Lord Jesus, Please relieve us
From the stresses and lies that Satan deceives us
We’re try and giving our all, I know you believe us
We been hungry for days, lord can you feed us
Five loaves and two fish, can you provide
open a door when all others deny
give hope to the hopeless, may we rely
living water for our thirst, may you supply
1. I love brussel sprouts & I can make tasty brussel sprouts.
2. I love vegetables & I want to consider a vegan/pescetarian on/off lifestyle
3. I figured out what the Gospel means in my life
A necessary evil so I begin.
After two years in the city, being fed by so many older and wiser colleagues, friends, and family, it’s time I help contribute. It’s time I stepped up to really help a small group more formally. I always saw myself doing such a thing at this age. I constantly dwell in the small town and big city dreams, two immensely different goals, wanting the best of both. I think I’m slowly putting them aside and craving for more of what God has in store for me.
Next I want to be more disciplined. In what I eat and when I sleep as those have been difficult to control in the city. Just for health reasons, which I realize has become very important in life.
Outlet. Creatively. I think there have been a lot of times I needed to vent - mostly professionally. Put it in a song. I also find people that place their emotions in music creatively are generally happier. I realize life is about the pursuit of a healthy, humble, happiness.
A sermon a while ago from TGC 3 simple words that I will never forget. In and Through. The contrast of the selfish perspective vs the Godly perspective. We typically ask, what can we acquire in our relationships, careers, and spiritual lives. What about what’s possible through my relationships, careers, and spiritual life?
I admit I fall victim to this. I have a very narcissistic approach to life. What do I get out of this? So sure seemingly this doesn’t seem too hard to swallow. Think bigger and realize the good you can give others and your contribution to society. I guess it begins with taking baby steps and saying, today, I’m going to work to be a witness for God to further his glory. In both my last jobs, I’ve been focused on nothing but my own glory, how am I going to get the promotion and raise that I need/deserve. I mean, my industry isn’t exactly known for handing out big bucks, but still, I could have shifted my heart focus on something else.
As for my relationships, I’ve developed this tight inner circle filter thing. As you get older, I’m sure you know you meet a ton of acquaintances yet a bunch of them never evolve beyond that. I’ve filtered people out that I don’t think I would get along with to save both of us time. While this has limited my friends scope, it has allowed me to focus on a smaller segment of people and focus on quality time with them. I find myself praying for my close friends more genuinely when I have a more manageable list. I really wish I could be more hospitable to people, but nobody’s willing to come over to my place in Jersey. Womp womp. Still looking for ways to do big things through my relationships.
I’m reading the OT and I saw that they had a lot of detailed steps to burnt and animal offerings. Straight up grunt work.
Real work life can be similar, but you just gotta do it as a pleasing offering to your boss. Nuff said.
I just finished 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights and I definitely shedded some tears.
For those of you who don’t know, this series is a drama about how football brings a small town in Texas together. It deals with a lot of issues in America such as racism, drugs, and lack of economic opportunities. Please go watch the pilot on Netflix!
So personally for me, the story speaks to me about struggling kids in destitute areas striving for dreams and securing their future - whether it’s becoming a college football star or getting the GPA and test scores to get into college. High school football star Smash Williams overcomes injuries and college rejections to persevere to eventually get into a top college football program. I’m really touched and inspired by these rags to riches stories, showing how the humble and meek are able to topple the lofty and proud. It resonates with my own career story even. I was pretty much a nobody in elementary and middle school, but slowly God was able to change my future trajectory from high school and onward. The characters in FNL really showcase how people react to real life struggles.
Another theme that really resonated with me was a sense of community and family. Even though a small town in Texas doesn’t have a lot of flashy attractions, it still has heart. Everybody in the community is a dearly loved, and there’s a warm feeling of belonging. I really see how the community is able to enrich an individual’s life with moral support and encouragement. It’s also nice that the town has a strong Christian culture that’s permeated all over the town. Personally, community and finding family has been very important for me as a foundational basis for moral support. For me, I really want to help foster this in the future - whether at church, work, or home, I think it’s crucial in peoples’ personal development. Family-wise and when I was young, I never really had strong community and I really want to build that for my kids in the future.
Lastly, watching Coach Eric Taylor’s character develop as a real man has really inspired me to set some real, challenging personal goals for myself in the future. Coach was known as a “molder of men,” a “kingmaker” even. He was able to develop young talent on the field and transform their lives off the field as well. I really want to be that sort of mentor and role model for others, so I need to take a hard heart check in the mirror and evaluate where I’m at right now.
The pig is my favorite animal now. Pork belly for life