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A Reason for Living
By John Rockie Coppolella
Sunday, April 06, 2008

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Every person in the world has a purpose for being here—a calling. The work of your life is to discover that purpose and get on with the business of living it out. --- Oprah Winfrey from

Here is proof that science and religion can co-exist in a meaningful way. This is the story of someone who ran away from the very truth he sought to find, and by reconciling two sides of the same coin, came away a happier person.

Denial was standard for me, but after years of getting whacked with a cosmic 2 x 4,  I woke up and embraced a renewed purpose for my life. 

At the risk of ridicule,  I will tell you about myself, and my life's recurring theme. One night in the early 1990's, while driving  alone through Rex, Georgia, I asked the Lord to tell me his will for my life. He had been after me for years telling me to, "preach my word, preach my word, preach my word." Like Jonah, I ran from the Lord. That is because I burned to do science. I thought he wanted me in a church behind the pulpit, and that I would have to give up my dreams. As it turns out, there are many ways to reach people. Science is one of them.
I prayed, "Lord I am tired of running from you.  If you want me to preach your word, then I will preach your word. Whatever it is you want me to do, just tell me and I 'll do it."
The next thing I knew I was standing in front of Jesus Christ in living color. I knew him instantly. He was dressed in a white robe and seated on a white throne, with a fine gold crown upon his head. He had an air of royalty. His likeness was much like some of the old masters had painted, only he was a little thinner. He was laughing and bending over slapping his knee, saying, "Finally, finally! "
He sat up and looked at me. Oh those eyes! They were like a fire that seemed to cut right through me. But they were comforting and I was amazed but not afraid. He said, "Yes, I want you to preach my word, but let me tell you what I really want you to do. I want you to be a great scientist, and I want you to write that book that is in you."
I said, "But Lord, that is what I always wanted to do anyway."
He said,"I know. Who do you think put those things into you to begin with?"
I was totally humbled and in awe, unable to speak. The next thing I knew, I was back in the car again, going down the road right where I left off before. I was astounded and "my joy runneth over," and I gave praise to God. Like Paul, I have a thorn in the flesh to keep me humble, as I too would be exalted beyond measure, due to the great things the Lord has shown me. Later, I realized a second miracle had occurred, as I wondered who had been driving the car, while I was with the Lord! 

Life makes more sense now. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork."  Psalms 19:1




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Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/23/2012
Religion and science go hand-in-hand in our lives because religion gives us the confidence to believe in ourselves, and science leaves us pondering and ignites our thirst for the unknown and its meaning. Both are enriching our lives.

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by katie peterson 2/6/2011
'When the student is ready, the teacher arrives.'
Wonderfully written engaging one to want to continue.
How's that book coming along? :o)
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 8/17/2010
You sought, so you found...most people go about their daily life without deep thought..too wrapped up in their living to look deep within. Others have a quiet faith and calm about them...each of us is different.

I'm glad you found your inner truth in that enlightening moment and you do write so very is a joy to read your postings.

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 6/8/2010
I enjoyed your memoir so much. His word, like Himself is "Love".
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/28/2009
Great write, Rockie; well done!

(((HUGS))), much love, and continued prayers~

As always, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/10/2009
Ecellent Rockie. I can most definitely relate to your experience my friend. God bless.
Reviewed by Liz Cosline 12/25/2008
Very cool to find your purpose. Good for you.
Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr. 12/21/2008

I believe in a Creator who endowed us with all the human flaws together with the capacity for Love and Compassion. For those who share this belief, it will be pointless to live thinking that there is no purpose for our being born. Count your blessings Rock and many thanks for this illuminating post.

Reviewed by Joyce White 11/19/2008
Life is good when you are living the life you were always meant to live. My life is good now that I know what it is I was meant to do. I understand why you have so many reviews. You are a story-teller. We all love stories. Your heart is full and your creativity shows in your writing.

I'm impressed by your reviews which is why I decided to add a story to my posts. It will be continued from time to time. Didn't want to post too much at one time.

Thanks for your encouragement. Have a great day! Congrats on your numbers. I'm going to try and review a little each day. Joyce
Reviewed by 000 000 11/2/2008
I am jealous. I want GOD to tell me what to do. Beautiful testimony!!
Reviewed by John Domino 10/3/2008

You are blessed!

How do you sleep?
I write 24/7 and I am looking for the 10 day week so I can take one or two days off!


John Michael
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/7/2008
Thank you for sharing this testimonial of your faith, Rockie. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 8/26/2008
I love the psalm you quoted. I also so love God and follow his directions each day. Guidance from him is very important. Glad you found him and praise him too in such a good way.
Reviewed by alex dihes (алик дайхес) 6/21/2008
My son, dont be afraid to be ridiculed for your attempt to explain everything and every thing. It is a well known step of personal development which is well described in psychology.
You desperately need to acquire phylosophy, that is not going to help you to explain the universe, but will help you to find YOUR place in the universe.
learn from THE best
Reviewed by Charlie 6/15/2008
I totally believe in these things... divine inspiration on a very individual basis... how our talents are given us by God, to further a glorious purpose that involves us all-- as brothers and sisters. I hope you're still listening... --Charlie

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