“Unshaken and Certain” | June 25th, 2013

That those things which cannot be shaken may remain Hebrews 12:27

When things are amuck, what happens to you? What kind of person do you become?

The way we react to the threat of losing control over the things in our lives we so insist make our world go round, (possessions, relationships, etc.–you name it, we got it), is highly dependent on the type of person we initially desire to be. For we are what we desire, and oftentimes, we grasp and crave the things that are shakeable.

If we are shakeable people, we do not know the kingdom we’ve been given; nor the Giver, Christ.

We will unravel from time to time, for things will be shaken on this earth. But the things below the sky should never have such authority over us. With our hands clutching, we must release the notion that all we can hold is all that we have and thus need. Our heart, mind and soul easily become dependent on the things we give power to, and we must refrain; we must refrain from being people who do not recognize the Kingdom as our own. While we seek to keep the things we possess in this present moment, our earthly lot in life, we must always be those who lift it higher and higher until it is given unto Him. That is how we receive the Kingdom. Ultimately, this scripture presses forward and fully on what the bible is generally about; “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When this acknowledged and accepted love of God is all that we grasp, our reach is certain, because we become people who know a certainty.

All of our own strength and might to make things in our lives function, to be well, do not compare to the strength and might that covers and cares after us already. Nothing can affect the latter, everything can the former.

When things are amuck, who are you? Are you one who is able to see your Salvation and security in Him? Or are you distracted by the interference of your own want and will and loose lot? We live in a world where many things will go amuck. May we be people amidst the mess, who choose to profess the peace of the unshaken when tested by the shakeable. Be comforted in the certainty that in this world, you are ultimately made for another.  

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WHAT TWENTY-FIVE TOLD ME

  • You are definitely going towards than away.
  • Loss is a landmark.
  • Change is entirely different than transition.
  • Confidence needs to be protected and preserved.
  • Married couples do not have the type of friendships you do.
  • Four dollar lattes will never be an affordable luxury. But drink up.
  • The best of friends can still be the best, even with distance, relationship status alterations and new vocations. Only if you want it.
  • Travel is breaths of air. You need it.
  • Protein is essential in your diet.
  • Risk is risky.
  • Los Angeles is less scary, New York is less dreamy.
  • Vulnerability drives people away, but more importantly, it can drive others in, closer.
  • You don’t have to be close to your parents to love your parent(s).
  • Cooking is a free therapy.
  • Education will always be missed, learning becomes richer though more difficult.
  • Embarrassment is rare, lightheartedness will keep you well.
  • Everyone’s grass is greener
  • “You’re young,” said the married women, the salaried person and the home owner.
  • Loneliness is a necessary evil, solitude is just necessary.
  • Time flies, yes but it fills and furthers your story.
  • Money is both fuel and futile. Frick.
  • Excitement is sleeping for at least 6 and a half hours.
  • It’s incredibly too easy to take money out of your savings account.
  • Dreams are less dreamy, dreams are more doable.
  • A glass of any type of spirit or wine does a body good. Every night.
  • Stretching is crucial–also, drink more water.
  • You’ve been a good kid, so it’s ok to continue and be a good adult.
  • Drugs, don’t do them, still.
  • Handsome, witty and kind is not an impossible combination, still.
  • Kindness and humility will be hard, but not as hard as judgment and expectations towards and from others.
  • Dependence is anchored by few. Secrets are shared with fewer.
  • Religion is less authoritative, spirituality is swayable, but above all, Jesus is foundational.
  • There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. 

What Last Year Taught Me (a reflection of 2012, 8 days into 2013)

That silence is really and most definitely not failure. 

That remaining your passionate self is not foolish–even when you feel like it REALLY is. 

That though we are selfish people, there will always be a cloth of humility at arm’s length. 

That family is anyone who gives you a sense of comfort, ease or home. 

That you can make life-long friends at any age. 

That you can grow a part and it be OK and actually good. 

That refining is better than redefining.

That if you are honest, it can be mean and hurt people. So chill. 

That you should always say the compliment on your mind. 

That crying will always be a good thing. 

That keeping tabs is childish. 

That there are enough terrible things in life we can’t control, so stop being terrible, if you can help it. (which you CAN)

That sharing a meal, is pretty close to sharing your heart. So share meals often.

That being single is a good thing, when we accept it as God’s thing for us, presently. 

That because there were a plethora of weddings that occurred around me, I’m the privileged witness to a profundity that takes me deeper and closer towards what love is.

That instagram is my favorite app of all time. (I mean, Holy Bible first, duh). 

That I actually love more people than I miss. 

That being shy is no excuse to hold back those vocal chords. 

That traveling, still, is never a bad idea. 

That it is hard, but it is wonderful. 

That God is faithful. Even when we are not, because God is faithful.