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I’ve been away. I didn’t mean for there to be a blog gap, however. For the past few days I was off on a father-daughter trip with… here comes the shocker… my daughter Rachel. She’s 9 and tender and kind and beautiful and thoughtful and there is so much that goes on beneath the surface that she allows people to see. She is young and she is old and I always have to remind myself that she is 9. Some months ago she asked me why it was that I didn’t jog anymore.

We were driving in the car and the question came out of nowhere (at least it did for me). At the moment I had the chance to be honest or to lie. The lie would have been to say that I was being lazy and hadn’t gotten around to it. The truth was that for whatever bizarre reason, when I walked and ran, I often times had a small seizure in my left leg and that had lead me to stop running. I told her the truth. She would have known a lie. And she just said, “Ah” and moved on. To her little seizures are like sneezes – nothing I can help, nothing to worry about. She’s right.

But that is all an aside of a sort.

I took her off to Florida to swim with the dolphins and go on water rides and we both smiled and laughed and were both young. We went down a big water slide time after soaking time after soaking time and it was awesome. I walked a lot and ran some because I can run and walk again. It is the result of medicine and prayers (maybe not in that order). And when I ran and walked she smiled. She smiled more when she beat me in races.

Over time I will probably write more about the trip.

For now I am just writing to say that I am back and I am reminded (again) why I started this blog. I did it because it is a way for me to extend the message of my book and it is a place for me to say what I think…duh…but not. It is good that I am reminded because I am aware of how much I have pulled my punches at points, not wanting to be too controversial and not wanting to get smacked by the critics. That, however, isn’t living and that isn’t being a good steward of the talents and thoughts and opinions God has given me.

And so, in more ways than just typing again, I am back. Don’t ever look for me to post on Sundays, however. I have decided I don’t email, Internet, or otherwise do work-type things on Sunday. I think it is called a sabbath.

Thanks for reading and sharing this journey with me. David



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Donny

posted April 29, 2007 at 3:32 pm


I can still remember one the most joyful moments of my life. Walking with my two-year old daughter on a perfect summer day as she examined flowers and butterflies. I felt like the luckiest man on earth that day.Now, the world and its ways get in the way of so much, so often. David, (now that you’re back) get back to the truth in the New Testament. I do believe that exposing the GOP guys for whatever wrong doing you feel they committed was good, but do the world a favor and start blogging on real Christian morality, threatned by the Left. Christ Jesus is reality, anything else starts the beginning of a life resembling what the world has become. Our daughter now 12, presented us with a day we wished wouldn’t come so soon. She asked us what “homosexual” means. Of course, this followed the questions about abortion she had earlier this year.We were hoping that her being in a private Christian school would keep her safe from such ills for at least a little while. (But Satan is more influential now than ever.) My wife made good attempts at an explanation, but my daughter just replied with the icky stuff of reality too. Now we have to introduce her to even more reality. As Christians, we will have to be honest with her about same-gender sexuality and its definition through the word of God as not being a good choice or acceptable behavior. But I’ll throw in some secular metaphor: McDonalds looks good on the outside, but choosing a life involved in it is harmful to your health. Something like that. I always try to present reality to my children. Unfortunately, we all have to dwell near harmful stuff we can’t deny is there for long. Our trips to parks and amusement centers will never be innocent again. Cherish the time you have with your daughter “as a child.” The world, and its ways, takes it away so fast. Then David, when you have time for yourself, start using your influence to help fellow Christians unfortunately living in a world desiring to be so harmful to our walk with Jesus. Remember what is written in the Gospel. We are known for the love we have for each other. It is now time to gather together like never before. Let those that walk away, go. And love those that desire to walk together like we should.



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David Kuo

posted April 29, 2007 at 11:59 pm


Hey Donny – thanks for your words. And thanks for your passion too. Here are a couple of thoughts. First re: me. I don’t ever want to shy away from anything that is part of the Truth. The Truth, after all, is Jesus and though I mightily fail in following him, he is what I want more than anything in this life. It is because of that that I fear for where we are now when he is so identified with abortion and homosexuality – two things that he never directly addressed. I am NOT saying that he didn’t and doesn’t care about those things. I’m not even close to saying that. But what I am saying is that right now people are being driven away from Jesus because they think that to follow him means to follow a political agenda. But as you know that isn’t the case. To follow Jesus isn’t to follow a political agenda. To follow Jesus is to follow God incarnate and to be transformed into his likeness. That transformation is far more important than anything else that could ever occur. There are too many stumbling blocks to faith in Jesus and abortion debates don’t help. I don’t know if you’ve ever read the afterword to my book (or any of the book for that matter). I say this not to get you to buy a copy but in hopes that you will understand where I am coming from. Paul doesn’t call us to preach Christ politcized but Christ crucified. I fear that too many have done the former at the cost of the latter. Second, I ask a favor. Please, in your passion, don’t sweep “all Democrats” or “all liberal” under condemnation. I know of too many liberals and too many Democrats who love Jesus far more than many conservatives and many Republicans. If you want to vent privately to me please email me and do so. Many thanks for your part in this journey. David



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maxcat06

posted April 30, 2007 at 11:06 am


David, Sorry to hear of the seizures, but so SO happy you can spend time with your daughter. Isn’t it amazing that children can just accept and go on? All the time, we think they learn from us, only. Good to see you back… this liberal Democrat loves reading your posts.



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Donny

posted April 30, 2007 at 2:15 pm


How are “Liberals” any different than the godless hordes of secular humanists bent on ruling the Church? My daughter is a prime example of how my “new” views on Liberals and Democrats are valid, in that they are promoting and supporting abominations being forced into the Church.This isn;t a game of politics David, it is reality. Evil forces (powers and principalities) want our destruction. I have weighed the evidence, and found that the GOP is not hostile to Christians, while the Democrats and their leagues of secularists, are really, actually implementing laws to silence and outlaw the Church.I believe you know that. If non-believers are presented a Church that is no different than the haughty and hedonistic world of people like say, Andrew Sullivan, than what good is it to be a Christian presenting the Gospel?Clearly Jesus mentioned marriage as a man and a woman in a prophetic way in regards to our disgusting treatment of marriage in the 21st century.Abortion for birth control has murdered hundreds of millions of humans for the convenience of the parents.Democrats sponsor both as “laws” of the land. Yes, we could become silent as you wish, but NO Christian ever did that. Jesus, Peter and Paul declared the truth TO a sick world very, very, much like the one wanting to be declared by Liberals and Progressives . . . which are the Democrat party now. I am sorry you think I am venting. The Church body is my concern. Warning Christians that they are in danger from the curent political and social power machines.David, divorce, abortion and homosexuality, are just symptoms of a sick and decaying society. “Who” and “what” supports all three as cool? Hollywood shows us the way to who and what is a problem for the Church. My wish is that you would preach the Gospel of redemption. Now, that is a hate crime to Liberals sponsoring bills through Democrat politicians, but NOT to Christ Jesus. Click on over to TVC and see. Click on over to Massresistance.org. Our enemies no longer hide in the dark. No, they are proud and haughty about their desires. Good luck David. I do pray that you use your position for the real Gospel of Christ. No matter the cost. Whom do we follow?



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Thinker

posted April 30, 2007 at 4:50 pm


Donny, you love your children and love God just like liberals and democrats do. You have created monsters that do not exist. I look at the beginning of a post and if it has certain characteristics – ie looks like Donny – I quit reading and go on to the next post. Perhaps your passion and gift for language can be used in a fashion that does not need to destroy another. This does not seem to be a blog in which attacks are the norm. Thoughtful, reflective statements do not need bad guys or liberals or conservatives or a stereotype of anyone. Donny, there are no bad guys here – we have differing world views on many issues, but there are no monsters. I realize that you must put a good deal of time into writing these posts. Perhaps, if you quit that attack mode, people would read them. I suspect most do not and that must be frustrating.



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Doug

posted April 30, 2007 at 5:23 pm


Congratulations on what sounds like a great time with your daughter, improved health and a new approach to the blog. I look forward to the part of the trip.



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Nan

posted April 30, 2007 at 9:16 pm


Glad to hear of the enjoyable trip with your young daughter and that you’re in decent shape healthwise. I am curious to see your new approach to your blog.



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David Kuo

posted April 30, 2007 at 9:51 pm


Donny – Once we create catch-all labels we cease to become like Jesus and become much more like the pharisees he so loathed. Or we become like those who mocked Jesus asking if anything good could really come from Nazareth. It is easy to put people in one basket or another. Unfortunately it isn’t Christ-like. Jesus talked far, far, far more about the poor than any other issue. So is a Democrat who pushes help for the poor worse than a Republican who (hypothetically) cared nothing for the poor but gave lip service to being pro-life? The answer, of course, is no. Let’s not let ourselves fall into the trap of laziness – of slothfulness – of just labeling people one way so we don’t have to do the hard work of examining the nuance and the gray. I don’t write as one who has this down – obviously – but as one who struggles every bit as much as you do. David



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