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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Choose the Journey, Not the Destination

Updated on April 14, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Got No Clue

God is cool, God will raise your children. I got no clue. But they seem alright. Their moms think so. They get better by generation. He kicks my butt, hihihi
God is cool, God will raise your children. I got no clue. But they seem alright. Their moms think so. They get better by generation. He kicks my butt, hihihi | Source

Fluid is Real

“Hurry up!” “Wait up!” How do we do that every morning around here in order to get our boy to school on time? Life is funny that way.

I had better get this sermon done before…. I am late for an appointment. Why is it called “rush” hour on freeways? Perhaps I am a most lucky person. I do not do stuff with “deadlines” in the day to day. Sure an appointment time to time or maybe a plane to “catch”. Interesting we use the term “catch” for trains and planes. I guess we are chasing after them?

With my children I chortle as we walk places. Kids love to be where they are. That is good. But sometimes we need to at least make an effort to “move along”. So they say wait up and I say ketchup. We have this really cool nature preserve we go to on fishing days (2 days a week). Grab all the fishing gear and off we go with the early bird getting the worm. Oops. Catching fish becomes secondary to screwing around and cruising up the shore for a mile. Even when we do get to fishing it is more about who can cast the furthest rather than killing a fish. Oh well.

Do not start getting this notion wrong. It is right and good and responsible to “get the job done”. Someone’s birthday is an appropriate time to get something done on time. Don’t look at me about Christmas. I celebrate it about 3 times every year. Not everyone can be everywhere on an exact date. Which brings to mind about Santa Clause hurrying to get it all done in a night.

My wife grew up on a farm and I raised chickens for a bit. “She is running around like a chicken with her head chopped off.” The phenomenon is very true. And an obsessive compulsion person does that.

Doesn’t it appear that successful people go really fast? Like that thing I do called “multi-tasking”. Most folks though have a handle on a “racing” mind. Something that just happens or not. I really have to work on not finishing other people’s sentences. I have to slow down so that I do not get ahead of myself.

For me road trips and church services are destinations to me. Once your in the car all you have to do is enjoy. Once you are in a church you cannot hurry it up. (although good preachers have to pay attention)

Yes I Did Some Time. My Son Does Not Get My Hats

Never Seen a better Than Tree

Who knows
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I Need To Get Out More

A Koi fish lived over 200 years. There is a tortoise than can live up to over 150 years. Some elephants are believed to be over 100 years and are some Macaws. Aren’t those bits of trivia? Some trivia teaches us things. What do all those animals have in common? Not one of them spends any substantial time going fast!! And basically cared for and not harmed by man or beast they are way happy. Now these are not my opinion. These are facts.

My grandmother via my wife lived to 105. Since about her 94 forth we just had a blast together. My Vietnamese not so good, my French close and English. Her English ok kind of, her French beautiful and of course her Vietnamese sounded like a wonderful small water fall into a perfect mountain pond.

She would say Ralentissez, s'il vous plait. My French said something like duch’e mo. (I think mine was more like Frenchlish.) They mean “slow down”. And hers as a polite please. I like s'il vous plait in French and cảm ơn bạn in Vietnamese. Of course Danka dir. And Italian is something like our Spanish gracias but grazie. What do you think does any of this have to do with the journey rather than the destination?

Well saying please and thank you slows us down. And gives us a happy face. Less muscles used than a sad face. These words connect us with each other. And that requires a slow down to get the other persons place. So grandma told me to slow down and not understand her words but what she was saying. Now one of my favorite songs is the “Sound of Silence”. But she changed my world as listening is more than hearing. The journey of understanding is not vocabulary but of feeling and loving a person to make their journey also your journey. Translation is different than interpretation. Interpretation of another’s words is staying a place long enough to care and love. Love is not a drive by. Thriving is not a solitary journey. Sharing it is.

Got Nothing Burt That Is Me

Natural of love.
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It is Sad I Do Not Dance Every Hour

Sorry Have Gardening To Do

We have been exploring the journey of a young boy growing up. We can teach them to go for the score, the goal and the grade. And this is so important. My wife and my boy’s various teachers/instructors do this so well. We are talking very very well. I will not go a day without thanking them.

Wow that clears me and justifies me on concentrating “of the journey”. The journey to reading so well you get awards yet what you read was cool and we shared that journey. People are hardwired to “score”. That is nature. What we have to really work out is nurturing teachers on the long road to love, and only love. Love for reading, love for math, love for plants and any creature including our enemies. There are so many things to love it is omnipresence.

Perhaps understanding and advocating are destinations and not journeys. Not in my castle. We do questions. “To Conclude” is actually quite strange. I love to study. Plato’s Republic and Darwin did not conclude. Michelangelo and Einstein did not conclude except to conclude we need to learn more. (thinking of it no one ever finished the Sistine chapel.) Edison said he needed more time to fail in order to rule out wrong tries.

My son and I were bantering. And he proclaimed a cockroach can live without his head and that it was the longest living animal. We fact checked that in the car. No. One cockroach lives only a bit and cutting off his head shortens that. But the species has proceeded even dinosaurs. The journey of one cockroach only leads to another cockroach never understanding. Like maybe Genesis. Too deep there for us.

If I wake with love and spend some time nurturing that then the end of my day can even go back. Each day can be started over anytime we like. Love ain’t got no hurry up time table.

Here is a funny one. I have not been “late” for anything in many years. I do not do late. Yuck, it disrespects. But I get to cheat. I get to pick my time. I wonder if that is because they want my time more than I want their money. Well I would like to hear the problem more than the solution. Let them deal with that journey and not their destination. I row a boat. I like to row a boat. I really could not give S where we are heading. Cross-Country snow skiing and sailing on a Catamaran the same.

It would seem to me that most of my writing is a journey. Fancy pansies’ hire me for that notion. I can a law clerk for a federal judge into my peoples journey.

So the sermon is short while the prologue was long. If you love this moment, in time then the result will be love. The only journey destination is love.

/// Sorry I had more fun writing this than you will have reading it – life is GRAND! ///


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Oh Ms. Dora you lift me up. My quotes are stolen from out of Gospel just danced around as my heart knows you know. Christ taught me to do it again yet not again. We are so blessed to know these words but for sure they are not mine.

      I was told by a fine friend. "You do not write from your heart, you write from His and you own not a word:" Me, myself and I died long ago, tell my mom please. But any day I can tell herself. let me die. Funny talk I reckon. For today here on earth is the best day ever.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      "The only journey is love." I guess it is time that I start compiling my Eric's quotes. You do come up with statements that are simple but profound. Thanks for all the inspiration you share.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Bill. Oh for sure I slow down. But I have this nine year old.... enough said I firgure.

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      William Kovacic 

      5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I wish I could slow down, Eric, but I doubt that will ever happen. I just retired in March, and by April my schedule is full as ever. That's life, and I love it! But certainly, the slow pace is what is needed. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Harish. I slowed down. Peace is slow.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      5 months ago from New Delhi , India

      Slow down ! Eric , I love this sermon which rightly advises to savor the goings on with love. Love is to life what life is to body. Thank you for sharing such affable words.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      So cool Lori. We went a backstreet way Saturday seeing traffic issues ahead. We saw a Trolley stop and hung out checking out the folks, of course with Ice Cream cones. We got home late. But neither of us could figure out what we were late for.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby, my life just works that way. My son and I are taking a break from each other. Doing about 20 mins screen time. He just peeled 3 hard boiled eggs for a sandwich deal - by the third he killed it.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I had to chuckle at your comment "Why do they call it rush hour?" Having lived 20 years in southern California I remember rush hours as being parking lots for commuters trying to make their way home. We have them up here in the Pacific Northwest too but nothing compared with SoCal.

      In the immortal words of the great theologian, Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Kari, "Spring Break". I think I am having more fun than my son. Legos on the floor kind of does not do so good on my knees. Lol. Making our picnic lunch may be more fun than eating it on trail.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Life is truly grand and you add much to the joy of living by writing your thought's for us to decipher.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Eric, I agree, love is the destination. Kari

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill you slay me as that is just what I was thinking on reading your latest Mailbag.

      Can the rest of the day that we can start over anytime be so grand. My crack of dawn sky was just mesmerizing this morning. "Red sky in morn sailors for-lone".

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have such a clear appreciation for life these days. Ain't it cool, buddy?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela I was reading one of your articles and your love was fully palpable. And then you bless me with such a nice and loving comment. You have crossed into that area where I think of "What would Pamela say" in my day to day. Thanks.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You make choosing words and listening important, like "catch" a train. One thing about the train is it leaves if we are not there in time.

      You have such a large number of activities, especially with your sons, and you spread the love. You make my days better when you write an interesting article about your son or when you amke comments. Have a good week my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Off we go, Friends!! Let us make tomorrow better than today through the torch of love. Whahoo! Let us get her done.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda you are the best ever. My friend though I do not deserve one.

      I am listening to an Italian Opera and your words ring so true. We transcend vocabulary and know that which is loving.

      I hope you know how your bringing me to your kitchen is a joy and blessing.

      Our words seldom meet our calling.


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      Eric Dierker 

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

      TimI hope I am coherent. I am crying, I do that once a day. Just a deal with me and those folks above me. The peoples leaves me alone. Sorry.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, you might have befuddled a few with this one, but for me, the message was and is loud and clear. Real "listening" isn't done with the ears, it's a heart thing. You might not have been able to understand the words of 105-year-old grandma, but you listened to the tone of her voice, felt the warmth of her hands, saw her smile, and looked into her eyes and knew all that you needed to know.

      All of life is a journey. The day I stop traveling is the day my Heavenly Father takes me home, and I'm happy as can be about that. Thanks for another great sermon.

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      Tim Truzy 

      5 months ago from U.S.A.

      Wonderful work, Eric. Yes, we get tangled up in the words, missing the meaning altogether. I thought about how I know what my dogs want even without understanding their language of barks. I knew what my children needed, even when I wasn't by them at difficult times during their young adult lives, even when they spoke to me in slang. Eric, perhaps that's why Star-Trek still captures our imaginations - many destinations the crew travel to, but always a journey we are a part of. Language will not matter in Heaven if a person doesn't speak with love in actions, thoughts, and beliefs on this Earth. Beautifully done and completely comprehended. Lovely sermon.

      Respect and admiration,


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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks buddy. I would think that you should not "get" most. Good on us both.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      I must agree that you "had more fun writing this than [I did] reading it" on this one, there were statements that I couldn't understand even in my attempt to transliterate it for some kind of understanding. That didn't work so how about you rereading it and editing it for me to understand it next time I'm here. What I could comprehend I enjoyed, what I couldn't, a sigh!

      Per your title "Choose the Journey, Not the Destination" I can only say that my journey is my destination. My destination is to learn the purpose for the events I'm going through, by understanding causes, effects and/or consequences I have made peace with the journey and reached my destination some call heaven while others call it Nirvana.


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