Category Archives: Scripture

Love.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and thought I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13

Choosing to be Positive

As I’m embarking on adulthood, I’m realizing more and more everyday that life is about choices. Our lives end up being the sum of the choices we make. One of the biggest choices we all face on a day-to-day, moment-to-moment basis is the choice to be positive or negative.

I am coming to believe that life is what you make of it. You can make the best or worst out of any situation. As John Milton says in Paradise Lost, “The mind is its own place, and in itself/ Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

This morning I gave myself a Jessica-style pep talk when I first woke up.

This pep talk, this choice I made to make today a good day regardless of what happened, really made a positive impact on my day.

I also have gotten into the habit of listing at least ten things I’m thankful for at the end of every day. I can write about more than ten, but it has to be at least ten. This is the last thing I do every day, so I always end the day on a positive note. This habit has helped me to cultivate a more positive attitude.

I really believe that a positive attitude is something delicate and tenuous that has to be cultivated. It’s not just going to fall in your lap, you have to tend it to help it grow. A large part of helping it to grow is choosing to focus on positive things.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul encourages them, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Another large part of cultivating and maintaining a positive attitude is to pick out the weeds in your life. By weeds I mean people who keep the good parts of your personality and life from thriving. These people could be friends, coworkers, boyfriends/girlfriends, family members, anyone. I am a big believer that we all should be kind and respectful to everyone, but you choose who you allow to be your inner circle. Don’t allow people in who are going to keep you down in anyway. You don’t need people in your life who don’t want to you be positive, happy, and successful, and they will bring you down. This is a hard lesson to learn because everyone won’t be happy with your choice to live a positive life. In fact, it will probably make the weeds around you very angry. But it is something that must be done in order to live a truly positive life.

I truly believe that any sacrifices and changes that have to be made in our lives to make them more worth living and more positive are worth it.

Forgetting who led you out

Exodus 32:1-8 “When Moses failed to come back down the mountain right away, the people went to Aaron. ‘Look,’ they said, ‘make us some gods who can lead us. This man Moses, who brought us here from Egypt, has disappeared. We don’t know what has happened to him.’ So Aaron said, ‘Tell your wives and sons and daughters to take off their gold earrings, and then bring them to me.’ All the people obeyed Aaron and brought him their gold earrings. Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded and tooled it into the shape of a calf. The people exclaimed, ‘O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of Egypt!’ When Aaron saw how excited the people were about it, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, ‘Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord!’ So the people got up early the next morning to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. After this, they celebrated with feasting and drinking, and revelry. The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'”

This was one of the Scripture passages read and talked about in church today, and although I’ve heard this story countless times it really struck a chord with me. It made me think about how quickly I get discouraged when it seems that God is no longer listening or faithful, when my leader has stepped away for what I deem to be too long, when I’m having a hard time seeing God’s mercy in the world around me. I am easily discouraged, and easily look for other “idols” to worship. No, I don’t have a shrine in my apartment, but I easily turn my full attention to my studies, my social life, really any and every part of myself and other people, and turn the attention of my heart away from God. I think that that’s part of the human condition and the struggle of the flesh that we have here on Earth. And I rejoice because God is faithful and is always there when I’m ready to turn my attention back to him.