There is no guilt in being born in the land of the free as opposed to a country under harsh rule.
But there is guilt if we use our freedom to indulge our petty preferences, to pad our comfort, to drift through this dark world basking in our own light rather than using it to serve those who waste away in prison cells
March 9, 2014
February 22, 2014
I LOVE this!
February 22, 2014
This is an excellent post, and just what I needed to read right now! I love how missions is taking a positive swing towards training local missionaries, and out-of-country missionaries coming as tentmakers.
What do you think?
Originally posted on Pippa Biddle:
After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative – most of the developing world.
February 2, 2014
Well it was that time of year again. The finale is over, leaving behind an lingering air of excitement – at least in Seattle and among Seahawk fans.
It really is too bad there wasn’t much competition in this year’s Superbowl. While I was a bit caught up too in the “Seahawks” fever going on among us locals and loyal to the home team, I really just wanted a good football game. You know, one of those nail-biters where it’s a close tie until the end of the game. Overtime preferable. But ah well, we won the Superbowl (for the first time!) so I guess I’ll be content.
I wanted to share this movie with you. Not only am I glad the Seahawks played extremely well this year, and that all of their hard work paid off today, but I am proud of the team because of the characters of the coach and the players. From what I have seen (when I half-watch the games), there is a lack of the drama, flaunting, and temper that you see in other teams when they win/lose.
With the spotlight on these Seahawks players – especially now – I appreciate that they are vocal of their faith, and strive to set an good example that people looking up to them can follow. Such people are rare, nowadays.
January 6, 2014
The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation…
Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them….
Oliver Wendall Holmes
The other night at Red Robin I was slinging trash bags into the dumpster after a busy holiday rush of people. A line cook standing nearby with his electronic cigarette looked up to the sky and, with a shake of his head and an exhalation of smoke, commented that he hated his job.
Not an unusual comment. Not many working at Red Robin really want to be there. No one comes in overflowing with enthusiasm for starting their shift – rather, the first words out of their mouth after clocking in are usually “I don’t want to be here.” The only motivation keeping them there is the desire to earn money. When I asked that line cook what he would want to do, if he could do anything, he just shrugged and replied ‘some job that pays a lot of money’.
People pursue good grades, so they can pursue a degree, so they can pursue a career, so they can pursue money, so they can buy lots of things… ? What for? A handful of wind.
Never forget that you are not stuck where you are. There is always, always more to life than your surroundings. Don’t accept the ruts.
In this life there are things beautiful and things terrible. Heart-lifting things and sob-wrenching things.
There are times to mourn and cry, but don’t let those times rob you of the seasons of joy and sowing and growth. Don’t let the worries and anxieties steal your joy. I know Jesus said to worry sometimes but… oh wait… Well, in life there is a season for worry… that is… hmm…
You know all of the things I could tell you. Live a life unfettered. Hold nothing back. Adventure is out there, et cetera, et cetera. All you have to do is go read some inspirational graduation speech or find some lifting quotes with grand scenery on Pinterest. I don’t need to add to that clamor
Just please, please, don’t remain in the rut. Don’t be a grazing sheep, always looking down – lift your head. Don’t quench your passions.
And yes, all of these pictures are from the newly released “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” I highly recommend the movie, if only for the gorgeous scenery.