Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Storm

There's just something about thunderstorms that simultaneously make me happy and sad all at once. They are strangely beautiful, but yet have the power to wreak havoc on the land beneath them. Storms can reshape land and even create caverns and beautiful places such as the grand canyon. But what's even more remarkable is the mystery of them. At any given time on this planet there is a storm brewing somewhere. And their duration is only determined by the God who created them. Sure, we can estimate the size and intensity of a storm, but we're only just giving our best guess. What's even more interesting is some of the most powerful storms only last minutes. Take a tornado for instance. Lasts mere moments, but has the potential to wipe out an entire city. Being a native of VA, I saw this recently. I'm sure everyone in the country has heard of the tornado that hit Suffolk. Living so close, it made me step back and think. Thoughts like life is short and we should take advantage of every moment we have or take care of the needy came rushing to my mind. However, the overwhelming thought kept coming back is that I serve a powerful God. Even the winds and the waves obey him. Did God destroy the houses in Suffolk? Personally, I don't think he did. But this gets into an argument on the problem of evil, and that's not what I intend to talk about. Instead, I wish to talk about the awe and majesty of our Creator who has control over every part of nature. But what amazes me even more is that a God who can do all that lives inside of me and desires to talk to me and be with me everyday. Well, I think that's enough to chew on for today. Drop me a line if you so desire. Peace!

--David

Monday, May 05, 2008

Self Denial

So lately I've been hearing more and more of this one idea from God. And I know that some of you reading this may not believe in God, but I'm a Christian and sometimes I can't help but talk about what I'm learning in my life and how God is working in it.

But back to the topic at hand: Self denial. My pastor talked about the Israelites creating the golden calf to satisfy their desire to worship something while God was with Moses on Mount Sinai. And I think I do that too in my own life. It may not be a golden calf, but I substitute God for someone or something else for my own selfish desires.

So I'm admit that I fall victim of selfishness, but more and more God is revealing to me things that I do that are selfish and I'm in the process of doing the right thing and putting God back into the place He belongs in my life.

I challenge you all to take an inward look and examine your own life. I'm not trying to brow beat you. I'm trying to get you to know the God who loves you and draw closer to Him.

I love you guys, that's why I'm saying this. God Bless you all.

VerveEarth

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Beyond the wall of Small Talk

Have you ever sat back and realized that most, if not all conversations you have with friends are filled with meaningless fluff and have no impact on matters of the heart? This is an issue I've come across time and time again with my social network of friends. We talk about meaningless stuff that has no bearing on our lives. And as a curious person, I ask "Why?". So what do I want? I want an answer to "Why?".

Why is it that small talk has become the entirety of a conversation with friends you've known long enough to develop a meaningful friendship and yet have no more to talk about then funny gags, weather, television, movies, etc. While I'm not against small talk, I think there should come a point in a friendship where that's not all you want. At least that's my case. I've grown to hate small talk after a certain point in a conversation and wonder if that's all people want to talk about with their friends. So I have a question and a proposal. The question is for everyone, but the proposal is a personal commitment.

The question: Do you want more out of a conversation than just small talk?

The proposal: If the answer to the question was, "I want more". I propose seeking deeper conversations with your friend and ask probing questions. If they don't want to talk about it, that's cool, but the more I think about it, the more I realize I want more out of friendships than common everyday chat and catching up with the news, the cool trends, the pop culture, the funny gags and lines. How about being real? How about sharing hearts? I don't know about you, but I want conversations that explore emotions and passion. So I propose not a death to small talk, but an awakening to a new adventure of conversation. So ask the questions, see what happens.