The Book of Answers

Usually, after disappointment, we find ourselves second-guessing what we did (or failed to do) that led to our unhappy outcome. I believe that failure (as long as it does not kill us or permanently wound us) wakes us up to the value of planning. I am not talking about planning like a grocery list to jog your memory at the vegetable aisle. I mean put some serious thought into what is important to you and your family. Those things of importance should be your goals. When we fail to achieve a goal, we must think about that goal again. Is that goal worthy? Is it achievable? Do we have the means (resources), ways (different paths), and the time to achieve it? boccaccioravello

Suppose that we decide that most of our goals are of low importance (every day needs and wants). Lets call them goals for the “Tactical Level.” We might link Tactical Level goals to a higher level. Our goals for our family’s future (our children, our grandchildren, and beyond), our employer’s future (a company that you own or one that provides the means for you to feed, house, and clothe your family), our state, our country, our way of life (society). These goals should be higher than Tactical. Lets call them goals for the “Operational Level.”

Wouldn’t it be great to have a “Book of Answers” to tell us what our Tactical and Operational Goals should be, and all ways to achieve them? Maybe, but if the goals are given to us, we cannot distinguish ourselves. If we have the answers on how to achieve our goals, we will not experience personal failure. With no learning from our mistakes or misfortunes, we cannot enjoy the triumph of achieving our goals. coloradoskihome

There is a third level, and many folks consider it to be the highest level: The Strategic Level. In the United States (U.S.), the Strategic Level is all of us (the people of the U.S.). We have elected representation (a President and members of two Houses of Congress), but they are there to make laws and provide responsible execution of the wishes of the people of the U.S. There is a “Book of Answers” at the Strategic Level of the United States. It is called The Constitution, an enduring, guiding document that was collectively authored by the research, thoughts, and opinions of the founders of the U.S. (the Continental Congress) on behalf of the people of Colonial America, who sought self-rule. Strategic Level goals, based on guidance in the Constitution require cooperation by the U.S. people, through their elected representatives, in order to be achieved.

In summary: At the Tactical Level, we form goals for ourselves and our family by understanding our family history, and by staying true to family values. We elevate those goals by supporting the future of our family, our state, and our employer at the Operational Level. In the U.S., we connect as a society by viewing, understanding, and supporting Strategic Level goals found in the Constitution. We monitor the activity of our elected officials, and advise them (communicate with them) in order to keep them focused on our (the people’s) wishes and true to the guiding document (the Constitution). Is that it? If you are a Christian, no. There is level higher than Strategic, and that level looks back at us (like a mirror): This is the “God Level,” his goals for us. Web search John 14:6 and Matthew 28: 17-19. For more info please visit these sites :-

The Christian Bible is the “Book of Answers” for us to understand God’s goals. The Bible is not written in a way that will bring our understanding to the level of God. Instead, it provides us with a glimpse of God’s interest in and interface with men and women throughout the history of mankind. Learned scholars have spent their lives trying to unravel the mysteries in the Bible in order to have answers, but for most people, the Bible is a reference guide for us to consult as we live our lives. God wants us to be close to him, to recognize him as God, and to conduct our lives as he guides us (adhering to the Ten Commandments is a good start). The Bible is a collection of “Books” that includes guidance from God himself (that he gave to Moses, who wrote the earliest books in the first section of the Bible), as well as other Books that were written by prophets (men who were contacted by God, who commanded them to tell us something specific). These books are organized in a section called “The Old Testament.” This compilation of human interface with God, laced with prophesy, informs us of a pinnacle, a culminating event (the arrival of the Messiah, a savior).


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