Month: March 2012
I’m starting to wonder what I can do in terms of daily commitment to the world. I really liked the pressure of the posting every day. My blog may have suffered from it, in terms of quality of content. ;-P So, let’s make it happen again.. I’m probably going to do a picture every day. Most won’t be artsy, and most will be on my iPhone, but it’ll keep the daily content coming.
So let’s start with what I’ve been doing for the last 3 weeks.^_^ Editing 29 hours of audio and 13 hours of video. 0.0
Christian Fundamentalism – Fundies
When people care only for the letter of the law they are not setting themselves up for success. And when they add to the law, especially in application to other people’s lives, they are setting themselves up for destruction. I’ve heard more than enough stories of unrepentant hypocrites who made a big deal about how they dressed, how they never watched movies, how they never danced or drank, etc. Where was the faith? The love? The heart?
And that’s the ultimate problem I see with fundamentalism, Mormonism, Islam, Catholicism, etc. They don’t want the heart. They are training these people to live to the letter of the law. Not to the heart of it. And that’s what makes Christianity distinct and an amazing religion. People do things because they love God. They obey the law of God because they love him.
I’ve found that there are certain pathways that lead me to certain sins. If I start to wander down that road in my mind, I typically end up going elsewhere.
Look in the Mirror
Do you ever stare at yourself in the mirror and ask who you are? Who are you becoming? Why do you do what you do? Being honest with yourself about who you are and the direction that you are headed can be difficult. Oftentimes we’re blinded to our own faults and easily see others very clearly. The Christian life is about walking down a path. You’re either walking away, or you’re walking towards Christ. Where are you walking?
What Will You Give Up?
If you were asked the five things you wouldn’t give up no matter what torture or means were used upon you, what would you say? Are you passionate about anything to an extent that you would not let anything or anyone trample on or destroy it?
“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” ~ Matthew 21:12-13
Sometimes I wonder when we are around those who hate God and express it loudly, if we back down are we as passionate about what we believe in as they do?
Romance is About Planning
That’s probably one of the most unromantic things one could say. The whole chic-flick genre is all about spontaneity, new, and exciting. But is this really how romance works? It’s about the spontaneous trips to Italy? It’s about finding love in the most spontaneous and fun dude? I don’t know. The thing is, what takes priority in your life is that which you schedule in your life. Sure, I guess if you don’t have any kids, you don’t have a really stressful job but a very high paying one, and you are a creative genius one could come up with a way to keep romance alive in many different ways spontaneously. But how many people are like this?
Chic-flicks or any movie for that matter is about a problem. It’s about finding flawed people and putting them in really horrible, stressful, or weird situations and making them react badly to most of the situations they are in. Otherwise, we wouldn’t watch it. But is that how our normal lives are? Filled with drama all the time? No. And we need to stop trying to make our lives like the movies, or emulate the movies because it’s unrealistic. They pack a lifetime of excitement into an hour and a half.
The most successful men I know financially are good at planning and scheduling. They run tight schedules that help them to get the most done and find the quickest way to do it. The men I know who make family devotions a priority in their lives schedule it. If in all these other areas people schedule to be successful why not romance as well?
And I get that romance is all the time. It’s doing the dishes, it’s cleaning up the house, it’s putting the little people to bed, etc. It’s about serving. And I think scheduling romance is a great way to serve as well. Scheduling the dinners out. The nights away, etc. It means you actually care. I appreciate the fact that my parents go out quite often. They go off for a couple nights here and there. They run out to dinner a few times per month.
Here’s why I think marriages will lose their spark over time. Guys are selfish. Girls are selfish. That pretty much sums up my thoughts on it.
What are your thoughts? I’m unmarried and single, therefore my opinion doesn’t hold much weight anyways. I’ll get back to you in 10 years and let you know, Lord willing. 😉
I haven’t done one of these in awhile. I think I’m becoming less thankful. :-/
Today I’m thankful for work. Because otherwise I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Work does stuff. And I like doing stuff, or at least the idea of it. Therefore I must work. Cool. ^_^
That’s it… Zzzzzz.
Ask any guy or girl that and you’ll often hear “I don’t know” or something ambiguous. How about yourself? Do you know what you want to do with your life? Perhaps you don’t know the specific thing that you want to do. But writing out a vision and creating one will help make that happen.
So where do you start? Look at your gifts and talents that God gave you and use those. Go do something. Your heart follows actions. Don’t follow your heart. Your heart will lead you to destruction.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ~ Matthew 6:21” Put your money, time, and energy into where you want to go and generally your heart will follow. ^_^