Saturday, September 23, 2006

Life is hard and there is no way around that.... but why is it that everyone just runs from their problems? Even I do it. Of all things, I just simply can not understand how we all must make God feel. God tries to help us learn... He lets things happen to make us a stronger and better person... and all He gets from us is rejection. Life's been too rough today so I just need to sleep instad of reading my Bible or praying.... I'm so guilty of that it's not even funny. All we do is whine about how God let this or that happen to us. It's one thing to question why but its another to attack Him....

People give up on people all the time... People lose people all the time... We blame God for giving up on us and at the same time, we gave up on Him a long time ago!

I love the tools that have been given to us through computers and the internet. I think there are so many blessings in this technology. Access to information that will encourage us is so much easier now. Access to find people to talk to is easier.... All of these things make our emotional lives easier. Despite all of this, there is one big thing that computers and the internet -- and even the telephone -- has made easier that I wish it wouldn't have. That is the ability to give up and to run from your problems. If you have a fight with someone, it's just so easy to hang up on someone or add that person to your block list. In some ways I wonder if this technology has made us think that we can just put God on our block list?

Yaknow... I think again of my sister when she was 3 or 4 and she wanted to hide from someone and she just covered her eyes. If she couldnt see that person, then they couldnt see her... thats the way her mind thought -- and it was understandable because she was a child.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11

.... why is this Scripture ALSO in the chapter about love?

We seem to grow up physically so fast but we are so far behind from maturity. It was understandable when Kari would cover her eyes to hide.... but if your 20 and you do that there is obviously something wrong with you -- for no other reason than you haven't matured to the point that a 20 year old has.

So why do we think it's any different emotionally? When we're 16, 20, 30, even 60 years old, why do we still think that we can just hide from our problems and run away from them? Why do we think that we can just explain them away? If we lie about a problem not being there, we somehow think that problem no longer exists. I guess it's just easier this way.

Honestly... what do we accomplish by not admitting when we do wrong? What do we accomplish by ending a fight by hanging up on someone? Actually.... the better question is what do we even THINK we are accomplishing?

God puts people in our lives because we need to learn something and the more there is to learn from that person or even just the experience of being with that person, the harder it's going to be to deal with. Why do we think we can just make it stop when it gets tough? I'm probably one of the most guilty of this.

I've joked about turning the internet off before... but maybe like the quote I last posted, we should just turn off the internet? I mean... Technology is a huge blessing and it gives alot of power to us but like the saying goes "With great power comes great responsibility" .... Maybe we're not mature enough to handle the power that has been given to us?

As we grow up, we are given more and more power. Alot of times this is based on your age and not your actual maturity. I always thought it was funny when I would go in to Wal Mart to buy a bottle of fuel injector clearner for my car and someone needed to verify that I was 18. The first time this happened to me the cashier and I joked... "What is that? When you turn 18 you just magically stop sniffing stuff" ... There actually is alot of truth in that. There may be some 16 year olds that could handle drinking and yet, there are 30 and 40 year olds that are alcoholics. I guess its just easier to have standard rules. We shouldn't have to think about each scenario, right? It's just so much easier to say that when someone is 18 they are able to handle the responsibility of the power of buying pornography and cigarettes. When a person turns 21 they are able to handle the responsibility of buying alcohol. Oh... and when a person turns 14, they are now able to handle the responsibility of having a myspace profile. Thats an obvious one because there are too many 12 year old girls with pictures of themselves wearing almost no clothes on their myspace profile. I mean... I've never seen someone that was 20 on myspace wearing almost no clothes!

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so. -- Hebrews 6:1-3

So this is where, in a properly written article, the closing paragraph goes... but it's really just two words: Grow Up!

We all need to grow up.... myself included.

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