My Moo mini cards finally came! I'm really stoked about them...they're really "cute." haha. I would recommend us.moo.com to anyone looking for a creative business card. They are quite expensive and come out to about 25 cents a card with shipping and all...eeeek. Another criticism is that I don't think the contrast and color really came through as much as I wish it would have. My mac might be calibrated differently than their printers though...who knows. I'm thinking if we get the word out enough, mini cards can turn into the new pogs...they'll be like trading/networking cards.
Here are some examples:
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ,... he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone." Ephesians 1:11 (Msg)
I would call myself a believer for about 5 years now. That is 5 years of trying my best at achieving a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Relationships aren't easy. I sit here, writing from my bed, in awe of the dedication that God has showed towards our relationship. God had his eye on me before I even walked this earth. He knows every detail about me, and I still strive daily to figure out who I'm supposed to be in this world and how I'm supposed to fit God into this life of mine. Through the impacting deaths of Ryan, and now Ashley, I seek, again, understanding on how I can better participate in God's plan, not Him in mine. Life is precious. Life on this earth is not my eternal home.
A relationship with Jesus is difficult. It is unique. Jesus is perfect. Jesus will never turn his back on you, never fail you, never ditch you, never forget about you, never stop longing for you, and most importantly...never go away. These characteristics are so unlike any other relationship that I have today. I have this theory that one of the reasons people are so hesitant to starting a relationship with God is because they have never experienced anything like it before. A relationship with perfection doesn't exist on earth. Mankind is fallen and people fail daily.... by the hour, by the minute, by the second. A relationship with a non-failing creator is unfathomable.
I can still hardly fathom it. But, I want to. I want to truly depend on God for everything. I want to give him the pleasure of being in control of my life. I want to bluntly deny my imperfections and chase after God's perfect, holy, graceful, and humble nature.
I believe that God isn't naive, He knows I will never ever ever ever come close to His holy, graceful and humble state of perfection. I'm flattered to know that he loves me all the same. It makes me giggle. I also believe that when He decides my work on this earth is done, I will fully get to experience a sinless nature, which too sounds unfathomable. Me, sinless? Once again, I giggle. Jesus promises, though, that by truly putting your faith and hope in Him, we can experience heaven, a location where sin has no place. Why not long for that? What do I have to lose?
I long for that.
Rick Warren describes life as a test, a trust, and a temporary assignment.
Whether or not we would categorize life in this particular way, I think Warren speaks truth through his words.
Life as a test: Warren states that character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test. You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies. Warren noticed in his life how God tests his faith through problems, tests his hope by how he handles possessions, and tests his love through people. Warren goes on to say that when you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life. Even the smallest incident has significance for your character development. God, wanting us to pass the tests of life, never allows the tests we face to be greater than the grace he gives us to handle them.
Life on earth is a trust: Our time on earth and our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management. We are stewards of whatever God gives us. Ashley completely hit this point on the nail in her journal, "Lord, I NEED nothing. All I have is in You. All of these material things, I lust. With this time I have been given, my focus has faded. Show me the way to live my life left. Lead me to YOUR wishes."
Ryan also wrote, in his journal, "It is about grace and obedience. My Christianity is not all about feeling God or performing well. It is simply about accepting His grace and mercy in faith and then being obedient with what he has given me."
Life is a temporary assignment: Warren says, A fish would never be happy living on land, because it was made for water. We're not completely happy here because we're not supposed to be, earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better. You will have happy moments here, but nothing compared with what God has planned for you. When life gets tough, when you're overwhelmed with doubt, or when you wonder if living for Christ is worth the effort, remember that you are not home yet. At death you won't leave home--you'll go home. The Bible describes life as a mist, a fast runner, a breath, and a wisp of smoke.
Sometimes I imagine C.S. Lewis as this short spunky, yet sarcastic, man set to tell people like it is. This quote stands by my imagination, "All that is not eternal is eternally useless."
Ryan and Ashley will live on eternally through Christ
Disclaimer: I don't have all the answers to everything, and never will. At the end of the day, all I have is hope and faith.