) becomes a teeming, complex and multi-dimensional mystery (key aspect – multi-dimensional).  And so in a parallel thought sequence, when placing the construct of consciousness “under the microscope”, we find among human life, eternal salvation, esoteric relationships, universal truth and purpose of being; most assuredly and magnificently, our creator.

“Human life is but a microscopic taste of consciousness as a single cell represents our physical body.”  

To be able to understand true consciousness via our present knowledge of human life and physiology is akin to being able to visualize the Mosaic_Mona_LisaMona Lisa from seeing one pixel of a 900,000,000,000,000 (trillion) piece mosaic.  Infinitesimal at best; purely impossible considering our current sense of reality.

As you routinely listen to the radio or a music CD in your car and acknowledge, but “tune out” the exterior road, weather and man-made sounds as you drive/travel, so in the larger sphere of our existence, human Life is the “White Noise” of Consciousness.

The key point is to not need to understand, but simply to acknowledge the relationship as Real, and to subsequently solidify your faith with it, draw the conclusion that God is equally ever so Real, and finally, to make the commitment to live your human life focused on preparing yourself for that eternity called consciousness.

If you’ve ever experienced and/or witnessed the birth of a baby or even simply admired a newborn infant in your arms, try convincing yourself that this creation was a “random organization of cells” or an evolutionary “skill”.  Without question, it is the most convincing and perfect evidence of Intelligent Design and Grace with which you will ever be Blessed and have the privilege to behold; period.

Be true to yourself and most importantly, be well.

One and Only – The Multi-Dimensional Me


Michael Cerkas High School Yearbook

When I was young, like many others, I was a dreamer.  A dreamer, not in the sense of fantasy, wild imagination or wishful thinking; a dreamer in the sense of bold empowering dreams, hallmarked with heroes, real people and jubilance.  I dreamed in terms of humanity, brotherhood, good will and magnificent outcomes… for the world and how I would be an integral part of it.  And these dreams began for me at six years old!

Now, many decades later, I still dream those dreams, concretely believing they will come to pass (in my lifetime), with the singular unknown being simply a matter of when those dreams will transform into reality and bring solace to a world so desperately in need and want of it.

Jesus Christ (Artists Rendition)

These dreams I speak of, originate deep within my mind and soul; striving to be, anxiously awaiting to morph into a living, breathing reality.  They are taking form, and truthfully, at times, scare the daylights out of me, inasmuch a biblical revelation must have equally jolted those whom lived during the Life of Jesus Christ, witnessing the miracle and salvational nature of his Life, first-hand in real time.

These dreams move me to describe myself in terms of multidimensional-being” in the hope of being better able to understand myself and likewise, better relate to other individuals.  And as much as I believe each of us are singularly unique children of God, on that same canvas being created with similar brushstrokes, we are similarly linked and defined by those dimensions.

Each of us exist in many dimensions of life and reality.  We are sons, daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, friends, Christians, soldiers, leaders and students.  The development and self-recognition of these dimensions appear to accelerate as we grow and mature, and some serve to define our existence, perhaps even destiny, where others labor to mold us into our future selves, forging personality, durability, interest and temperament.

I am a son, a father, a husband and a brother, a student (of life), Christian, writer, manager, leader, analyst, neighbor and (hopefully) friend to many.  Each of these “Michaels” intertwine like a complex DNA strand to form the person that others recognize and know.  Each of the persons that have helped me to develop as a human being see or view me through the likewise unique filters that have formed as a result of each relationship and collective “museum” of interactions.  It’s almost as if the relationship itself is its own entity of life.

And then, further forging the spirit that is joyfully “me”, are the lifetime of experiences, actions, behaviors and acquired knowledge that serve as the trim on a car; indeed, quite a visual, yes?  Foremost, I seek to find the good in everyone I encounter, in the hope of encouragement, inspiration and personal development.  I am very mechanically inclined, logically oriented, mathematically gifted, enjoy sports and even more, appreciative of fine art, music, innovation and creative endeavors.  Oh yes, and my oh my, do I enjoy to write!

Perhaps the most crucial take-away from this conversation is the realization and acknowledgement that each of us as human beings are equally diverse, complex, gifted and unique.  Every single person on this planet that confines our physical being, possesses greatness across the fabric of our spirit, being and purpose.

That greatness is to be witnessed in awe, celebrated by all and pursued individually to grow, nurture and ultimately, leverage in this world to achieve outcomes characterized by ethical, moral and spiritual energy, commonly focused on the advancement and betterment of life for everyone, and paradoxically personal development and growth in wisdom.

So, the next time you encounter the opportunity to meet and/or converse with other people, regardless if they are friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or complete strangers; do so with the mindset of foremost appreciation, understanding, support, love and above all, compassion for each as the special Child of God and important, influencing human catalyst that they truly are.

As sophisticated as this world has become, there is certainly ample opportunity for distraction, obstacle and diversion to enter each of our lives.  The challenge and opportunity is to remain focused, disciplined and civil in the course of an increasingly complicated and at times, challenging world.

Be well and God bless.

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