get "unicorned" ... all the cool kids are doing it.
as i sat in old testament today, i realized a truth about us human beings. a girl in my class was wearing a birthday hat on the front of her head and telling everyone that her mom “unicorned” her earlier today. the majority of the class was utterly confused and we all looked to each other to make sense of her behavior. however, if you really look at the situation, the girl with the birthday horn didn’t think her behavior was out of the ordinary at all. had she, she wouldn’t have exclaimed it aloud or even worn the thing on her head. she had no grasp on the concept of social acceptance; she was just doing what she thought was “cool” or “funny”. it would have been completely normal if we all thought birthday-unicorn-hats were “cool”. we have no right to judge just because our views on the appropriate time and place to wear something upon one’s head differs from hers.
social acceptance is an odd thing. it has to do with the fall of man and shame and fear and the fact that we all care about how other people will judge us. in reality, who the heck cares?! God made this girl with a beautiful mind and an appreciation for birthday wear jutting out of the front of one’s forehead. i bet if, out of some weird lady gaga style, birthday hats came to be the new trend, we would see them everywhere and think absolutely nothing of it. this whole thinking process brought me to the conclusion that this girl wasn’t weird, she was a leader, a trend-setter, a revolutionist. her birthday hat may have gotten her weird looks and giggles behind her back, but she walked tall and wore that hat proudly.
so next time you find yourself judging another person, just remember: we are all extremely weird, every single one of us. the only difference is some people are better than hiding it than others.
is it sad that i just gave myself a little lesson on the foundations of christian thought while listening to mumford and sons?
"how can you say that your truth is better than ours?" (from i gave you all)
well actually, truth is objective, meaning that there is only one truth. subjects can have their own views, but these are known as false truths. just because two people believe different things doesn’t make them both true.
have you ever realized how funny God is? i’m serious! people always emphasize God’s love for us and God’s grace, but i feel like no one ever talks about how absolutely hilarious He is! He is the Creator of all things; not only did He create humor, He embraces it! like yesterday, i was getting ready to walk to my interview and God decides that the rain is going to fall right when i walk out the doors of hope. hahaha! He always knows how to calm my nerves. i want to encourage you to take the time to look around and realize the humor in life and have a good laugh with God, the epitome of humor.
having family in illinois and going to school in southern california kinda sucks.
i love biola and would never choose any other school to spend my college years. however, some days i have random spouts of homesickness. it’s frustrating because home seems so distant and unchanging, yet life still goes on without me.
i wanna have an anti-social party and watch step brothers with the one person that i can truly enjoy it with. i wanna go to washington park at midnight with my best friend and the thrill of getting kicked out if a cop catches you. i miss being able to drive anywhere you needed in less than 20 minutes. i wanna go to steak ‘n shake with a huge group of people in the late hours of the night. i wanna go stargazing on centennial hill. i crave the feeling of, after such a long winter, spring finally arriving right around easter time. i wanna have girl talk with brent marsaglia while watching the notebook. i want to be able to speed down a two-lane street and not have to worry about traffic or crazy californian drivers. i wanna sleep in my cozy bed. i want a hug from my mommy.
God’s love is perfect and, even though we are incapable of loving him as much as He loves us until we reach those pearly gates, He wants us to love him as best we can with everything we have. life and love and joy and beauty flow from him.
He sets me free when i am trapped by my own stupidity. He send me trials so i can grow stronger. after every storm, there is a rainbow. after every sin, i am washed clean. when i am weak, He is strong. His grace saves me. ME. it makes no sense why He would ever care for a simple-minded, sinful, ungrateful human, but somehow He does, always and forever.
the speakers today were seriously amazing. they clearly had a thirst for God and were passionate in serving Him in their lives. a missionary family spoke, and they made me realize the kind of family i hope to be a part of someday (not necessarily the missionary part, but the family unit that serves God together). it also brought me to the realization of how much i miss my own dad, not the one i have now, but the person he used to be, back in the day when he and i were best friends. and finally, it made me realize just how much my Heavenly Father loves me. even though i lead a dysfunctional life in which i stumble multiple times per day, He still welcomes me into his family and his perfect home in which I will spend eternity; what an undeserving love!
missions conference 2011 is awesome. i loved feeling the Holy Spirit ignite a fire on campus today and i can’t wait for round two tomorrow!
God is everywhere. the people here are a breath of fresh air and the community in Christ is everything i could have ever wanted and more.
as missions conference approaches, i’m praying that God awakens the hearts of those who are on campus, but not really in it. i pray that they open themselves up to this wonderful place with great people. we are all here for each other. college really is your family away from home, and i’m so blessed with the family God has placed me in.
small world. small hearts. even smaller perspectives.
there are 7,093,965,709 other people in the world and that number is increasing by the second.
they say you are connected to every single person on earth through six degrees.
throughout the 1990s, more than 100 million children died from illness and starvation. those 100 million deaths could have been prevented for the price of ten stealth bombers or what was spent on one country’s military in two days.
3 billion people in the world today struggle to survive on $2 per day, while the average yearly salary of the United States is approximately $81,400, over 100 times that.
for the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years.
to satisfy the world’s sanitation and food requirements, it would cost only $13 billion - what the people of the United States and the European Union spend on perfume each year.
all over the news right now, the tsunami in japan is tugging on our heartstrings and causing us all to stop and watch as this devastating occurrence completely changes the lives of those affected.
a couple of days ago, a man spoke at chapel about how to be compassionate. i don’t recall his name or what he looked like or even what day it was, but what he said is still echoing in my mind: “compassion has three components: seeing, feeling, and doing.”
look around you. death, destruction, turmoil, homelessness, hunger, disease surrounds us all, and our main concern on the daily is how many people “liked” our facebook status or whether or not the employees at starbucks got our order right.
we are not the center of the universe. this self-serving mindset we are all stuck in is causing the billions of people in the world to suffer. can you imagine what would happen if the amount of time spent playing xbox was geared toward changing the world? or the money spent on fast food was instead collected to feed a child in need? our lifestyles are selfish and destructive. a change needs to be made.
“do you want me to tell you something really subversive? love is everything it’s cracked up to be. that’s why people are so cynical about it. it really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. and the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”—erica jong
have you ever thought about how strange and repetitive and completely and utterly simple praise and worship songs are? I mean, how many times times can we sing “take the world, but give me Jesus,” in one song? simple sentences, like “our God is an awesome God,” “You are the everlasting God,” and “You are stronger,” are used in almost every song used to worship Him. however, these still give us the feeling of the Holy Spirit compelling our hearts to lift our arms to the Heavens in awe of our Lord. but the question is, how can a simple sentence bring us to tears the moment it leaves our lips? God. a long beautiful song is not necessary because He is amazing, ever faithful, powerful, caring, unchanging, gracious, loving, worthy of all, and allows everyone a chance to communicate with Him. our God is an awesome God. what more do we need? praise Him!
soo today was pretty amazing because brian westberg, my friend from my hometown of springfield, illinois flew in today. he is just a whole lot of crazy that pretty much makes all the stress from craming homework worth it. just love it. and you should for sure check out these hip new moves (everybody’s doing them):
mah man’s gonna be like noah calhoun, not the boys floppin’ around the clubs. just sayin’
ohhh and happy birthday to my mommy. mom, you’re beautiful inside and out and i thank God everyday for blessing me with you: my best friend, role model, and the person i hope to someday become. i love you :)