For too long now I have let myself fall prey to the sin of sloth. I have wasted my entire summer doing nothing but sitting in front of a television screen. I could have been ministering to people, educating myself on God’s Word, volunteering at hospitals, shadowing doctors…the truth is, I got scared of growing up.
I am changing again. It happens every summer, fall, spring. I learn bits and pieces about myself and life in general, and then I change. I have to. Because I am not on track, and I should be.
I don’t imagine very many people read my blogs, which is fine because they are more for myself to reflect upon anyway, but if you do read this…please pray for me, for strength, and for wisdom.
Wisdom of the Day: Humble yourself.
A good chunk of my life was spent without real friends, but I had my family. Family is forever…as long as it is a good relationship, but friendship holds its own place in our hearts.
I thought I was broken, a defect, some sort of unsocial anomaly. And then one day I was fixed. I had friends. Friends are there for you when you can’t be there for yourself. Friends help you through the struggles in life. Friends support you and cheer you on. Friends tell you the truth, even if the truth hurts. I do not think that the word “end” is in the word “friend” by mere chance. Friends stick by you until the end.
Unfortunately, I think I messed up somewhere along the road of two lives. Juggling two sets of friends vs. a single set became arduous. Eventually…it crumbled. Sometimes I wonder if the ones I lost still wish things were the same. I wonder what I could have done to prevent such a loss.
I mentioned in an earlier post that you get wisdom by falling on your face a couple times…well I fell…and ate it.
Wisdom of the Day: When you find a few good friends, the ones that mean the world to you, do not neglect them. Try, try, and try again, because if you stop trying you will fall on your face.
Dreams. We all have them, every time we sleep, regardless if we can remember them. Some of us dream about life, others about love, and even about fame, but what is a dream?
I do not agree that the word “dream” has a single meaning, nor do I believe that you can put it into words. Dreams to me are pieces of our soul, the very core of who we are, slipping into consciousness when we sleep. Dreams show us who we want to be, what we fear, where we want to go, and so on.
Each one of us has our own unique dreams, goals, drives, but we are all inter-connected. How then do we exist among others…or is it just that…do we merely EXIST among our fellow dreamers, rather than work with them.
For me, I want to work with my fellow dreamers, help them. My dreams are big, and I have so many people cheering for me, but also quite a few discouraging me. I do not require support to achieve my dreams because they are mine, but support will only push me harder, as will discouragement.
Wisdom of the Day: Dream big, and know that it is you who is responsible for achieving those dreams. But always remember, you always have a Supporter.
We have countless amounts of them everyday. In the morning we have the option to open our eyes or keep them shut, the option to get out of bed or stay in it all day, the option to shower or grunge it up. The point is that there is not one move we make that can be made in some other fashion or not at all. We have the option of letting people control our emotions or controlling them ourselves, the option to find the good in things or be angry and depressed, the option to love or the option to hate.
What we don’t often realize is that each day we have the option to do something meaningful in the world. It does not take money to sit with a person you notice is sad, or to say hi to strangers passing by. Each day we can choose to let ourselves love each other and show Jesus to each other…but we don’t. Why? Are we really only responsible for ourselves? Can you really sit back and watch lives get torn apart and people fall into Hell for the path they have chosen?
Options. We get to choose what happens in a day and how we will react to it.
Wisdom of the Day: In a life full of options, realize that you don’t live this life alone and you do have the ability to save another’s life so get up and show the world Jesus.
I want to tell you a story about a lady named Andrea. Andrea was an amazing God-fearing woman who gave her life to the Lord and did her best to do His will. Andrea sang in the choir and spread God’s word everywhere she went. At the end of last year Andrea was diagnosed with cancer. The cancer was aggressive and spread all throughout her body. All during her diagnoses and treatments Andrea would talk to her doctors and nurses about Jesus. Nobody thought Andrea would survive to see the New Year…but she did. Her faith in God and her unfailing love for His children kept her going. Andrea went home tonight. God decided that He was so pleased by her work that He wanted her to come back to Him.
I learned a lot from Andrea. She was not perfect but there is not a single soul living on this earth that is. I learned to praise relentlessly from her, I learned to fight hard against evil from her, I learned to love others from her…and now I hope that you have learned something too.
Wisdom of the Day: Love always and cherish the moments you have…every second because it only takes a second to lose them all.
It always tickles me when somebody inquires how it is you go about getting wisdom. Often times we set ourselves out to obtain something that can only be obtained if we DO NOT set out for it. You do not become wise by learning factual knowledge written in textbooks or quoting lines of poetry, rather you get wisdom by using your brain and your soul.
My teacher today said this about wisdom: “You get it by falling on your face a few times.” What this means is that we get wisdom by living our life and reflecting upon our experiences.
Wisdom of the Day: Wisdom can only be gained by learning from your experiences, not by something written in a textbook.
"Suffering can enlarge the sufferer."-Dr. Cook speaking about the Victorian novel Adam Bede by George Eliot.
Throughout our lives we find ourselves questioning why bad things happen to good people. We live our lives each day hoping for the best and pretending that our plans actually matter. As obstacles are thrown our way we begin to get frustrated and angry at God…as if we have a right to be…as if we haven’t been given more than we deserve already. We are blessed to merely wake up in the morning. Regardless we are human and can’t help but question why we suffer.
What about this? Don’t you think that the reason we suffer is to make us stronger, to make us learn, and even to bring us closer to God? God does not cause our suffering because of some sort of sin we committed, rather He uses our suffering to strengthen us and grow us in Him.
If we suffer and get through the suffering being the same exact person we were before it why in the world did we work so hard to get through it. Instead of coming out of the suffering the same person, why not we build ourselves from the hardship?
Wisdom of the Day: God does not punish us with suffering, rather He strengthens us and brings us closer to Him. Do not let yourself be unchanged by the hardships you overcome and rejoice that God has walked with you each step of the way.
The story I am about to tell you is not my own. The account is from a woman wiser than she knows, a woman who has held her faith far past what any normal person could handle.
I was on my flight back to the United States. I had received word earlier that day that my husband was killed in a plane crash. Because my flight was a last minute decision I wound up in a middle seat between a white British man and a black British man. I was prepared to keep quiet the entire time and face forward as the tears overwhelmed my eyes. The black British man on my left turned to me and said I am having a bad day. I asked him why and he replied that he had to leave his wife and children for 3-4 months because of work (he would be going to his native country in Africa). I said to him I am having a bad day too…my husband was killed in a plane crash yesterday and I am flying back to the United States. The man replied by saying I am sorry. Time passed before we began talking about his family. His wife and children were Christians but he was Muslim. He looked at me and told me he was very very sorry. I patted his knee and said you don’t know how much that means to me. As we were about to get off the plane the man gently took both my hands and recited a prayer. That man was Jesus to me that day. As I got off the plane a former student of mine was waiting in the terminal for me. He had taken a train all day long from New York just to greet me when I got off the plane. He is gay. He stopped his life for a whole day just to see me for 10 minutes to tell me he loved me. He got back on the train after I left.
God used a Muslim and a gay man to comfort the lady. Two people that today’s society look down…they were the ones who lifted her up. They were Jesus to her when no one else would be.
Wisdom of The Day: God can work through the people whom society deem unacceptable. God’s love can be shown through the least likely of places at just the right time. Do not ever doubt the workings of the Lord.