Speaking the truth is never easy but always right. It's absolute, unbending, and should never be sacrificed for our comfort; rather, comfort should be taken in having held it close and raised it high even through persecution. In the end, the reward will far outweigh the cost (II Corinthians 4:13-18).
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Thoughts On the Record
- Time & Earthquakes
- Playing for Blood
- The Lotus Eaters
- Priceless Freedom
- The Faith of a Civilian Soldier
- Personally Experiencing God’s Power: Travel Journal 2010
- A Few Things I’ve Learned
- Christmas & Church Family
- True Leadership = Love + Serving
- Hands of Time
- Real Men
- Passion Vs. Hype
- Serving God: For Me or For Him?
- The Marriage Question
I’ve not been writing as often these days. My personal reflections have been kept… well… personal. I still write in my journal but rarely find time. Life is busy and full of distractions, especially if we want it to be. I think we like to forget how to feel and think deeply and to be dulled by the constant drum of hour by hour activities. The older we get the more complicated our responsibilities and relationships become. It’s a frustrating and often overwhelming part of being an adult. I hate being “an adult”! When did this happen and how can I make it stop?!
This post is, I hope, the beginning of a blessed renaissance. I dumped facebook two days ago. And I say GOOD RIDDANCE! The “dumping” happened because the social networking site really becomes like a bad relationship to those of us who care what people we used to know and see regularly are doing. I found that a majority of the time it is either too seriously taken (to the point of near obsession by narcissists with 2000 pictures or stalkers) OR people don’t care at all and won’t even respond to serious questions you ask. I think I fit in-between, maybe drifting to one side or another at certain times, enough to recognize both sides and feel annoyed at the pointless waste. There are a few people overseas that I enjoyed keeping up with but the time for that has come and gone as well. The medium isn’t deep and hardly makes a difference in how close I feel to that person. It’s amazing how much saying goodbye to “fake”book freed my imagination. If I’m lucky, no one will know that I’m gone. Shh…
I’ve been concerned a great deal by what’s going on in my world, especially after having seen so much of it this year. In the past 4 months, I’ve been out of the country twice for 2 and half months total, been in 6 different countries of Asia, two of which were communist controlled, one a Muslim republic. I’ve been thinking a great deal and the Lord has been teaching me BOATLOADS in the process. I turn 26 in two days and still feel like a child. That can be an insecure feeling unless I’ve got the right perspective. I’m grateful if I can trust Jesus like a child because this is what is required of me above everything else. Maybe some shared experiences can make you feel like you’re not alone in seeking what’s right. As believers in Jesus Christ, we’ve got a lot of work to do. Our time is short. It’s time to put some more thoughts on the record.
That being said, I’m stuck on II Timothy 2:3-4 right now. It’s edgy. And it certainly doesn’t fit the Christian-bandwagon, pious primadonna, Joel Osteen “Your Best Life Now” prosperity junk. I love a good head check. We should do this more often.