The unexamined life is not worth living
. ~ Socrates For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
. ~ John 3:16That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
~ Romans 10:9The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.
~ Exodus 15:3Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.
~ Psalm 144:1Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him
. ~ Dr. Thomas FullerPeople only have as much power over you as you give them.
Who am I? Loving son, faithful brother, good husband, devoted father...I am first, last, and always a Christian, albeit not as good a one as I should be or want to be. Thankfully, my relationship to God does not depend on my successes or failures, but rather on the success of Jesus the Messiah on the cross.
I was, for a time, a Cold War Warrior, joining the military in 1984. From early childhood, my play revolved around being a warrior. This does not mean that I was a great or even good warrior; but I was technically and tactically proficient and I was professional. I served on the LA ARNG Special Reaction Team in addition to my regular duties. After the Cold War, I shifted from being an Engineer to Aviation, where I learned the value of force multipliers, advanced electronics, and two sets of eyes ensuring perfection. I volunteered to participate in Operation Restore Hope, to help those starving in Somalia and prepared the 10th Mountain Division's aviation assest for oceanic transportation. I served on active duty (AGR) for over 2 years and was part of the Army National Guard for over 17 years. From there, I found a home working on radar and the automation systems they feed.
I am the 13th generation of my family living in North America. Our family patriarch crossed the vast Atlantic Ocean from England and came here in 1635. I am the 7th generation since the founding of the United States, and our ancestor and his brothers fought in the American War of Independence from the age of 16 in 1775 through the age of 24 in 1783. His service included the defense of New York Bergen's Neck and Ft. Lee), the Battle of Trenton, the Battle of Ridgefield (Tryon's Raid), the Battle of Compo Beach, and defending the western border and sea coast in the irregular and guerilla warfare that occurred between the Tories of New York (Delancey's "Cowboys" and the Patriots of Connecticut (the "Skinners") in the no-man's land between the colonies. He rose from an Infantry private in a local militia company, to being the captain of the 2nd Troop, 3rd Reg.t CT Light Horse Militia (along the way, serving over 2 years in the Continental Army (CT Levies) and later being the Cornet standard bearer for the Troop). I am their descendant.
I married my well beloved delight of my heart, and after 23 years (as of this writing), it is still True Love...and that does not happen very often. I am the father of three above average children that I adore.
I think, for me, my joie de vivre
is in my God, my family, good music, and playing games.
Who am I? Are we merely the sum of our parts? Are we defined by our actions? Can we know our own essence? Shall I be the hero of my own life? In the end, I believe that I am a son of the living God, and it is yet to be revealed, who am I.