Imagine how a man’s life would be if he trusted that he was loved by God. How could he interact with the poor and not show partiality, he could love his wife easily and not expect her to redeem him, he would be slow to anger because redemption was no longer at stake, he could be wise and giving with his money because money no longer represented points, he could give up on formulaic religion, knowing that checking stuff off a spiritual to-do list was a worthless pursuit, he would have confidence and the ability to laugh at himself, and he could love people without expecting anything in return. It would be quite beautiful, really.
I want this to be the essence of non-believers’ understanding of what Christians are like—and if that’s ever gonna happen, it’s gonna have to start with me choosing to not settle for mediocre; to let this quote be a change evoker instead of an ego-stroker. When words spark a light, you must fan it into vitality, feeding it until it becomes a chosen reality—a force of intentionality that’s rooted in conviction and blooming proof of redemption. I am inspired to be rewired by the gospel’s desires that should never expire because my life was meant to transpire the love and the grace that I’ve claimed to embrace.
Haunting Video Shows What Syria’s Civil War Would Look Like in the West
what would it be like if the U.S. was war torn like Syria? A new video by international NGO Save the Children imagines just that, through the eyes of a young girlThe disturbing video features shots of the girl as she goes about her normal life over the course of a year. The video begins and ends with the child celebrating her birthday. Between shots, we see how her life changes dramatically as war ravages her country.
overall I've had a pretty terrible week but yesterday nicole took me it for free pancake day and i'm really glad we became close friends because she's so sweet. like SO sweet and funny and her heart is so huge and she’s also really freakin' funny. i don’t know why i've had a bad week, i just feel really ugly. like really ugly. and today kt took me out to the mall and it was great, she’s so great, and we got ice cream and pierced my ears again and went shopping and the mall model people tried to recruit us and seriously, that’s never happened to me before, and that was nice because hey, even if my insides feel ugly, my outsides don’t look it. plus my vitamins are making me sick, my car broke down on my way home and my phone died and i freaked out but someone called the police to come get me and jesus is good, and i have two finals tomorrow, and i also need to sleep from crying so much, and then i had a panic attack but now i'm home and it's great to be alive i guess.