Manly Emotions?

October 8, 2008

Recently, I’ve found myself to be a lot more emotional. It’s funny, the picture we hold of a “man” is a nicely tanned, thin, ripped, masculine man. You know the type – at least from pictures. You know what’s weird? Jesus wasn’t in that picture. 

The Bible says there was nothing to make him attractive to men. (He wasn’t the blue-eyed, caucasian, Americanized Jesus we pretend sometimes. He was probably strong, but not excessively or showy.) I bet when he was on earth he was just like you or me. Weird thought, huh?

I once heard; “To be truly strong, you must learn to be gentle.” (or something like that, I’m paraphrasing.) Basically – it isn’t about big muscles and fake smiles. To be more of a man you need to try to be more like the man. Jesus wasn’t any body builder or anything, he was loving.

What’s a man to you? Someone who is pressing 200 pounds or is holding doors open?

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Dear Little Girl

September 6, 2008

Little girl, you’re loving wrong. Your love is meant to be directed in one direction, to one man alone. Save yourself for him. Think of the beauty of your friendship one day. Stop chasing the boys, get to know what a man is, search for the one. Don’t give your heart to any other.

I know it’s hard right now. You feel alone. You feel like no one loves you. But you are loved. Foremost, God loves you – no one can ever take that away. Your friends and family love you – even when it doesn’t seem like it and you don’t know it for sure. Your future husband loves you and yearns for the day you meet.

You are beautiful. Don’t listen to the voices. They tell you lies, they twist the truth. Beauty is more than what they say – they don’t want you to know that. When you know the truth, you will be free from their lies. Please, believe it, girl. You are beautiful.

Girl, you are more than a number. They put you in boxes, they label you along with others. You are a unique person, you are one among the many ones. You don’t need their brand names to belong. You belong, just by being here. 

I cry for you. I wish you could see the truth. Please, believe. Understand all the words I cannot say. I cannot pack my emotion into any list of nouns and adjectives. Know this..

You are loved.

What is Worship?

April 17, 2008

This is an interesting comment I saw on a Youtube video for the song “Everything” by Lifehouse.

“He [Lifehouse] is worshiping. But it’s up to the audience to interpret whom he’s worshiping. God, who’s leading him to peace, or a woman whom he’s so in love with and she’s picking him up and helping him through his pain. I choose the latter, because Lifehouse mostly sings about love with women.

Worship is the most intimate thing we can do as humans, but all worship is out of love. You worship God because you love him. You worship a person because you love them. So either way you cut it, it’s about love.” – angeleyes503

If you haven’t heard the song yet, check out the popular skit in film format here! (A very well done video, by the way!)

Live & Love

May 27, 2007

“We love to live
we should live to love.”

What Is Love?

May 5, 2007

I’ve been thinking a lot recently. I haven’t been able to put any of my thoughts onto paper, or “21st century paper”. Thoughts have sort of just been swirling about, and nothing has settled.

Love is one thing I’ve really been trying to understand lately. What is love? True love.. I’ve been realizing how, according to 1st Corinthians, I have not truly loved anyone.

Love is patient. Am I always understanding with my friends, am I always able to wait without being anxious? Sometimes I just can’t wait for things to happen, certain things in life to progress. I am not patient.

Love is kind. Am I always a loving and caring person? No, there are times where I can’t or don’t understand situations, and I don’t always reach out and even just give a few uplifting words when I should. I am not kind.

Love is not envious. Am I always happy with what I have and not looking at what my friends have? I admit, I’d love to have some of the things other people I know have.. I am not content.

Love is not boastful. Am I always humble, not going around trying to make myself look better? Sometimes it’s a little slip of “what I’m doing” into the conversation, in hopes to make someone think better of me. I want people to think better of me – sometimes I boast. I am not humble.

Love is not proud. Am I always contrite, lifting up other people and letting “praise of myself come from another’s mouth and not my own”? No, I do boast about stuff sometimes. I am not contrite.

Love is not rude or self-seeking. Am I always as polite as I should be, putting others before myself? I try to further myself, forgetting other people at times. I am not selfless.

Love is not easily angered. Am I always calm and try to settle things in a good way? No, I do get mad at people sometimes. I have a bad temper, especially around some people. I am not angerless.

Love is a keeper of no wrongs. Am I always the first person to let go of something someone did to me? No..I still hold on to hurts of years past, how so-and-so caused me strife. I am not forgiving.

Love is not delighted with evil. Am I always absent from sin and when I fall into sin do I resist it? I’ll be the first to admit that I have fallen into sin many times, and I have “delighted in evil”, as much as I hate to admit it. I am not pure.

Love is rejoicing in truth. Am I always rejoicing in God’s truth? I love worshipping God, but at times I have set it aside for something else seemingly better. It really isn’t. I am not forever-praising.

Love is protects. Am I always standing up for the little guy? I have given into peer pressure at time, and either made fun of whoever, or just not done what I could to stop them. I am not saving.

Love is trusting. Am I always one to trust everyone? I have been doubtful of people, especially their love they may have for me. Trust is one of my biggest issues.. trusting people is hard. I am not trusting.

Love is hope. Am I always hoping, believing that God will work everything out for good? No, I try to take things into my own hands at time, not trusting with hope. I am doubtful, and I am usually the kind of person who sees the glass as “half-empty”. I am not hopeful.

Love is perseverance. Am I always pushing forward? Somedays I entirely give up as the world washes over me. I even forget to trust in God, and believe in him.. I loose hope. I am not running.

Love is never failing. I have failed too many times to count. I’m a loser. But thankfully, God takes my failures and makes them into victories.

God is amazing.

Time to Learn

April 19, 2007

Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking a break from..well, most things in general. (That a break can be taken from.) I’ve been learning, and relearning. Trying to learn.

What is love? It’s an interesting idea, but tricky to entirely carry out. Love is patient and kind. Am I always patient with people and kind to everyone? No. I mess up all the time, and I can’t ever seem to truly love anyone. Sure, I try to..but it never entirely works out.

I’ve been trying to understand God’s grace. Again. Perhaps we can never truly “understand” it, but we can at least..know it. Or some such thing.

Mostly, I’ve been searching. Trying to grow. That’s why I haven’t been posting here as much. And such journies entail a new tagline for VitaTips: Tips from a Fellow Traveler

More to come..

The Way

April 7, 2007

Easter remembers how Jesus died to open the door to Heaven – for anyone who will believe.

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” – John 14:2-4 (Jesus speaking)

You know the way to the place where I am going. After Jesus said this, Thomas (the doubter?) says “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answers him:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Jesus has opened the door. He’s swung it wide open and thrown away the key. His love is amazing! When he died on the corss, that act of love broke sin’s bondage and crossed the gap between us and our Father. The curtain seperated the “Holy of Holies” where God came, from the rest of the temple. This made us closer to God. He wasn’t confined in some Temple where you had to go and sacrifice. The curtain between us and God was torn in two.

One thing I love is how the curtain in the temple is torn. The curtain seperated the “Holy of Holies” where a selected priest met with God (was it once a year?), from the rest of the temple. This made us closer to God. He wasn’t confined in some Temple where you had to go and sacrifice. The curtain between us and God was torn in two.

That is one amazing love.  To give your life up for everyone – even some who would later curse your name. In the words of Matt T. “It’s the beauty of Grace that makes life not fair.”