Everything to Gain, Nothing to Lose

We have been kidnapped. We are being held hostage on a world which we do not belong to. We are all meant to be with God in heaven. Unfortunately, we have developed some sort of Stockholm syndrome, where we have developed a love of this world.

This world teaches us that to get ahead, we must be ruthless. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. It’s a dog eat dog world, and you gotta keep hustling to make it. Someone once told me that at the end of the day, all that matters is your bank account. 

Then here you have God who tells you to not worry about anything. To not even think about what you will wear. To not worry about what you will eat. He tells about the birds who plant no seed or work the soil to grow their own food, but yet they are fed. And of He takes care of such a small animal, how much more could He care for us, who He made, in His own image.

As I read more of the Bible, the juxtaposition becomes more and more obvious. Whatever this world tells you to do, it is usually the polar opposite of what God wants you to do.

I’ve been asking myself a bunch of questions recently. One of them is, “does God love me?”, and my answer is yes. After that question is, “what have I done to earn His love?”, my answer is, “nothing”. Will I ever be able to earn His love? Never. So why does God love me? An idea popped into my head and I asked a few parents, “did becoming a parent help you understand God’s love?”. They answered yes. 

A baby has no achievements. A baby cannot do anything. Babies poop on you, pee on you, barf on you. Yet their parents feel an overwhelming connection with them. Their parents love them immensely, and the baby has yet to even speak! Most parents will go to great lengths to provide the best for their children. Having a baby taught them what unconditional love is. Unconditional means absolute, not limited by conditions. That gives me an idea, a glimpse of how much God loves me. 

I had been kidnapped by sin. My father in heaven loves me so much, that He sent His only son to pay the ransom so I could be free, so I could live with Him in heaven eternally. 

I don’t have a child, but I cannot even imagine letting my own son die for someone I’ve never met. But that’s what He did for me. The more I think about it, the crazier it sounds. I cannot deny that God exists. I cannot deny that Jesus is real, because He is real in my life. I consider myself a pretty smart person, and from a logical perspective, it’s absolutely ridiculous. But I experience His love daily. I have accepted the gift that is freely given to everyone. While in my head, it makes no sense at all, but my heart knows it to be true. And that is what faith is all about. 

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Almost everyone is familiar with this line. I first learned of it as a child in grade school. As a way of dealing with insults that were thrown my way. If you’ve never heard it before, what it basically means is “calling me names can’t hurt me”.

I don’t agree with that. My mom always quotes the Bible verse saying that the tongue holds life or death. And I agree with her. The words we speak can have amazing effects on the people around us, especially the ones we hold dear. Words may not break bones but they can break something much worse, the spirit or the heart.

Words can change darkness to light.

Be mindful of what you say. For me it is a lot harder to say good things than bad, but all it takes is practice. Focus on the good rather than the bad.

In the Empire State Building episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted randomly speaks words of encouragement to a random man passing by and the man stops and says “thank you I was about to jump off the top of the building”. It’s a funny joke but if you think about it it’s really not that funny because there are people like that in our everyday lives. There are people whose hearts are heavy and spirits are broken even if we can’t see it on the outside.

Our words carry so much weight. In every single one of us lies the power to lift someone up or break them down.

Words can save someone who’s struggling in the ocean of existence, someone who’s ready to give up, someone who has been torn down by a hard life.

So the challenge is this, do I add weight to someone who is already drowning, or do I throw them a life preserver?

I Need My Friends

I used to think that I shouldn’t share my problems with my closest friends. I didn’t want to burden them by adding my headaches to theirs.

And I realized I was wrong.

Keeping it all in isn’t good for anyone. That’s why friends are such a blessing. You share your dilemmas with each other, and help each other carry one another’s load.

Sometimes you’re in a place so dark you can’t find the way out.

Friends are the light at the end of the tunnel. They can help guide you back to where you’re supposed to be.

Friends are the lighthouse when you’re lost at sea.

Friends can also be surrogate angels to comfort and console you in your time of need.

Friends are that really funny joke that makes you break out into childlike laughter.

Friends are the ears who listen to you. The shoulders you can cry on.

Friends find the truffle in you.

So to all my friends, thank you for everything, I love you all!

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The Climb

Music and songs influence me greatly. Some songs are written so well and have so much meaning in the lyrics that they have the power to touch me in the deepest regions of my heart.

And sometimes some artists I never thought I’d ever ever listen to, have a song that can unexpectedly strike a chord in me and grab my attention.

Take for instance “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. It speaks of the struggles of going through life. About the mountains and the valleys of every single persons journey through their existence. I can relate to almost every line in the song. And I think so can everyone else.

We all go through life. We all question where we are going. We’ve questioned every decision we’ve made. What we are doing. We have all doubted ourselves. We have all felt “lost with no direction” and that our “our faith is shaken”, at one point or another. But through it all, when times get rough. When all seems bleak. When all hope is lost, “I gotta keep trying. I gotta keep strong. Just keep moving on.”

I have failed. I know I will fail again. I will lose. But I won’t lose all the time. Sometimes I’ll win. Losing teaches me something. It’s a lesson not a punishment. It shows me where I am weak. I can choose to fix it. I can make it better. Sometimes I won’t want to fix it. Sometimes I’ll want to give up.

But I can fix my eyes on the heavens. I know He gave me a destiny. I know where I’ll end up.

But how can I truly appreciate the end of the journey, if I didn’t go through the climb?

The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head saying
You’ll never reach it

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I
I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith

What Is Right?

I keep wishing that for one day the government would do what’s right.

But I realized, what if they all think that they’re doing the right thing? And doesn’t everyone have their own version of what the “right thing” is?

Who’s to say what the right thing is? Isn’t it our moral compass supposed to guide us to the right decision? But isn’t it also true that some people have compasses that are way off?

What if all this time I’m the one who is wrong? What if they’re the ones who are right?

I guess that’s between me and God.

Dear Americans

Dear Americans,

Have you forgotten what marriage is? As the dictionary states it is a relationship in which two people have pledged themselves to each other in the manner of a husband and wife. A pledge. A solemn promise to one another. Where you vow before God and the government that only death will part you. If you don’t think you can even keep those promises, why even get married? Marriage is not easy. It’s a lifelong commitment. You have turned it into a business. And with every divorce it’s almost as if you crap all over the whole idea of marriage. If you can’t keep the promise, don’t even bother.

To love and to cherish. Through sickness and in health. Til death do you part?

It has become very hard to respect you as a country when it seems that instead of “in God we trust” you’ve changed it to “in someone we trust”.

Football players can’t even kneel down after a touchdown without being penalized. What are you turning into? Where have your values gone?

Sincerely,
Me

P.S.
These are my opinions, I could be wrong, but this is how I feel.