Hi, my name's Ryan. I'm a Christian man looking for friendship with a lady. I serve in my church here at Avenal by leading praise and giving bible studies. I enjoy playing soccer and exercising. Apart from the bible, I usually try to read something educational every day.
Some goals of mine for this year are to obtain my welding certificate, finish my AA, and complete at least two self-help classes.
A valuable life lesson I've learned over the past nine years is that every day I live is another I don't deserve, yet one I am grateful for. I have to live my life in a way that honors those I have hurt. My old philosophy of life has crumbled since my imprisonment. I think it is a shallow life to live for one's own desires and pleasures. The more we think of ourselves, the more we realize it is never enough. The heart is like a vacuum, never satisfied, always wanting more. There is only one source big enough to fill it but we're so stuck on ourselves, wondering how to be satisfied, always searching for joy in the wrong place.
The only thing the prideful life full of "I" and "me" has taught me is that it surely comes before a fall. Better to focus on the one greater than us all and be in loving fellowship with those He has put in our lives. He is the only one able to fill the holes in our souls. For in His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. He is the one who has set me on this road to eternity... hopefully I can make a new friend on the way there.