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Eric's Sunday Sermon; A Need That Burns Inside Us

Updated on November 30, 2016

Ah come on, kids growing up is that half as fun as growing with them.

Happy does are a coming.
Happy does are a coming. | Source

I hate the end of a long back country hike. Sure I need the rest but---

You know that you have a burden on your shoulders which you have created yourself. Or maybe nature put it there without your permission and it is a part of your self. The burden is that you are not pursuing a goal that you want to achieve but have something blocking you from pursuing it. There is something going on that prevents your actualization of a “dream”. Probably the most common of these blocking thoughts is fear. And probably that fear is of failure or disapproval of society both large and small. Perhaps we should try not looking at the result but of the journey.

I suffer from a very common disease. I am getting older. My dream is to get in great physical shape. And that is stupid. My goal should be to work hard at attaining my goal; that I can do no matter what. I also want to maintain mental acuity. And that is stupid, I should be enjoying the activities that promote preservation of that capacity. My goal should not be the end result waiting at the end of a very straight line. My goal should be in attaining progress toward the end result. Most are familiar with the notions set out by Thomas Edison and they are a three part concept that leads us to understand how great goals are attained.

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Perhaps we are not supposed to reach Mars in a manned craft. But for sure we are to try. Probably reaching perfect harmony with nature is unattainable if man is not part of nature, but we must make the effort. We just must change the paradigm and make the “goal” the effort and actions rather than the result. The mental walls I have placed in front of me must be torn down like the Berlin wall. The confinement of my own humanity to a set of standards that I created is akin to being held captive. We do not attain freedom from reaching our ultimate goals but rather by making the effort.

Excuse me now as I drift into the sermon aspect of this concept.

One of my mom's favs

Peaks and valleys must not really change our perspective

Yes I got to the top, but sure as heck not by a straight route.
Yes I got to the top, but sure as heck not by a straight route. | Source

Our choices

There is a mindset that eschews the belief in some entity being a creator and companion in life. You can call it Atheism, although just that word sets up walls between people. Normally the goal of such a mindset revolves around proof. It makes sense actually. More “sense” than believing. It is readily apparent that proof in such matters that leads to a conclusion is to date unattainable. But by golly a person of conviction must search for such proof. The goal must be the searching and not the conclusion. The conclusion, if it comes, is probably just a mindset and not real existence of proof.

The strange notion on the other side of the belief concept is when the spiritual minded takes off on a quest to prove a deity existence. We really only know a story about doubting Thomas who obtained sensory proof. And that was just specifically at that time between two. So sometimes we must question whether or not a pursuit is actually realistic. For me I just have a mindset that sabotages my desire of wealth. And sense I do not want to change that mindset I most likely should not think of that goal as realistic. But that does not mean that my effort to attain wealth is not worthy. The effort probably balances out my pension for ethereal and spiritual aloofness. I need something to tether me to earth as my head resides in the clouds.

So it appears that a reasonable evaluation of what we are doing to achieve a “dream” is appropriate. Certainly we can see that a focus on the big prize is not really so helpful as the cliché “keep your eye on the prize” is really pretty much poorly conceived.

Sometimes just standing on our own to feet is an accomplishment

My young son and I used to attend church several times a week at the oldest basilica. I hope he got the point that with me church is not all serious and boring. It is a process of fun.
My young son and I used to attend church several times a week at the oldest basilica. I hope he got the point that with me church is not all serious and boring. It is a process of fun. | Source

I like this concept -- knocking on the door to get in, when we could just as well hangout where we are.

The good life is in the life not in it's finished product.

So now we reach a point of discussion about being in the moment. Remembering that we do not call it being in the now as that is a losing proposition for as soon as we are in the now it has passed and we could never catch up. A moment is a combination of nows that flow seamlessly together to create what we would call a moment. I still remember the moment my wife said she loves me. But not the second as that would not even be enough time to get the words out. So the now is illusory but the moment can be a rhythmic tapestry of time. Which brings us back to the being in the work or in the goal. I remember the time when I kayaked my first very large rapid on the Colorado in the Grand Canyon. I must admit I do not remember the completion but only in the rapid. Thanksgiving dinners; I can remember many of them but I do not remember the end of them. I have pondered remembering the birth of my wonderful children and I was in the room cutting the chord for each of them. At first it seems like the end of pregnancy, the goal, but I am a man and it actually was the beginning for me. And of course that brings us to the wonderful notion of the end and the beginning usually be indistinguishable. Two impostors that we must treat just the same.

Most my life I have been a project worker. You could say that the faster I completed the quicker I was unemployed. A human planned obsolescence. So much pride in completing the project met immediately like a cold shower with no job and a feeling of loss. But no time was lost as with or without a project I could keep on learning to better do my vocation or avocation. Yes, to me they have almost always been the same concept. Just lucky I suppose.

So most wonderfully we come to spirituality. A wonderful pursuit which has at it’s goal no goal. Spirituality is a process not a thing. It is movement not sedation. It is the ever present movement forward toward a higher plain and not one meant to be obtained in any permanent sense. It is a word that I love, it is momentum. Some kind of moment in movement. Not ever to be captured or repeated. It is like reading the same book ten times and getting ten different meaning and looking forward to reading it again. (yes that is how I view law texts and the Bible, and stuff like Plato’s work and Descartes’s treatises – call me weird but don’t think me the same weird tomorrow as you conceive me today) Grow with me please. And hopefully you will grow also and so we will never have exactly the same perspective tomorrow as we had yesterday, for if we do our feet are in the mud while our head is in the sand.

So I ask you please to keep moving and growing in your passions, your craft and your spirit. Leave not one unattended, and never stop moving even when you have reached your “dreams”. Let yesterday teach us, today be us, and tomorrow bring us hope.

Can I get a big old Amen ;-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Amen!! I was able to keep up with your thinking and I must say, I understand. We are forever learning and moving forward. Nothing stays the same. I reach for a higher spiritual awakening each and every day. Do we know or understand the complete meaning of our earthly existence? I think not. I love your sermons. You always give us pause to ponder...Thank you Eric...

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, while I am crazy and you sane, we are still much alike. Your comment reminds me that no matter what miracle I pray for, when I really need it, I get more.

      When I was once real sick my crazy older sister who boarded me would always pop into the room open the shades and pronounce another beautiful day to enjoy -- and I will be damned she was right.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      You crazy-far from it. Me sane, I hope! I can relate to your sister opening the shades and telling you it was a beautiful day. I can be down and someone will call and tell me some good news and I'm on top of the world. Words of encouragement mean so much. I will remember to do that more. Peace my friend...

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, as always I get the sense you write specifically for me. We recently put our property on the market and within a month had a cash buyer..settlement was arranged for 13th December, but they want to move that forward to 6th. We have also seen another home that we like and have expressed interest in it but would need a small loan to purchase it. All good news I know, but now the fear sets in..moving, cleaning, packing....etc etc....Fortunately we are not currently living in the place we sold so don't have to move out unless we buy this other home, but....the fear of change and moving forward.

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      Mel Carriere 6 months ago from San Diego California

      Preacher, I am going to start wearing tinfoil hats because it is clear you are stealing the thoughts inside my head from your giant fortress on a hill in the Sprung Valley. Is it fear of failure that keeps me from giving 100 percent toward the goal, or fear of success? Or am I just plain tired? Your words are uplifting, because they make me think I am not alone in my frustration of being a one dimensional mule slinging a mail bag.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I think that is great news as long as you have room for cackleberries. I think in my heart that you need that, in a sense. Maybe need is not the right word -- maybe deserve is better.

      Around here fear being conquered together is awesome.

      Let me put it this way John -- I love you guy. They say there is no stronger love than giving your life for another. I think there is no greater gift than to share you life with others.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel some fool said that we measure a man by his accomplishment. And he meant by the end product. Can there be an end to your love for your son? You accomplish a "thing" in me. I get joy from the reading of your works, not in finishing them. There is a song about something like "may the circle be unbroken" Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLFbUbmH7To

      And it reminds me of your work, not a straight line but a circle from day to day. Just a thought.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      We always have to make room for cackleberries, Eric. The term "farm" may be stretching it if we move, though. May have to become "The Diary of an Urban Cackleberry Farmer" :) It is good to share your life, kinda therapeutic too.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is a funny remark you make. My adult children know my foibles very well. But they make a point of telling me how happy they are about them for they made them who they are and more importantly who they will be.

      I think you may change your physical locale but you shall remain a grower of life no matter where your next wonderful burden may take you.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Wow! Thanks for sharing from your journey. This hits home . . .

      "So I ask you please to keep moving and growing in your passions, your craft and your spirit. Leave not one unattended, and never stop moving even when you have reached your “dreams”. Let yesterday teach us, today be us, and tomorrow bring us hope."

      As you shared our greatest teacher is the 'Spirit' whom at times whispers when that point in the quote is reached - your "dreams'. Sometimes listening is the journey while in that silence heard is a message, "You have arrived . . . what next?" The message I received is 'next' is pursing hope 'with' passion.

      Thank You Eric for the opportunity to listen . . .

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      ahorseback 6 months ago

      Hello my friend , AHhhhh.......the serenity of knowing of just knowing , Life should be all about being in the moment at the end of a deep breath and a little secret smile upon the lips. The other day I became a bit worried about that though , I was in the woods watching soft snow flakes drifting in the cool still November air , thinking about the sounds of the brook that passes through my property and looking at the small flakes of gold colored sand at the rocky bottom of the clear water pools , Just who owns the mineral rights in that brook ?

      On the serious side Eric , I do believe that you have come to know true peace and contentness .....is that a word? !..........keep on writing , pleeaasseee!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am so late to the party this morning. Sorry about that. I was busy chasing my dreams and leaving not one stone unturned. :)

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim, lately I have been a bit reactionary. So that me gets blocked out. And that blocks my listening. Thank you, that is good for me to think about.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just a bit here Ed. A riparian habitat and the water that runs through it is a great subject for twisted minds. It is an upstream concept. For instance can you block it to put in a Koi pond? Can you interfere or pollute the water that flows into the next property?

      And now what about gold that flows on to your property from the property from above? And can your upstream neighbor block that natural flow?

      To me - fun stuff.

      If we find this contentness in the doing of the thing. I think we will do happiness. Which is quite weird as my wife asked me what I was doing last night and I told her happiness. Her look at me was epic.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill you once said that the best time to post on HP is at 7am on Tuesday morning. I am pretty sure I normally post at the worst times. Oh well. You are larger than life buddy, you can never be late as the real party begins when you arrive.

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      Alison Monroe 6 months ago

      Amen! Preach it! At this age, the end of a long backcountry hike gives rise to similar thoughts...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      I like the message of appreciating where we are. For believers these words are appropriate (not sure who wrote them): It's not in trying but in trusting, It's not in running but in resting, Not in wondering but in praying, That we find the strength of the Lord.

      That strength facilitates our moving forward more certainly than most can imagine.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Alison I suppose I sure shouldn't complain if I can do the hike at all.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, I know that a lot of people do not get it when I state that my reliance and dependence on my Lord is the greatest gift I can receive. I recognize unearned love and grace but for me my need of Him is the bestest.

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      Linda Lum 6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, my friend, thank you for the reminder that we need to stop and smell the roses, each and every day.

      Two years ago I "retired' from a volunteer position as the CFO at my church. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees was my "supervisor" (actually more like a BFF). There were many times that we faced financial shortfalls--challenges that seemed almost insurmountable. He would tell me "Linda, it's like eating an elephant. Just take one bite at a time."

      Don't hurry the process, even if it's something you don't like doing. We learn in life from everything, good and bad.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, our relationship with our Lord begins like a relationship with others. We simply must take it a moment at a time. If we start out in 1999. And try to map how it goes for ten years we are delusional. It is like demanding that a child develop exactly as you want them to. It is a loser's mark.

      But if we dance and play and enjoy in the moment then tomorrow will take care of itself.

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      Clive Williams 6 months ago from Nibiru

      Blessings to your Eric. May your burdens be do more. Earth is just a transition for us all. Enjoy it while it last

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Clive. Today is a busy day -- up to me, how it goes.

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      Dana Tate 6 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Your Sermon reminds me of my "The reflection in the mirror" That poem and this hub is a constant reminder that change is inevitable. Just think, if human beings had the ability to control change. The world would be stuck in a time warp. I have friends who literally will not understand we are no longer in the 70's and 80's but the twentieth century.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Each time I pray Dana I pause. I just cannot envision that my thoughts are worthy. What pride and ego I take to the King. But if I lay me aside and open my will to His there is never a poor outcome no matter how seemingly sad.

      I beg that God not work my miracles but God's. An open heart is all I need to find the light.

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      William Kovacic 6 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Eric,

      In the beginning, you said, "The burden is that you are not pursuing a goal that you want to achieve but have something blocking you from pursuing it." Been there - done that, but after going through your message, I see what you mean. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you William, perhaps if we do not share a thought it is lost. I have spent time on that. The old tree falling and no one hearing it concept. We maybe have faced the demons we see. But I wonder about those we have not seen.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 months ago

      I enjoyed your sharing today. I too believe just standing on our two feet is a great accomplishment some days, love your little boy in the photo. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dianna, I am a great fan of writing down my gratitudes and that that worries me. Never have I met a day, where just being alive trumps any issues.

      I was just battling my issue of writing, and afraid of what people think. Silly me, I am blessed to write. And cursed to worry.

      Having you drop by is reward enough.

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Yesterday I was in a bookshop and looking at the back of a book by a well-known adventurer. He's been to both poles (on foot) fought with the SAS and been involved in many things you and I would run a mile from, yet the book said he's afraid of heights!!!

      We all have fears, they're natural for us, an 'inbuilt' or God-given safety device to help us stay alive! It's what we do with them that counts!

      For me, this was a great message to start the new year with.

      I'm one of those like Thomas require a certain degree of physical evidence, the difference is I've found enough for me!

      Thank you.

      Happy new year

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence nice to hear from you. I have been writing a lot, but not publishing. There is a season....

      When in my youth I dabbled in life and death stuff, I remember camping out above 11,500 and having to build an igloo. I was just plain scared with near panic attacks. Paul Boothe was the man who slapped my face and said "get it together Dierker this ain't shit"

      Well my fear was not erased, just all the sudden a friend and not a Nemesis.

      In matters of the ethereal I am quite the opposite of Thomas. I fully distrust the empirical. Drives my oncologist nuts. I like your input and will cogitate on it. Thank you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Cool!! Keep driving him nuts!

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Lawrence Doc. Reissman keeps up a happy face but you can see his consternation by our God/love approach rather than chemotherapy.

      What burns inside is not the notion of curing our issues but that we look at all travesty as another step toward worthiness.

      Oh boy I hope you had a great Christmas. For me it is like my birthday when I was a practicing drunk --- it lasts at least several weeks. My child brothers will play tomorrow at the beach.

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      ahorseback 5 months ago

      Eric , I'm so sick of this , Every time your fingers touch the keyboard of life , a wind of wisdom begins to blow through the quiet canyons uplifting everything not securely tied down ! But ----- It is that wind of wisdom that so many people so need in their lives and the best part of watching this wisdom seed and grow in this incredibly unwise world - Is that it often happens without those so in need of it - actually realizing it !

      Merry Christmas , Happy New Year oh wise one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks a bunch Ed. You always give me a present when you arrive at the door to my articles. You uplift me brother.

      Today is "father sons" day for Christmas. We haven't decided on a hike inland or along the beach. The tough decisions of life ;-)

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