Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Saying Good-Bye's

Well today was the funeral for my co-worker.  It was strange that someone who seemed so healthy just a few weeks ago could be taken so quickly.  Over the past several months I got to visit a few times with her at her house.  She was very optimistic about her battle but was also very honest about her fears, which her eyes would confirm at times.  It was a helpless feeling to be positive for someone who had everything to lose while standing in a position of little risk.   

What is it about death that is so dreaded?  Death is as much a part of life as birth is yet one we celebrate and one we fear.  The fact is that death just seems wrong to us.  It is almost like there is something deep within us that rejects the idea of it.  We can embrace life so willingly and with excitement.  We fear non-existence but its not like we look back to the time before we were born with any sort of dread.  We didn't exist then, but that doesn't bother us the way it does when we think about time after our death.  I heard it said once that the human being is the only creature on Earth that knows it will die one day.  A gift I suppose to remind us to fill our days with meaning, a curse in that we know we face an inevitable demise. 

The Bible indicates in Genesis that we were never intended to die.  If that is the case, I wonder if this dread stems from something in our sub-conscience that knows death is not supposed to be our nature?  Some primal understanding deep inside that knows we were not designed to die and rejects the notion?  Who knows. 

What I do know is that the Bible also says God fixed this problem for us.  There are a lot of things about God that I struggle with in life, but this is one in which I find some comfort.  Thank you Lord.....and cheers Jules....rest in peace friend.   

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Selfish Daughter.......

So last night my wife takes my daughter to see Donny Osmond in concert. As fate would have it he called her up on stage and sang her a song. That's nice and all but she missed a great opportunity to promote my book! What's the matter with this kid!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Right Now

I was just enjoying a video game with my youngest son today when I realized how big he's getting. With the recent loss of my friend it reminded me how fleeting life is. Death is really just the conclusion of life's experiences. Actually death is always occurring. Each passing day is locked away forever in the vault of time. Never again will I hold my infant children again, gone are the days of fragile steps and babbled words. It reminded me that bedtime stories and good nite prayers are only going to take place for a few more years before they too are gone.

Today was a great reminder for me not to worry about tomorrow but to embrace the moment. Life is lived now. I need to be better at enjoying it for what it is.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Would You Rather??

Yesterday we had to say goodbye to a co-worker of mine. She concluded her year long battle with an agressive cancer. One of the wierd things about death is that it is unexpected even when it is expected. Knowing she only had a short time I was still surprised by the phone call advising of her passing.

I was tempted to try to write something profound and insightful about death, but then realized I didn't really have anything like that to say.

So instead I'd like to pose a question: Would you rather die painless and suddenly but you didn't get to say goodbye to your loved ones or would you rather have an idea of when you would die and therefore could make peace with those around you but had to suffer greatly in the process?

I don't suppose there is really a right answer to this, just interested in your thoughts.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Some Thoughts About Running Around Naked.

Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact that there are millions of species of animals on this Earth and only one that wears clothes? Believe it or not this thought occurred to me as I was planning a sermon this past weekend.

Think about it, we are the only ones. And not only that, we are the only ones that notice. Do you think dogs ever look at each other and are like, "Hey Rex is naked!". Or do you think other dogs really notice when owners put those sweaters on their canine friends?  I mean other than to laugh at them of course.  But how is it that of all the creatures on Earth only one became so self conscience? I understand clothing for the purpose of staying warm or for protection for the elements, but beyond that, how did we get to wearing them when no other creature does? Why are we so obsessed with image and appearance. As the highest thinking creature on Earth, how did we become so concerned with something that really doesn't matter? Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that we all start running around in our birthday suits, (most of us anyway........just kidding.......don't write me letters) I'm just wondering how we got to be so different.

What was interesting to me is that when Adam and Eve took of that fruit, or did whatever that fruit represented, the first effect was that they became aware that they were naked. For the first time ever a creature went, "Hey, I'm not wearing any clothes............and neither are you!"

Why?  What made that so bad?  When you think about it, the thing that really makes running around naked so awkward is the presence of other people.  Most of us are fine with the idea of being naked until you introduce the idea of doing it in public.  And for those of you who don't feel awkward about being naked in public, I assure you the public feels awkward about you. 

You see, when nobody is around, we can be ourselves, we are more likely to be completely comfortable with who we are, but when you introduce others, all of a sudden our focus shifts from me just being me to what does that other person think of me.  By covering up, we can be less concerned with what people might think of our bodies because now they can't see them.  As a result, we tend to only accept the most physically perfect among us to show more of their anatomy, while the rest of us hide behind our clothing...........or should hide behind our clothing. 

The same thing happens emotionally, instead of being "naked" emotionally, we hide our emotions from others.  Just like revealing ourselves to another person physically, we take time to analyse and assess that person before we begin to reveal ourselves emotionally.  We show them what we think they probably want to see from us, but hesitate in emotionally "baring all" until we are completely comfortable with them.

What is interesting is that Jesus said that if we are to experience heaven we have to come like a child.  Now children have absolutely no problem running around naked.  They don't think anything of it.  They don't worry about how they look or what anyone will think.  They will just run in all their glory and not worry about it.  In fact, its not until we teach them that it is "wrong" to run around naked that they begin to become self conscience about their bodies.  What is also interesting is that children also have no problem being "naked" emotionally.  They will tell you exactly what they are feeling with no concern for what others might think.  The are truly genuine and honest.  In fact, its not until we start teaching them to tell grandma that "her meat loaf tastes good no matter what" that they start to become fake emotionally as well. 

Children are the closest things we have to genuine people because they are the most real among us.  It isn't until someone wounds them by laughing at them or making fun of something or chides them to "grow-up" that they start to become self conscience emotionally.  Then bit by bit they begin to "cover up" their emotions, chipping away the rough edges they were born with and eventually sculpting themselves into whatever society dictates for them to survive.  In the process, letting go little by little of who they really are, essentially becoming less and less the "human" they were made to be. 

Is that what Jesus meant when He said to come like a child?  Think about how much the presence of other people affect the things we say or do.  In one crowd we act one way, in another crowd we act another way.  We always feel refreshed when we feel we can "be myself" around someone.  Maybe part of heaven is learning to "be myself" around everyone.  Only then can people really determine if they like us for who we are or not because they get to see that person.  Essentially, I guess I'm wondering if our world might not be a better place if we all learned to be more like little kids and spent a little more time running around naked...........emotionally I mean. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What If God Is Like This? Is now available for pre-order!!

Hey Everybody,

We have now reached the next milestone in the publication process of What If God Is Like This?  The book is now available for pre-order on the website: Will-Hathaway.com. 

The publisher is going to set the retail price of the book at $21.95 but between now and Sept 30th, it can be purchased for $17.95 via the website.  You will notice that there are two different purchase options for the book, one for a signed copy and one for a regular copy.  If you happen to want a signed copy and happen to live in a part of the world where I do not......... then the shipping will be a little more for the signed copy, as it has to ship from the printer to me so I can sign it and then ship again to you.  If you happen to live in a part of the world in which I do live......... then order the regular copy and I can sign it when I see you....don't pay the extra shipping. 

Once the book is released, which will be between mid-October to early November, it will be shipped to you!  Thank you all for your support in this endeavor.  I really believe this book is going to help people with questions about who God is and what He is like as a Being.  Thanks to everybody for their support!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Why are we so scared of death?

There are several songs out about living life as if we were dying.  It's interesting to listen to people talk about what they would do if they only had a short time left to live.  A lot of us talk about doing all sorts of extraordinary things in our final days.  This got me wondering about life and death a bit. 

Is the reason most of us are scared to die because we know in our hearts that we haven't really experienced life?  When given the option of a limited time to live we suddenly want to cram as much life as possible into the remaining days.  What if we lived our lives this way anyway?  What if everyday we got up and lived life to the full?  Maybe we would be limited to some degree by finances, but what if in every other way we did it?  Would we still be as scared of death if our meeting with it were scheduled?  Perhaps if we truly lived we would be able to shed our fear of death, knowing that we are leaving nothing unfinished behind. 

Perhaps the fear of death isn't the fear of death at all........perhaps it is simply the fear of life unlived. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Web Site is Up!

Greetings all,


Well the next step in the process is now completed with the launch of my new website, will-hathaway.com!  Thanks a ton to Gary Thompson for all his help in that!  I would like this to be more of a public thanks to you Gary, but since you are the only follower to the blog at this point.......well, I guess it's still just between you and me. 


Anyway.  There will be further changes to the site as we draw closer to the release of What If God Is Like This?  Within the next few weeks we should have the artwork for the book cover, which will then be displayed on the site.  We will also be posting the official release date, which will be in either late October or early November, soon. 


I have to admit, this has been a very interesting process for me as it has taken me a little bit out of my comfort zone.  I enjoy preaching to my home church audience, but stepping out into a forum in which anyone in the world could check in is a little unnerving.  As we get a little farther down the road, I will begin including some discussion ideas here on the blog.  One of the suggestions that has been made is to do a chapter by chapter discussion of the book when it comes out, since some of the ideas might be new to a lot of people. 


I also want to use this format as a place where readers can contact me with their thoughts and questions about the book.  I want to be available to anyone who wants to talk about it!


Talk to you all soon.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Here is the book description for the soon to be released: What If God Is Like This?

Have you ever looked at all the injustice, pain, and suffering in the world and wondered how a loving God could be behind it all?  With all the travesties we see in life, it can be troubling for many of us reconcile the belief that God is good.  What If God Is Like This takes readers on a reflective journey candidly addressing some of the most difficult questions by providing a unique look at Christianity and God’s interaction with humanity.  It challenges some of the traditional perspectives provided by religion and draws out strong evidence that God’s greatest desire for mankind is freedom.  It also examines the crucifixion of Christ from God’s perspective and how this event was eternally impactful on God as a Being, pushing Him to His very limits as an omnipotent creature.
Who is this personality in the sky and why can’t the world agree about Him?  Even various branches of Christianity have drastically different perspectives on who He is and how He operates.  What If God Is Like This is a book written for those with questions, and who yearn to stretch the boundaries of traditional thought.  This is a book about freedom, freedom to think, freedom to love, and freedom to ask, “What If…..”

Well Here Goes.......

Greetings All,

Well, after four years of on and off writing, I am now on my way to the publication of my first book: What If God Is Like This?  I'm using CTRG publishing who so far have been hugely helpful.  This book is basically a collection of a number of my sermons that have been worked into book form along with a few other ideas. 

For those of you who already know me, I like to ask questions.  During my life I've always had a hard time with the idea that God can be wrapped up in a tidy little theology and be understood completely.  There are so many factors that play into this world and how any religion, let alone Christianity, play into it.  I know there are a lot of people out there with a lot of ideas about God and I'm not claiming to know more than any of them.  But what I am looking to do is generate discussion.  I think part of the process of knowing Him better can be the interactions of the creature that was created in His image sharing their thoughts and ideas. 

If you like to ask questions, this is a place for you!