Steps of Faith

René says:

 "As I get older I look back on my life and I see where I led myself and where that got me. I can also see where I was guided, with opened and closed doors, with 'accidents' and 'coincidences' or with a kind and gentle sense of what I was supposed to do next. 

I was raised as a Christian but at university I studied Philosophy and wrote essays on philosophers and atheist thinkers like Heidegger, Sartre, Nietzsche, Plato, William James, Kafka, Camus, Freud and others. My notes are in the margins of their books. Existentialism threw me for a loop because I didn't know how to defend my faith - that I knew was true - against their reasoning and logic. Not yet.  

But though the candle wavered it didn't go out. I remain a believer in God and the sacrificial example of Jesus Christ ...   

I am not self-made, though in moments of weakness I may pretend to be. I am not successful on my own. I've been carried along for a purpose. My wife, my sons, my jobs and extended family... I owe them all to my loving creator.  

Does that change how I write?  Absolutely!  My writing profs told us never to preach in our stories. Nobody wants to be preached to!  But faith, beliefs, our deepest fundamentals become exposed in our daily work like flecks of gold in a rock specimen. You cannot hide who you are!"