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So…I had an idea. Shocking, right? I figured it was something I could finally use the blog for.

Anyway, a friend of mine was telling me she wanted to learn to love the way God loves. Naturally, I immediately told her to read 1 Corinthians 13, the ultimate definition of love. But then today, (in the shower of course. I have SO many great ideas in the shower and then I forget them immediately. Showers are like pot). I had an idea to try to focus, for two weeks, simply on loving the way God loves. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Paul lists 14/15 aspects of pure love.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

So what I plan to do is each day, for two weeks, write down one of these love traits on my hand or my arm or whatever, as a constant reminder for the day to focus on that aspect of love.  I’m calling it “Project Love” because I’m effing creative.

So here goes, tomorrow, May 4, 2011, will be Day1 of Project Love. Starting with “Patience.”

I encourage everyone to try this with me and together maybe we can start loving more like God. 🙂

~ Ry

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Time Travel!!

Posted: January 15, 2011 in Uncategorized
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If I had a time machine for one hour…

That’s no fun, one day.

If I had a time machine for one day, I think I would have to go to the crucifixion, right? Or the resurrection?! Crap.

What about the day Moses parted the Red Sea? That would be pretty freakin awesome

Or the day Jericho fell?

I’d avoid the future, it’s a mystery for a reason.

And mid-evil times. I would surely die.

I would like to witness the creation of the world, but that took a week and where am I going to stand before the Earth is created?

OH!! I would go to the Garden of Eden and chill nekkid with Adam, Eve, God, and non-hostile animals. That would be cool. I wonder if Eve was hot? I think so, I think we were meant to be good looking until the gene pool went to crap and our health and decision-making went to crap.

I think it would go a little something like this…

Me: 😮

Adam: ANOTHER HUMAN!!! AHHHHH!!!

God: Chill dude. (to me:) Who the frick gave you a time machine?

Me: Blog idea, no worries

Eve: Oooohhh, he’s kinda cute 🙂

Adam: What is he wearing?

God: Oh, those are clothes, you’ll find out soon enough. *Sigh*

Me: Yeah! You see, you’re gonna do something stupid, (it will specifically be Eve’s fault) Then your descendants will all be really stupid for a few thousand years, then God will have to send his son to die for all the crap you caused us 😀

Adam: Uh?

God: Can you not remind me of that and at least let me enjoy this for just a LITTLE bit?!

Eve (still mesmerized by an actual good-looking person around): <3<3<3<3

God: Just…>.<

Me (playing fetch with a lion and cracking open a coca-cola while catching delicious grapes in my mouth): This place is pretty nice, thanks for ruining it for us, guys

God: I think it’s time for you to go back home

Eve: Nooooo!

Me: But it’s freakin’ awesome here!

God: This is why I put an angel here, you know?

Me: Well, that won’t happen for another few months. You created time, you should know this!

Adam: Hey, maybe this weird guy can help with all the work around here. All Eve does is talk to weird lizard things…

Me (to Eve): Oh, yeah, you might want to stop that

Eve: But they’re so cute and give me great advice!

God: I give up…

~Ry

Someone once told me, well, actually, she’s told me this alot…You can’t live anybody else’s eternity for them.

At First I didn’t really get it, like, it sounded right, and it sounded profound, but I didn’t really get it.

Now I get it.

I am the only one who can live my eternity. I am the only one who can choose my actions, and I’m the one who has to live with the repercussions. Even if they affect other people, it’s my fault, and I have to deal with it.

But what this is really getting at is the actions of others. Actions that might affect us, or actions that we know will affect someone we care about. But no one can live anybody else’s eternity. I can’t make other people make the right choices and I can’t make the results of those choices go away. Even if someone I care about is choosing to do something that will ruin their life, and it will kill me to see that happen, I can’t live their eternity for them. It’s their decision, they chose it.

I can’t make my family and friends stop smoking, or other substances that harm them. I can’t make everyone go to heaven. And even though it will kill me to see what cigarettes or hell will do these people, it was what they chose.

I think this is what people forget when they ask why God would let people go to hell, too. God is letting you live your own eternity. If you choose not to love God, why would you want to spend eternity with him? He loves you enough to give you the choice to spend eternity with him, or away from him. You have two options. Free will. And even though God knows choosing him would be for our benefit, he lets us choose what we want. He wants us to love him because we choose to, not because we are robots that are programmed or told to. That’s why he gave us free will, and that’s why we have a place to go other than heaven after we die. We sinned, we chose to go there, but he gives us the choice to spend eternity with him anyway.

But it’s still our choice, and our eternity. And no one, not even God, can live it for us.

Do you ever just…think? About anything and everything? I often find myself just thinking about the most random, yet philosophical things. Simple, yet just mind-blowing things!

For example, how big is the universe? What else is out there? How can it be expanding? What is beyond the universe that it can be expanding? Expanding into what? How can it never end? How did it get here? Are there other people, aliens, lifeforms out there? Will we meet them? Why would God make alllll of that just to put a few of us, insignificant people on a tiny insignificant ball of dirt and water? Just to look at it? Why would he make all that and not make other lifeforms?

One thing that never ceases to hurt my brain, is how can God be the Alpha and Omega? How can anything be Alpha and Omega? The Beginning and the End. Is it like circular timeline? Did God invent time? Does he not abide by the laws of time because he created the laws of time? Is he even in this universe? Is he completely spiritual? No, because he was in the Garden of Eden! But maybe, still yes. How can Jesus be human and be God? But I digress, how can he not have a beginning? I can kind of grasp how he can go on forever, but how can you not have a beginning of something? See, your brain hurts now, right?

Will the internet ever run out of room? How much data is on the internet? How big would a flash drive have to be to fit the whole internet on it?

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it does it still make a sound? Scientifically, yes, but can you prove it? No!

Oh!

“Look at the sky, what color do you see?”

“Blue”

“Maybe I see what you call green, there’s not way to tell is there?”

– Left Behind III

What if we all see different colors?! But we could never figure that out because when I say, what color is this? And to you it’s blue, but to me it’s what you see when you think of green, but we both call the color we see blue, we could both see totally different colors and think we are seeing the same color. Weird, huh? Makes you think. Like, how do people figure out they are color blind? And how do doctors figure out they are color blind? When they see green, and we see red, to them, green is what we call red, so they would call it red too, right? Ahh…

Don’t even get me started on time travel…

Anyway, these are just the things that occupy my brain on a regular basis. This is probably why I zone out so much, as well.

Hope you enjoyed the trip into my mind, let’s do it again sometime!

Oh yeah, see what I did with the title there?

This is the song Cody and Cory are playing at church along with my message this Sunday. (I’m speaking! Yay!) Ahem, anyway, I love the lyrics. Also,

This song nearly makes me cry, honestly, especially when they played it at the retreat. I wasn’t the only one though.

This Sunday is going to be awesome! I just have to make it through the week.

Day 18: Your Beliefs

I thought about typing up the longest post of my life. I thought about typing the shortest, most concise  post of my life. Instead, I’ll let God speak for himself.

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Romans 3:23

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 6:23

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 14:6

“I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love

Why is “love” always in bold, you ask?

1 John 4:7

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Mark 12:29

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b]31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”

In summary:

God created us to love him. We screwed it up. He sent his son, from heaven, in the flesh, born in a barn, to DIE, to be beaten, mocked, whipped, betrayed, and CRUCIFIED for OUR mistakes! So that we can still be with him someday. That’s what makes Christianity different. God came to us. We don’t get to heaven based on what we do, how good we are, how much we pray, or what we offer to God. All we have to do is love him back. What is Christianity? Love.


Day 8: A Time I Felt Most Satisfied With My Life

I don’t know if there was any specific moment that I can recall, but after thinking about it I think it was when I went to Grace Church. I was so involved, I had friends, and I was close to God. Breakout was probably the most helpful and fun thing I’ve ever been a part of. Just getting together and talking about God, growing in our faith together, helping the church and the community in the process. All those times after Breakout too, playing Mario Kart and football and all that, it just felt right.

I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I was most satisfied with life in 4th grade. Probably both. Good because everyone should have a good childhood and get an early relationship with God going. But bad because we should be growing in that relationship and other relationships every day. But that’s the only time I can think of. Life was simple and fun with those people in that environment. I’m glad I still talk to them and see them when I visit though. I miss that church…But I’m working on getting involved in my new church and making new friends. I want that back.