Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Made Perfect by our Love

But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'. For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Why is our ‘Yes’ only ‘Yes’ when it fits within our comfort zone, and our ‘No’ only ‘No’ until it affects the way we live?

You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

We are called to live as peace makers even when those around us choose hostility.

If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

We are called to live with grace and mercy as it has been bestowed upon us in such abundance. Our conveniences and comforts have become our ‘rights’. However, if we were able to see and choose between being given what was ‘rightfully’ ours and being given grace and mercy, we would always choose the latter. Why do we not portray this aspect of Christ to the world?

You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…

We are called to be love givers as we have experienced the greatest, most profound love that has ever existed. We are not given the permission to choose whom we will and will not love. We must love even our enemies and do good to them; yes, this includes our foreign enemies as well as our local ones.

…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.


Love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, servant hood, humility: these things are the antithesis of comfort and convenience. We too often dictate these character traits by how much we will have to sacrifice, when the entire purpose of them all is to sacrifice one’s self in order to show Christ to the world. We are not made perfect by our knowledge, nor by our ‘good intentions’. We are made perfect by our love.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Red or Blue? Um...Purple?



I have honestly never been so torn before when it comes to voting. I have never had a doubt about who I would cast my vote for in the presidential elections; until now. There is no reason why, out of the many possible candidates for presidency, we have only these two to choose from. How is it that only two politcal parties can represent and speak for an entire nation of people? Are we really that simplistic as to be able to be boiled down and placed in one box or another? I have the option of choosing a candidate that I do not fully support or "throwing my vote away" by writing in. My question is...as a Christian, what exactly am I held responsible for? Getting a Republican into office eventhough I don't believe in 90% of what he has to say?? (but as long as I prevent a democrat from taking office everything will be fine) Or, actually writing in someone that I agree with fully eventhough it is perceived as a wasted vote? Doesn't God choose who runs our country? I know I have a duty to vote, but quite frankly, I'm tired of being manipulated and controlled by fear. I will NOT help send another Bush into office. I know I'm just going on a rant, but it's been a burden to me lately with all of the e-mails and news headlines. I'd love to just say "whatever happens, happens" and just remove myself from it all, but the truth is...I believe in making an educated decision and that's what I'm trying to do.

It shouldn't be either red or blue...there's got to be another choice!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

All I Need - Radiohead

Please watch this video in its entirety and let it sink in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdrCalO5BDs

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

...Question...

Noah asked me a question the other day that I did not know how to answer. My thoughts were so conflicting because I had opinions which advocated opposite answers. So...I'm presenting this question to you in hopes that you will give me your thoughts and opinions in hopes that something will click and make sense to me.

Here goes...

If God cares for all of His creation, does He mourn the death of all living things (including animals, plants, etc.)?

I will wait to explain my thought process in my pursuit to answer this question until after I get some responses, so as to not taint another's own unique pattern of thinking.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Created to be Creative!

I've been in a very crafty mood lately. I am constantly wanting to do and make things with my hands. The other day I sat down with a large canvas and just painted...it was so theraputic, and there is just something about sitting back and looking at something that you yourself have made.

Noah and I have also been talking lately about trying to save money on clothes and also trying our hardest not to support the stores that use child labor factories to produce their clothing. We know there is no way to completely avoid this issue, however we can try to purchase most of our clothes from a second hand store thus not giving our money to the stores who sell the clothes first hand. So, we decided that we would try going to the Good Will and finding clothes that are good on their own or creating our own by using objects or patterns on one piece of clothing and cutting them out and sewing them onto another making it our own unique creation. We did this the other day and it was so much fun...and so much cheaper!

God created us to be creative beings and when we exercise that creativity (talent or no talent) there is a part of us that feels fulfilled and satisfied. Make the decision to do something creative this week and see how God can use it to teach and uplift you!

Next craft mission: create my own jewelry and learn how to knit or crochet so I can make scarves, hats, and gloves!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mary Closed Her Doors

My husband and I went to Kentucky this past week for his grandmother's funeral. Her name was Mary. Although he and she were never very close, we wanted to be there to show our love and support to the family. It was actually a great week of visiting with the family despite the circumstances.

At the funeral they had many old pictures and documents from his grandma's past...they were beautiful. Unfortunately, it was the first time that anyone in the family had ever seen them. Mary had always refused to allow anyone to see them and would say, "you can see them after I die". In her everyday life, she was very shut off from her family and never allowed herself to have a close relationship with anyone. It was just so sad to think that none of her family knew who she was when she was younger and none of them really knew who she was even before she died.

As my husband, Noah, and I were looking at the pictures that were set in the window sill we came across a playbill. As a teenager his grandmother was in a school play! Noah had no idea that she had ever done anything of this nature and was so pleasantly surprised. If only she had told him about it she could have found out that her grandson also loves acting in plays. I can only imagine what else she hid from the world that could have bonded her to others.

Why do we chose to shut our selves off from the world and even those that are supposed to be closest to us? I know I tend to over-analyze things, but I couldn't help but wonder what or who hurt her so badly that she felt the need to remain so cold and closed off even until her death. What made Mary close her doors to everyone? I pray that this story never becomes my own. I want to live my life fully and experience real community. I hope that I will always be open to loving others and to allowing them to love me.