- The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved. That is a quote from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. It’s true. And one of the most amazing things in life is that no matter who on earth loves me or hates me or thinks I’m nice or thinks I’m an idiot, and irregardless as to whether or not they are correct, God loves me. He sent is son to die in my place so that I can spend eternity with Him. I should be happy all the time. But let’s face it, I’m not. Mostly that is because…
- Being on earth sucks in comparison to what heaven will be like.
- When the H. Sizzle is telling you something you should listen. Sometimes you get a kick in the face. Sometimes you get a gut reaction to something. Sometimes things rub you the wrong way. Sometimes you look at someone and feel things for them you can’t explain. There are many ways the Spirit speaks, and we need to figure out how we hear it.
- Being a Christian is not generally highly entertaining. It’s discipline. It’s work. It’s hard sometimes because it is BORING. But pressing on, pushing through, forging across the river of depression, angst and boredom to reach the land of lighter feet is a form of suffering that is all its own. It is perseverance in a way that not everyone experiences. And it makes a point…
- Some things, the better things, are worth investing in. Time, money, grey matter, so many things in our lives can be invested in so many ways. What you invest in is what you value. What you value reflects where your heart is.
- Pain produces more pain. In this world the reaction to being hurt, the reaction to feeling slighted, insignificant, tormented, stupid, ugly, and broken is to become angry and to take it out on someone else. Sometimes the someone else is the person that hurt you, sometimes they had nothing to do with it. This is necessary to keep in mind when you experience pain in any way, shape or form. As christians we are not called to do this. We are called to be humble and to bear the burdens of others in our prayer lives.
- Sometimes it’s necessary to be sad. One of my favorite quotes says as much: ” Before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.” There are times that I forget as much. And there are times that I can’t do anything but cry because I’m so very lost.
- Superficial conversations are for cowards that are not brave enough to genuinely connect and know other people because they are afraid of being known and being found wanting.
- No good deed goes unpunished. That one is courtesy of my dad. It’s the truth.
- There is a time and a place for everything. Things seem wrong in one light and perfect in another. A song sucks until you are able to fully understand what it means. A friendship is forced until a certain season creates a bond. An attraction is a whisper until a look, a conversation, a moment turns another person into the background music of your life.
- God places us wherever he chooses, places people in our lives according to his plans, and lets us go through things that are difficult and pleasant, for our good. This is not for our happiness, for our comfort, for our enjoyment. It’s for our good. According to Hebrews it’s got everything to do with handling the discepline that a father would give his child in order to bring it up in the way that is correct, and according to Romans it has nothing to do with anything fuzzy.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
- If bass lines were men I would be a slut-bucket.
- Be who you are without abrasive force upon others.
- Let others be who they are, even when there is abrasive force.
- Socks must be worn to bed unless it is 100 degrees in the room.
Hey kids and my mother! It’s time to take a few minutes and learn some things! I am making a list and checking it not at all of all the things I find to be truths in my life. Some of them are biblical. Some of them of logical. Some of them are not. I’m calling it The Belief System of 25-year-old Me in 5 Parts. It is in honor of my birthday, which is on saturday, and starting to depress and scare the shit out of me. So I figured, hey, why not make a list? A list of things I know about life! I’ll make it a list of 25 things, so it matches my age! And there you have my thought process. So here we go!
- Using your cell phone while spending time with someone is pretty much offensive. I’m pretty defensive of my quality time with people, and I’ve let some get away with this, but I find that when a person doesn’t bring out their phone I appreciate the time all the more. Don’t get me wrong, I use my cell phone in front of people all the time, but I’m now attempting to put an end to that rubbish.
- Saying that you hate drama generally coincides with a dramatic nature.
- If you don’t say something out loud it doesn’t exist. No one knows what your thinking until its said out loud. Nothing is official until it is given a name. No matter how someone acts the feeling don’t exist unless they admit to them out loud. What is between 2 people that is left unspoken is potentially damaging when unsaid. For example: Ron and Hermione. Proof. Pudding.
- Happiness, joy and peace are all very different things. You can have any or all, at the same time and at different times.
- Saying things behind someone’s back that you would say to their face is still talking about them behind their back. It’s gossip. I’m guilty of it, but that doesn’t make it right. It’s usually mean. It’s time to end this stupid habit and behave like an adult.
Last year the message of Easter for me was to let go.
Last year I heard clearly that I needed to release the un-forgiveness I’d been harboring, and to set myself free from it’s chains.
Last year what I did was let myself become open to the opportunities before me.
Last year I was ready to fall in love.
Last year I was sure that there would be good things to come of my decisions.
This year I’m alone. I’m not allowing myself the terror of considering romance again; it’s disappointing. And I’m figuring out how God used the past year to draw me closer to Him. He did, that is for sure. He used my joy and my pain, and I know that without placing myself in His hands before everything else I would be devastated.
There is still hope. God can use what turned out to be a variety pack of emotions and grab-bag of mistakes and sin for His good. And Christ doesn’t have to die again to save me, he’s covered me completely for the rest of eternity. He loves the mess he has saved.