"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Good Wood Splitting, Horrible Tree Cutting “My Alaska Journey Continues”
Well, I am becoming a monster in the splitting wood department. It is an amazing exercise! However, in the cutting trees department, it is a totally different story.
I make plans for a tree to fall on one direction and, for the most part, the tree falls far away from my target. However, the last time I brought some trees down, I had some success. I though I was all that and a bag of chips. I was convinced that I was ready for a greater challenge.
I was confident that today I was going to do something precise and amazing. But today was terrible. I brought down a tree that landed totally on the opposite direction, on top of all the cables connected to the house. I thought I was ready, but nope, not even close!
We still have power, phone and Internet at the house, but I got one cable down so I have to deal with that. That thing landed almost on top of my GMC, but the other cables were there to hold the tree down. My Camry was close to, and my wife’s BMW…Oh my Lord!!!!! Guys, I got yell at and almost cuss at. It was a humbling experience.
Today, as I saw that tree going down straight to the cables and cars I saw my marriage, my life and everything else, coming down with the tree.
The bottom line is, that what I did today is the end-result of my pride. Why is it that we men find it so hard to ask for help? I am not ready to cut trees with such precision! I need to take some classes with an experience tree cutter and learn a thing or two. That’s what my wife told me to do by the way!
Today, I learned a lesson, or, should I say I was reminded of something I already knew? Pride will hurt us and pride will hurt others. Thank God everybody is ok!
Any experienced tree cutter that would like to volunteer his time, this upcoming Saturday to teach me how to properly bring down these trees? I am humbled, teachable and ready to learn now.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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