conviction

If Jesus didn’t think he could handle life without knowing the Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can?
—  Timothy Keller

Readers and colleagues, at my publisher’s request, I will be taking the next 6 weeks away from presenting new content to finish the remaining material for the upcoming release of this tragedy series as a fully comprehensive physical volume. I made this bargain in the presence of my cat so I must adhere to it. The book will be worth the wait; I promise you.

I will be posting content from my archives, and those of you who are in the Portland area might just see some of the work in progress if you attend the final ‘Comics underground event’ next month.

Thank you for your understanding and your support.

Many times we think someone is ranting, but they’re actually speaking with conviction: and everyone has just forgotten the sound of real passion.  We’re so afraid of absolutes and a strong gut and digging in your heels, that we dismiss the powerful voice of a lonely fighter.  Listen for quiet strength, for humble confidence.  It’s not often someone will stand for what is right, what is true, what is pure.  More often we’re afraid to admit we’re afraid, because the truth is so blinding in a dark world.

— J

Please don’t be ashamed for speaking up about what you believe, your passion, your conviction.  When you get blasted for it, please don’t back-pedal and soften up and defend yourself too long. I don’t mean that you avoid challenges or self-examination. Of course we gut-check our fragile egos. I mean that if you really care, there are so very few of you in the world. We’re so afraid of dissension and being disliked. Maintain your center. Stick to your voice, even if you’re the only one. Stay a fire, with humility. Keep a hand to your heart.

— J.S.

Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are the ones obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are the ones who lose themselves in the service of others. By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.
—  Gordan B. Hinckley