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Unacceptable

I’m not a particularly political person. I have a college degree, but I don’t feel highly educated in the world of politics. I don’t believe in throwing my opinions about the government in the faces of others. I don’t get into political discussions with mere acquaintances and very rarely do I get into discussions about politics with close friends or family. Right now, I’m just writing. You can continue reading as you choose. If you choose to reply to my opinions, please keep it clean and don’t be disrespectful to the beliefs of others.

With that being said, check out this video clip from an Atlanta broadcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl89q4SHjEs

As a hardworking taxpayer of this wonderful country of ours, I do have something to say about this spending. Honestly, I don’t feel that the US is in the position to be charging our credit cards for this type of cause.

I wonder if anyone in Washington has thought about the people who pay with blood, sweat, tears, and money to the country. The country that we love. I don’t hate paying taxes or think that I shouldn’t pay taxes. That is how the country runs. I get it.

BUT, what I do have a problem with is that the tax dollars that we pay on a daily basis is not going to our country. We are greater than $16 trillion dollars in debt. This is what that looks like in numbers:

$16,000,000,000

That’s a HUGE number. The sad thing is, is that the national debt is much, much greater that the number listed above.

So yes, I do have a problem with us sending money overseas when our country is in extreme debt. We need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others.

It’s like when we, as a single person help others. We want to make a difference in another person’s life simply because we can, but sometimes, when you help one person, it snowballs into more people than one person can handle. The job gets too big for the one person, but he/she wants to continue helping. There is less sleep taking place, good eating habits diminish, the workouts disappear from the schedule, and the bank account is drained and credit cards are maxed out because his/her generosity was too great. Once that one person stops taking care of themselves, they aren’t able to take care of others anymore. The focus is so much on others, that

Well, the US is that one person. One who means well, but is no longer taking care of itself, or its own people. One who is forgetting that debt does not solve problems, debt creates problems and before we can be the “hero,” we have to get back on our feet and out of debt before we, the US, tries to rescue other countries.

Getting back on our feet is the only way to continue to help others and to make a difference.

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Whispering

Do you ever feel like time is just passing you by? Like your life is on the big screen at a movie theater and you are sitting in the audience watching your daily interactions. Do you ever think, “Wow, that was a good move!,” or maybe, “Eww, that was not cool. Better try harder next time.” Sometimes I stop and take a look back at my life and say, “Man, I got really pissed over nothing. I wish that I hadn’t said that.”

Some days, I feel like I have more control than others.

Control over my emotions. Control over my tongue. Control over my destiny.

Or do I?

After much encouragement by my father, I have begun to try to do a daily devotional. Well, ultimately it is supposed to be a daily devotional, but at this point, it is really more of an every two to three day devotional. I have gotten so out of the practice of sitting down and spending time with God.

I’m trying to get better Dad, really.

Maybe once I get better at doing a regular devotional (preferably daily), I will have more clarity on what comes “next.”

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

I was reading a daily devotional today. I usually just go online and search “daily devotional” and whatever pops up and looks interesting, I click on it, read it, think about it, compare the scripture to my Bible, and then write something. Anything, really.

Ironically, today’s devotional hit the nail on the proverbial head. The passage comes from James 1:19-21 and it reads, “19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”

Yep. So, this takes me back to my previous statement of wanting to be able to rewind the day, tap myself on the shoulder and say, “uh, uh, uh…Do you really want to say that?” and if I still choose not to listen, a punch might suffice.

I need daily reminding of biting my tongue and being a listener first. I think this an excellent reminder for me because it I can quiet all of the noise, chatter, and distractions going on in my brain and shut up to listen sometimes, I might be able to hear God’s whispers. You know, sometimes He whispers, and sometimes He roars. This passage was a ROAR to me. I needed to shut up and listen to the whispers He is breathing into my ears and the hopes, dreams, and sacrifices he is laying on my heart.

When was the last time you let go of the control and listened to the whispers from God?

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As I shared before, my New Years resolution is to do things for myself that allows me to meet new people and to enjoy life.

Well, this week was the beginning of a new thing. My new “thing” is learning how to make pottery. I have been thinking about taking a pottery class for a few years, but there never seemed to be enough time or money to go around…I had to quit thinking that way.

So, I signed up for a class and signed up and paid for it.

There I was waiting for the instructor to arrive and strolling through the retail area looking like a complete knuckle head.

Everyone else strolled in, acknowledged the owner and continued into the studio and gathered all of their belongings ready for the class. I felt like a fish out of water, but I was determined to get comfortable because I was going to be there for a while.

So…I finally met my instructor who gave me a 25 lb. bag of clay.

Then, I chose a potter’s wheel.

After having a one on one with the instructor, Leon, I look back through the class and see what I made (of course I had a little bit of help).

This was my first bowl. I’m pretty excited and proud of it.

Then….I made another several messes and collapsed a lot of bowls, then this was the following result…

I think I might end up being a potter, yet!

I’m looking forward to going back next Thursday!!

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