North Korea tyrant Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered that 33 Christians believed to be working alongside South Korean Baptist missionary Km Jung-wook be put to death.
dang it dude…. i can’t imagine what it means to live over there as a Christian. they’re like, ACTUALLY going through the suffering that the Bible says the early Church saw. instead, here in America we stress over meaningless things and call that suffering. Church, there’s something wrong here, and I repent as well.
it’s so weird to think that of all the years i’ve lived, i’ve probably only witnessed around 100 sunrises. that’s only like… 5 a year. that’s pathetic.
but now, there’s just something so life-giving about sleeping early to wake up at 5am and 6am for work. i get to not only wake up without any reluctance, but also witness two sunrises every week. i love it. brings so much life to my day. i’m so glad God made me a morning person.
and i think i can make a strong, biblical case that Jesus was a morning person too.
After the group of fifth-grade football players from Massachusetts found out their 6-year-old water boy was being teased for his attire and speech, they played great defense and showed him their support.
finally…. kids with integrity!!! none of those iPad-absorbed, unempathetic kids i see too much of today… these kids are true heroes.
it’s crazy that someone can actually get sick from infatuation and “liking” someone too hard. like physically sick. aka the term ‘lovesick’. i know, i know… it’s rendered from hormone imbalance that’s not typical to your bloodstream. i mean, duh, that’s the physical cause of the sickness. but mannn… the fact that someone else has the power to well up this sickness in you without the need for any contact or anything airborne. to create such a tangible and real effect on your body from such an intangible expression.
so yeah, don’t abuse your good looks, people. stop stumbling others (romans 14:13, 20-21, etc…). have Jesus be your first lover.
[no, i’m not lovesick myself. i was just thinking about it today and got really intrigued by it.]
i wonder what prescription i’d get if spiritual eyesight could be measured.
with this next semester, approaching, i can’t help but think to myself, daaang, i’m one semester older. i finished another eighth (maybe seventh, we’ll see) of college which brings me to nearly half of my undergrad. i firmly believe that God made the perfect speed for time to pass by: a rate of 60 min per hour. in the moment, time goes by reasonably and beautifully slow. but it’s always when your focus is knocked off the important matters of life (aka “the things of above” colossians 3:2) that time passes by wastefully quick in retrospect.
i’m not trying to say some kind of kierkergaard-existentialist fluff. that’s actually quite the opposite of what i want to say. all i want to say is that it’s all about what your spiritual eyes are focused on. is your heart setting on your riches? because if so, psalm 62:10 warns us “if riches increase, set not your heart on them”. and with all the authority of what’s clearly stated in the Bible, i think i can SAFELY say that the Bible also pleads us to not set our hearts on other increasing things like grades, popularity, self-image, influence, relationships.
time passes by so quickly because too much of it is wasted casting our focus upon things not Jesus. do you know what that means? it means that even the small auxiliary things that center around Jesus should never be our primary focus—our true love. i want to first be a lover of Jesus. just that. nothing else before everything else. simply a man of God that loves and fears Jesus Christ. it’s like when you procrastinate your schoolwork. your mental eyes are focused on things that may or may not have anything remotely to do with the work you need to do, but all the while, you’re not doing anything for your own good.
i can’t tell you enough about how many times this semester (let alone my freakin’ life…) my focus what shifted off Jesus even for a bit. thinking about my future marriage/family, how i can decorate my resumé, and even being a home group shepherd. it’s fun to mull about these things. but LORD, may i seek first the Kingdom of God, and then all these things will be added unto me (matthew 6:33).
anyway, i think my prescription is like +1.25 or something. what’s yours?
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." - Galatians 2:20