Sermon on the beach

So, this evening, I’m walking along the beach and I decide to have a conversation with myself. FYI, I do this all the time. As I continue walking, I notice the beautiful colors of the seashells, the smoothness and variety of the pebbles and I can’t help but notice how beautiful everything is. The sand washing over my feet brought up more pebbles and seashells and thus began my conversation and my ‘sermon’.

“You see, I see things from the artist’s point of view. I see how the glorious pinks mix with the vibrant oranges to create a most beautiful sunset. I notice the mist down at the pier and how it makes everything so fantasy looking, like a knight in shining armor can ride out on his magnificent steed. I love how the clouds look so wispy and yet, in one moment, can look so dark and threatening. I see God’s artistry in everything and I can’t help but LOVE it!! I see God as a creator, the master artist, who knows what the final picture is gonna look like, because that’s how I see life around me. It’s one facet of an amazing God. ”

“But what if you’re not an artist? Not a photographer such as yourself?” I spoke, acting as another person in my conversation.

“Well, then you see the world from that point of view and you see a different facet of God. And if I’m you’re friend, then eventually, I could see God from that point of view.”

“Ok, so I’m more into architecture, meaning I see how the angles of the beach prevent the high tide from constantly going over the sand dunes. I see how the wind moves in certain ways to allow the pelicans to be able to glide and then dive in when they need to. I see how God creates a world where beauty can meet simplicity and I see God in the beauty of a natural forest that grows on its own, with certain sections and rows for certain things. From that, I see how God allows the seeds to fall where they may, pardon the pun, but only grow in good soil. I see how the things that appear ordinary wouldn’t be if we knew the reasons they work.”

Here’s the sermon:

We are all different. We hear that from every person from the time we are born, to the time that we die. It’s because of this, that the world is as unique as it is. When we see the world a certain way, we see everything that way. From people to our Creator. I usually tend to see God as a Master Artist, as a loving and compassionate Savior willing to reach out and help the little child, and the Warrior who is tough enough to help me fight all my worst battles. I usually tend to see the good in someone before I see the bad, I tend to hold grudges and remember the small details about something while completely forgetting the major ones. I tend to that with God too; I see him my way and it’s very hard for me to see God through the eyes of someone else.

I’m not saying that we all need to see God the same way, because if we did, then nothing would change. God would be someone that no one would care about because nothing in our lives had changed. I see God as a compassionate Savior, partly because I am very much like that, and because I have seen God move in my life because I was at my wit’s end. If nothing in my life, no character trait of mine, were different than everyone else, would I be so willing to claim as my Savior if he hadn’t saved me? Would I be willing to claim a God who hadn’t touched my life in some way? I don’t think  I would be able to. My way of seeing the world, and my Lord, is also the easiest way for me to tell others about Him.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE WORLD????

Goats and People

So….the other day, my family and I were cutting down branches as a part of clearing out some land and like always, we decided to take to the goats. We had to throw them (the branches, not the goats – don’t worry) over the fence. As we were throwing the branches over, the goats were like, “Yehaw!! More food!” and came running to partake of the fresh cut greenery. The interesting thing was that as we were throwing branches in, the goats were running from one pile to another – before finishing the one they were eating.

I noticed that they were acting like humans with the newest, latest whatever. We get a new cell phone and within like 2 weeks we want the new one. Take the new iPad. There was so much hype over the iPad that people forgot about the new iPhone 4 which had only been out for a few weeks. I bet that if you wait a couple of weeks, there will be a new thing that everyone will want.

Was it about us as human beings that makes us want what everyone else has? Or the newest thing? Is it the need or want to fit in? To be accepted? I don’t the answer but if you do, let me know so I can share it.

Here I Am…..Facing my giants

This movie is the traditional-yet-not-so-traditional underdog wins over the champion. But in reality, it is so much more than that.

It's centered around a football team from a Christian school – a team that has had several losing seasons in a row. As the movie progresses you learn more about the faith of key members and even the coaches of the team. The faith that they had and the courage it took to play the biggest team in the state and how even though we can't see it, God is in everything and has a plan.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling with their faith, struggling with why things aren't working out, or simply need an inspiring movie to watch.

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Maybe not the worst but still….

Neil Gaiman answers the hard questions

The worst teacher I ever had was when I was 16. I was taking some classes at the community college and 1 of the first two I took was Introductory to Geology. She was sooo….ooh, there is definitely not a word to put there.

Her class was the easiest though. She made slideshows and printed them for us but while her class was easy, her labs were not. I was thankful that the class accounted for about 60% of my grade or I might not have passed. Oh well.

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Fave Quote

My favorite quote is “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not”.

It reminds me to be true to myself, even if what I am is not what people like. It reminds me that I am totally and uniquely different than others and in a world of fake people, TRUTH is wanted and desired!

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Life, liberty and the pursuit

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”

These words were first found written in the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by our Congress on July 4,1776 – the day our nation was born. This sentence contains three of the inalienable rights that we all have as human beings and are the 3 most important ones as well. But what exactly does this mean? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Where, and how does it fit in to my life? Let’s take a look at what each word means and we’ll go from there.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines life as:

2 a : the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual b : one or more aspects of the process of living

5 a : the period from birth to death b : a specific phase of earthly existence <adult life> c : the period from an event until death <a judge appointed for life> d : a sentence of imprisonment for the remainder of a convict’s life

These are just two of the many definitions it gives. So far, we are entitled to both be born and to die; to have experiences that mold and shape us as we grow; and to just live.

Let’s see what it says about liberty:

1 : the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e : the power of choice

From this we gather that along with life (having experiences and living), we are entitled to the power of choice(choosing how to live, what to wear, what to eat, etc); the ability to enjoy social, political and/or economic rights; freedom from despotic control.

The ‘pursuit of happiness’ I have broken down into two parts – ‘pursuit’ and ‘happiness’.

pursuit –  1 : the act of pursuing 2 : an activity that one engages in as a vocation, profession, or avocation

happiness – 1 : good fortune : prosperity 2 a : a state of well-being and contentment : joy b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience

Soo…..the pursuit of happiness is being able to pursue what makes you happy, gives you joy, am I correct? You following?

Let’s put it all together – Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means, “We are allowed to live and have experiences based on our choices as we pursue the things that bring us joy.”

Notice this – it never says we are gonna get whatever makes us happy. We are allowed to pursue it but it never guarantees we’re gonna get it. There is another hidden statement in that phrase – where does one acquire liberty? Remember when this was written and adopted? July 4,1776, where we officially won our freedom, aka liberty, from England in the war known as the Revolutionary War. We fought, yes, war and guts and blood, fought England in order to secure our liberty. The price of freedom is this: the lives that are lost and the blood that is spilled. Every act of peace comes from war. Independence can only be found in peace which comes through war. There has to be war in order for there to be peace. I know I said that three times but I wanted you to get that point.

The entire phrase states this – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We are created equal to live and choose as we please. We can choose to disagree or agree with you, love or hate you, whatever but it is our choice. Just because something makes me happy, doesn’t mean that it will make you happy. I’m not gonna shove what I think down your throat or even make you listen, then again, it’s your choice.

How are you gonna define your life, your liberty and your pursuit of happiness?

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