Posts tagged God
If I have fallen in love with a God who isn't real...

If I have fallen in love with a God who isn't real... then I have been joyful when I should have been sad.

If I have fallen in love with a God who isn't real... then I have been at peace when I should have been scared.

If I have fallen in love with a God who isn't real... then I have had compassion toward others for no good reason.

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Your move, God.

Oddly enough, one of my best friends since Jr. High had planned the same trip with a mutual friend from college. Needless to say, serendipity is the coolest. She's and I, both, are in a period of transition in our lives and as we discussed our various obstacles, fears and future plans she said something that not only helped quell some of my concerns but also made a lot of sense.

"Your move, God."

You see, when our will is to glorify God in this moment, our will lines up with our Father's will. We have been promised that God will never forsake us, always desiring what is good and perfect for us even when we can't see it for ourselves. Practically, this means that the pressure is off.

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God Bless Feisty Italians

Everything they say about feisty Italians is true.

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We arrive in Salerno after a 9-Hour train ride with the intentions of finding a nice beach-side campsite for the evening. Upon consulting Mr. Google and finding out that the city along the Amalfi Coast that we wanted to visit was Sorrento not Salerno, we hasten to find a route to make it there tonight. Meanwhile, a pregnant, homeless lady asks us for our half-empty Coca-Colas, but that's another story.

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The Counter-Culture Secret about Giving

I read a lot and much of what I read is business related; usually tailored toward the life hackers, the entrepreneurs, the eccentric, the bold and the adventurous. In my reading, I have noticed a trend that seems to tie all of these thoughts together:

To receive you must first be willing to give.

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In Regards to Lost Reverence

Though we passed armed guards and wrought-iron gates, we walked in silence as we entered into the sanctuary. The only word ringing in my head was reverence. Though we were directed by tired, grumpy priests to sit in cold, metal folding chairs, we sat in silence as the masses filed in, one by one. The only word ringing in my head was reverence. Though we knelt on cold, hard concrete with our feet uncomfortably twisted beneath us, we knelt in silence as we listened to the angelic choral music fill the void. The only word ringing in my head was reverence.

Reverence.

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On Quitting Church...

To those who may be angry or confused:

What is Christianity?

To some, it's a systematic approach to the world through a faith-based lense. It simply gives them an easy answer where there wouldn't ordinarily be one. 

To others, it's a crutch upon which Bible-believing scientists, historians and writers get to pass Go! and collect $200, copping out of the "truth".

Many see it as a organized, well-put-together list of rituals and practices that help you rejoice in the good times, take comfort in the bad times and gives you a hope that there is something else out there other than what we can see.

But pure Christianity, stripped of its cultural bells and whistles, is a commitment to knowing Christ. Until we get there, we haven't adopted it truly; we have only adopted the habitual practices - prayer, Church, mission trips, youth lock-ins - that accompany it.

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