Introduction to John Stickles: Just the Basics

Brooke and I

Happy Tuesday!

Just the other day I finally published my “About” page with some information on my blog. This, however, is a brief blog on who I am. So, this is the second essential aspect of my blog, click here for the first! (I’ll let you in on a secret, the first essential “aspect” of my blog is, well, my blog! Something must exist for it to have essential aspects/properties, right?)

As I wrote on my “About” page, each blog written will never be more than 600 words. A 600-word introduction to one’s life is a difficult task, but I am a man of my word. So, here are 3 things to know about me!

  1. I am a Christian

First and foremost, I am part of the human race—contrary to what my father and others have suggested. I believe that being part of humanity entails many interesting facts, the kinds this blog will be considering. Yet, to narrow the scope of my identity, I am a Christ-follower. I believe that Christ in my life is the most important aspect of my identity and sets the parameters for the rest of my being. Loving the Lord with all my heart, mind, strength, and soul comes first in my life. The second is to love people. (Luke 10:27) This does not mean that I always succeed at this nor does it mean I think I am better than anyone else. Ironically, recognizing what the Bible teaches, Christianity is a humbling religion. Thus, if anyone is “puffed-up” or becomes arrogant due to their Christianity, then they have completely missed Christianity’s core doctrines. (James 4:6-10)

  1. I am Married to a Loving Wife with a Baby Girl on the Way

Brooke Stickles is her name. Some say she is my “better-half,” to which I cannot really argue. She is a loving and kind woman of God who demonstrates great patience, especially with me. She continually teaches me to have a cool-spirit and gentle heart, both by her actions and words. Plus, she can really show me a thing or two in Mario Cart on the GameCube and writing! In fact, check out her blog, she’s got a lot of good things to say! (https://brookestickles.wordpress.com/)

We have been married nearly three years by the date of this post. August 16th, 2014 was the day we made a covenant before God to give ourselves up for each other. Since then we are learning what that commitment really entails. Though at times it is difficult, we see that there is great beauty in struggling for a lasting community between us with in this marriage. Additionally, God has blessed us with baby girl. Scout LeAnne Stickles will be joining the club around mid-July, and we can’t wait!

  1. I Love to Think!

If you haven’t noticed by now, I enjoy thinking! My favorite topics to think and discuss are philosophy and theology. Another way to put this is I am a lover of wisdom, but don’t assume that this means I am wise! Still working on that part. But, the word “philosophy” in the Greek is “philo-sophia” which means “a friend of wisdom.” We’ll get more into what philosophy is and how one thinks wisely, but for now just know that I seriously enjoy these subjects.

There is a lot more to me than this, of course, but these are the fundamentals of who I am. The next post in two weeks will be on the nature of thinking, why it’s important, and how do we do it well. Until then!