Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do as I say, not as I do

I believe I've come to a wonderful revelation. Earlier today, while reading a marvelous blog by a wonderful, Christian hippie (yes, they exist), I came upon a Bible verse. "Let love and faithfullness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." If you weren't to think this came from the Bible you would most likely think to yourself, 'How poetic. What great advice.' So, why do we always get so caught up with things that come from the church, the Bible, God, just because the information originates from these places? Seriously, I've been struggling with simply putting aside the awesome advice from the Bible because it's from the Bible, and I realize, most of the things within the Bible, every one agrees with. Obviously, there are exceptions, but for the most part, there are simple, ethical and moral principles in the Bible that every one agrees with. With that basis, I read throught the verse again and realized that God, when He gives us advice, or correction, isn't just saying it and then turning around and doing exactly what He told you not to do. No, no He does as He says, not the other way around. If this is true, which I believe it is, otherwise He's not a God worth following, then God has love and faithfullness tied around HIS neck and written upon HIS heart. That means that all those times we have felt that God has left us without love, has left us and not been faithful, cannot be true. He does as He says. Wow. That means that there are double the promises in the Bible. See, there are the Bible promises that are outright statements like, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' But, then there are these things that God tells us to do, and these are promises that He will do them as well because God does not tell us to do something without being a living example for us as well. How cool!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sitting in Solemn Silence

Beating, bumping, bee-bopping, it all feels so free. It's amazing how when we let our creative sides flow, our wings begin to grow and we can suddenly fly. That's how I feel at least. The Tempest, by Shakespeare, may be a slightly depressing and evil play, it still somehow brings out a side of me that I nearly had forgotten about, the creative me. I feel all these feelings of life bubbling to the surface. It's wonderful. I love it.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year and Happy School Year

Amazingly, I am happy its a new year and a new school year. It seems appropriate to have the new semester start at the beginning of the new year; every things different and you have every opportunity to change how you have been doing things. Over break I began to realize how selfish I have been with my friends, my family, and my school. I always think of myself before I do anything and I have not considered the feelings of those around me. Thank God for a new year. I suppose I feel like I have the excuse now to start all over. And perhaps also I have the ability to. I spent a lot of time thinking over break and a lot of time praying. It really became apparent to me how much I have been hurting those around me because I have been expecting so much of them, when I have not been giving to THEM at all. Terrible. But thank goodness that someone was willing to knock me up side the head and say, "Hey, stop being a butt head!"

So, here's a little encouragement, if we show love and interest for others, it is bound to come back around to us full circle. And this counts for stuff that isn't so positive too.