October 2007


Everybody has been getting all nimbly bimbly and amped up over “The Secret” as well as other tips and tricks in Eastern Philosophical format. To be honest with you, for our society to fall prey to new concepts as absolute truth is ludacris. I hear stuff like this all the time. Live by this magical formula, take these 10 easy steps, go see so and so, etc. Where is the fruit? Don’t get me wrong, there are books out there that have a wealth of information that lead to success but how far are you really willing to go? The Bible says what good is it to gain the entire world yet forfeit your soul? Why are multi-millionaires often the emptiest people in the world? Why does happiness seem so impossible to obtain in America?

I too have wondered these questions and asked God, how can I find happiness? The truth is I was asking the wrong question. I feel like that Steven Hawking holographic dude from iRobot beating around the bush until Will Smith finally asks the right question. His ears flare up and he finds the key to destroying artificial intelligence… yay, the end, all the robots become friends and human slavery is postponed. Our lives are outside of the lights and cameras and to be brutally honest most of us don’t want to think that far down the road. I think the real question is how can I live a life of fulfillment? Fulfillment always leads to happiness, yet the void remains. Marriage doesn’t fill it. Success in business doesn’t fill it. What is this intrinsic emptiness that longs to be filled?

I searched for years. Drugs. Women. Marriage. Wreckless Spending. Sex. Kids. Some were harmful but some were great blessings! I have found that nothing can fulfill like surrenduring to God. I have found that there is a door in every man’s heart. On the other side of that door lies a void that can only be filled by the master of the universe (not He-man). The God who devised the very fabric of time longs to be the answer. The key to unlocking this door lies in surrender. You surrender your life over only to gain everything. Let’s just be honest here… you could gain the entire world but you will keep craving more until that void is filled. I’ve lived, learned, and made my choices. Today the void is filled and somehow the rest of my life is falling into place.

How difficult would it be to meditate for a few minutes on the reality that you too might have this unexplainable void? The temporary pleasures almost always seemingly come back to that one question don’t they? Welcome to my world.

As I pursue the development of my character I am reminded of a common practice in the Air Force called a “FOD Walk.” Airports around the world commonly use this term which is their way of saying, “Alright everyone, time to pick up trash.” FOD stands for Foreign Object Damage. In this case, everybody lines up side by side and walks up and down the flight line slowly looking for the smallest rocks or debris (as even a microscopic object has the potential to damage a multi-million dollar jet).

When you are born again by the blood of Jesus He comes and does a remodel of your home. When I gauge where I am at I see that God has cleaned up the obvious issues in my life: lust, partying, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. but it’s the little things that I am worried about that are a lot more subtle and less obvious… the microscopic things like gossip, white lies, bitterness, or littering. I stare down the proverbial flight line of my life and although the obvious obstacles have been removed it is a continual process of combing my life to ensure that the little things don’t destroy me. In the Air Force the only things that are guaranteed are the FOD walk, death, and taxes.

See… allowing the smallest hint of impurity has the potential to destroy the temple that God is building in you. A rotten egg spoils the bunch, a flaw in a diamond decreases its value, and the stray rock destroys the aircraft. I see these issues continually coming out of nowhere and it is a process of cleaning it up one rock at a time. The process never stops. Do yourself a favor and perform a couple FOD walks in your life. You might be surprised what you find. Sure, it sucks and it takes a lot of time and energy but in the end it might just save your life.