Resolutions

Its 2019! We survived another year! It has again reached the time where everyone is about to jump back into their regular routines and try to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. Though resolutions related to physical health can be great and fun, what about spiritual health? How can each of us make a spiritual resolution personalized to our individual needs?

Introspection

I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.
Psalm 119:59

How can we make any sort of resolution to change if we don’t know what needs changing? Observe how you use your time, money, and energy. My attention has recently been brought to the fact that entertainment is growing in popularity. This includes movies, phones, books, social media, magazines, the list goes on. I suggest examining yourself for using your time in the wrong areas. Try to use some of this time for something more profitable. Spend time in the Word, go on a hike, talk with friends and family. Figure out what you see in yourself that needs to be replaced.

Read the Word

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it they will be blessed in what they do.
James 1:25

Ask God what needs to change in your life. Take the time to dive into scripture and read about what he truly wants from you as part of the Body of Christ. And once you find what you need to work on or strengthen, do it. COMMIT. Whether it is physically, spiritually, or mentally, COMMIT. This is something that humans as a whole struggle with. Commitment to anything is difficult and scary. However, the Lord tells us that if we continue to carry out the work he has given us to do, we will be blessed.

Give it to God

The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

One of the scariest things for many people, including myself, is trust. It is one of the most difficult parts for me in my Christian walk. Take a leap of faith, let God do his work in you. Lay everything at his feet, stand aside, and watch the good he will do through you. Independence is great, but NO ONE can be independent from God. Without him, we could never execute his plan for our lives.

Final Thoughts…

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Though it is difficult to believe, everything you do should be done for the Lord. EVERYTHING. Ask yourself if what you do is with God in mind. Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you go to school/work? Why do you have the friends you do? Let’s make this our resolution. Do everything to and for God.

Happy New Year!

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The Holidays…

It’s that time of year again. Midterm exams are over (thank all that is holy) and everyone is visiting family and friends to celebrate our Lord’s birth and greet the New Year.

As a young kid, I always struggled with celebrating the Holidays in the right mindset. Though I was a Christian, it was just too easy to get swept up into thoughts on new things I would get or give to others. Now, the Holidays mean more sleep time to hang out with friends and family.

Recently, a girl in my small group mentioned what she thought the meaning of Christmas was. She said that it was ‘the beginning of the end of our sins’.

This is truly what we should be observing the interim between Christmas and Easter as.

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The Image Epidemic

We have all seen the controversy over the real meaning of ‘beauty’ in the modern world. Large eyes, thin face, clear skin, thin, big butt, etc. NEWSFLASH: there is no such thing as the perfect body.

Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting your body to be more healthy. In fact, working out and having hygiene is very important. What I AM saying is that this should not be an idol. I enjoy staying fit and healthy, but I have to balance this with doing my best in school and as a child of God.

The Image Epidemic does not only involve the physical.

Let’s be honest, we have all thought longingly about being that one perfect person in school or on TV. Even though we know this girl/boy is probably not perfect, somehow she appears to be. They are talented, funny, beautiful, and athletic.

How do we get past these standards? When I start thinking about all those many other ways I could act or look like, I try to think of my personal favorite verse. I hope that you can think about this verse as well and let the meaning sink in.

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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Words

When I was younger, I heard the phrase, “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words can never harm me” countless times. Hopefully we all know that this is VERY incorrect. But do we know just how much?

If you think about it, words are one of the most powerful tools available to mankind. The most quiet word whispered can end a life. Many rumors spread around school about an individual have tempted a person into harming others or themselves. However, the most short of sentences could save the same life by simply being kind or saying hello.

The most influence words have is eternal. In the past, words have been used to either build up or break faith. As Christians, it is our calling to strengthen or create faiths in others.

In the modern world, this can be difficult. Finding a true Christian is very rare, and many are inclined more to the world than the Lord. Sometimes it can be slightly awkward or embarrassing to share our faith with others, however we should never miss a chance to.

Just think, a few slightly awkward words could switch the ultimate fate of anyone.1200px-Fountain_pen_writing_(literacy)

 

A Quick Introduction

Welcome to my blog! I would just like to quickly introduce myself to any potential future readers.

I am currently a 14 year old Christian high school student living in my home state of Tennessee. If anything on my site offends anyone, I apologize. Please do not stab me. However, I do hope that this site somehow helps or encourages someone in any way shape form or fashion. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please comment below any of my posts and I will respond as swiftly as possible.