Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Praise....

It isn't an action.


It's an attitude.


Most people think of praise as something for Sunday morning church. I, however believe that praise is an attitude of the heart. Philippians 1:9-11 says “9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”


Righteousness is being perfect in the eyes of God. And through Jesus, we have that. Now, if we are filled with the fruits of righteousness, then we should be using those fruits to bring glory and praise to God. For most of us, however, praise is a Sunday morning thing. We have to have our music and our singers. In the bible many times do people sing praises to God, glorifying him. Now, think, how often do we truly go to our Sunday services and worship? How often do we go and think about our week and what we can do next week? How often do we sit and talk? We should honor God by praising him at all times. It should be a habit, not an extra thing. When you think about what you've done over the last week, how much have you done to glorify God? How much have you done for yourself?


My challenge for you, and for me, is to make praise an attitude, and not an action. To seek to praise God with our every action. :-)


In Christ,

Elijah

Monday, January 09, 2006

A new direction

I've decided that I want to take this blog in a new direction, I would very much like thank the Rebelution team. their posts gave me the inspiration to use this blog as more than just a place to post my own selfish rantings.


After reading their Myth of Adolescence series of posts I come to think of the fact that many of the issues teenagers are faced with today, is because they have a feeling of worthlessness. This is a major cause of thoughts and attempts of suicide for many teenagers. Myself being one who has struggled with thoughts of suicide, and knowing multiple people who have tried to commit suicide. It's also a major fuel for the boyfriend/girlfriend relationships that tae place during the "teenage" years of a person's life.

Every person feels a need to be wanted. They want to feel accepted, and know that someone cares. And culture has driven many away from realizing that Christ is the ultimate answer to their problems, and they go to culture and let it dictate their everyday life. From what they eat, to how they behave, to how they dress, to what they see as right and wrong.

Culture has become the guiding force behind people's lives, and we allow it to drive us where it likes. We see our American society as "free" and yet, prayer is not allowed in schools. Unborn and living children are helplessly murdered.

We need to move in the right direction to counteract this constant degrading of culture and life.
People need to see that young people are not just "kids that can't do anything". Young people are brilliant and extremely capable, and we need to not let the restraints of cuture hold us back. And we can show our culture that we are not "teenagers". We can let our actions speak louder than our words.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

A rant. More of a selfish rant than anything.

So yeah.

I just wish I knew more people who really acted like they care more often. And I wish I got to talk to the few who really do act like they care more often. I really do question whether or not they truly care though, I question a lot of things when I get into these moods.

I just want to feel like I belong for once. To not feel horribly out of place. And to not feel like I'm in a place where I can never be accepted for who I really am, but only for who I pretend to be...

I want to feel like people could really care if they knew all about me. Although it just seems so unreasonably impossible. All logic says they couldn't, they wouldn't.. And yet I still want to believe that they can.

I want to believe that people would still care if they knew everything about me, the good and the bad. The latter of which always seems to be dominant =/

Sometimes I really don't like myself, even when I know better. I get mad for every mistake I make. From a badly timed call, to doing something that tells someone that I've betrayed them, and their trust. I hate my mistakes, and I know I can be better. I know that I can go beyond that. And I know that I am not being the best I can be, and I hate it. If I have to be me and feel out of place, I might as well be as good of a me as I can be. But I can't even do that..

It always feels like I do everything wrong, and nothing right. And I really know I'm above these stupid fits of self-pity. I really hate it. And there are time I just want to say that I hate myself.

And I hate trying to be the perfect kid that so many people see me as. I just want to say "Get over it! I'm just as bad as anyone else, and probably worse than some!". I hate trying to look so perfect, trying to overacheive to be what people see me as. Trying to just be able to keep the few "friends" that I have.

Life can be really nasty sometimes. And I really don't like it when it's like that. Although like the rest of us, I go on, and wait for the better times ahead.

And yeah, that's the emotional side of me that I usually try to keep completely compressed and crushed to the point where it has little or no effect..

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Respect

"Him: *puts arms on my shoulders from behind me*
Me: *moves arms*
Him: *poke*
Me: No.
Him: *tries to grab my waist*
Me: *punch*
Him: Ow ow ow, what was that for?
Me: Lay off.
Him: *puts arm around my neck*
Me: *moves arm away*
Me: NO TOUCHING!
Him: Okay, okay...
*minutes later*
Him: *puts arms around me from behind* (yes he had me jumping a mile a minute)
Me: NO!
Him: Hey...
Me: *punch again*
Him: Ow ow, what was that for?!
Me: NO TOUCHING!"

I was reading one of my friends' blog lately(Above), and she posted about a particular guy being VERY disrespectful to her, and I always wondered. Why do guys do that sort of thing. It's so annoying to hear about guys being so disrespectful to girls, and it's just not right. Why don't they understand respect?

This really cannot be blamed on any one person. It's partially the fault of some parents, it's partially the fault of our society, and many many other things.

I just find it so disturbing how people can do such things and not even care about the girl's response, or how it makes her feel. How can a person be so selfish?? It's just not right.

Phillipians 2:3-4 "[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."

This scripture states that each should look only unto his own needs and wants, but also upon those of others, esteeming them higher than yourself.

es·teem :

  1. To regard with respect; prize.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
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And according to this definition esteeming others higher than yourself would be respecting them above yourself, to consider them more important than yourself. This is not something often exhibited by people in our society, but particularly by guys in reference to girls.

Guys, you should be respecting everyone more than yourselves. And respecting girls above yourselves is a matter of courtesy. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying "Be Perfect!". I'm saying you should do the best you can. None of us are perfect, I'm far from perfect. We all make mistakes, and we all mess up. But let's at least try to learn from our mistakes, and not do the same thing twice. Let's not be rude and disrespectful intentionally.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
God bless!




I wanted to do this post yesterday, but took some necessary time to calm down before writing anything.