I still believe in God like I did 15 years ago. Like I seem to have believed all my life. I no longer see God as the figure I carry on my back pocket. Matters of theology are not so simple.
I still believe in education. It's a powerful force when executed properly. Though now I know education doesn't reside in a test score. A decade of teaching finally taught me that.
It's all more complex, integrated, beautiful and mysterious than I once imagined.
I still want to love people, and I'm not always good at it. It's easy to love the ones who appear kind. The challenging people who live their lives like nasty political debates, who refuse to read and think, and who are out to get what they can...they are not so easy to love. But I am a work in progress and so are they.
I still want to understand what life is about, engage in peaceful and thoughtful living. I still want to stand for the right ideas and know when to sit down and be quiet.
Of course, it's all one day at a time. One moment following a moment and another chance to get it right.
JD DeHart is a writer and teacher. His writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and journals.