I’m a Tree

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I have been trying to write a lot recently–more for me than anyone else, but God willing it helps encourage others. Often I feel like a pretentious, prideful idiot for doing so…yet still I write…so maybe I am stubborn to…ha!<br />
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I am searching for truth. My search for truth has brought me to Christ. It has directed me to God&#39;s word. Through God&#39;s word I find insight into the heart of man and the workings of this world. When revealed through the light of scripture, things hidden become visible, and things that were once stumbling blocks are yet another confirmation of God&#39;s goodness.<br />
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Why am I saying all this? Well, I just want you to know where my heart is, I guess. I do not claim to know all the answers, and rebuke (call me out) on it if I ever claim to. I am jumping into and trying to make sense of all that is revealed to me.<br />
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I look at it like a tree…<br />
I first glimpse…this is my original understanding<br />
I chop into it to reveal the rings…this is my refined understanding<br />
I see the innermost ring…this is my answer<br />
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I am young…I am trying to learn…and as I go through my life, my theology (study of God) will be refined in some places and totally changed in others. The refining process doesn&#39;t mean my initial understanding was wrong&nbsp;just not fine tuned, not fitting. But I am willing to admit that many of my thoughts and concepts may well be clouded by emotion, bias, trust issues, what have you…<br />
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But I am really trying; I am trying to seek God&#39;s truth regardless of how I feel about it. I want to know truth because God is a God of truth. I love Him, and I want to know the things that make Him the perfect loving Father I know He is.<br />
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So I hope you can forgive my improper grammar, layman understanding of theology, and grammar-school wisdom, and take this journey with me. Though I do ask that you accept me where I am. But I also pray that you don&#39;t allow me to stay there…I always want to grow and be firmly rooted….<br />
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Thanks for doing that–you know who you are</p>

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.
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Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.