Why “Ad-Infinite-Item” for the name of my blog site? As far back as I can remember every time I heard the Latin “Ad Infinitum” which of course translates “forever,” I always consciously repeated it in my mind as “ad-infinite-item,” meaning by surrendering to, and bringing the Infinite One (God) into our lives we gain eternal life, forever. Perhaps a bit complicated, and I could have just called this site “Sam Smith” but that’s not my name either. Hmmm…come to think of it I kind of like the simplicity of that name, too.
As I said in my bio, I’m retired from ministry as a pastor/teacher and substance abuse counselor at a Christian faith-based drug/alcohol inner-city rehab, and homeless shelter. It was the hardest and easiest assignment I ever experienced. Preaching the Word of God to men at the bottom of the barrel with me, and watching them receive it, was more than gratifying, it was humbling.
When I wasn’t on my feet I was on my knees asking the Lord to give me His everything that I needed and knew I couldn’t do by my own natural abilities. And He always gave to me more than I asked to accomplish that which He bid me do. But it did keep me on my knees in prayer; in prayer while walking, in prayer while eating, even while sleeping I called out to Him. I’m convinced it is the only way I was able to last so long – I depended greatly on the conduit of faith from the Spirit of Jesus, through prayer and practicing the presence of God continuously in my daily duties, and expanded it into my world-view at large.
One reason I’m at this blog is to assess my years of being in His service and to wait on him for the mystery to further unfold. Will my next calling be activities at His behest in this world or closer to His side where He is at in glory? The Lord only knows. But whichever, I will answer His call with a willing heart with joy. Serving Jesus by His leading me has been the most joyous experience in a long and abiding life which even death can not cut short, for that will only usher me, through graduation, to a home I have always had in my heart but never experienced on this earth…home to eternity face to face with my Lord and Savior. And the promise doesn’t end there. It expands higher, wider, deeper in joyous service with the Savior, eternally. The possibilities are limitless.
Other than that I have never been published, never tried to be published, and never tried even to be a writer. When I write I’m preaching mostly to myself, lest I forget. As Theophanis the Monk said someplace, “Do not think that I speak as one who teaches: I speak as one whose words condemn himself.” – for I am a sinner, but for His grace through the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, have mercy! As my sins have been removed from me as far as Jesus’ left hand was nailed from His right hand on the cross, never to meet again when He uttered the words, “it is finished.”
“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9 and 11
True, but for Christ Jesus our Savior