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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Who Are You?

Updated on January 21, 2018
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What Culture Of "US"? Maybe I Am Just A Ba'.

Or maybe I am just the punk who knows the best fishing hole?
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Please See Who You Are Not As who You Want To Be!

Hello, my name is Eric and I am….

It seems well settled that probably less than 30% of people who believe in a God go to community worship frequently. It also is pretty realistic to say that percentage may be less among Christians. Go figure that one.

So it is interesting to note that this author writes a Sunday Sermon that began to get some spirituality time for those non-attendees. It may be best suited for Christians. But I really don’t thinks so. I do not normally cite passages. Yet I am quite certain that a Christian can see the scripture areas we talk about. And we hope that people are open on a theory basis theology of the East and Native Americans and African. (like never ending soul, Tawa and of course we learn so much through Ubuntu)

So I look to who is Eric? To maybe see more about you. If I am puffed up and “in charge” of the situation and I know full well that I am nervous and anxious if I can do the job well then I must have passion on you when you are in charge. Is our mask of bravado ever really us? That truly is a remarkable place to visit.

The Hero

The list goes on but watch a couple of Comic hero movies. The cool ones like Flash, Green Arrow and Batman have the character needing to keep one part of their life hidden with a mask. Of course it is ludicrous, anyone could see behind the mask. Which reminds me of the addict or drunkard. Do they really think that others cannot tell about their inebriation? And in a funny way a radical anti-government person or even a Bible thumper.

Just a slip here for thought. Does someone who does good for others but stays anonymous wear two masks or one.

Aren’t you a parent, child or sister or just one? I am sure that some around you think you to be a confidant or friend and others that think you as their teacher. And do not in any way lose sight of significant others and love in amore.

Too much fun this morning as my boy was brushing his teeth. He could see me in the mirror as I snarled mightily and looked all pissed off. The boy responded in kind (as best you can while brushing teeth which actually makes you smile – just reality) so the battle was set! Who could antagonize and intimidate with the look on their face? Today I won as he giggled first. Fun with masks. Who are we?

I Would Love To Hug This Guy

We Are Missing Out

If you do not love. No!!! I need your Love. Please just put a bit in the mail.
If you do not love. No!!! I need your Love. Please just put a bit in the mail. | Source

The pillars have broken as so with Sampsons last act.

It would be so nice if I were just my name. But my name was given without condition or expectation. Maybe that is why it is clear when someone says “given name”.

Empathy is really cool if you just lay down your rifle and find comity with it. Now let us get all googly oogly. If I truly empathize with you, and I can, who am I when I am with you? Do I lose my soul and it resides in you. I think that is a place more emphasis on. Perhaps I am fired up and healthy and here you come all sick, terrified and full of worry. Just theoretically here, if through empathy I can give you healing from me to you, perhaps that would give you wellness that I have.

Ok, let us get back to us normal people.

Who is a daughter without relation back to a mother? Adoption included. Not a biological spot here. There is a strange notion that women will marry someone who is like their father. Who is she? A perpetual daughter or wife or mother? Am I dad or buddy when the boy beats me in soccer?

And so we move along. Never, except in rare mode not thinking about who we are. Then we are at a party for children and someone asks “what do you do?” I propose that if you answer with what you do for a living, it probably is a mask, we understand that concept but is there a lesson to learn here in that situation. I just gave up and starting answering “I am Gabriel’s dad”. Of course it goes further. “I mean for work”. And so I try to soften and I just throw out that I am a writer and a strategist. And of course it goes further and they inquire what kind of writing. Who I am there is complicated. I preach out loud in my own writings, and I write legal position papers and the like to supplement strict legal positions as a ghost. “Can I get you another…. Is the normal response as well it should be as their eyes glaze over.

I dawn my backpack and walk the mile to my canyon trail. On the street getting them maybe I am a walker without a license or car to get to where I am going to hike. In the canyon maybe I am a hiker or maybe just one more homeless that live thereabouts in tents. I go into the city and wear pretty fancy clothes, all woven wool and Egyptian cotton shirts and silk ties, cool suspenders and spit polished shoes.

Is that me?

what Is That Face?

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How Blessed I Am To See and Love Even Strangers, Maybe Even Who are Strangers To Them

Walking in probably the largest canyon. Fifty pounds on back and one hundred degrees and five miles to go. And I am someone else. Body surfing in the waves at Laguna Ca. And I am someone else. When the boy wakes up with a fever at two in the morning I am someone else. When the tax man comes by and accuses me of owing the National debt I am someone else. In the kitchen making God’s gift to spaghetti I am someone else.

A preacher man? A philosopher?

I am not a jack of all trades I am the master of all trades ;-) Because I have mastery over my self. Not myself but my self.

First allow us to go back to the face game. What face will you wear today? One that you control or one that controls you?

Just last Thursday we had a roofer come by to do some roofing – ridges and valleys and a hot mop and mastic in some places. I spoke with him just a bit and he asked me if I had been a roofing contractor. In order for me to wear that face I studied the “glossary” for roofing. The nomenclature if you please. Simply by nailing the vocabulary of the trade you can become that for a spell – please do not make me go up ladders though ;-) The vocabulary is there in every trade/Genre of life. Lawyers even can teach us how to talk to a cop? Certainly you can learn Trial Attorney – your honor, the well the gallery the jury and witness box, and the bench. Just study a certain brain surgery for two hours memorizing terms, shoot the operation is the easy part!

So it comes to pass in my early dotage that I am finding who I am and who others are to me. Sure I make mistakes but I for the most part love. I am not comfy doing the other, well except for competition which my heaven will have much of.

Full circle and I say I am glad to be me. All of the above faces of me. Front side, rear side and up side downside and inside is me. And I thank you if you read this for now we are a part of each other who we are.

Maybe We Can Dream But Still Be Happy With Our Life


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      I guess Denise you could just keep stuff from everyone but you do not.

      Denise do you know some history about Lee's Crossing and the Mountain Meadow Massacre? I would like to know your understanding and then I will tell you why.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      10 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks, Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Denise you got me to get up and get my old business cards that actually worked because it got us to chatting."Eric Dierker, Ace of all things and jack of none."

      My kids still give me grief and just say "This is my dad and he is a philsopher".

      But if I may be so bold, I think you are leaving out your best description


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      Denise W Anderson 

      10 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      For a while during my days of "unemployment" I was a substitute teacher in the public schools. I handed out my business card that I had created on my computer a number of times. I always waited for how I felt afterwards to see if it said the right thing. It took me about half of the year to settle on a "title" for myself that I could live with. It included, "writer, teacher, and musician." That was the one that I used for the rest of the year. Now, here I am back in an office on the computer. Am I still a "writer, teacher, musician?" I have decided that it is still applicable, because it doesn't really matter what others think of me, it is what I think of myself. Right?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you brother. Today may well be who we are. I would kind of like to be more. But that is easy. Perpetual motion.

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      10 months ago

      Don't know who I am, sometimes. Just the bundle that I carried for my grandfather. Lol.

      Only full of all kinds of experiences, only to be burnt and replaced by Light/Love. Interesting take on this.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Kari you remind about soaking a hammer and straightening nails for my Grandpa.

      One time I hiked a canyon shoot down into the grand canyon just to get my own self right. I cannot count the days, nights I have slept under the stars in a journey to find me. I say let us kick some butt and find our own self.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 months ago from Ohio

      I also wear many masks. Currently I am spending more time with my self and getting to know me better. I like to wear the masks in public, but I think it will be better when I can just be my self.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Frank I have to fix that "self" thing from time to time. Thank you for noticing. I reckon most folk think it an error and maybe it is. Another one that I have not used for a while is "spiritualism", people are comfy with "spirituality".

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      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      another wonderful sermon.. I like how you say My Self.. not myself.. I understand with a little more clarity, wonderful as expected Eric

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Brilliant my friend Elijah. If I make wrong then the first person I must deal with is me. If I believe you have done wrong the first person I must deal with is me.

      I was on a trail once 5 miles into it and away from anyone. The trail ended. Prior I was just a hiker on a trail. Then I became a hiker without a trail. Same me. We are wonderful creatures. I often pray that heaven is like my world on earth.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      10 months ago from Washington DC

      Who an I, you ask? I am "a student of life studying to become 'master of myself'" that brings the question "how do I do that."

      First I must KNOW "I am my life-force that has incarnated as every attribute of every life-type on earth; where forgetting who I was ended and learning what I am becoming began; which reveals I am earth with all of it's entities' attributes embedded within me" revealed to me via my "new birth".

      With that being said it makes me "the sum of my name's definition" of Elijah="almighty god is I am that I am", Alfred="wise counselor", NatureBoy="living half civilized and half ecological", Alexander="defenders of man" and Junior="the latter" which is my duty for being "reborn", i.e., to manifest any attribute I embody (I Am), to deliver counseling to bring others to the foregoing awareness in themselves, to live in the union of civilization and ecology, to defend every action of every earthen manifestation as its destiny and who has come during the latter days of this civilization so some man will survive its termination now at hand.

      Based on the foregoing I will answer; "If I truly empathize with you, and I can, who am I when I am with you? Do I lose my soul and it resides in you" with:

      No, I do not loose anything about me nor become you, I recognize in you what I lived when incarnated in a similar attribute as you now process.

      I want to defend "philosopher" based on it's three syllables. Philo=love or lover, Sophy=wisdom and Er=something related to the foregoing suggests "someone who loves talking about the wisdom others have experienced but they have not paid the "lover's price to obtain."

      Finally I will answer your question "What face will you wear today? One that you control or one that controls you?"

      I will wear the face allowing me to be with which every other person I meet without their feeling intimidated except it be their life's destiny to be so.

      So, brother Eric, I hope I answered your questions in such a way that you will enter into "your closet" for your answer as to who you are. Peace

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Nadine it is a treasure to have you leave a note.

      Truth be told, my little one and I had an impromptu dance party to the great "If I Was A Rich Man". Then we hung out in my office and talked about if we were gazillionaires. Every time we changed something it ruined what we have. So we are more happy being poor.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda your lead question is awesome. A great area of inquiry. I would suppose that you have read parts of the bible more than 3 times. Each time gives you what you need and a new understanding? Perhaps it also gives you the ability to change your memory of what you thought in the past.

      Probably worthy of a Sermon because so short it sounds to way out there and metaphysical.

      As to the children, that is so true. And I sleep well knowing they are awesome.

      But it struck me the same could be said of our spouses as we grow from and with each other.

      Let's knock 'em all dead this week.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Demas, thank you for your comment. You always add so much to our Sermons.

      It sounds to me that openness to learn will very much be good for others. The first part of your comment reminds me to grow today.

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      Nadine May 

      10 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I love the video you have finished your last section in your article with, Fiddler on the roof. ...What face will you wear today? One that you control or one that controls you? Very profound question.

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      Linda Lum 

      10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, is it possible that the person I once was is no longer relevant because the past cannot be changed, or does it have merit because it molded the person that I am today?

      And what does that say of tomorrow?

      I feel that the biggest and best contribution I can make to humanity is not me, but my children, what I have imbued in them, and what they will carry forward when I am gone.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I am not who I was yesterday, not who I will be five minutes from now, nor even who I was before I read Eric's (latest) Sermon. I learned so much this past week. At a Senior Companion In-service Training luncheon I learned to speak to others "Kindly, Gently, Respectfully, and Firmly" defining for them my own boundaries. From a Dr. Dale C. Renlund, MD video talk it was reinforced to me to treat each person with whom I interact, with the love their mother and father (and thus our Heavenly Father) have for them. I learned more of what Christ meant in saying that in the last days there will be light everywhere, and I progressed in better understanding what it means to give Christ-like service to others. I suspect that thereby I have been bounteously served by some of those "others" and by Him.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill I really appreciate that comment. Short breaths I lose me, long deep breaths I find me. I am going to research you, I am quite certain I will find .01% of you not giving all of us love.

      Thanks for the peace. My boy and I just finished building Space warrior Legos to attack each other. I need some peace.

      PS I won because I stole his ships. He learned: All is fair in love and war;-)

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Cue The Who...."Who, are you, ooh, ooh, ah ooh"

      I can say without hesitation I am closer to being the real me today than ever before, and that is a satisfying place to reside. Now to get closer tomorrow! :)

      Peace and love


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