Thursday, February 13, 2014

Guest Post: Elizabeth Seckman

I'd like to welcome Elizabeth Seckman here today. Take it away Elizabeth!

Jay asked me, do I believe in fate? Leave it to the smart guys to ask the tough questions ;)

Well here goes...let's hope I make sense!

I'm a Christian, who believes in a benevolent, omnipotent God. I believe that God made each person for a reason; instilled a sense of destiny in us all.

But. Big but coming. I don't believe in predestination. We were also created with free will. The choices in this life are ours. From the decision to eat the apple to the choice of a doughnut for breakfast, the choices are ours...for the better or worse. And unfortunately, innocent people are subjected to other people's bad choices, like when a drunk decides to drive. That collision was because of the drunk's decision, not fate.

We wanted free will. We got it.

There is no mighty hand of God interfering in our lives punishing the bad and rewarding the good. This is our fallen world and it's ours to deal with.

A second big But.

But, I do believe we've been given principles for living (a moral code). Follow those principles and life can be smoother, more rewarding. Ignore them and suffer the natural consequences (cheat on your spouse...expect some stress and hardship). And I believe there is a Godly influence (or intuition) that we can tap into and consult with to keep our lives moving toward our greater purpose.

So, I suppose you could say that I believe fate intends for us to live a certain life, and fate can nudge, but it will not trump free will. Ultimately, it's up to us to seek and fulfill our destinies.

Fate Intended is the third book in the Coulter Men Series.  Trip is the last of the Coulter sons to find
love. He’s a handsome man with all the skills a young spy needs to succeed. But when it comes to love, he misses the target. Jane is a sweet beauty who may or may not be wanted for murder. She’s hiding out as a cleaning lady when chance brings her and Trip together. It looks like a happily ever after is in the cross hairs until reality tries to destroy what fate has intended.

Elizabeth Seckman is a simple chick with a simple dream…to write stories people want to read.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amen, Elizabeth! We had it made but we wanted free will. But even in all that, God never abandoned us.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Amen on that too Alex!! We still have the option of surrendering to His will, if we choose.

Jay! Thanks so much for having me over :) You are all sorts of awesome.

Rusty Carl said...

Good philosophy, Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

God always has a plan and will place thing in our path to guide us, but it's still up to us to see those opportunities and act on them.

Wonderful words, Elizabeth.

Annalisa Crawford said...

My idea of Fate is exactly as in Sliding Doors. I believe there's a destination that we're intended to arrive at, if we make the right choices. And if we make the wrong ones, maybe Fate can nudge us back. But it's our choice to follow John Hannah into the lift or not. This belief is what's kept me writing - I 'know' I will be successful, but I can only do that if I actually write and submit and publish.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

@Rusty, thanks!
@Diane, much appreciated :)
@Annalisa, that was an excellent movie, and it's exactly how I see it! I forgot about that movie, but yeah, like that!

Hilary said...

I don't know if I believe in fate but I also don't believe in coincidence

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I latched onto the same thing.

Elizabeth: You're welcome. Thanks for visiting!

Rusty: Thanks for coming by

L. Diane: It's still all up to us. That's how I see it.

Annalisa: I see fate is a bigger arc, a much wider part of the human story

Hilary: I'm in the same boat about coincidence.

Christine Rains said...

Wonderfully put. Thanks for sharing with us today! :)

Tammy Theriault said...

that has to be one of the SMARTEST SECKMAN things you've ever said!! (big waves to Jay!!!)

Anonymous said...

I believe in both fate and free will. Great guest post.

M. J. Joachim said...

Makes a lot of sense to me.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

@Hilary, you can ride the middle road like me :)
@Christine, My pleasure!
@Tammy, smart + Seckman? In the same sentence. Amazing. LOL
@Medeia, great minds think alike, ya know?
@MJ, See? Everything is simple with a few buts.

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