Aaron Guyett talks us through his journey to becoming a servant.
After not having my prayers answered in Kuwait and Iraq, I got out of the Marine Corps in 2003, and spun into a nihilistic spiral. Only playing the part of a semi-decent member of society. With no purpose and no meaning, it was only a matter of time before I would die or end up in prison, but a deep resonating sense of morality plagued me. I spent the next decade searching for meaning, purpose, and truth.
I meditated on tenets of several spiritual paths. Buddhism, hinduism, spiritual humanism, universalism, self-realization fellowship, and naturalism. I did not want to fall back on the Christian tenets of my youth. I figured that would be too easy, because it would be unconsciously driven by tendencies from my formative years. So, I went from atheist nihilist (and also very anti-theist), to “spiritual.” The issue that I found in this spiritual walk, which I dove into with all the fervor of a fanatic, was that I was always two or three questions away from a dead end. The more questions I asked, the further from logic and reason I had to venture to find an answer.
Enter my apprehensive start in Christianity. Just like self-realization fellowship, where I read the books (Bhagavad Gita, Autobiography of a Yogi), meditated for hours per day, went to ashrams, and received counsel from a spiritual mentor. I would do the disciplines of this spiritual journey as well. I read the Bible, went to church, joined a men’s group, and received counsel from a spiritual mentor. The more questions I asked the more answers I was given, which led to more questions and then more answers followed. At some point my reason took me to a place where the premises were far more plausible than their denials, and May 21, 2009, I believed in Jesus Christ for the first time in my life. For the first time in my life, I had deep spiritual meaning and purpose. I had begun to observe a belief system that can be understood through a reasonable faith. I still have questions, and I am still finding answers. It is a challenging, rewarding, and beautiful adventure.
My belief system and the way I was created naturally and through nurture, gives me a deep passion for learning, helping, empowering, leading, and securing. I value christ-likeness, sacrificial love, and servant leadership. I prioritize relationships, communication, and wealth-building. My relationships are prioritized: God, my wife Keri, my children Hannah-Ellie-Jack, my wise counsel, and my teams & friends. My communication is prioritized: family, men’s group, my work teams (Living.Fit, Marines, SFE), and social. My wealth-building is to give to organizations that are improving humanity and eradicating evil from our world (Compassion International, International Justice Mission, Intervarsity, Athletes in Action, Trellis…are just a few examples). My purpose is to accept the challenges and make the sacrifices to develop leaders of leaders in Christ. I believe everyone has a calling and spiritual walk, and good questions with seeking hearts will lead to the ultimate truth, allowing a reasonable faith. I would never force somebody to believe just because I believe. That would be disingenuous and shallow, as well as an obstacle to their adventure.