I want to hear your stories! I’ll be putting up mine in a little bit.
cavejohnson asked: Michael. 18 in October. Born/raised in the Salvation Army. Realised my saviour at age 16. That was when I started seeking and learning. I’ve done things that I’m not proud of. I’d die if you knew. I want MORE out of life. I’m not content. I’m not perfect. I prefer what I see to photos cause then I’m not reminded how I look. I’m a youth leader at my church. I want to show Jesus’ love through example. Idk what I’m called for yet. I want to give everything but continue to cling. I try to do the right thing.
Today I was in my church’s Sunday School, zoning out as usual under the intoxicating influence of french vanilla creamer-infused coffee. Most people weren’t listening as we discussed plans and goals in life, which I believe was supposed to have something to do with the book of James. Disinterest settled in the room like lazy flies.
(lolololol at my descriptive language. i just turned in a personal narrative last week so don’t make fun of me. okay i’m going to stop now because this is supposed to be a serious post)
Somehow, we got to the topic of regret, and regretting things both big and small. One kid shared a story (that I hadn’t heard previously, I don’t know if any of you guys have) about a guy who lived twenty miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge. He decided that he would walk the twenty miles to the bridge to kill himself. If one person that he met on the way smiled at him, one person, he would turn back.
Not a single person smiled at him.
And so he committed suicide.
The kid who told the story told us that now he tries to be as cheerful with people as he can, because you never know what’s going on in their lives, and he doesn’t want to have to regret being indifferent towards them. And that got me thinking about the route I take to the cafeteria every day at school, which passes by the special education room. Each day, two or three of the kids stand outside and wave, smiling, to every kid who passes. No one acknowledges their existence. I usually look down cowardly, pretending to rearrange my books.
Tomorrow, and each day after that, I plan to smile back, looking them back in the eye, and wave.
So, readers, I’d like to pass this challenge on to you. Whether it’s something huge or something small, step out of your comfort zone and do something that is showing, not telling, your faith. Erase your regrets for not doing the right thing.
That’s all. (:
By Abby (iamthatvoice)
"My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long— though I know not how to relate them all" Psalms 71:15
Everyone who reads this should all write and submit a ~100 word testimony of your life in Christ. do it by using the ask interface so that you don’t have to sign off and I know Grace will chuck it up here as soon as she sees it :D
Testimonies are powerful things, they are a snapshot of what your life has been, what your life is like, and where you think your life could be going. If you’ve never heard of a testimony before it’s your life’s story, only in this case it’s gunna be really short (close to 100 words) and about your walk with god.
Your testimony could change someone else’s life, it doesn’t matter if you think you’re dull or too young, wat does matter is that you are unique and god uses everything you give him! Let him use your life’s story and things could happen! Don’t hesitate, pray if you want but write what you believe is a representation of your life, make it short; it doesn’t have to be 100 words but that’s a good size. God will use this!
I’ll submit my testimony [in teh morning] through the ask system too so that they all go through there.
I looked up tattoos as they apply to Christianity and found this article. Definitely take a look at it… it really puts things into context. :) I was having a hard time verbalizing my opinions about this topic, but I think this website covers everything I wanted to say.
This is definitely a hard subject to tackle, but I think we just really need to turn to God and get His expert opinion. ;)
cavejohnson asked: Take on tattoos:
• I’ve been brought up with the idea that tattoos are bad so sum of that sticks still. But Pretty much i believe if you put sumthing permanent on your body and you’re meant to be god’s Temple, then your desecrating his church. Whether you meant it that way or not.
HOWEVER I still think there is such a thing as a tasteful tattoo. Generally i think they fall under the small-and-meaningful type of tattoo cause I think that sleeves and full body tats are stupid and an extreme example of attention seeking.
Would I ever get a tattoo? Mebbe I’ve already thought about it and pretty much decided what I would get and where Incase I ever want to. All I would want would be the words “what would Jesus do” in plain script done along my sum part of mah hand. I’d do it for the practicality of the tattoo, it wouldn’t be showy and would remind me every time I look at mah hands that I’m trying to live in mah saviours foot steps.
From this post of mah blog: http://cavejohnson.tumblr.com/post/4253138374/whats-your-middle-name-favorite-band-take-on
I have never heard a sermon or even a slight mention of tattoos within church. What do you guys think about them?
I have to completely agree with you girl! Not only does fellowship bring us together in the Lord’s name for praise and worship and study, but it also serves as a great means of accountability. Temptation can be incredibly great at times, but when you have that support system there to keep you focused on the Word, and on serving Him, that temptation can be lessened greatly.
When you first brought up fellowship, I automatically thought of Matthew 18:20, which says, “For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them.” What more could we possibly hope for but God’s presence in our lives? I truly believe that this group has fantastic potential, and that we can really find a deeper meaning in the Scriptures that we may not otherwise receive on our own.
And just a reminder, if anyone has prayer requests, please don’t hesitate to post them here! The power of prayer never fails to amaze me :)
I find it sad that many Christians lack a sense of community. A lot of us end up going about this journey alone, which is not how God intended life to be. We are supposed to support and encourage each other as we grow in our faith. We DO need to have time alone with God, but we also need that sense of family.
The times when I’ve felt the closest with God were when I had those people around me to build me up. The love of Christ is contagious… when they shared about their faith and experiences, my faith would grow as a result. The affirmation and encouragement I received help me to have confidence and to flourish in my relationship with God.
One time, on a weekend retreat with my youth group, I got into a discussion with my small group about…. well… everything. We were given questions to guide our conversation, but we clearly didn’t need them. We stayed there talking for hours (long after all the other groups had left). We were in a dark, cold room, but it was one of the warmest experiences of my life. All of us shared our testimonies, and by the end of the night we felt truly connected. God was there. It was really amazing.
The less afraid we are to share our faith, the more we can build up ourselves and the people around us. We are the body of Christ! Let’s wake up and show the world how much we love our God and our Christian family. ♥
"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."