Oh, the places…

2 October, 2011, 11:10 pm
Filed under: late night thought, sharing, simplicity

There is no shorter alternative way to your destiny. Be present. Set goals. Work hard. Be determined.

My eyes are open; and my heart is too. Tomorrow is a brand new day. -c

photo cred: photographer Eugene Tan.


Jesus, a little bit wild?
27 September, 2011, 11:52 pm
Filed under: appreciation, sharing, things i like

Browsing through SheLoves Magazine online, I came across this post written by Kelly Johnson-Nikondeha (posted 15 Feb. 2011).

 Not too long ago my seven-year-old son approached me, saying: “I am scared of Jesus, Mom.”

My immediate response was, “Why?”

“Well, Jesus is a little bit wild,” he said.

The essence of Jesus. He didn’t see things (and does not) how we see them. Kelly wrote ‘He see importance where we see insignificance. , He names hypocrisy where we boast religiosity, He models non-violence when we would sanction violence to protect a beloved friend. Jesus upends so many of our long-held assumptions about the world and even His Kingdom, that it can be unsettling–like tables turned, coins scattered and bird feathers gone amuck like confetti cluttering the air.’

Kelly concluded that the more she thought about her son’s epiphany, the deeper truth she came was that Jesus is ‘a lot wild’. After confessing her view of Jesus as a pastel, domesticated type she then goes on to list some marks of wildness she has seen in Jesus: He challenges who I love, pushing me to the extreme of loving my enemies. He pushes me to extend the guest list at my partiesHe forces me to rethink my politics. He even confronts me with economic realities.  

‘…as one who lives in bright colors with a mischievous glint in His eyes. He is an untamed savior who knocks over our sacred cows and church bells as He demonstrates what God’s Kingdom is really all about. It is wild–and it is good. And, yes, it is a little bit scary, too.’

now, isn’t that somethin’…it is wild–and it is good. -c

To read Kelly’s full post, click the link. http://shelovesmagazine.com/2011/jesus-a-little-bit-wild/

that man, Jesus
1 August, 2011, 10:29 am
Filed under: learning process, sharing

He gave of himself everything so that man could live freely and he loved with no condition. He changed mindsets and rejected no one. His compassion was contagious, as well as his laughter—the most joyous man to have ever lived. Not everyone wanted to be his friend. Even still, he treated each person with respect. He did not disguise what he was feeling nor did he sugar coat the cost. Yes, he even threw tables across the temple. He challenged many and changed lives for eternity. The tenderness of his word made him soft on the ears. They could listen for hours and follow for a lifetime.

My desire is to imitate Christ’s humility. -c

a prayer and a challenge…from Donald Miller
12 May, 2011, 10:30 pm
Filed under: late night thought, sharing

“And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?” -Donald Miller (Through Painted Deserts)

life is brighter that way, i think. Venturing out. how could one be unmoved for so long as a lifetime? we musn’t let the days pass by without discovery. if your eyes are open, you will see. Light shines to break the darkness that blinds. Come on, get “something beautiful born inside of you”. -c

WONDERful time of the year…
24 December, 2010, 12:32 am
Filed under: appreciation, sharing

i’d like to share with you, reader friend, an excerpt from Zach Hunter’s blog post ‘Winter Wonder’. (zachhunter.wordpress.com) his writings are beautiful and inspiring. i do believe he hit the nail right on the head with this one…

Christmas time. Every year, for a short period of time, our inner child is given permission to come out of their room. This time of year, the lights are brighter, and the fragrances call up memories deeply imprinted in our hearts. This time of year, our yards are Hallmark cards, and our love is a black-and-white movie. Jesus is born and a Child is King.

now isn’t that just lovely? Thanks, Zach for writing in such a way that can bring tears to one’s eyes. Now, may your days be merry and bright. Merry Christmas! -c