Why I Believe : An Ordinary Persons Spiritual Journey
"How do I fit in? I struggle to find deeper meaning in my life, yet I am so uncomfortable around those with compelling spiritual conversions or a bible verse on the tip of their tongues, that's just not me." All too often, we are reluctant to delve deeper into our faith journey because of the model of Christianity we have been exposed to, one to which we don't measure up. I have come to believe that many of us don't have one definable moment of epiphany, rather a series of life-events that draw us closer and closer to God. Ours is not a moment in time, instead it is a lifetime of moments where we recognize His undeniable presence. The seemingly routine parts of our lives, both the triumphs and the failures, all bear the fingerprints of a loving God. Our greatest joys, as well as our deepest pain, can all be seen through the prism of His Son who understands fully our human condition. Jesus met the people of Judea where they were, the only litmus test was if they believed in Him and asked Him into their hearts. It is not so much a question of where one starts, it is simply an imperative that we do and allow God to enrich our lives more each day. Our family, jobs and outside activities, as well as our church involvement, all become conduits of Grace enabling us to love and trust Him more as we move further on our Christian walk. When we begin to recognize that, we can't help modeling Christian behavior and sharing our faith with those around us. Why I Believe gives us a glimpse of how God works through our everyday life events to draw us closer to him. Things seemingly unrelated, when taken in the context of scripture, unveil a deeper meaning to our struggles and accomplishments as well as awaken within us a sense of gratitude and appreciation. The book transitions through the various stepping stones of the author's faith journey, not intended to be some model of Christian behavior, but rather a means to stimulate the reader's reflection on their own experiences and personal relationship with a loving Creator.
- Paperback | 204 pages
- 139.7 x 215.9 x 12.95mm | 326.58g
- 12 Jan 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Ray Filasky
Ray Filasky recently retired from a career that encompassed self-employment, direct sales experience and over 25 years of various levels of managerial positions. Holding both a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Business Administration, his educational background and work experience have made him a staunch proponent of participative management styles and the importance of cultivating the creativity and enthusiasm of fellow co-workers. His approach to managing people, however, has been influenced even more by an ever expanding faith journey that continually validates a belief that our reasons for doing things and the way we treat others are significantly more important than our desire for gain. One of his favorite quotes is "Profit should not be our goal, dong the right things should be the goal and profit the reward for doing them." Ray has taught an adult Bible study for quite some time and was a Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church for 20 years as well as being continually involved in music ministry through choirs and praise bands most of his life. His Christian beliefs have greatly influenced the management of groups from three to three hundred and revenues from two million to two hundred million. Raised on a potato farm, he was instilled early on with a strong work ethic that believes that we are each accountable for our own hard work as well as to always give our best and that the majority of individuals want to do just that, if given the chance. It is the responsibility of any organization (secular or religious) to cultivate an atmosphere that champions the human spirit while, at the same time, exposes them to the existence of something greater than self. Ray is comfortable speaking to small groups around a conference table, a local congregation or a few hundred in an auditorium. He prefers to take a lite-hearted down to earth approach to what are often complicated topics. His desire is to influence individuals in positive ways that help them recognize the benefit of a relationship with a loving God and the importance of how their actions influence others.