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The Universe

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I turned on my computer not knowing what to write when I saw an article where Miley Cyrus was being interviewed. Miley pretty much wrote this article for me.

Quick note I am not going to write a rebuttal to the whole article because that would turn into a book like Jonathon Sarfati would write, but I do want to look at a few things that were said…

 

How did you become involved with the LGBTQ community?

“My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word “bisexual,” because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl. Also, my nipple pasties and sh*t never felt sexualized to me. My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family. The universe has always given me the power to know I’ll be OK. Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand.”

There is too much in this to address it all, but I want to point out her comment saying “The universe has given me the power to know I’ll be okay.” This seems from a purely logical standpoint tough to prove. The universe doesn’t have any authority and stating that it says certain things are okay can be disproved by simply stating it told me they weren’t. There is no doctrine in the universe thus it has to rely on what we feel and just because you feel a certain way doesn’t make it true. That still makes it a feeling.

What I also like and this is bigger than Miley is the idea that you can find peace from the universe but laugh at the idea of a God let alone Him being someone you can find peace from. People of Miley’s ilk would laugh at the mere idea of believing in a God but whole heartily put their faith in the universe. Seems confusing to me.

The definition of the universe is “All of space and everything in it including stars, planets, galaxies, etc.” How does one get the power to know that their sexuality is okay from the stars, planets, and galaxies? I to live in the universe but I haven’t heard much talking from stars. The planets have been pretty quiet as well.

Why do you think inequality still exists for women in Hollywood?

“A lot of it could be changed if we had a female president. That would give us a subconscious boost. I think people will have to realize they’re looking really dated. For example, there’s a show called “Supergirl.” I think having a show with a gender attached to it is weird. One, it’s a woman on that f*cking billboard — it’s not a little girl. Two, what if you’re a little boy who wants to be a girl so bad that this makes you feel bad? I think having a title like “Supergirl” doesn’t give the power that people think it does.”

This has to be the singular dumbest thing I have ever read in my entire life. Men and woman have existed for a long long time. Calling a show “Supergirl” is an absolute zero on the scale. In fact, it’s probably a negative number it’s so low. If we are going to start naming shows with the basis that a little boy who wants to be a little girl can’t be offended by a billboard with a female super hero, then we have absolutely lost it. The idea that we need to craft a society so that NO ONE is ever offended is impossible and fixes nothing. Crafting society around peace will not work. Look at the parents whose goal in their family is to have peace. That parenting doesn’t work. The kids are almost always unruly because the parents let them do whatever they want. The goal of a family and society should be love. My family says things I don’t agree with. Who says we have to agree with everyone? When we strive for peace then everyone agreeing is crucial. When we strive for love agreement is meaningless because we love the person no matter what their belief is. I know for a FACT that if I were to ever get a girl pregnant and move to Florida my mom and dad would come down there and scream at me for being a coward. They would drag my butt on the plane to take me back home and make me face my responsibilities. I hope they would offend me in a serious way. I know for them to take time off from work, buy airplane tickets, etc.… would mean they love me enough to offend me. If I moved to Florida and they said “Oh okay, what are you going to do?” that would be a response based on peace, not in love. In the short-term I may wish they would take that approach in the long-term it would hurt me that they don’t actually love me.

I do agree that “Supergirl” doesn’t give the power people think it does. The idea that women have been held back and the way we are going to fix it is by coming up with a show called “Supergirl” should be offensive to all women. The general manager at my company is a woman. Everybody in the company loves her. She is awesome and fantastic at her job!! There is no “Well she’s good at her job for a women.” She’s not. She’s just simply good at her job. She was good at her job before “Supergirl” and will be good at her job after “Supergirl”. She is good because she works hard, communicates effectively, and has a higher standard on her own work that the owners have for her. There is no outside force that can affect her because she has looked at herself in the mirror and set a high standard.

A Race Everyone Should Win

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The Left – He was a loving family man, a staple of his community. He was a deacon in the church, he was well-known for his big heart and warming smile.

The Right – He was a criminal, there was a warrant out for his arrest. He had a rap sheet as long Psalms 119, he had PCP and was disobeying the officer’s direct orders.

Whether the left is correct or the right is correct doesn’t matter. We have a problem. Regardless of how big or small you may think the problem is, arguing about it doesn’t change the fact that the problem exists. I don’t think anyone who is in their right mind can argue that.

We like to talk about problems and how big they are. We may even toss in an idea on how to fix them, but we rarely do. What I write below is from the viewpoint of someone who would prefer that African-American people nor cops get gunned down in the street and will be looking at this issue strictly as what is happening. I believe families, Jesus or the lack there of, community, and education all play a huge role in what is happening in all of society but I am going to leave those factors out or at least try to and strictly look at the issue at hand. Below are my response to the police, the African-American community, and us who are more of a 3rd party in this issue

To the Police

I got pulled over a few months ago for speeding. When the officer walked up to my car and asked for insurance, license and, registration, I realized I had forgotten to grab my registration out of the glove box. Thinking nothing of it I reached for the glove box and saw the officers hand head towards his gun. I can’t imagine having that type of fear at my daily job. I really can’t. I know I am good person who wouldn’t harm anyone, but the officer doesn’t. When I reach for my glove box I know a weapon isn’t in there, the officer doesn’t. I understand where you are coming from. I understand the stress this job puts on you and the family type atmosphere you have with your fellow officers who patrol the same streets you do. But no matter how tight of a family you have created one thing must go above everything else, and that is what is right. You see a fellow officer treating someone poorly, you stop them. You see a fellow officer repeatedly kick someone who has been cuffed, you stop them. You see a fellow officer pull out a gun on an innocent person, you stop them. You see an officer shoot an innocent person, you arrest them. 99.9% of cops are good. The best thing you can do is recognize that the .01 does exist and do everything in your power to not let them define you as whole. Don’t let your identity be defined from the worst of the group. Let it be defined by the best

Reach out the communities you serve in. Have a heart to heart and apologize for the actions of a few bad cops. Cry with them because you know they didn’t deserve what happened. Ask them how you can improve in your procedures, ask them how you can help them feel more comfortable around the police. Listen to what they say and start training your officers in the solutions they offer. It won’t be easy. It really won’t be. But when love is the foundation peace can be had and I know for myself I would rather do something difficult for lasting change than sit around talking about it. Thank you for service and all that you do. I appreciate it even if that doesn’t always come across.

To the African-American Community

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness:  only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” – MLK.

I understand the mindset of you want to gun us down, we will gun you down. Tit for tat. Unfortunately that won’t work. Are you interested in fixing the problem or reciprocating violence? If you are interested in fixing the problem. Awesome, so am I. In my mind here’s where you start. Humble yourself to the police. Vocalize that you understand the stress they go through. Even if you don’t mean it or believe it, it will help ease their stress. Stand arm in arm with the good cops. When a cop shoots an innocent person realize that is a bad cop. Not every cop. Be outraged at the cop! Be furious!!! But don’t stereotype the police force because of it. If you don’t want to be stereotyped then stop stereotyping others.

Step up! You don’t like cops or how they treat you. Become one. Be the change you want to see. If your neighborhood grows up with the will to one day become cops so they can better serve the community they grew up in; that is when change happens. This argument of well the cops need to change is accurate. The counter argument that you need to change is accurate as well. Change needs to come from both sides. Stop arguing about who should change and step up and change it yourself. Sit down with the local police force and have a heart to heart. Apologize for your friend or sibling or others in the community who gunned down an officer with the emphasis that they were a bad apple. Tell them they are an outlier of a community. Not the norm. Don’t identify yourself with the bad apples. Identify yourself with the good ones. Tell them and show them you are just as peaceful and deserves as much respect as any other ethnicity. Ask the force what the best possible way to respond is when we are pulled over. Ask how we can put the officer’s mind at ease. Is it fair that you guys may have to above and beyond what other races do when it comes to how the police force views you? Absolutely not!! It’s not fair at all. But that is the point. Stop complaining about how it’s not fair and start making change so it won’t matter whether the system is fair or not because the system will no longer exist. Love brings us together not violence.

To Everyone Else

I see you debating about it on Facebook. Should Kaepernick kneel or stand? He’s raising awareness. He’s disrespecting the flag. I see others post links to different shootings with words such as “I am shaking. Weeping. Afraid. Overcome with grief. God have mercy.” I love the emotions you feel and that we all feel. Unfortunately for us a Facebook post doesn’t evoke change and in reality it doesn’t even start a conversation, just an argument.

When I drive on the freeway and see a click it or ticket sign I always wonder who it is for. Everybody in this country knows to where there seatbelt. At this point it is a decision you make not to. That sign is not going to convict the 1% of people who choose not to. The small percent of true racists are not going to be swayed by your Facebook citing what is wrong. Level headed people understand that racism is wrong. Crazy people are rooted in their racist ways just like the non-seat belt wearers are. Your words are meaningless if not backed up by action. True action. Kaepernick is taking a stand ironically by taking a knee. I respect that. But what is the end goal here? He donated a million dollars. Awesome. But what is that going to change? All you people complain about the wrongs which are going on, I hear you, I do. But let me ask you this. When is the last time you have been to the ghetto? Never? A couple of years ago? Trust me you know where it is. It’s the place you are scared to go to, or at least scared to go to past a certain time. I hear what you are saying but I don’t see you in those streets helping build the community. Raising awareness even donating money are not bad things, but they are not close to as valuable as YOUR time. If you care as much as it seems you do on FB, go walk the streets handing out free lunches. Get to know the community. Volunteer to help these kids learn how to read. You do construction? Awesome!! Take your Saturday and volunteer in the ghetto by fixing someone’s leaky roof. Show them positive role models no matter what your skin color and show them you not only care, but you love them. Don’t just love your neighbor when it’s a rich guy who owns a boat that you get to use. Love them when it’s the house at the end of the cul-de-sac who you are afraid to make eye contact with. The house you tell your kids to stay away from. Love them!! Stop telling me about how I should love my neighbor from behind your keyboard when you don’t even know your neighbors name.

I say all this because it appears you care based on all the Facebook arguments you get in about it. If you don’t truly care then that is your choice. If getting to know your neighbor or serving meals in the part of town you feel uncomfortable in is too tall an order for you. Fine. Just stop the pretending. Don’t get on your high horse when your high horse is tied up in the nice part of town. It might be time to take that high horse out for a ride and you know exactly where you need to go. Love means nothing without actions. Nobody is forcing you to love everyone, but if you are going to continually preach it. It may be time to start practicing it as well.

Inventing God

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How many of you have ever invented a product in your head before? I think everyone at some point has. I love to invent fake products and then spend the fake money I would have made of off them. When I invent a fake product I always do a halfhearted google search where I “attempt” to find out if this product already exists. I never find it mainly for the fact I don’t want to find it. Eventually I tell someone my idea only to hear them say it already exists. There is nothing worse than being told something you invented in your head already exists. I get irritated and attempt to explain how mine is different or better. I know my fake product isn’t different better, but my pride gets in the way of me saying “Oh it already exists. Good for the guy who invented it.” To me, it’s not about the product because if it were, I would be excited that it already exists a buy it. To me, it’s about the fact that I didn’t invent the product and I get really angry for no apparent reason. I wanted to be able to seal soda cans once opened. That products exists. I should be thrilled that I can now seal cans. I’m not. My pride won’t let me.

Another example is when I watch the show Shark Tank. I get angry as I sit there mad that somebody thought of a product that I should have thought of. A makeup container with a spatula on the bottom?!?! I should have thought of that.

That is what people do when it comes to God. They invent their own god. A lot of times it’s themselves, nature, or even Netflix. Like I do when I invent a product, my pride gets in the way of accepting that this product already exists. We don’t need to invent on our own god. Thankfully. God already exists. People storm off when you tell them that because they are not willing to admit God exists. They get angry because deep down they realize that it’s true, but are unwilling to admit it. We put are pride in the way of the truth. You argue, you yell, you storm off because you are wrong. If you weren’t wrong it wouldn’t matter.

People don’t get in fights arguing whether or not Bigfoot exists.  One of my best friends believes in Bigfoot. I love to chat with him about it and make fun of him for believing in him. Not once does the conversation get heated because it doesn’t really matter if Bigfoot exists or not. Bring up God and that is different. It gets testy, it gets heated because of how much it matters. It matters so much.

If you came up with an invention with humility and said I have an idea that I am going to search hard for. You would most likely find out that it already exists. You would tell a friend who would say “Oh yeah that already exists.” It would be okay because you humbled yourself and instead of thinking you are genius, you would simply be thankful the product already exists and would purchase it.

Same with God. If you came at him with humility saying there has to be more to life than it just being about me, you would find out your right. Someone would explain him to you. Google would answer your question. You would be thankful you don’t have to invent God because God already exists. Not only does he already exists. But, He is better than anything you could have ever invented.

What do you care about? Do you care about the needing the product to exist so it improves your life? Or do you care about wanting to be the one to invent so everyone thinks highly about you?

It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s simply about realizing everything we could ever want or need, already exists.

Greg Hardy

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If you listen to any type of media outlet over the last couple weeks you have heard about Greg Hardy. If you haven’t heard he is a NFL player who beat up his girlfriend a few months ago and this past week pictures of the attack were released. Not that I needed to say that because you can tell by looking at his picture he probably hits women.

Beating your significant other up is one of those few issues that nobody is for. I would say people hate domestic abuse as much as they hate murder. It’s also one of those issues where everybody can say they’re a hero. “What Greg Hardy did was wrong, he shouldn’t be allowed to play. How are the Cowboys letting him play?” Nobody on the planet disagrees with what I just said and most people on the planet have even said it for themselves. I have some bad news for you. Saying that does not make you a hero.

This topic makes us sound like politicians when they are asked “What would you do about little Tommy who doesn’t have access to breakfast and a good school.” The politician replies “I believe every kid including Tommy should have access to breakfast and a good school.” The person who asked the question is satisfied with the answer and the politician can label themselves a hero. Again saying that does not make you a hero.

The other thing people have done with Greg Hardy is call for sponsors to drop the Cowboys. If they start losing money from sponsors that will show them. Again, something we all agree on, but you shouldn’t feel good about yourself for saying that.

We now live in a society where actions and words are equal. I tell someone I ran a marathon and they tell me they thought about running one once. To them we are now even. We’re not though, because I actually did something!

The one common thing I have heard is somebody needs to do something about Greg Hardy. Whether that be the NFL, the Cowboys, or the sponsors. The one thing I have not heard anywhere is that you reading this need to do something. This past week the pictures came out on a Thursday. The Cowboys were schedule to play in the Sunday night game a couple of days later. That game that an 11.4 rating.

If you really are against Greg Hardy’s action as much as you say. Don’t watch the Cowboys. Can you imagine what the NFL would have done if that game got a 1.2 because people were boycotting it due to Hardy? He would have been out of the league faster than Tim Tebow. The NFL would have panicked because people actually stood up to them on this issue. Instead, everyone says they are against it, then tunes in to watch the football game. People are against domestic abuse, just not enough to skip a Sunday night football game.

To all you who complained and then watched the game, BE QUITE! You don’t really care. You say you care to get on the right side of the issue, but you don’t actually care. You are not a hero. You will say somebody should do something about this, just as long as that somebody isn’t you. You are a fraud.

Everything Won’t Be Okay

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The above pictures has been making the rounds on social media. The place I got it from had over 50k shares and 100,000k likes. It seems harmless enough, but I can’t stand the message its making. It hits close to home for me because in two weeks I turn 23. I am writing this mainly for myself, but as well as motivation to you reading this.

I am someone who likes pain and likes being uncomfortable. I like those because that is when you grow. I recently had a meeting with my boss where I basically said “My job is too easy and I want to do things that I don’t know how to do.” If you workout the best thing you can be is sore. That means you have broken you muscles down and they are rebuilding stronger. This picture makes it seem like you don’t have to worry and everything will be alright. “Oh you don’t believe me? Well look at these successful people who at the age of 23 were struggling. It worked out for them, didn’t it?”

Below I will do a little back story on each of the 4 named people and will explain to you that you should worry and everything won’t be okay.

J.K Rowling

At 23 she had graduated from college with a 4 year degree in French and Classics. Once she graduated she got a job as a researcher and bilingual secretary. It says she was broke but she had a job and by all accounts made enough to pay her bills. That makes her like 98% of people out there. Two short years later at the age of 25 she came up with the idea for Harry Potter. While technically at age 23 she wasn’t doing great, she had career possibilities. She is also a genius and if you are reading this that means you aren’t. Shots fired at me and you. If you are 23, I wouldn’t bank on pulling the Harry Potter idea out of your butt in 2 years.

Tina Fey

At 23 she had already graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama. While at school she studied play-writing and acting and was awarded the Pettway Prize. She may have had a job YMCA but she had a degree in the field she wanted to get into. Like J.K Rowling she is also a genius. If you’re sitting at home waiting to magically turn into to Tina Fey then you’re off to a bad start.

Oprah Winfrey

This is where it gets easy. She was fired from being a television reporter at the age of 23. I would like to point out that in order to get fired as a television reporter, you have to first be a television reporter! Oprah wanted to get on T.V and she did. She may have gotten fired, but she had a job in the field she wanted to be in. You are 23 and haven’t even decided what you want to do in life. Let alone to have already gotten fired from it.

Walt Disney

Saved the easiest for last. He went bankrupt at age 23 meaning he took enough risks in life to where if he failed, he would go bankrupt. He went bankrupt because he started a film company and even signed a deal with a production company. That deal didn’t go as well as planned which led to him going bankrupt. Again, he was chasing after his dreams with no fear. He knew what he wanted to do and went after it at full speed, crashed, and got right back in the car

My main message here is whatever you want to do. DO IT!!! Yes, at the age of 23 none of them were who they are now, but they were laying the foundation for their life. They were either going to school, working in the field they wanted to be in, or were doing what they wanted to do. Don’t sit at home thinking one day you will wake up and appear in your dream job. That first of all takes talent. Secondly, it takes an insane work ethic where you out work everyone and then work some more. Thirdly, it takes courage. You will fail, you will not get knocked down, but you will get back up. Rocky said it best when he said “It’s not about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward.” Lastly, they had a little luck. Not the win the lottery type of luck. I am talking about the talent + hardworking + courage type of luck where they put themselves in an opportunity to get the one break they needed to be successful. If you are waiting for your break but haven’t done the first three things I mentioned, you will be waiting for ever.

The worst thing you can do is only dream. If you only dream about what you want to do you will never reach it. The longer you think about your dream but don’t chase after it, the more impossible your dream starts to feel. It is a long journey but it starts with two important steps. Dream and then take action. These steps don’t guarantee success, but it at least gives you a chance.

If you hit a half court buzzer beater to win a basketball are you lucky? I don’t know. What I do know is that you were in the game. You can’t win the game from the bench. You can’t win the game from the crowd and you definitely can’t win the game sitting at home. It’s time to get in the game.

To Whom It May Concern

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To the Government More Specifically the Police

I respect what you guys do when it comes to stopping, fighting, and solving crime. What you guys do taxpaying citizens who are on their way to work is despicable. Let me paint a picture of my morning.

It is a Friday morning which is the last day of my work week. I am tired from a long weeks work and am running a few minutes late. When I work I make a trade. I trade 8 hours of my time for a paycheck. I trade that I am willing to make. You know who benefits the most from the trade I make? It’s you guys. While I trade 8 hours of my time, you guys are the big winners because 25% of my paycheck goes to you. I am completely fine paying my taxes when I am not treated with distain. When I am running a few minutes late I get nervous, as should you guys. If I am late I can get fired. If I get fired you guys lose out on 25% of my paycheck and in fact I could then go collect unemployment. That not only makes it so you get no money from me, but that you actually have to pay me. That seems like a bad trade for you guys doesn’t?

To anybody who says the police are just doing their job that is false. Here is a portion of a job description for being a police officer I found online.

Police officers work in partnership with the communities they serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens.

Hmm I don’t see giving out tickets to people headed to work on there. If you think how does he know you are heading to work? This is how. It’s a Friday morning at 7:30am. Everybody on the road is heading to work. I got pulled over by the Bremerton police in Bremerton. If they have already fixed all the above mentioned issues such as crime and protecting me then by all means focus on people going 8 mph over the speed limit. Until then though let keep are priorities in order. This is not a Barney Fife scenario where if you give them 5 they take 10. If you give them 10 they take 15. Nope! I have and will continue to take around 8 mph over. Maybe Bremerton police has solved all the crime problems already? According to neighbourhoodscout.com Bremerton has a 6 on the index scale. The scale they use is 1-100 with 100 being the safest. Does not seem like they have fixed all the other problems quite yet. What about the safety part when close to my house a couple months ago a woman and baby were murdered at 3am? That does not make me feel too safe. The good news though is that I got pulled over this morning so that must mean the solved the case…oh wait.

You may think well don’t blame the cop, blame the system. Somebody is telling them to pull people over. I do blame the system as well. In Washington state in 1909 the speed limit set was 24 mph. I got pulled over in a 30 mph. you are telling me that in the last 106 years that the speed limit has gone up only 6 mph? I know that on freeways we can go 60 mph but the 24 mph isn’t freeway driving because they didn’t exist 1909.

Here is a picture of a car from 1909.

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My car has airbags, disk brakes, traction control, far superior tires, and countless other improvements. Why the utter distain for you citizens? All I want to do is drive to work and going 40 mph is completely safe even if the speed limit is 30. The 30 mph speed limit is insulting with modern day cars. When I got pulled over I could see a speed limit sign 100 feet in front of me that read 35 mph. In 3 more seconds I would have only been going 5 over, which shouldn’t matter because all that should matter is my safety. As I just mentioned I have never been safer in the history of time when it comes to driving a car.

In 1909 a racing car had 100HP. If you go by a used 2006 corolla that comes with 126HP. My point being that we have the technology in are cars to get up to speed much faster. There really is no reason for the speed limits to be so slow.

To Summarize

Yes I am mad I got pulled over and ticketed. So are 4 other people that I saw get pulled over on my drive to work. One of them by the same guy who had just pulled me over. As I listed above Bremerton is in the top 6% of worst crime cities in the country, so no I don’t feel safe. I am not that impressed with your crime solving rate either. If only you guys had extra people who weren’t doing any real police work who could help you solve them? I guess you better start an initiative for more funding so you could the needed man power. Or maybe throw a policeman’s ball? I’m just spit balling here.

Oh and thanks for giving me the option of a payment plan on the ticket. I thought I already did a weekly payment plan with you guys from my paycheck?

Dreams

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Dreams

I know you are not supposed to talk about yourself if you want a successful blog, but I am going to bend that rule today. I need some help from my reader. You know who you are. What am I supposed to do with my dreams and your dreams? I will explain what I mean by that below.

I want very few things more than being someone who talks for a living whether that be blogging, podcasting, and/or radio. It is my dream. However, my dreams confuse me. I am at the point of my life being 22 years old where I don’t know how to tell if this is something I am meant to do or something I simply want to do.

For example: If you went down to the steel plant and interviewed everyone there and asked “Would you rather work here or be a famous actor?” 99% of people would say “Be a famous actor.” That would sound like a lot more fun to them than being at the steel plant 7-3:30 every day. I feel like I am in the same boat. Being a blogger sounds like a lot more fun than my current job. I can’t tell if the reason I want to blog is because I am called to do it or because it seems like more fun than working at the steel plant? Am I one of the few who has the skill to be a famous talker or I am one of the many who is delirious thinking they have what it takes, but really don’t?

I don’t know you find out the answer to my last questions which is why I am writing this today.

My main point is to ask you guys what you think? If you tell me to stop writing and that I suck, I will appreciate the feedback. Not that I will stop writing because I really like to do it. It will just let me know that I haven’t achieved my goal yet and I still have a lot of work to do. If you tell me I’m good, I will also appreciate that. It will be nice to know that somebody likes what I am doing and it will help encourage me along the way.

Now that I have written all this I think I have made a discovery. I think the way you know is by what you do when someone tells you, you will never make it. Do you quit and give up on it just like that or do you work harder and come back stronger like Michael Jordan in high school?

If you quit your job to go become a famous blogger I would call you stupid and let you know you made a big mistake.

If you keep your job to pay your bills and blog in your free time because it’s your passion then I think you are making a great decision. I think every second on this earth you do what you like to do in a responsible way is time well spent.

Maybe I am crazy. Maybe you are crazy to. What is really crazy though is watching Netflix 4 hours a day and not chasing after your dreams. We can either die having seen House of Cards 4 time through or we can die knowing that we chased after our dreams even if we didn’t reach them.

Chase after your dreams no matter how crazy they are. Unless you are my friend who raps. You need to quit and find a new dream. You are a terrible rapper.

 

Self Help Bible

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From 7th-12th grade I went to youth group every Wednesday night. I was at the very first gathering they ever had where there was less than 40 people. I was also there when it had over 300. On paper it was the greatest youth group in the county (Not country). People thought God must be doing amazing things for it to grow that large.

I hated that youth group. I used to dread having to go and the only reason I would go is because my friends would be there. I never really was sure why I hated it until last week when I had a breakthrough.

Recently I started leading a small group to help try and improve it. It has gone from 300 people down to 100 which is a good thing. It needs a solid foundation before it gets too big. The last couple weeks we have talked about great topics such as how to treat women, worship, and idols. The topics have been fantastic. How we have talked about them has been horrible.

What we have done is strip away the power of the Bible and turn it into a self-help book. We treat it like it was written by Steve Harvey and has some good ideas for life and women. We treat it like it should be located in the advice section at Barnes and Noble. We discussed looking at women in their eyes, not staring at their boobs/butt, and treating them respect. All of which are good things. However, there are 100’s of books that say the same thing.

The Bible is not a self-help book. It is a Book that is road map for life as we keep are eyes on the Creator. We went through a 60 minute group without reading a single Bible verse. Not one! Somebody paraphrased a few verses in their own words to make a point. That’s it.

In Matthew 9:12-13 Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick…For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

When Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick,” He was not implying that the religious crowd were acceptable before God and didn’t need the forgiveness of sins He came to provide. Rather, He was getting at the point that there’s one thing worse than being sick, namely, being sick and thinking you’re well! Then you won’t go to the doctor for the cure. At least the crooks knew they were spiritually terminal. By confessing their sinfulness and by accepting God’s cure (His undeserved mercy through Jesus), they were made well. But those who thought they were spiritually well were terminal without knowing it.

We spend all group having what could be a biblical discussion of topics but instead we take the Bible out of it. The difference between the Bible and other books is simple. It’s Jesus. When we strip away Bible verses, which were left for us as a way to read the Word of God, we take away the power of what we are saying. People should look at me funny when I say things because I am somebody who sins frequently and makes 25k a year. What do I know? They should want to hear God’s word and how it affects me.

I don’t have the power to change anyone’s life. I am an electric hedge trimmer. I can trim hedges all day only if I am plugged in to the outlet. The second I am unplugged is when I become basically useless. People’s lives can be changed through me, but not by me. I am just a tool. The true power of transformation comes from God.

I don’t need the Bible to tell me how to treat women. I don’t. I can find that info elsewhere. What I do need is the Bible to point me to the power of God and that He sent His Son to die for my sins. I need it to truly have life change and for the power it holds. I need it to grow closer to my Creator.

I beg churches and people to start treating the Bible as a Holy Book again. Stop taking only the principles out of it and applying them to the world. Stop paraphrasing stories as if your friend told you them. Stop trying to strip the power away from the Bible. I don’t care what you have to say on a topic. I care what Jesus had to say on it.

I’m sure Steve Harvey writes a really good book that we can take tidbits from. However, we have something much greater. We have the road map to eternal life. We have the Bible. We have God’s Word.

Lemon Cake

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What a day yesterday. The church I go to had a 15 year anniversary party last night. I went to the party where they were casting vision over the next 15 years. It was all good until thirty minutes into it when I had a problem.

The event started at 7pm and they decided to provide desert. Love it. I went over to the table and saw chocolate cake and vanilla cake. Vanilla has always been my favorite so decided to go with it. I got it and took a bite only to have my taste buds start blowing there rape whistle. It was lemon cake. LEMON CAKE!!!

There is nothing worse on the planet than going for vanilla cake and getting lemon. The only thing that is close is grabbing a chocolate chip cookie which turns out to be oatmeal. Who enjoys lemon cake more than vanilla? WHO?? No, really, who? I want to know. That way I know who to never talk to again.

Lemon cake is alright, there is nothing wrong it. It just isn’t vanilla cake. As long as vanilla cake exists I see no need for lemon cake! It’s like when someone orders a pizza and one is a pepperoni and the other is vegetarian. 8% of the people on the planet like vegetarian more than a meat pizza. Why are we catering to them when 92% of all people prefer other pizzas? Whatever small percent of people like lemon cake, can like lemon cake. Just don’t cater to their needs when they’re the minority.

IF for some insane reason you want to torture your guests by giving them lemon cake you must clearly mark it. You must rent the Goodyear blimp and make a sign for it to hold pointing down at the cake saying “This is lemon cake, you’ve been warned.” If that isn’t feasible then you have to at least decorate the table they are on with plastic lemons to warn us. I would rather get kicked in the nuts if that meant I could have vanilla cake instead of eating lemon cake.

I’m scared to grab any type of cake now that isn’t chocolate. I hate living my life in constant fear. How are we supposed to know what flavor it is? I’m tempted to go to Home Depot and pick up a day laborer. I would then take him to events like this and have him test the cake to make sure it isn’t lemon. He would be my version of Hebe.

That was deep reference so let me explain. Hebe was the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Hebe was considered the Goddess of youth and with that title came cup bearer responsibilities. I know I know, I played too much Age of Mythology growing up, but it just paid off. I got a timely reference in and you got smarter.

I think what happens is the person who orders the cake watches people grab it at a 50/50 ratio. They think “Oh people must like lemon cake and chocolate cake evenly.” What they don’t realize is when people are grabbing the lemon cake they are taking one bite then throwing it away. I will eat skittles that sick children spit out because I hate wasting food. My only exception is lemon cake. I will throw that away faster than a hummingbird can flap its wings once.

I can’t stand Hilary Clinton, but if she vowed to get rid of lemon cake, she would have my vote. Something needs to be done. I say let’s ship all the lemon cake to Africa to help them out and get it out of America. The problem is though I sponsor a kid over their named Zababu and wrote him with my idea. He got so angry at me for the idea he told to stop sponsoring him. He didn’t want to be sponsored by a crazy person. He said they would feed the cake to Baboons before they ate it and the only reason they would do that is because I guess when a Baboon is mad, it’s pretty funny. Even the Baboon would hate it!

Please let me have me have my vanilla cake and die in peace. The only lemon stuff we need are Lemonade, Lemonheads, and Liz Lemon. That’s it!

Abortion Music

Every day that goes by is another day where I get to see people argue about abortion. I am not quite sure what there is to argue about.

Abortion is murder.

But wait, what about rape, the mother’s wellbeing or if the baby is going to be severely disabled? That’s a good argument. Let’s base all of our decisions on something that happens less than 5% of the time.

Planned Parenthood does great things and only 3% of the funds go towards abortion. Plus the 3% is not federally funded it is different money.

First off, if somebody is a class act but 3% of the time likes to commit murders, then that person is evil. Ted Bundy committed murders way way less than 3% of his time, but I think we can agree that he is evil. Secondly, the federal money and the private money goes into one pot and is split up. Yes, technically the federal money may not pay for abortion but its pays for a lot of things allowing PP to stay open. If that money disappeared then the private money would have to go to cover that stuff. The federal money allows PP to use the private money for abortions.

Anyways, I know 10 million things have been written about this in the last 10 minutes alone. What I haven’t seen is any music recommendations being made about this topic. I am a big believer in music and its ability to connect with listeners at a deeper level in a way talking can’t. Music gets an emotional connection out of us whether it’s to motivate us in life or to make a scary movie scene even that much scarier. It’s psychologically proven to do so.

The first song is from Flipsyde called Happy Birthday. Side note: I am going to write about a member of the band called Piper because he is doing amazing things. The band Flipsyde is not a Christian band in anyway. Piper is simply a guy who had an abortion when he was younger and now regrets it. It is one of the best 25 songs of all time. The chorus is incredibly powerful when Piper says “Happy birthday, I love you, whoever you would have been.” Give it a listen.

The second song is from Trip Lee called Beautiful Life. He is a Christian rapper and a pretty good one at that. The chorus again is tear worthy. It goes “Beautiful life inside, living, moving, breathing. So let hope arise. God knew what he was doing when He gave, Beautiful, beautiful life.” Give it a listen.

 

It is also a very good song although I would say Happy Birthday is just a tad better due to the pure emotion you feel from Piper while he raps.

No matter what your take is on abortion gives these two songs a listen and tell me you are not moved by them.

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