Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:2-4***This is where I realized that I was so interested in this because I personally connect with it. Sometimes I feel like what I am doing is not noticed. I feel like I am trying to show that I love those around me, I feel like I am trying to encourage the oppressed. I feel like I am trying to be who God wants me to be, I feel like I am trying to live the life God wants me to live. I feel like I am sharing part of who I am, part of what I think about and care about. And I feel like it goes unnoticed. It hurts. (Of course it hurts. I am human, and therefore I am prideful and selfish. The fact that I have also not fully given my heart to God also plays into that. But I so desperately want that to change!)
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. -James 2:14-17
Friday, March 11, 2011
Jesus did not say, "When you are having a good day, let your friends know you care about them."
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I feel like the overall message of the movie is so...potent(?)
Why do we not do what we want to do? Is it because it is socially unacceptable? Is it because it is not what our friends expect of us? Or is it because we hold ourselves back because something is 'too hard' or whatever? (As a sidenote, I understand there are things that would fit into these categories, and it is a good thing that they are not approved of, but there are also many things that
would benefit others that we don't do. And those things are what I will focus on.)
For me, I want to make other people happy. I want to make their day (better). I like to make people laugh. I like to help others to see why it is that they are valued as a friend and as a person. I want to give compliments. I want to give hugs. I want to give money. I want to give encouragement. I want to help others with the things they are going through.
Overall, I want to be more than what I am.
So I try. Sort of. There are many things I only say in my head. Some of those it is good I keep them in (I have noticed more of those lately, and I am not pleased about that.) but others...others should really be let free. There are many things in my head that I feel like I should tell people.
I love you.
I am glad you are in my life.
God is so good!
Can I have a hug?
You are someone I admire, and here is why...
Things like that. I want to be more positive. I want to spread the love, if you will. (as I laugh in my head :P)
And I will stop there for now. This was intended for the note I wrote on facebook, but it felt like it was too much about me, and not about the movie. So I moved it here.