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Highlights

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Highlights#ManCrushMonday #TransformationTuesday #WomanCrushWednesday #ThrowBackThrusday #FlashBackFriday #SaturdayShenanigans #SelfieSunday

 

I was looking through my Facebook page the other day (trying to find a picture) and I realized… the is not everything. It got me thinking. We look at other peoples lives, in fact, we are constantly engaged… TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST, TUMBLER, YOUTUBE… smart phones keep us constantly connected. But do we really know what is happening in our friends’ lives?

NO

We see only what they want to share. The trials, the hard times, the deep inner feelings are not usually share on social media. I know that I don’t. The posts and conversations on social media are usually there to make a point or to show how popular we are or that we have a significant other. My Facebook page is a combination of picture when I have my makeup on, BIG life events, things that made me look hard working or fun loving. Even when I look at my Facebook I am like WOW! I live a fun, crazy, event filled life. Honestly, I love having fun, I love being crazy, I love going places. But you don’t see the other side either. Social media does not the struggles, the times I have been hurt, when I am lonely, when I am scared. Social media show the highlights.

We have reach a point in our society we are so connected we are disconnected. We “know every little thing” but we don’t know anything. We don’t talk to our friends, we don’t write letters, the “How are you?” is only because you feel it’s polite. We think we know, so we don’t engage, we don’t take the time to care. It is easier that way, to not know the burdens of others, but that is what we as friends are supposed to do. Galatians 6:2 says “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” This is not a one way street, everyone needs to be real. Everyone needs to share their struggles.

Along with this, I actually think that most of our real struggles should NOT be shared on social media. (It turns into a my life is worse than yours, that is not what I am encouraging). Struggles should be share with your friends. Reach out and talk to someone, take that first step. It is hard to ask and it hard to share, but sharing a burden makes it lighter. We need to make a change in our society. We need to live real lives, full lives, complete lives. We need to stop only living the highlights.

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Who We Need

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Good and Bad

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God is Good

“God is good”                              “All the time”

   “All the time”                               “God is good”

This is a greeting that is common among Christians.  Why do we only take this position when we are in a difficult position?  We only look to God’s plan when we are struggling.  This is something that people should change!

Through all of our lives God is in control.  When we are struggling and when we are in good times, we are in God’s plan.  From the start of our lives to the end the is plan.  I wonder… what would happen if we were to look to God even in our good times? 

I think that many of the hard times that we enter are because our selfish and prideful actions. When we are doing well we go forward not looking to God guidance.  When we run into trouble we turn and say … God fix it, you are good!

God is good, all the time… not just part of the time, ALL of it.  In good and bad, we should trust God that He knows the path that is best for our lives. Without His guidance we would be walking in the dark, hoping we find the right road.

All the time…God is Good.

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Sometimes…

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Don’t Know

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Don't know

There is power in saying you Don’t Know.  We often try to be the best, the smartest, the brightest.  However, understanding can come from admitting certain knowledge is not in your possession.  If we do not admit that we don’t know certain things, first off, our friends would not like us and second, we would not learn more.

Each person has a unique perspective and even the exact same things will be seen differently by different people.  With each of these viewpoints comes different knowledge. Admitting that we don’t know opens doors to connections and shared experiences with other people.  To learn about new things, to expand our minds.

Saying that we don’t possess certain knowledge can be hard, at least it is for me, but to make that admission can change your life and the experiences that you have.  Rethink what you do and don’t know and never be afraid to admit this information.

 

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Who Are You?

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This is a video of what was one of my favorite children stories and it illustrates a wonderful point.

From the time we can talk, there is one question that is asked over and over again… What do you want to be?  We are told that we can be anything we want to be, to dream big, to shoot for the moon. I think that there is a big flaw to this question and it is a flaw that pervades our society.

We often think that who we are is defined by what we own, what we do, where we live and who we know. But this is not true, if there were nothing in this world, no other people, no things, places, jobs, we would still be someone. We have an identity ingrained in us, that no one can take away.

Understanding who we are will shape the rest of our lives. Isaiah 43:1 says, “But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”  Personally, I know that I am a daughter of God, called by name, beloved; no matter what I do, where I go, how much money or things I have, nothing will change the love of my Father in heaven.

The world tells us many things… You are not good enough, you need to be popular, you must get more. We want the world to love us, but the constant demands being made on us are too much. There is a reason why the songs “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars and “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction are popular… people want to be accepted and like without having to change.

From the time we are little, it is drilled into us that we have to become something great. We need to rethink this principle and share the truth. We have an identity in Christ our Creator who tells us…You are mine, I love you, YOU are Prefect. Think about it, without all the stuff and the positions… Who are YOU?

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Do Something!!!

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I was reading a news article today, it started with this quote by Edward Hale. 

“I am only one, but I am one.  I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.”

This made me think about life and my place in it.  There are so many problems in the world, problems I cannot fix.  However, just because I cannot totally fix them, does not mean that I should sit back and do nothing.  I have a voice, I have a mind, I have hands and feet… I have been blessed in so many ways.  To say… I am not capable…would be say…all God has given me, I choose to ignore.

Even while I am writing this, I think of two things…  first, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  While there is controversy over the Ice Bucket Challenge, the point I want to make is: person by person this challenge has raised over 31 million dollars. No one person did it all, it was little actions taken by many. The second thing which comes to mind is this short video clip I saw on Facebook.

Each of us has been given a gift… our lives.  No matter who we are, what we do or where we live, we can make an impact on those around us and our society.  Some of us can do much and some of us can do little, but we can DO SOMETHING!  We can change the world, one action at a time.

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Consider This…

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