It’s that time of the year again! No, not Christmas! Valentine’s Day! The day where people all around the world celebrate love! Or, on the other hand, people who are single are constantly reminded of their lack of status at this time. Single people want that love that couples have, especially on Valentine’s Day(a.k.a. Single’s Awareness Day). But, even if you are single, you don’t need to feel pressured to have a boyfriend, girlfriend, or a date, but instead look to the love that’s around you. No, not in other people, (although it is very sweet and romantic in elderly couples who demonstrate true love) but see it in your family and friends, Your family loves you and I’m sure your friends do too. We can all, single or taken, feel the love on Valentine’s Day because love is freely given! If you’re a Christian, Jesus gives you Valentine’s Day every day! He’s your True Love all year round! Now are you feeling loved?!
I hope you all have an awesome New Year! It’s been a really great year in 2012 and 2013 is going to be amazing as well. Instead of making resolutions like losing weight or getting a boyfriend, I suggest that we make it about growing closer to God, getting up the courage to evangelize more often, and pursuing friendships that last. These are only some of many ideas to make 2013 a memorable year! Let us all enter the new year with purpose and goals that last more than a month! Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas everybody!! I hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas day and let it be filled with joy! This is a day where we celebrate the divine birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He came as a baby to be the Savior of the world. “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” -1 John 4:14. Let us remember on this day of celebration, happiness, and receiving gifts, that we were blessed with the greatest gift of all, the Son of God, who was 100% human and 100% God.Think about that while you enjoy Christmas. Merry Christmas!!!
So 12/21/12 is supposed to be the end of the world….. I personally don’t know. With God, no human knows exactly what He’s going to do. Yes, the world could end soon, or not. God did say in the Bible that “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”-Mark 13:32. Also the failed attempts at predicting the end of the world by Harold Camping proves that man does not know when the end will come. None of us knows when earth will cease to exist. But I do have one question for you: Do you know where you would go if the world did end?
I personally hate 1st impressions. They are not usually accurate and people use intuition. 1st impressions tend to be judgmental, wrong, and hard to forget. It could happen that when you meet a someone for the first time, they might not be them self. Even though we are supposed to be the happiest people on this earth-seeing as we are Christians and we are saved by grace by the Lord of the universe-we do slip in our attitudes someday or another. We are not joyful all the time. I know that I don’t mean to give off some first impressions but I definitely do not have it together all the time. I really hate when my personality is not the 1st view that people see when they meet me sometimes. I definitely hate it when they judge me. But, then I remember that I do the exact same thing to other people. I am shamed to say that some of my thoughts go like this: “They look weird.” “They’re not really skinny.” “They are extremely quiet.” “Why do they act like that? It’s not normal.” “I don’t like who they hang around with.”
These are only a minuscule amount of things that I think. I sin with even a hint of these thoughts. I have to ask forgiveness over and over again. I am sad to say that I cannot meet someone for the 1st time without judging them in some way. Maybe you’re like me. I often find out I am so far off from what they are really like that I hope they do not find out what I first thought of them.
I’ve found that you need the Lord’s prayer to correct your mindset when you meet a new person. You also need to keep your thoughts to yourself. Let me repeat this: Keep your thoughts to yourself. This is something that helps greatly in changing how you respond to people, whether new or someone new.
The final ingredient is love. Isn’t it obvious? Since God is love and we are striving to be like Christ, it is logical that we too love like He does. Because if we don’t love like He does, then we are not His child. 1 John 4:8 says, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Although this is the last component to help change our mindsets, it is the most important. To be truly Christ-like is to have love.
Granted, your first impression may be right, whether good or bad. But whatever it is, we should have love for whoever we meet, even if they become our enemy. Just remember: you don’t know what they’ve been through, what they’ve done, who they are, and what’s gone on that day. Let’s push all those judgmental thoughts away and focus on loving people with God’s love. You never know; they could become a sincere and genuine friend later.
This is going to be brief but I just wanted to say how thankful I am that there still are some people in America that still celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time to be content with all the things that have gone on in your life, look at all the blessings that God has granted you, and, overall, be thankful for the life you have and the people who are in your life. I just wish that people wouldn’t automatically go to Christmas, whether it be in their thoughts or in their actions. I look and see only a few houses decorated for Thanksgiving while most of them have Christmas lights already and giant decorations. Even the Christmas tree sales are being advertised! I know it is only weeks away, but can we all just take a breather in our hurried lives and just reflect on what God has so gracefully given to us? I’ll start: I am so eternally grateful for my salvation from my Lord Jesus Christ. I can never repay Him, but I live out my life for Him.
I am also thankful for my family, friends, and people that have been put in my life. I would be a less friendly person if I didn’t have my friends to be there and be awesome! My family has always blessed me, relatives included. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them and I have truly grown in Christ through them and have avoided many tough situations with their help, including getting encouragement from them on my darkest days. As for the people in my life that I have met only once, I am so glad for the chance to show Christ through me to them, even if it were for only a little while. I often pray that I get even more chances to share His love.
Finally, I’m overflowing with joy and thankfulness for my church. Church has helped me also through my tough times. I have had so many good things taught to me through the wonderful pastors we have. My mentor is also through my church and I wouldn’t be so motivated to live for Christ if I hadn’t met her. As well for the opportunities in church, these have given me a heart of service through a love for Christ. There are so many ways to glorify God in the church and He has helped me enjoy serving Him in whatever way my gifts and talents are best used.
Remember: Thanksgiving is not the only day we are to reflect and be thankful! We are to live with a thankful heart!
You’ve probably heard and read that President Barack Obama is re-elected for another four years. I am, along with many other people, upset and disappointed. I have one thought running through my head: The next four years are not going to be the best for America.
Now, hold up. I know some of you are agreeing with me, but I know that this is not the thought nor the attitude that we need to have about our president. Our Lord says “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God”(Romans 13:1). This is my proposal for all of us: Let us not worry or get upset if the president we feel is better for America does not get voted in, but instead, let us thank God that He knows exactly what He’s doing and meanwhile, we need to respect our current president within our speech and our actions. I believe that America is in God’s hands. Nothing has and never will change that fact.
I give to you a statement of hope! Just because we think our president is not going to help America doesn’t mean that God has given up on this country. He knows exactly what He’s doing and what’s going to happen. Rest in this assurance!