It’s good to meet you.
My name is Charlie Blair and I’m living LifeEngaged.
Life isn’t simple: we are not single sprockets freewheeling on the end of a pointless shaft. Our life, like the tiniest gear in a watch’s finely tuned mechanism, turns in response to the power that drives it. Our gear also turns and advances all of the gears it engages. We are impacted by all that engages us and we impact all that we engage.
That makes life complicated. I expect that you and I have some common struggles with how we engage life without stripping gears. How do we keep from damaging and from being damaged? Where do we get our power? Why does our gear turn, anyway?
The FAITH you possess will either help or hinder your engagement with life. Maybe your faith requires you to be aloof from all of the other gears around you. Moreover, if you do engage, you may feel your purpose is to bring their rotation to a halt; even reverse their direction. It very well may be that you possess a faith with the intention to drive all of the other gears synchronously with yours .
Trying to decide your way forward may leave you as confused as the little boy who dropped his gum in the chicken house, not able to tell which of the grayish gum-like droppings on the hen-house floor was his gum. (a short pause while your imagination chews on that image…)
If any of this resonates with you, I expect we have some very important things in common. In my life, my engagements have alternately succeeded and failed. I have lived large and lived humbly. Some of what I have learned from the engagements of my life might be useful to you. I invite you to stand on the shoulders of my experience and be propelled toward your unique purpose as you fully engage your life.
My family engagements include my far-above-average wife to whom I am happily married (after, unhappily, a previous divorce), two remarkable adult children and 7 extraordinary grandchildren. I have long been engaged in church and vocation, both of which have chipped a couple of teeth on my gear and, conversely, bear the marks of my gear’s teeth from a history of engagement with confused expectations.
In this blog my intent is to bring to bear the good, the bad and the ugly of my engagement with life. Along the way I will share what a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Aerospace Engineer, Manager, Entrepreneur, Pastor, Lover of Israel, Lover of Jesus, Seeker of God’s Face, among other things, has learned about a LifeEngaged.
My invitation to you is to join me as I continue this journey of an engaged life. Let me share my experiences with you and encourage you to be all that you have been created to be; to make the difference you were created to make.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ME, HERE ARE MY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Education: from a one-room-schoolhouse to post graduate study. Aerospace Engineering degree; graduate work in Biblical Studies; A Colson Fellow. Advanced degrees from the University of Hard Knocks.
Faith: All my life; fumbled at times. My goal is to walk and talk like Jesus.
Parents: poor but hardworking blue collar.
Married with 2 children, 7 grandchildren, many spiritual children and grandchildren
Occupations: cotton picker, aircraft designer, retailer, carpenter, entrepreneur
Applied Faith: Discipling, Teaching, Prison Ministry, Elder, Blesser of Israel
Age: Old enough to remember Noah sharing stories about his grandfather, Methuselah. What a character! Not much of a swimmer, though.
What I want to be when I grow up: What God designed and called me to be. Nothing more, nothing less.