Thursday, July 28, 2011

Straddling the line.

Last night, I was trying to help a friend understand why, as Christians, we cannot both share the gospel and party or engage in any other sinful nature.  How are people supposed to believe that God is a life-altering, love filling, amazing guy if we do not seem to be changed by him on the outside? Partying, cheating Christians that still try to share God with others are the reasons that Christians are considered hypocrites.  It's so frustrating to me, and I struggle with it too.  We cannot straddle the line between a Christian lifestyle and a secular lifestyle.  With God, it's all or nothing.  So, we all really ought to just pick a side, hopefully the Christian side, and praise God with all we have.

Psalm 145:1-12
I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness 
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
All you have made will praise you, O Lord;
your saints will extol you.
They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,
so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Monday, July 25, 2011

In another's eyes...

I've been so out of it lately.  I'm not sure where my faith went, where my hope went, where my love went.  I have been feeling a lot like I did when I was hurting myself, as if I'm not in my body but instead watching from above.  It's such a surreal feeling, to be "living" yet not being able to feel anything from it most of the time. If that even makes sense.

The truly sad part is that I was fine with that feeling, it was like being fourteen again and being able to feel nothing but everything at once.  Nobody notices, nobody can ask, and it makes me feel good....its selfish.

The past couple of weeks have really opened my eyes to my own problems, my own self.  Working at Camp Friendship, a camp for mentally disabled people, caused a realization inside me of how much a soul is worth to our Lord.  Every person has feelings, every person deserves to be loved.  Who am I to say that I'm not worth it, that I'm not good enough?  Who is anybody to say that? We are made in his perfect image!

My very last TEC weekend was honest-to-goodness one of the best things I've ever done.  The people and the environment were perfect for personal growth.  I had to face the fact that I'm not okay right now, that there are things and people in my life I'm not okay with right now.  I had to face the fact that my faith has all but disappeared somewhere in the past half year...what a terrible thing to have to admit.  Yet, at the same time, it's exactly what I needed when I needed it. 

So, through all of this pointless ramble, what I'm trying to say to whoever reads this is that you are worth it and I am worth it and everybody is worth it.  We need to love each other and love ourselves and we can never let ourselves lose what is most important to us, whatever that may be.
Sorry that this is such a hodgepodge of nonsense.  Love you.