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Overcoming Spiritual Paralysis

Overcoming Spiritual Paralysis

Lately, God has been reminding me of my own weakness. I cannot do any good in this world except by God’s help. I’ve been trying to follow the plans He has revealed for my life, but I keep getting overwhelmed by all of the things I am supposed to be. It seems like every day, I am discovering a new commandment I am failing to live up to. If I’m honest, I’m living a small life because I’m afraid of failure. I put way too much stock in my own actions, and I forget that the battle has already been won.

But why am I afraid of failure? God is judging me based on His own merit, not mine. If I succeed, it is for His glory. If I fail, it is a reminder of His grace. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Rm. 8:1-2) If there is no condemnation, then fear has no place in my life anymore. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The burden of the Law

If you pick up a Bible and begin reading from Genesis 1, you may notice the abundance of rules. There are an estimated 613 commandments in the first five books of the Bible alone. By the time Jesus arrived on the scene, there were groups of the religious elite who made a full-time job out of trying to keep all of the thousand-plus laws that they had at the time. One would expect Jesus to give them a pat on the back for doing such a great job, but He did the exact opposite. After condemning them for being hollow and shallow, Jesus pulled the noose even tighter. It doesn’t matter if you actually commit adultery, you are a unholy sinner if you let your eyes wander for a second! Can you imagine the despair on the faces of the crowd when they heard this? Their best was horribly insufficient.

The point is, and has always been, that we cannot keep the law on our own. The law isn’t just here to enhance our lives, it’s here to show us the extent of our need. The Law exitst to point us to a Saviour. Jesus kept the law to its fullest extent, and He suffered the fate of the worst of criminals so we who can’t keep it for even a day will be treated like someone who never once faltered.

Are we moving backwards?

It seems to me that we’ve returned to the exact same spot the Pharisees were in so many years ago. Our churches are filled with people who want to (or at least pretend to want to) keep the law, but we know deep down that it is impossible. I have, on more than one occasion, suffered paralysis on the light of the law. There are so many things a Christian is called to be. Am I feeding the poor, visiting the sick and prisoners, sharing the Gospel on the streets, being generous with my wealth, putting all others before myself and putting God above all? No. I will never get off the ground if I try to be all things at all times to all people. But God gave us a few secret weapons to help us overcome paralysis.

If we are the body…

The first thing that God gave us is each other. In the past few months, I have come to realize that I can’t be all things at all times to all people (I know, #thickskullproblems). The revelation came through my small group when we got together to buy Thanksgiving meals for families in need. I couldn’t spare a dime that month, but my friends were able to. We all contributed what we could, and God did great things with it. What would happen if I started reading the Bible as God’s letter to His church, not just to me? All of a sudden it becomes manageable. I’ll take the call to proclaim His name, you look after the prisoners, and our other friend can be an advocate for the oppressed. We were called to be the body of Christ, parts in a whole. How foolish have I been for assuming I can be God’s hands and feet all by myself!

God told me to write, and that’s what I’m going to do. I will send my money with those who have taken a different call. I will continue to meet with the Body of Christ regularly to see if we are forgetting something. We won’t be perfect, but we can do much more together than any of us could ever do alone. I recently told a partner in ministry about my plans to transition elsewhere. With incredible wisdom, she replied, “Of course, serve where you feel called. There’s no guilt, only joy!”

The strength of Christ

I would be remiss if I talked about the Body of Christ without mentioning the head. Many of us are so caught up with the worries of this life that we don’t have any time left to think about ministry. We must take our cares to the foot of the Cross. The Law isn’t about rules anymore. Jesus proved to us that we can’t keep the rules, and then He provided a better way.

The apostle Peter told us that angels never tire of looking into the Gospel. How can I? When I fully understand the Gospel, the law will become irrelevant. In Galatians 2, Paul tells the story of Peter acting hypocritically. Instead of quoting the law (which he knew better than any of us), Paul asked Peter to think out the implications of the Gospel. He reminded Peter that if Christ died for all, then there is no superiority among us, and therefore no ground for racial discrimination. If we look for Jesus on every page of the Scriptures, we will begin to find a story that is deeper and more wonderful than we could have imagined. The only response will be to obey with joy.

I am just beginning to experience the joy of God’s calling over me. I’m sure that there will be many failures along the way. But when we fix our eyes on Christ, we don’t have to measure ourselves by our success or failures. Work just becomes work, and ministry just becomes ministry. It’s all an offering of praise to Jesus who did the only truly great work on our behalf. Perfect love casts out all fear, so let us seek to understand the great love He has for us, and let us live out of that love.

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Why a website: From entitlement to empowerment

Why a website: From entitlement to empowerment

Many of us have been told that we’re special so often that we forget what it truly means. It doesn’t mean entitlement, the belief that we deserve more from the world. It means empowerment, the belief that we have more to give to the world.

Why a website: From entitlement to empowerment

Many would say that the defining characteristic of a Millennial is entitlement. When I searched Google for “millennial birth years” to check if I technically qualify or not, the first line of the first search result read “We can all agree that Millennials are the worst. But what is a Millennial?” I was honestly a little taken aback. Growing up, I remember my class was always told that we “not going to make it once we got to the ‘real world,’” the real world being defined as middle school, then high school, then college, then the workplace. I never understood how I managed to be a part of the worst class ever no matter how many times I moved. Now, I know I was not in a classroom of disrespectful kids, I was in a generation of one. It was a rough ride, and I never liked school much until college, but I made it through thanks to my faith, family, and friends. Now that I am living a full life of meaning and purpose, I want to turn back and light the path for others.

There are a great many blogs, websites, collections, books, and essays in the world. Why then, you might ask, would I decide to start writing down my thoughts on anything? There are a great many published works out there, and a great many more still unpublished. One could spend a lifetime reading and never come close to hearing it all. One voice seems so small when put against this backdrop.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been called “a special snowflake” more than once in your life. We all know what is really being said. You are special and unique in the way everyone else is special and unique. In the words of Syndrome from the Incredibles, “When everyone’s super, no one is.” This seems to be the mantra of my generation.

Amidst the despair, there is one truth that I am finding more and more. Life is a series of investments. If you want to retire, you put money in an account. If you want a good job, you spend time getting an education. The list goes on and on. With so many investing so much into their own gain, I can see another void needing to be filled. Like the voice crying out in the wilderness, I hear, even today, the gentle whisper of my God calling “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” I doubt whether I will ever make it to the top of the body-pile to become the #1 richest man in the world, no matter how hard I try. There are just too many investing in the same goal for me to reach the top. But I don’t have to reach the top of that list to be successful.

I recently stumbled across http://www.globalrichlist.com, a website that ranks individuals based on their salary. We hear the phrase “one percent” tossed around here and there, but I never really thought much about it before. When I entered my salary in there, I found that I was not only in the 1%, but I was nearing the 0.1%! In laymen’s terms, it means for every person like me, there are 700 people who have less, some much less. Take a look and see where you lie. Odds are, if you are reading this on an electronic device, you are in the 1% too.

In all of this, I found a delicate truth. I am special, not in the “special snowflake manner,” but in a real, tangible, and meaningful way. I am already richer than most of the world will ever be. I have a great education, and despite the generation I come from, I have a desire to invest in the kingdom of Heaven instead of the kingdom of men. Many of us have been told that we’re special so often that we forget what it truly means. It doesn’t mean entitlement, the belief that we deserve more from the world. It means empowerment, the belief that we have more to give to the world.

All of this brings me back to the original question: Why would I start a website when there are thousands of voices out there already? As I said, I believe that I am empowered. I am sitting on the top of the investment of a great many men and women, and I now have the opportunity to pay it forward. I have already found purpose in two ministries, two Bible studies, and a handful of charities. But it is not enough. I want to give more.

There is a danger in every part of this world. If you seek fulfillment, you may come up dry. If you seek love, you may find loss. If you wade into a river, you may drown. If you seek a life of meaning and purpose, beware. One day, God may find you comfortable in the life He gave you and ask for more. In part, I am writing this because I can’t do otherwise. I don’t know where it will take me, but I can’t help but live a grander, more generous, and more empowered life. I don’t know where I will end up, but it’s no matter. No great victory comes without significant investment. This website is a stepping stone for me. It is a source of wonder as well as accountability.

What you can expect from me:

I have recently finished reading Love Does by Bob Goff and Miracles by C.S. Lewis, two wildly different books about one grand subject: a life devoted to Jesus Christ. I hope to distill some of that here, as well as other works.

I plan to begin with a dissection of my own worldview. I expect to learn a lot in the process, and I hope that I can teach a little too.

If I can present the wisdom of some of the great men I have read in a way which can inspire and propel even one of my peers, then this little experiment of mine will be a success. Thank you for reading. I pray that grace and truth will light your path in your own quest for meaning and fulfillment.

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Do you know what you believe? A brief look at relativism

Do you know what you believe? A brief look at relativism

If your car suddenly stops working, you can’t fix it with a new paint job. You have to go under the hood. Our attempts to hide the inner workings of our lives from each other only blinds us to our problems.

Relativism: Our unspoken assumptions

Before we begin to explore the question “What is true,” we are going to need to take a look at truth itself. In the Tales of the Poet, I am exploring the relative benefits of beliefs. Relativism (the idea that all belief systems are equally valid/true) can be a great tool when used properly, but most of us use it in a way that is extremely dangerous. Instead of using it as a means of silent introspection, we wield it as a weapon designed to silence those around us.

If you truly believe that the world would be a better place if everyone kept their beliefs private, then the only logical course of action is to keep that belief private. When you force others to conform to this belief, you are tearing apart the very floor you stand on. Argue that everyone else should keep their beliefs quiet while you instruct them, and you are well on your way to becoming the very monster that you had sought to destroy. Relativism seems like a humble notion on the surface, but underneath, it is no different than the belief systems it seeks to replace.

What assumptions make out of you and me

The primary problem with relativism is the prevalence of assumption. Like it or not, everyone has a worldview. Moreover, we live in a culture where our worldviews collide at many points. Look at any hot-button issue today and you will see the danger here. One of the first steps in relationship counseling is to put names to your feelings. Everyone gets angry. The people who know that they are angry will be to exercise self-control. The people who refuse to face their anger will soon find themselves controlled by it.

Our worldviews are dangerous in the same manner. We often pass value judgments on other people because we assume that everyone else is living under our own private beliefs. Many of the divisions between us come from our different belief systems. When we pretend that our beliefs are purely personal, we not only are unable to empathize with others, but we are also unable to understand why we can’t see eye-to-eye.

Allow me to explain with an example.

What assumptions are made in the following titles: Pro-life? Pro-choice? You already know which debate I’m referring to. Pro-life implies that the other group is anti-life. “You are murderers.” Pro-choice implies that the other group is anti-choice. “You hate women and their rights.” The assumptions go deeper than that, though. Is it surprising that many pro-life groups are Christian and many pro-choice groups are atheist or postmodernist? At the heart of the issue is the origin of life. Generally speaking, if life has a divine origin, then, through a series of implications, group A are murderers. If life has a natural origin, then, through another series of implications, group B violates basic human rights. When we embrace relativism, we don’t make religion go away, we just make ourselves blind to it. The communication barrier turns difficult problems into insurmountable ones.

To be clear, I am not here to advocate on any of these issues. My job is to advocate for truth. You probably believe certain things because someone whom you respect taught you to believe them. If you come away from this website believing different things merely because I told you to, then I failed to accomplish my primary goal. I want you to believe truth because you have looked at the facts and you know what they mean. I enjoy seeking out counter-arguments because it gives me an opportunity to understand my own position more fully. By challenging my worldview, I will either destroy it or make it stronger. Which one happens depends entirely on one question: Do I believe the truth?

What about those of us who aren’t relativists?

If the assumptions I make and the actions I take based on those assumptions are the root of the issue, then I am the problem. The people who are fighting for equality cannot win by changing their beliefs. They must change mine. If I am a racist, then keeping my beliefs to myself will only make the situation worse. I may forget why I act a certain way, but I will continue to act. Before we can fix my actions, we must fix my assumptions. I’m not saying that relativism is all bad. Discouraging people from voicing hurtful opinions is an easy way to clean up the internet. If you are not a relativist, then you are probably a very loud person, for better or for worse.

I do believe that we need to learn to coexist. But burying our beliefs will never fix the problem. If your car suddenly stops working, you can’t fix it with a new paint job. You have to go under the hood. Our attempts to hide the inner workings of our lives from each other only blinds us to our problems. Our nation has collectively thrown religion in the junkyard, but the problems are still getting worse. Hatred, persecution, and racial tensions are still growing. At our core, we are different people with different beliefs. If we want to fix the problems, we will need to find a universal standard to live by. We need to take a long look at truth. Yes, it will be messy. But our current solution has failed. It’s time we bring our beliefs back into the spotlight.

Looking Onward

I know that it is impossible to ask the entire world to adopt one belief system. But the truth is able to shape you as an individual into a peacemaker. I don’t need to convince the world, or even the majority of it, to consider their beliefs before change can happen. The world is a better place because I took the time to seriously consider truth. If you decide to investigate these things (whether here or on your own), you will eventually be able to say the same thing of yourself.

Consider this your introduction to the Tales of the Sage. From here on out, I will make the assumption that there is such a thing as truth. I will also assume that it is possible for someone to find this truth if he knows where to look. Apart from that, I intend to make no assumptions. I want us to discuss every aspect of belief before we take any step. Eventually, I will assume a complete worldview on this website. However, I will not jump there.

When someone tells you what to do, they are asking you to trust their worldview solely on the basis of your relationship with them. I want to fully explain my worldview first so you can know that the rest of my words are trustworthy. I want you to understand why I say the things I say. If you disagree with me, I want you to know exactly where and why. If I just make you angry, it is probably because you are unfamiliar with your own beliefs.

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A Bridge Between Two Worlds

A Bridge Between Two Worlds

What would you do if human history still has a thousand years left? How would you live if you believed that the next Great American Revival is right around the corner?

A Bridge Between Two Worlds

Before I dive in, I want to share my heart for this post. I believe that this website is a small part of the call that God has placed on my life, and I would love to see the impact of this endeavor multiplied a thousandfold. But this post specifically isn’t meant for the world. This one is just for those of you whom I call friend. I believe that we can do great things together, and I don’t want any of us to miss the plans God has for us.

Estimates vary, but the sources I found all say that less than 10% of millennials are dedicated Christians, with some sources estimating as low as 4%. Regardless of where the line is drawn, all sources agree that we are the least Christian generation in the history of America. By the grace of God, I have managed to find myself in circles where the statistic is reversed. It is easy to take Christian subculture for granted when it is all you know. But, as we all know by now, the fellowship we have shared over the years is not the norm for America. People are lost and hurting everywhere we look.

Our Unique Calling

I mentioned in my first post that I have more to offer than many of the people alive today. The truth is, all of us do. If you are both a Christian and a young adult today, then you are very unique. Together, we make a bridge between the lost and the found.

I hope that this doesn’t sound like an exaggeration. The generation before us lived largely with a supplemental faith. As with every generation, there were a few who were deeply dedicated, but many went to church out of mere habit. As our generation grew up, we suffered through divorce, abuse, and neglect. Most of us associate the pain we carry with the church and its often hypocritical members.

So, what about us specifically? My friends from Horn Creek, JBU, and Friendship church, we are the future of the church. Moreover, I believe that we hold the answers to the questions our generation is asking. You and I understand both the pain of our generation and the hope of Christ.

We are blessed beyond comprehension to be here. I can count no less than 5 influential father figures in my life, including my biological father, who (in opposition to the statistics) is still happily married to my mother. Many of you have more pain in your past than I. I am learning about the deep damage that divorce can cause through my wife’s story. There will be more heartbreak in our future. But I can’t imagine facing this knowledge without the hope of Christ to guide me. There are millions of people out there who do not have this hope.

A Revival Story

I love the story of Israel’s kings. Have you read it? If not, grab a Bible and read 2 Kings on a rainy afternoon. It is truly amazing. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin, led by David’s line, did some pretty terrible things. Even so, they were turned back to God no less than five different times. One time, a priest found a dusty scroll containing God’s commandments in the temple storage room when they were cleaning it out. He gave it to the kid who just so happened to have inherited the throne at the time, and after reading it, this kid decided to renew the covenant they once had with God.

This kid king’s name was Josiah. Did I mention that he was eight years old when this happened? Look it up. An eight-year old and a dusty book was all it took to turn a generation around. They were God’s people once again. This lasted for 31 years, long enough to redeem a large part of a generation. After that, a new generation had to make their own decisions.

Hell In a Handbasket

Do you remember when your grandma used to tell you that this world is going to hell in a handbasket? I certainly do. Growing up, I was told that my generation will be the last. That the world is gearing up for the apocalypse. I got married as early as I could because I wanted to experience marriage before Jesus came back to take us all home. It’s not like there could be another eight-year old or a dusty Bible lying around today.

If you were raised like me, then I ask you, please try to think differently. What would you do if human history still has a thousand years left? I don’t mean to ignore all the prophesies that have been fulfilled in the past 200 years. I do believe that we are near the end, but I know that time looks very different to God than it does to us. Jesus’s disciples thought that he was going to return the same day that He left. I don’t doubt that we still have enough time left to turn this world around once more. Every generation that returned to God pushed Israel’s destruction back by 100+ years! How would you live if you believed that the next Great American Revival is right around the corner? Live like that and it just might truly happen.

The Challenge

It is true that our world is merely following the pattern set by history. Even so, many generations throughout history have been turned back to God through the work of a faithful few. Today, you and I are the few who understand both the mindset and needs of our generation and the hope of the Gospel. If we do not do this work, it is possible that no one will and an entire generation will be lost.

The solution is very clear. I have seen your love. We don’t just attend church, we live full lives in Christ. Our peers have turned away from a church that sells Jesus by removing truth to make Him more attractive. It doesn’t mean that they are beyond the reach of the true Gospel. We need to be sharing the whole truth every chance we get.

We can’t sell it, though. Our generation can see through that. Jesus told us “freely you have received, now freely give.” Again, “We love because He first loved us.” We have to genuinely care for the people we live with. We believe in a God who created us simply because He is good. He loves us because He is love and He gave us the free will to love Him in return. Moreover, when we alienated ourselves from Him, He came down to our world and gave us a second chance simply because He is love. In the end, we have the choice to live fully with Him or fully without Him, and either way, He will honor our request. This is the story we live, and it is deeper, richer, and more amazing than any “easy to swallow” gospel you have heard.

The Proposition

What does this practically look like? I believe it starts with prayer, genuine concern and intermission for the well-being of our peers. After that, we listen to God’s calling. Just don’t settle for less. There are enough consumers out there already. This world is in need of a generation that gets up off the sidelines and loves radically. If we are different, then we will be noticed.

Second, I believe that we need to be actively reaching out to the Church. The generations above us have a great deal to teach us, as well as to learn from us. They may seem cold and distant, but it is only because they are confused by us, just as we are by them. We need their wisdom, and they need our zeal. It’s how the church was designed, and it is the only way we can succeed.

My Part

Right now, my mission is this website. Please consider sharing my posts and praying over this project. I will be launching a Worldview series very soon in an attempt to get the full Gospel into the hands of millennials who have never heard it put this way before. Jessica and I are also working with our church and are looking for opportunities to bridge the generational divides we see. We are considering meeting with the church leadership in order to create channels for high school students to get involved in children’s ministry.

If God calls us to sell everything tomorrow and go somewhere new, I will follow. In the meantime, we will take every opportunity we have to change the world around us here in Shakopee. I hope that I have inspired some of you to do the same. Many of you have already sacrificed much for the Gospel. Thank you for your service. I pray that your zeal and boldness will grow stronger each day. If “everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life (Mt. 19:29),” then there is nothing to fear in this grand call.

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An Introduction

An Introduction


Someone spent time carefully polishing and shaping a lens so you can see the world around you for what it really is. Why do we stop at physical sight? Each of us has the capacity to craft our individual worldview to let us see the world as it truly is.

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Building a worldview: An Introduction

I almost died once. I’m not talking about some emotional moment when I felt lost or worried. I’m talking about a week in the ICU with doctors hovering around wondering if I was going to make it. I contracted a rare disease from handling mouse droppings while in Colorado. It kills 36% of its hosts by filling their lungs with fluids until they asphyxiate. You would think that this kind of thing would be the center of someone’s story. My wife remembers every detail of that week. My parents do too. To be honest, I don’t.

I remember wanting to go home because my girlfriend was in pain. If I recall, I watched a lot of TV. I remember having a lot of visitors. Also, I remember having peace. I wasn’t worried at all even though I probably should have been. Death wasn’t the great villain I had imagined him to be. I politely asked him to come back later, and he passed me by. It’s not that I was terrified of him. I just needed to be here to help my girlfriend through a hard time. I recently told my life’s story to a friend. If you can believe it, this little adventure didn’t make it in. An hour into the conversation, with a chuckle, I suddenly remembered the time when I almost died. I used it to explain the point I was making, and I moved on.

Why, you may ask, was I not afraid of dying? How could I live through something as terrifying as a brush with death and think little of it? The answer, I believe, lies in my worldview. Now, this little word has become hard to pin down. We have all heard it before, and it is even a cliché in some circles, but we rarely stop to ask why it matters. If you don’t have a working definition of worldview, here is a dictionary definition to get you started:

Worldview: The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.

If you have glasses or contacts on, then you know what it is to not be able to see. You also thought that it was worth your while to get your eyes measured and tested. Someone spent time carefully polishing and shaping a lens so you can see the world around you for what it really is. Why do we stop at physical sight? Each of us has the capacity to craft our individual worldview to let us see the world as it truly is.

Note I say as it is. Most of us only try on one or two pairs of glasses before we decide that we can read the big E and that is enough. I wonder why. Science has only progressed this far because individuals sought to read the finer print and teach the world to do the same. If knowledge is power, then the wealth of the world is right here in front of you.

Science has only progressed this far because individuals sought to read the finer print and teach the world to do the same. If knowledge is power, then the wealth of the world is right here in front of you.

It doesn’t take a degree to see that there are many types of belief systems. Everyone seems to have their own version of the truth. One could spend a lifetime classifying them all. Even so, I am noticing one very important division: beliefs that are driven and beliefs that are driving. Most of us fall into the first category. Our beliefs are shaped by what others think. We believe many things, even if they are contradictory upon examination. What is more, we are content to do so! This can prove to be very dangerous whenever someone decides to feed us a belief for their own personal gain.

Say, for example that you are sitting in your house (in 1930s Germany) when a prominent politician (Adolf Hitler) tells you that a certain people group (The Jews) are to blame for the economy. Or, maybe you are sitting in your house (in 2017 America) when a prominent politician (Donald Trump) tells you that a certain people group (Mexican Immigrants) are to blame for the economy. (This isn’t a direct comparison or a political statement, just a reminder that historical lessons are still relevant today). If your beliefs are driven, you have no reason not to play along. You don’t know any better.

I know where it looks like I’m going with this. “Religion X is driven, Y is driving. Therefore, believe religion Y.” A classic bait-and-switch. But it’s not what I find to be true. Every nation in every time period in history has had their “default” religion. Blame Gaea, Brahma, God, or the Big Bang for making the world as it is. If it is just a historical account, then it doesn’t matter which you believe. It doesn’t even matter if it makes sense. I agree wholeheartedly with the Karl Marx’s famous statement:

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

In this sense, we are right to accept any belief. They are all the same. What I need to know, however, is if we are doomed to such a worldview, or if by spending enough time with the sages we can find a worldview that truly matters.

There is such a thing as truth, and if you look hard enough and ask enough questions, you will find it.

What is a driven worldview, then? Isn’t it better to believe something easy than to question everything? Perhaps. We are like Tolkien’s hobbits, fearful creatures who dread above all else the word adventure. Out of all the hobbits Tolkien named in his book, it was those who embraced the adventure who ultimately were the main characters of the story. If the story was about a hobbit who stayed home, then I suppose the entire story would have be forgotten long ago. Read a history book. What do the main protagonists in the story of our own world have in common? Most believed in an unwavering truth, and as a result, they themselves were unwavering and strong no matter the opposition. I want to be someone like that.

So how do we get there? First, we need a desire for truth. This is the hardest part. What happens if we don’t like what we find? What happens if we don’t like the people who we are identified with? It cannot and must not sway us. We must look at the whole picture, not just one part. Just like the eye doctor, we must keep trying new lenses until we are able to read every line.

I am saying much of this for your sake, not my own. I already have invested a great deal of time and thought into this journey. My life is shaped and defined by the things I believe. I want to share that with you as well. Don’t worry, I do still have a great deal of learning to do. I would be honored if you chose to join me on this adventure. If you are the kind of person who likes to subscribe to things, please do (Button below).

If not, please drop by now and then. I’ll be expanding this for quite a while. If you don’t care to join me on this particular journey, I understand. Never let your questions go unanswered. There is such a thing as truth, and if you look hard enough and ask enough questions, you will find it. I promise you, when you do, you will know. There is nothing like that moment when the things you believe suddenly become real. Truth is, you can’t return to status quo after a moment like that. Don’t worry, though. I promise, you won’t want to.

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Welcome to Tales of the Poet

Welcome to Tales of the Poet

Some of us were destined to be sages. We can discuss possibilities and plausibilities until the end of time. The rest of us will find it easiest to just try the shoe on so we can see if it fits.

Tales of the Poet


Hi, this is Matt from 2018! In school, I was told that writing should follow a specific structure. Introduction: Tell them what you are going to say, Body: tell them what you are saying, Conclusion: repeat your main points. I don’t always follow that template around here, but I probably should have at the beginning. It seems like my writing never really got past the introduction part. I guess I was just stalling until I knew what I really wanted to say. I’m glad that you’re here. I can’t promise that there is much wisdom in these legacy posts (but then again, who’s saying there’s any in my later content?). I put this here as a reminder to myself of where I started from. Feel free to keep reading, just know that I don’t (as of now) plan on finishing these series.

I have always loved music. I am also learning to love knowledge and wisdom. But something funny is happening as my love of knowledge grows. As I read the thoughts and expressions of great minds, I am coming to realize that I need the expressions of simple folk if I want any balance in life. There are rogue philosophers all over the place – arrogant men who fight heavy battles for truth like knights trying to rescuing a damsel from distress. I almost became one of those men when I started this journey. But something funny happened. Every time I learned a great truth and began to feel superior, I would read an old book or hear a familiar song and realize that I only had learned to articulate what I already knew.

This is why the Tales of the Poet excites me. I’m not just here to present large, unwieldy arguments. Sure, I am writing Tales of the Sage for balance. But it’s just that. Balance. Many of us will benefit more from looking closely at what we believe than we will by setting out to find absolute truth. Some of us were destined to be sages. We can discuss possibilities and plausibilities until the end of time. The rest of us will find it easiest to just try the shoe on so we can see if it fits.

They key to an open mind

Again, I’m not claiming to be a relativist. Two opposing truth claims cannot both be true. Either one is true and one is false or both are false. There is no middle ground. But it shouldn’t stop us from using relativism as a tool in order to find what we are looking for. If the shoe fits, it may very well be because it was designed to fit. If it wasn’t, then we will have to ask the question: is there a benefit to living as if this were true? This is the way our culture thinks already. I’m just writing it down. Once we find that relativism itself no longer fits, we will leave it behind as well.

All of this to say, I want to have an open mind. If I believe the truth, and the truth I believe is leading me into the best and most satisfying life that I could possibly live, then what do I need to be afraid of? I know that you may not be able to approach these different belief systems with complete objectivity. But remember – these are beliefs, not people. Christians led the crusades. The Nazis tried murdered everyone who wasn’t a part of their evolutionary superior race. Muslim extremists committed terrible acts of terror against the West. Corrupting your beliefs and being corrupted by them are two very different things. If you link the belief system to the people who believe it, you will never be able to become objective. We can factor believers back in once we understand the belief itself.

Jump right in!

I still need to get the blog formatting linked in to this page (sorry for the mess 🙂 ). In the meantime, here is a list of topics I plan to cover. Please subscribe if you want to catch the latest updates as they happen. Thank you for being here in the beginning of all this.

  • Is anything true?
  • Am I important?
  • What is the point of living?
  • Why are some people so bad?
  • Am I a good person?
  • Why do bad people bother me so much? Where is justice?
  • How can I make the world a better place?
  • I’m rich but I still want more. Can I ever be satisfied?
  • What is religion? Do I need it?
  • Do I have to be known to be loved?
  • Will the world ever be a perfect place?
  • Why do fairy tales make me feel so happy if they aren’t real?
  • Why is death so scary and painful? Is there hope?
  • Why don’t the good times last?
  • Is there anything that I can do that will make me truly happy?
  • Conclusions: What I chose to believe (and why I chose to believe it)
  • Bridge to Tales of the Sage: What about objective truth?