Posts tagged christianity
Life is Much Simpler When Only One Person's Opinion Matters

You can't escape it.

It bombards you at every turn and is embedded into your heart from the time you're born.

It's the need to belong. We're communal creatures and we long to know that to someone... somewhere... we belong. Mostly we just want to be a part of a club that meets in a treehouse and has a top secret password like "open sesame." But for those of us not fortunate enough to get in with the cool kids, we just want to know we're loved without condition.

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I have a sneaking suspicion...

There’s been a lot of suspicion lately. Of Whites. Of Blacks. Of Republicans. Of Democrats. Of Christians. Of Non-Christians. And though suspicion may be rooted in terrible experiences, no good will grow from it. Suspicion breeds mistrust. And mistrust breeds divisiveness.

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Square One Part VI: are you part of the secret club?

You can't escape it.

It bombards you at every turn and is embedded into your heart from the time you're born.

It's the need to belong. We're communal creatures and we long to know that to someone... somewhere... we belong. Mostly we just want to be a part of a club that meets in a treehouse and has a top secret password like "open sesame." But for those of us not fortunate enough to get in with the cool kids, we just want to know we're loved without condition.

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Square One Part IV: Your anxiety of the future ends here.

It is entirely too easy to stress out about our futures. Can I get an amen? If you're anything like me, dreaming, constructing and planning my future is what I do on my down time. I generally have a couple handfuls of different futures planned out for myself at any given time. It all depends on which opportunities arise or don't arise, what the economic climate looks like, who I marry, what my job will be, how my interests change... the variables (and the resulting futures) are endless. For a lot of people this can be anxiety inducing as it reinforces just how out of control we are.

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Square One Part II: why you should give up on the pursuit of happiness

The pursuit of happiness was penned into the Declaration of Independence because the Founding Fathers understood that a continual search for happiness is fundamental to our existence. When you ask a parent what they wish for their child, inevitably they respond, "to be happy." If you ask an individual what they seek out of life, you'll often hear, "to be happy." And the pursuit of this elusive happiness is what motivates much of our lives. The fact that Jefferson preceded "happiness" with "pursuit of" indicates the constancy of the pursuit. Happiness is not easily gotten, yet is easily lost. We live each day in a constant pursuit of it because you can't hang on to that feeling by simply existing - you must fight for it every moment.

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The Kinetic Faith of a "Proverbs 16 Christian"

Potential energy is energy stored within a substance, waiting to be released, such as a coiled spring. Kinetic, on the other hand, is active energy, found often in detonated atomic bombs or small children.

In regards to our faith, we often live with a potential faith instead of a kinetic faith. Misguided by cultural expectations or perhaps just ignorant of what Jesus asks of His disciples, people store faith away as an intellectual pursuit, never realizing it as an active lifestyle.

We should take ownership of our faith because faith, like life, must be kinetic to grow and move forward.

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