A very thought provoking and challenging sermon by Tim Keller on “Hallowing” God’s name. It’s definitely worth a listen! What do you truly adore? I, personally, have some thinking and praying to do.
i’ve been thinking lately, which can be a dangerous thing to do. ;) but it’s done and i can’t reverse what’s been thought. what exactly, you ask, have i been thinking of?
oh, only the future and the past, not the present. <— and there lies the problem.
sometimes i look forward and i say to myself “wow! i can’t wait to be married or have a baby or grow old with someone or even be middle-aged!!” simultaneously, i will look back and say, “shoot! my life is going by so fast! where did my teen years go?! high school was so fun!! remember, all the great times when my siblings and i all lived together?!”
COMMERCIAL BREAK: i will now gladly grasp this opportunity to throw in a trite saying: the grass is always greener on the other side. END BREAK
honestly, i haven’t been ridiculously discontent lately, just a bit more wishful and thoughtful. here’s the thought i’ve been mulling over lately… isn’t all of life beautiful? can’t the process of aging be ridden with grace and joy? if you’re always looking towards the past or the future, you’re missing the beauty of the present. so, look for the good and beautiful in each day. you’ll enjoy living a lot more then if you focus on things you can’t change, places you aren’t in and people you can’t please.
i love being on-campus at college, and i love doing art. i love where i am today, and i love how God is using everyday to refine me. by no means will i submit to culturing a disgust for the present. God is too good for that kind of thinking. i am resolved to look forward with no hint of poignancy to the other beautiful eras of life whether it be post-college, marriage, my workplace, parenthood or grand-parenthood. do yourself a favor and enjoy your life. ;)
This past week and a half my phone has been on the fritz. It’s current fit includes a completely white screen. So, I can only make calls on it if I know the number and I immediately switch it to speaker phone.
At first i was a little upset/annoyed about this. But now, it’s just a fact of my life. To be honest, it’s been really nice not having a cell phone. There’s more stillness in your day and more time to think. It’s really incredible how distracted we go about our own lives. It’s so difficult anymore to have a continuous strain of thought and I wonder how that is affecting me in the long term. I want to be fully present and engaged in my own life.
“Wherever you are - be all there.” -Jim Elliot
some rainy day photos. :)