The other day my pastor talked on virtue but one point he hit on in particular resonated with me.He touched on the subject of social media. He called it a narcotic pacifier. Pretty strong words but he explained what he meant. Its is the undeniable fact that when we are bored we look at our phones, when we don’t want to talk to someone we pretend we are busy on our phone. It is like a pacifier! Not only that i heard the other day that a guy took a shower without listening to something on his phone… he said it was nice to just relax and think in the quiet. Well I bet!
I’m so sad for my generation. I was talking with a friend my age, as we were driving, about how we grew up playing with sticks and stones and weren’t allowed to get a DS or iPod. In fact I had to work all winter bringing two 5 gallon pails of water to our sheep and donkeys every day to earn a Walkman! (That my parents got for free by the way) but I was SO pumped when I finally got the Walkman and got to listen to any CD that I wanted by myself! And note that this was actually the time in history when iPods were big and I was so excited to earn a hasbeen. Haha my simple childhood! But honestly kids these days… my mom always told me I was a rebellious child, she’d say don’t touch the rock and I’d look at her and touch it, but even with that I had a deep respect for my mom.
It’s crazy to think how fast life has moved in the 20th and 21st centuries. We went from long skirts and extremely cautious about this new thing called an automobile to being able to contact anyone at basically any time! Our western culture has gotten perilously used to technology and it worries me. I even see myself feeling weird driving without my phone or not being able to use my online banking app. Everything is so automatic and easy! We have slowly but surely developed a very lazy generation, that feels completely entitled to all they have. The solution is only Jesus to the crazy world. It seems hard these days to be an alien in this world.
Christians will have to prove they are different then culture. That we don’t worry about “finding what makes us happy”, that our marriages are different then the 60%, that we don’t need the narcotic pacifier of technology to keep us “sane” (although does it really?). It’s not easy but it’s so worth it when you think of the words “well done”. The Christian life is so full of hope! This world is not. Let’s pass on that hope!
The lady smiled at me as I put my merchandise on the counter at the dollar store, “Find everything alright?” “Yup, thank you.”. She rang my stuff through then seemed to notice my ring. “You engaged?” She asked. “Yes I am!” “Oh really?! You look way too young to get married!”, I chuckle nervously as I slipped my card into the machine, I never know where people will go after a comment like that. “But he’s the right one, right?!” She continued, “Yeah. Yes definitely!” I responded. I have started to get used to comments like that. I never saw myself as “to young” to get married when I said yes to Jeffrey, but now I am starting to realize the worlds mentality in regards to marriage.
Now situations like that are pretty normal for me, but I’m still learning how to respond to them. Do you agree you are to young? Well no because I really don’t think I am “to young”. Now here’s the thing, I am not promoting rushing into a marriage commitment just because age is of no consequence. Jeffrey and I are blessed financially, we aren’t rich but we will get by nicely. Jeffrey and I may not have some of the experiences that some people have but between the both of us we have quite a lot of life experience that has matured us and taught us. Funny little fact about getting married young… we can’t rent vehicles. But taxis are an option I suppose.
So society. Lovely western culture has placed this standard out there about how people should live their life. Sadly even the church has bought into this ideal in a lot of ways. One of the first questions you are asked when you enter high school is, “What are you going to do after your graduate?!” I remember getting fairly tired of that question. I was so happy when I started flight school cause then I had a “purpose in life”. I have realized that culture has tried to lay out the perfect life: date and/or live with your “soulmate”, while getting a career through a university degree, then fight to get where you want to go in your career, get married around 30-35, then ‘plan’ your family, then have your “planned” family. The church has bought into this in the sense that it seems that you aren’t a good Christian kid unless you do at least 1 year of bible school after high school and try to have some sense of direction for your life. If you don’t know what you are doing then you may be looked down on. God says stay in my will and the world will hate you, but know my truth and abide in it! (John 15:4, John 16:33)
Really it’s the fact that people think Jeffrey and I haven’t seen what else the world could offer that bugs people. But breaking news: Jeffrey and Regan can see the world together now! We get to grow up and grow old together! I watched a popular young couple get married a few years ago that were both 19 years old when they said their “I do’s”. That was one thing they said that I loved! Growing up and growing old together. Now no condemnation to those waiting to get married or those in no relationship, the main point I’m trying to get across is what a dear friend told me the other night; when you are seeking the Lord and desiring to live a life of surrender to Him, His love will be over your life where ever you go and whatever you do, He will be there in it.
It has been a beautiful last few days here in manitoba Where is actually feels like summer may be here! I love this time of year where you can go outside without a jacket and where everything is blooming and growing! The grass is turning green and the birds are chirping! It prompts one to not want to miss out on life! I definitely couldn’t pass up the chance to write this post outside so here I sit on the young green grass with the sun shining down on my back and a delicious iced coffee at my side. As romantic as that all sounds I’m really just trying to get a tan so I don’t look like a white ghost at my wedding… completely selfish intentions.
I am going to open a can of worms today. I don’t always agree with people. I have learned to shut my mouth and hold the peace most times now because over time I have learned that most people won’t change their mind through a debate. There are right ways to argue our point and there are pointless ways to argue your point. So here I will be presenting an issue and discussing it but I am not going to try and convince you of it. I heard once a pastor say we shoudn’t keep an open mind. As Christian’s we should keep a very closed minds. Now I see where he was probably going with this, we shouldn’t just believe and let in every little thing into our lives as Christians. But I disagree with this in one way. When it comes to Christians being so stanch in their belief that they aren’t even willing to test it against the scriptures thats when a closed mind is very bad.
Reason I bring this up is because I see this often and I don’t like it. People will argue their point to the bitter end, getting nowhere, and still have no scripture to back up what they just said, or its scripture out of context. Context in scripture is SO important! Whole belief systems have been created over one misused verse. Now I also think that there a some beliefs that Christians have that can be very dangerous, in my opinion, and here’s one, that Christians can not lose their salvation. I watched my mom once try to uphold the side that you can lose your salvation with a person in the church, and I have seen a group of people split in an argument about it. My belief is that you can. I believe that our hearts are prone to fleshly desires even after salvation, we still sin, we still need a saviour. Jesus still gives a choice whether or not we will choose him or choose our fleshly desire. The other side says we just were never truely saved in the first place if we just choose to sin all the time; then how can we be sure that we are saved ever?! Its a fine line to walk but I say its a daily death to yourself and choice to follow Jesus. I think it’s dangerous to say the prayer and live a mediocre Christian life thinking its all good and dandy because you can’t get kicked out now. Whether or not I’m right in my opinion I’d still say its better to live a life of abandon and surrender to Jesus Christ, not out of fear, but out of a deep desire and love for him, then to go through life thinking you are good only to be met with “I do not know you.”, on judgment day.
We will fall and fail in life. We will all think somethings right that isn’t at one time or another but always pass it through the grid of scripture in context. I know some very stubborn people and something I really admire is when they can admit that they were wrong and humble themselves. It takes a lot of humility to come to that point but it builds a lot of character. No one can be right all the time. When it comes to beliefs keep an open, yet very decerning mind. Humble yourself and be willing to learn. But never ever back down from the unshakable truths of scripture, that Jesus is Lord of all and unchanging, that he was born of a virgin and died a horrible death where he carried the sins of the whole world on his shoulders. That he rose again after three days and completely conquered Satan and defeated the enemy. He is alive and reigning at the right hand of the Father. That He is and was and forever will be. Those are truths that Christians should never shake on.
I just got back from copy typing for 3 hours straight… now to typing out my blog post! Up side: this is actually something I am wanting to type! Lol
Okay I really enjoy meeting new people, i have probably said that before, but meeting fellow believers that I have never known but suddenly have a great connection with, or even unbelievers that I meet and start having a great conversation with it will make my day! Honestly I feel like my words run out when talking to an unbeliever and everything is just surface level conversation, whereas with a believer you can go so much deeper. Well obviously where I am going with this is that I met someone new! But goodness this tops so much! They were missionaries to Papua New Guinea, from a little Mennonite city no less! (There is hope for all!) This couple gave a little presentation on Ethnos (a missions organization) and some of their story.
Growing up I read A LOT! Any mystery/adventure, biography or true story I could get my hands on i would devour! I loved missionary stories! Especially Jim Elliot, Gladys Aylward, Amy Carmichael and Corrie Ten Boom! A quote that I have never forgotten from a book that I read on Jim Elliot was, “He is no fool that gives what he cannot keep to gain want he cannot lose!”. You can’t keep your life! But oh can give your life for a cause that is much greater than any success this world could ever offer. Gladys Aylward and Amy Carmichael were my hearts cry to be. They protected the hurt and rejected and spread God's love while doing it! And, oh were they brave soldiers for the Lord!!! They inspired my heart and still do! Corrie Ten Boom’s story of honest human struggle and yet unfathomed forgiveness for people has always challenged me. And her sermons are amazing! From stories like those and many others I have always felt called to more than just a college education and a career. Those aren’t wrong but if you can’t serve Jesus in them then is it really worth it?!
So yesterday I got to chat with a missionary of 21 years! It was really encouraging. All that she and her husband have had to learn being in a foreign country and even coming back to there home church was challenging and convicting to my heart. She said they had to learn to selflessly live when they would come back for a break every few years, because people honestly didn’t really know how to talk to them! She said she had to realize that life was not about how she was doing and people being interested in her life, it was about serving people no matter what. Always being a blessing.
Listening to them speak lit that spark in my heart for unreached people. God cares about them too. He made them too! To think that everyone has heard about Jesus and what he did for them is naive. What struck me to is that in all of the videos they showed us the missionaries where all families! They didn’t put it off! What a childhood those children are having… although lonely I’m sure, it is a childhood that not very many get and one to be very proud of in my mind. We are call to be evangelists wherever we are in life, it takes a connection with Jesus to share what he has done for you! But why keep silent?! If you have the good news within you don’t keep it to yourself!