Everything is finally starting to fall into place and there are 2 things that are just making me completely crazy! but everything is falling into place and I can’t believe it! but I love it! :)
Last night, I read a headline that really ticked me off! One of our starting basketball players was arrested for drug trafficking. I was maybe a little mad because this happened a little over 24 hours before our last game of the season and that game just happens to be against our rivals and this player is our most irreplaceable player and he is really good. i was more angry because there are so many kids that look up to him. There are so many college students and adults that look up to him. As I sit at the games I hear so many people say, “Yes! Abreu is in! He is not only a good player! He has a good character! I want to be just like him when I grow up!” Or I hear parents say “I want my kids to be just like him.” Often we think we think we know someone off of the court just because of awesome they are on the court and how good their character appears to be on the court. We think that we really know someone—but we don’t. Any ways, in my anger, God hit me with a truck! He was like “Lizeth, you have really screwed up before and had a ton of people angry at you (okay, I’ve never screwed up on his level because I have never had that opportunity because I’m not as “famous” as he is) before, you know that feeling of desperation and that feeling of lost hope. How about instead of being one of those angry people, you channel that anger into prayer. He could really use some serious prayer right now. He is in pretty deep and he needs help, he needs me.” God really hit me. And as I was sitting there praying for him, I just began to weep. Not cry, weep. I was sobbing uncontrollably. It was almost as if I could feel Abreu’s desperation and pain. I could feel all of this sorrow and I could feel all of this pressure and I don’t know, it really reminded me that some times, instead of being angry with everyone and everything, we should maybe just pray for them—especially when we don’t really know them. Like, I don’t know this guy! He’s just on the basketball team!
This quote is one of the ones that really just gets me goat. So many people are like, “yeah, this quote is so awesome! let’s repin this, and quote this, and use this every where!” Really, let’s just think about this for a second. Does this quote honestly make any sense? I am 100% sure that every single relationship has to work both ways. It is NEVER just about the other person making an effort. You better keep a place in your heart for those that are important to you! Perhaps if there are problems in your relationship, you ought to check and see if you have been trying hard enough since relationships are 2 way streets-give and take-never just take which is what this quote is implying! Maybe they’ve made an effort for so long, but have gotten tired of being rejected by you. So just think about that. You gotta love people. And as a christian, some relationships that we have are definitely all give—just as Christ has done for us. Just saying.
I don’t know when all of this happened, but I’ve gotten in pretty deep and I need help. I don’t even recognize this as myself. Maybe I don’t need help, maybe I like who I have become, but it feels so strange and so far from who I used to be even just last semester. I think I know when it changed, and I think God is working and that I’m just along for the ride, but it’s scary and I don’t understand and I don’t like that very often.
…before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
This is about the stupidest quote ever! I read occasionally, and yes, it is like living in another world, in a completely different place, being lost in SOMEONE ELSE’S story. But that’s the problem, why would I want to live all of these lives? If I took the time I have in this life to oh say I don’t know, actually live my life, then one life would be more than enough and I wouldn’t have to try and fill some empty void by living vicariously through fictitious characters. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read a good book, but I would honestly rather be with real people, doing real things, living a real life. So go ahead, live 1000 different lives before you die, but me, I’m gonna live mine, and ya know what? I think that’s way better :)
So I have decided that the majority of people who do not like traveling have never really traveled before. I mean, really truly traveled. Like if you have never really left with an open mind and soul and spirit-you have not traveled. When you go, you have to go with the mentality that you are going to learn and experience new things. You can’t get in this attitude of rush-rush-rush and hurry-hurry-hurry and stress-stress-stress you have to go and be flexible and relax and enjoy your time. If you don’t get to see everything that you wanted to, get over it! It will be okay, just relax and enjoy what you see. Enjoy the moment and absorb it all soak it in. For me, every time that I go on a trip, I obtain a new perspective on something and that seems to be true for a lot of other people too. So be open to change. Go. Travel. And if you still don’t like it, talk to me please because you really interest me.
Yeah this happens to me all the time when I read…except the people that look at me don’t fall in love with me, they just all think I’m nuts.
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awwww how cute! :)
From: The Heart of a Teenager
To: Anyone Willing to Listen
Why do we call ourselves Christians again? Someone please tell me. We sure are not living like it. We are living like the brainwashed people that our government wants us to live like. They want us all to fit into this perfect like one size fits all box so that we have this “freedom of religion” and they never really have to worry about us. So here are just a few of the big problems that I am seeing within our Christian society today that are just driving me completely insane.
First of all, why are we all so judgmental? Not only of that homeless man standing over there on the corner or of the girl who looks a little strange in your chemistry class or of the boy in your math class who talks too much, but even of each other. I mean come on guys, if we cannot support and love each other, we most certainly cannot support and love anyone else. If we cannot love our own kind, we need to reevaluate our own lives and hearts as checkpoint number one. If we have this love of Christ inside of us, shouldn’t that be pouring out and overflowing? I mean overflowing so much that we simply just cannot keep it to ourselves but that we must share it with every single person that we come into contact with? If we don’t have this overwhelming love that Christ has given us that just spills out of our lives, whose fault is that? Certainly it is not Christ’s. He does not change. It is our fault. What have we done with that love and why is it not overflowing out of our lives? We MUST stop being so judgmental.
Secondly, the music that we listen to is appalling! If every single aspect of our life is made to glorify Christ, that includes our music. How many times to we judge songs that our not about Christ by whether or not it swears or whether or not it talks about sex or drugs and it reminds me of this person that God has placed in my life so therefore it must be good. Come on, please, that is totally not sound reasoning. Sure, maybe the song isn’t bad, but does it glorify God? Is it worship? Our entire lives should be engulfed in Christ. We should be so in love with him that nothing else matters. For me personally, when I listen to music that isn’t centered on Christ, the rest of my life is falling out of line, too. My thoughts fall out of place and then my actions and my words and it is a mess. I know that this is true for others as well.
Finally, we are cowards. That is not at all how Christ intended us to be. He just wants us to share the good news. That is all he asks of us, is to share the good news! Why is that so hard? Why is it so hard to walk up to someone and tell him of the good news that we know? Why do we keep it to ourselves? Oh yeah, our pride. Our image. Our reputation. Why do we care? When I was in the 7th grade, my great uncle died. I do not believe that he knew Christ as his personal savior. That was my first funeral for a lost person. I was motivated at first to tell everyone about Christ, but people, and not just people, Christians, hurt my pride so I stopped. Just this week, a good friend of mine had a tragic week. Her boyfriend’s father went to the doctor because he thought that he had an infection. He was sent to the hospital and found out that he had Leukemia. Not even 24 hours within getting the news, he died, unexpectedly and lost. As I sit here and write this, I have tears running down my face and onto my computer for this man that I never met because he is burning in the pits of hell. This time, I am going to share my faith and share the good news with every single person that I come into contact with. No more of myself getting in the way. If a lost person that we are some how connected with dying is not enough to motivate us to share the gospel with everyone, then I just don’t know what will motivate us. I’m so tired of Christians saying to other Christians at funerals for those that were lost “it will be okay.” It most certainly will not be okay, do you know where they are right now as we speak? What I would like to start saying to people is “What are you going to do about this? While you may not be able to change this case, use this case as the start of a revolution. Don’t beat yourself up, make the life change now.” So no matter what point of life we are at, we all have at least one person that we know that we can share with—a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, an enemy, a coworker, a classmate, a roommate, one of the contacts in your phone, a friend on your facebook friend’s list, I know that there is someone out there that every single person knows that needs Christ. Share Christ today.
Live like the Christian that is displayed in the bible, not like the comfortable “Christian” that is displayed in our heads and in the perfect little boxes of our world.
ya know, music is a big problem for me. I always am wanting to listen to the crap that is put out there by the world. Even if it isn’t “bad” if it doesn’t swear if it has a “good” message yadda yadda yadda all of the stuff that we say just so that we as christians can listen to whatever the heck we want to. Lately I have been thinking about this so much. Whenever I listen to music that is not Christ-centered, my thoughts and actions are not Christ-centered either and that is a HUGE problem. I mean, every single aspect of my life should be Christ-centered. I want ever single aspect of my life to be oriented around Christ, he is my king and my lord and my saviour and my life is his any ways, it is not mine, so why the heck would I listen to anything else or even try to justify listening to anything else? It just is not logical. Like really, just think about it for a second. Stop and really think about it. It is not logical in any way shape or form. There is so much music that glorifies God, so why am I listening to anything else? Why? Not logical.
So I know that I don’t have much room to talk, but I do know some stuff so just listen for like 2 minutes, okay? so when you are with your bf/gf and you don’t text anyone for anything no matter what, okay, that is perfectly fine because you are with them and you want to give them respect and be completely there, right? okay, nothing wrong with that at all. But when you are with your friends and like all you are doing is texting your bf/gf that is a terrible thing to do. Like put the phone down and give your friends some time and respect. Maybe, just maybe they want to talk to you and they need some time and they need you. Just the fact that you are hanging out with them is not enough. Put the phone down and show them that you still care about them, too. If your bf/gf can’t wait, then there is a serious problem. If your friends aren’t important enough for you to put your phone down for a few hours, then just don’t spend time with please, just be straight forward with them, honestly.