My name is Shane, and the name of this site came out of the Wikipedia entry on “The Life of Riley”:

“Living the life of Riley” suggests an ideal life of prosperity and contentment, possibly living on someone else’s money, time or work. Rather than a negative freeloading or golddigging aspect, it instead implies that someone is kept or advantaged.

I can’t imagine anything that describes my life better than “kept or advantaged.” God has always been unbelievably good to me in spite of all I’ve done. He’s kept me from things I tried very earnestly to get into and has already blessed me far more than I ever would have imagined.

This site is a stream-of-consciousness look into my life as I work out my salvation and try to live a life worthy of his calling. I’m not sure what that will end up looking like, but we’ll know soon enough.

That was 2007…

“Soon enough” ended up being three years, and what it ended up looking like was me writing nothing at all. There were a couple of reasons for that.

First was that I have seen in my own life the truth of Proverbs 10:19: When there are many words, sin is unavoidable. That’s certainly true of this site. I have made plenty of mistakes that are still here for you to read. At least one I tried to correct, but I’m confident there are others. I could go back and clean everything up, but it’s probably useful to see my progression of thought. (It’s useful for me at least.)

Second was that the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. I became vividly aware of how much anything I wrote would be steeped in ignorance.

Now I’m somewhat less ignorant but still learning. I keep my mouth shut better than I used to :)