The Chief End of Man

The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. What a great thing God has done in us as humans.

|Aaron Blakeley - A terrible habit|Aaron Blakeley

The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. What a great thing God has done in us as humans. Created in his image, presented to him as a bride, saved despite our many transgressions. Tooled to consummate our many passions in praise and adoration. Man will worship something. Despite his belief in a deity he will worship. Most worship work or self. Some worship others or the earth. There is only one kind of worship that meets man at his empty center. You know the part that rages against death. The worship of someone eternal. A mind a mystery that can bring significance to all things. A being that can stand the brunt of science’s ...

A Life of Balance

Before him the mountains of mind and matter melt. His mystery and power are so deep that there is no end to what can be experienced of him.

|Aaron Blakeley|Aaron Blakeley

For many months, I have struggled with all of the feel good ear tickling christianity that permeates the culture. What I see is good intentions, beating hearts, rushing blood and overwhelming senses of justice. Yet an almost complete disregard for who God is. We seek to define God on terms that are comfortable and fit within our own preferences. We flit back and forth between extremes: “Love everyone we cry ,” it is truth but not the whole truth. “Hate the sin,” we cry but it is not the whole truth. “Jesus forgave us, so we forgive,” ha, love but not all of it! “You can point out no wrongs, or do anything in the name of Christ,” ah, yet ...

The Struggle Is My Own and It Is Crushing

This is only growing pains and when you feel the weight of your industry (shell) pressing down on you know that it means you are in a good place and its time to grow.

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

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Category: Thoughts

Today I am a Double Mind

Today I am a Double Mind

|Poetry|Aaron Blakeley

I am sick in my soul today for I have a double mind. One yearns for the fields of green and the quite places The other feeds innovation and the code lined A place in the woods with camp fire, pen and paper With wifi preferably Some where its noble to be a maker I would write all day what my heart lights I would also pull a paycheck ideally So for now the woods will be out of my sight My body will be in the office where it stands Oh the joy though that no matter where I am I might glorify god with these hands.

Category: Poetry, Thoughts

We All Change

We All Change

|Shorties|Aaron Blakeley

There are so many stories in this world. Some have great heroes, while some simply happen and disappear with out making much of a wave at all. What is really important and weighty is regaling the lessons learned from such stories. Just when everything was supposed to come to an end. Ancient calendars had predicted the collapse of reality and the wisest among us were counting down the time. We all aged, me along with the rest of you. Leadership would define my new age. Early on changes in life, situations had found me in a place where adjectives like leadership, vision, planning, management, and the future were attached to conversations I was now an active participant in. I felt ...

Category: Shorties, Thoughts

Many Years

Many Years

|Christianity|Aaron Blakeley

Many years…. how they pass. I am so young only thirty about to be thirty one. Yet even in my youthful vigor I have found my bones drained of their marrow and my arms weak like sparrow wings. The weight of knowledge and adult hood tapped a drain hole in the lower part of my soul and has drained me of all motivation. Only leaving obligation and a begrudging yes. I have done for so long, when did the joy of it all go away. Sure I get an inkling of it from time to time, but I don’t wonder if I am just licking the bottom of the barrel. That only gives me splinters in my tongue. Yet if ...

What Spyro The Dragon Taught Me About Marriage

What Spyro The Dragon Taught Me About Marriage

|Christianity|Aaron Blakeley

Crossed wii remotes - Aaron Blakeley - Marriage

For Christmas, me and my lovely wife Nikki got the 25th anniversary Wii (the red one). We were excited, I am primarily a PC gamer and a binge gamer. A binge gamer is a person that only plays video games socially or in one large crazy time-consuming marathon, and then not play them for months, in some cases years. The last console that I owned was a super Nintendo and I bought that in response to the game cube, I didn’t have the money to purchase one and I was ready to play some “vidja games” as Jared would say. We took our Christmas money and hit the used game stores looking for some of those titles we had been ...

Every Morning Without Fail

Every Morning Without Fail

|Christianity|Aaron Blakeley

We should remind ourselves every morning without fail just how expansive the God Of The Universe is and that before he spun, this short existence that seems so significant, he spent eternity thinking of each of us. One by one, he considered the part you would play, he considered the ripples you would make. So this day let the chisels and hammers crash into the marble. Let the strokes of paint cover the canvas. For every seemingly mundane task you perform could be done within the course of the stars and angles. That spread sheet is not a spread sheet. That email is not an email. That meeting, deal, crying child, laundry, dish, clogged toilet, or cup of coffee are not ...

Closing a Chapter

Closing a Chapter

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

Very rarely do we close chapters in our careers with the kind of finality that this last one has closed for me. My employment as a project manager at this particular company was the most stressful, difficult and adventurous job I have ever had the pleasure of holding. There were many factors that went to that but all in all it was just a very demanding position. I learned a lot over the past 2 years. I can be proud of the work I did and the team that I lead. We always say never burn bridges. I can honestly say I have never done that. Though the way back is closed pretty firmly. The company has restructured to be ...

Category: Thoughts

A Different Kind of Entrepreneur

A Different Kind of Entrepreneur

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

I recently was talking with a friend whom I respect. He is an entrepreneur of sorts and was encouraging me to take the skill set I have and parlay that into a small business for myself. I have really wanted to start my own business for some time and I saw his point. I could take the few skills I have and the knowledge base and have about 2-3 guaranteed clients. The trouble is the things I do now as my work I really enjoy but would make big changes to the capacity that I do them in if they were for my own business. The clients I would have would want me to simply pick up where I left off ...

Category: Thoughts