So, I was trying to begin the second verse on this song tonight. The song itself starts out, "Here, Mother, listen close to my words..." Though I intended the piece to be about a child simply speaking to his mother, my brain, or the music, decided that this piece was actually going to be going down a road that sits not too far away from home. In other words, I may actually be doing just what I planned on doing two years ago, when I first started writing music: writing a song for my mother.
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How is it practically August already? How does that make any sense? As opposed to saying that 'the summer flew by', I can honestly say that I attempted to take in the joy of every individual day, so I can honestly say that I did enjoy it moment by moment. In every school year, or in any upcoming chapter of life, we should have a tentative game plan. Here are my goals for the coming year:
This morning, the sermon was entitled "Call to Ministry", and was about how each of us are called to ministry in our own special ways, and that if we feel the call, we should embrace it. This was very reassuring to hear, as I was actively thinking about my yearning to the help orphans in this world. Within the sermon, the pastor was also talking about living Christianly. When he came upon this point, this led me to think, "Hmm, what exactly does God say about the nature of a follower, and how does he call them to act, and be like?" After pondering this, I jumped into the Word and found some marked verses in Romans, Ephesians, and Philipians. These are just a couple of excerpts of Scripture where the Christian-way is described. The don'ts are underlines, and the do's are bolded
Ephesians 4:17 - 32, 5:1-12
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity with a continual lust for more.
You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. "In your anger do not sin". Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you
Be imitators of God, there fore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us a s a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person -- such a man is an idolater -- has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross!
Romans 1:24-25, 28-37
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator -- who is forever praised. Amen.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents, they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless, Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them
Now, none of us, especially myself, are perfect. We're all human, and we all fall short. God wants our best from us, and I believe that even when we fall short, it is a testament within itself to be able to not only recognize our downfalls with conviction, but to repent, and to genuinely strive to run back to Him
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This week, while serving, I learned the importance of gratitude. This little kid, Michael, was maybe three years old. Every time I brought something to his family's table, whether it was an appetizer, drinks, or their meals, each time he would ask my name, and tell me thank you. It was probably the cutest thing ever. Even when I would walk away to the kitchen, he would shout, "Thank you!" At the end of the meal, I overheard him saying to the table, "He did such a good job! Look at my tummy!" as he pointed to his stomach, somehow correlating his satiated hunger to the efficiency of my service.
After the family left, I started to think this: Did I only find this comical because it was strange? And if so, why was it so strange? I started to realize that it's crazy how it has to seem "strange" to hear "Thank You" over and over again. What happened to our once gratuitous society?
Though many great customers come in and are very respectful, there is the usual crowd of people who are offish to the server, do not make eye contact, and simply expect great service. In their defense, that is exactly what they should expect, because we should be on the top of our game. But, portraying that with a pompous attitude really doesn't get anybody anywhere. It stresses out the server, which makes the customer uneasy, which then starts this spiraling chain reaction, which in turn, lessens the experience for both parties.
Michael taught me that one should not be surprised by a simple "Thank You."
Thank you, Michael
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Today at work, I was able to have a conversation with somebody about the Word. I have to admit, it was so nice to just talk about God an nothing else. He was telling me that he came to faith late in life, but was so on fire. Then, something happened, and the entire church family that once welcomed him into the faith, began to shun him. He finished with saying that he still believes, but he no longer really practices because he feels betrayed and confused. He wonders how people that are supposedly following God, and are supposed to be showing the love of God, can just turn their backs and change.
My heart aches for people with stories similar to his own. Church bodies are supposed to be the ones that we run two. They are supposed to be the people that we can come to. They are supposed to be our communal rock when the rest of our world is falling apart. How are we, as a Christian body, able to advance and bring people to the faith when there is so much hypocrisy within it. We are called to be loving, and are called to share the Word of God. We're not called to do it when we feel like it, or when we feel like somebody deserves it.
In a way, this applies to my own life. When sharing my faith, I'm occasionally caught in a gray area between two extremes. I don't try to be a Bible thumper, but I also don't try to be too passive. I don't try to be a Bible thumper because yelling in somebody's face and saying "You'll go to hell!" get's nobody anywhere. I mean, you might get punched in the throat so I guess you might go about four inches back. I also don't try to be passive, because that is not what God calls for. Though we are expected to be loving and gentle, our faith is not just a "hunch" or a "belief"... it is our truth. THE Truth, if you were to ask me personally. If you believed something was true, would you not want to share it with people whole-heartedly? In other words, we're hear to stand for God; we're not here to put God on the table and toss the subject around at the other person's discretion.
As Christians, being hypocrites just digresses us, if anything.
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Recently I was watching a video from Kid President, called "How to Change the World (A Work in Progress)". Instead of posting the YouTube link, I've decided to just type out the main points that he makes, and give my two cents on each point.
Kid President gives 8 points on how people go about changing, or not changing the world:
1. They complain about it.
I totally agree with this first one. Say somebody has a problem with our government. Do they do something? Well, more often then not they just sit and complain. Sure people can pose the argument, "Well we're just citizens who have no way of really impacting governmental affairs." ....so? Instead of complaining, people need to have a solution. As I've heard many times in my life, you can complain about something as long as you have a solution to fix it. So what if we have no way to impact said government? Do we have a plan to make things better if one day we were able to?
2. They think you have to have a lot of money
I am certainly no big baller, haha. I make it by just as the other college student does. But if I could choose to either have a lot of money, and have a moderate amount, I would choose to have a moderate amount. Now I'm not gonna lie... a little bit more money can always be helpful. In adulthood though, I don't want to be consumed and/or controlled by money, and I doubt that anybody else would want to sacrifice their choices and freedom to the green in their pocket either. Money does not equal happiness
3. Some people think you have to be loud and yell a lot
Haha, this one made me laugh. But yeah, don't be yellin' for no reason. You never know who you will piss off, and the next thing you know, you have a fist in your throat
4. Other people choose to just make fun of everything
This, is true too. In some people I know, I see them constantly making light of seriously bad situations to try and hide either their fear, or inadequacy. Though seeing the light in the tunnel is a valuable skill to have, people shouldn't be constantly masking their emotions under slight remarks, when they know that deep down they are scared to be vulnerable.... scared to reach for what they really want. Acceptance? Belonging? A hug? A fight? Sometimes, all passive aggression does is hurt the person who is saying it. The other people know that it's passive aggression, and all said person is doing is burying their vulnerability deeper and deeper.
5. Some people think change can only be done by the smartest people in the world
"Leave it up to the people who know what they are doing." Heard this one a lot? In some situations, this could be one hundred person valid. In other situations, tell me that saying this is not a cop out. Tell me that when you have said this or do say this that you have extinguished every bit of your competent and reasonable mind. Tell me that you have not succumbed to agreeing who the 'smart people' are because society has collectively determined that.
6. Some people see the bad in the world and decide to ignore it
I would say that turning a blind eye to things that we know are happening, can possibly make a change, and choose nothing to do so, is arguably just as bad as doing it yourself
7. Some people think you have to famous and super cool
If you want to be famous, then BE FAMOUS! Follow that dream, and do it! If you believe that your calling to change the world includes fame, that chase that dream! If you think that simply 'being famous' will give you a gold sticker in society and let people see you, then I would argue to say that you're doing it wrong.
8. Some people think you have to be powerful
I would say that this one is pretty open ended. I guess you do have to have a solid standing of power, or a backing of many supporters to enact the change you want to see, but I don't think you necessarily have to be 'powerful'. Kind of going back to number seven, Kid President says in one of his videos that celebrities and powerful people wake up in the morning and put their pants on, one leg at a time. Just. Like. You. We're all human folks. Forget titles. As cliche as it sounds, you can be the change you want to see. We all have the same 24 hours. We all put our shoes on, one foot at a time. We all have beating hearts. (Or a pacemaker)
"The truth is, a title doesn't make you more important. The world is changed by you. It's one person filled with love, and they just have to live it out. So they do something awesome, that that person is filled with love, and then they do something awesome, and it just goes on and on. The next thing you know, everything's awesome" - Robby Novak (Kid President)
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Instead of having one large blog page for every single blog entry, I decided to create two blogs: one blog for my progress in my music, and another one that delves a little bit deeper into David.
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This week, I learned from a child that it's okay to take a break. On Wednesday, Rigel and Andromeda asked if I would be going mini-golfing with them the next day. I explained to them that I had to go back to my college city, and I had to go back to work. "Then why are you here?" They asked. "I took the week off." "Well then take another day off!" I replied, "No, it's not that simple." And though it might not be that simple, it actually could be. Yes, work is crucial and should be done, but it occurred to me that they didn't understand why one more day was so bad. In their mindset, they were legitimately confused that I had to schedule time to have a break. They were baffled that one more day couldn't wait. As we adults grew up . . . what changed? When did we have to not only schedule, but CHOOSE to schedule in times when we could take a break and see those we know. Now I'm not advocating 'not working' at all, because the importance of hard work is great. But they opened my eyes to the fact that there was a time when we had to schedule time for homework. When seeing family and playing with close friends was the usual. As we grow, the exact opposite takes place. Sad, really
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Ah! What a vacation! This past week, I left Alamosa and went home for a couple of days. It was refreshing to say the least. I left on Friday morning, and went straight to the Springs. That night, my siblings and I successfully gave my momma a surprise Birthday party. We had everybody meet up at a downtown restaurant, and it was there that she walked in, and was completely swept off of her feet. On Sunday, I drove up to Denver to pick up my girlfriend. We drove back to the Springs and went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, we saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, had dinner, and had a great day of quality time spent together. The rest of the week, I relaxed a little bit, and then saw some friends. Other than seeing my girlfriend, the highlight of the trip was hanging out with the two coolest kids ever. Rigel and Andromeda.
Long story short, my older sister is a nanny this summer, and she is spending almost every day with Rigel, who is nine, and Andromeda, who is six. I'm glad to say that I was blessed to be able to ride along on a couple of their adventures during the week. The first adventure we went on, was to the Fine Arts Museum. Tionne pulled up with her car, and I hopped in the passenger seat. "Hi guys, how are you?" I said to them as I was preparing to introduce myself. Intstead of using their mouths, their eyes did all of the talking. Andromeda looked me up and down through her prestigious looking glasses, and Rigel gave me the "so what?" eyebrow. "Okay then" I nodded, and turned back around. It was when we got out of the car when they started to loosen up and energy began to pulse through them. In an effort to start a conversation once more, I asked Andromeda, "Have you been to any museums before?" She responded, "Yeah, we went to one last week... but you can't ring the bell too loud there, apparently" as she rolled her eyes. I didn't know that six year olds used sarcasm! I didn't know what sarcasm WAS until seventh grade. She had me laughing pretty hard. Then I asked them if they had learned anything in school the past year. Rigel replied with, "No. I didn't learn anything. I already know all of my multimication tables and my divisions." Andromeda replied with, "I know one plus one, and two plus two, and five plus five" "That's only because Dad told you and you memorized it!" Rigel shot back. "No!" "Well then what's seven plus six Andy!?" "...I don't have to tell you" is how she ended THAT conversation.
Later on in the day, it started to rain, and Andromeda said, "Well, at least we know it's not raining in South Africa." I then said "...what? How do you know that?" "Well, if it's raining here, than it CAN'T be raining in South Africa. Rain travels. If it's raining here, then it has to travel all the way over to Africa"
The rest of our adventures included eating frozen yog- I'm sorry, I mean "soft ice-cream", driving through a rainstorm, singing the Phineas and Ferb theme song, calling my sister "coo-coo" with Andy, and brainstorming the most efficient way to take out enemies on a battlefield with Rigel.
The pure joy and innocence of kids is a magic. It's a magic that one could never harness in a jar. It's a magic that one could never replicate once time got a hold of them. It's a magic that is so often overlooked. Sometimes, children have the best advice, but we're all too busy or too much "wiser" than them to truly listen. That it why I am starting Weekly Lessons from Little Ones. Ever Saturday, I am going to post what I learned from a kid the past week, or what I learned from somebody who gave advice that a kid would give
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