Jason B. Ladd

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A.A.W.O.L.: Another Another Way of Life

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Are you looking for another way of life?  Soon after entering the world of blogging, I noticed a common acronym appearing on blogs:

A.W.O.L.

The blogs had different looks, different themes, and focused on a variety of topics.  But somewhere on each website were links, banners, or graphics with the ubiquitous letters:

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It’s intriguing.  Something’s going on.  Like the mystery of a double rainbow, you can’t help but ask yourself, “What does it mean?  What does it mean!?” (but without the hysterical crying). I learned the answer after a quick search revealed a:

“Lucrative solution to a complicated online marketing world.”

The business started with a few people and has grown its staff, capital, and customer base.  The acronym stands for what the company suggests you will have if you join their viral marketing network:

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Another Way of Life

Isn’t that what we all want? Another way of life? His job is better.  Her clothes are nicer. Their house is bigger. We always want we don’t have.  And when we have it, our excitement wanes when the novelty fades.

When you read about the program, you might become suspicious.  The process of recruiting affiliates, marketing products, and receiving “100%” commissions from new customers’ product purchases smacks of a Madoffian Amway derivative.

Something’s fishy.  Is this a pyramid scheme?

Descriptions of the payment distribution system make blatant attempts to allay fears of any illegal activity.  Chances are, it probably is not a pyramid scheme (technically).

Whenever anyone offers you another way of life, initial skepticism is warranted.

But here is the big letdown.  Despite all the hype generated about the potential for banking Benjamins and kicking it on the coast of Costa Rica, A.W.O.L. creators emphasize one final point:

Results are not guaranteed.

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Another Another Way of Life

Now I want to tell you about Another Another Way of Life (A.A.W.O.L.).  When I heard about it, I was skeptical.  It was also transmitted to me through a viral delivery system, but it had nothing to do with technology. And the product is not informational tools on how to make easy money and become a beach bum.

The product is an idea.  A message.  A truth.

This idea started with a few people and quickly spread across the continent.  Before long, it spread across the entire globe.

This message has been circulating for over 2,000 years.  The fact that it is still in circulation has been declared a miracle.

The creator of this message knew how to get results, and without resorting to hypnotic psychology.  He knew his product must contain two elements:

  1. Truth
  2. Hope

He had the perfect product, at the perfect time, with perfect intentions. In fact, it was literally impossible for him to fail. But there is one final quality which makes his product superior to all others:

His results are guaranteed.

When you first hear about Jesus’ message to the world, you may be skeptical.

That’s okay.  Ask the questions.  Seek the answers.  Always be willing to accept truth when it is discovered.

There is a difference between being open-minded and empty-minded.

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The reason we are open-minded is so that we can be ready to accept truth when it is discovered.

Otherwise we will remain as infants,

“. . . tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4:14, NIV)

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Here’s a place to start (CLICK HERE).

 

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About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

6 Replies

  1. Lilka Raphael

    Great post!

  2. Sue Nash

    Love it, Jason. The good news of the gospel is the best way of life- The Way. So good it should go viral every day. Sadly, few are willing to follow Jesus.

    1. Thanks, Sue. That last part is saddening. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. It’s not ultimately up to us, bu we can play a part. Let’s do what we can!

  3. “There is a difference between being open-minded and empty-minded. The reason we are open-minded is so that we can be ready to accept truth when it is discovered.” So true, Jason! I love your wording here. Nice post!

    1. Thanks, Rebeca. I got this sentiment from Norman Geisler and Frank Turek’s book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist.” Great book.