Finishing the Race

Today was my last day of having to do homework in high school.  I’m going to say that I did feel just a little bit emotional (only a bit).  I started to think if I “ran the race” with full force and never giving up at all.  I stumbled many times over my high school carreer but I have to say that I think that is going to help prepare me for what is to come in college.  I learned many lessons like don’t wait until the night before to do your homework.  That is going to be the biggest thing I will take with me next year.  I am going to commit myself to running the next race with even greater force and determination.  And I think that is something we all need to do.  We need to never give up no matter what challenges may lie ahead.

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The Forgotten Command

“Honor your father and mother”  We probably hear this all the time.  If you don’t know it is one of the ten commandments that God gave Moses to give to the people of Israel.  I don’t know about you but my parents throw this in my face all the time.  Everytime I say something out of line or don’t listen to them I get this verse pounded at me.  As much as I hate hearing it all the time it is something I seriously need to listen to.  God commands us to honor our parents and one of the rewards God says he will give us is a long life.  As I get older this command gets harder and harder to follow.  I sometimes think that I own the world and am the boss of myself, but my parents have been around the block so they know what is better for me than I would.  This is one of my biggest struggles and I always am praying that God will help me in this much needed area of my life. 

Moving Up

As the last days of school begin to come over many of us many thoughts have come into my head.  All of the authors on this blog go to a Christian school so I came to think how many of the seniors are not going to go to a Christian college.  Many are going to secular colleges and that got me to thinking.  Without having a Bible class or chapel once a week how many seniors are going to find themselves drifting away from the things of God?  The reality is I think that many are going to.  This is really frightening and I hope I’m wrong, but without the push from our parents and our school it will be very hard to not endulge in the pleasures of the world.  I think that it is important to get someone to hold you accountable NOW.  Find someone that you will still keep in contact with to help pray, and encourage you as you go about your days in college.  Most of all, stay involved in a church and pray to God to give you the strength to always seek Him and honor Him in all you do. 

I Want to Be A Pirate!! ARGGHH!!!

This past weekend was the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean 3.  If you don’t already know I work at a movie theater and it was insane!!  Some people lined up 6 or more hours before their shows started just to make sure that they get that center spot in the theater.  Fanatics dressed in full pirate garb complete with eye patches and peg legs.  I am not personally hardcore about Pirates but I do find it enjoyable.  One of the nights I was selling food inside the theater (yes my theater actually sells the food inside the actual auditorium) and I had a few minutes to relax.  My mind started to drift and I started to think about a lot of different things.  In our Christian society why don’t we approach God with the same earnestness as these “pirates” do to see a movie?  The passion some of these people show is overwhelming yet we don’t see much of that in our churches or even our Christian schools.  I’m not speaking as a general rule of thumb but typically many teens (including myself) haphazardly approach church with a “just here to get my brownie points” type of attitude. How can we do this?  God has so many rich things to reveal to us if we only reach out to him.  We need to approach God with the same passion and long to read the Bible, and pray, and go to church.  There is so much to be found out if we only rely on God. 

Daydreamin’

     I have thought about her ever since I was a little kid.  Will she be kind, loving, and HOT!  (Just kidding, but really if she’s not hot she can just pack her bags and leaveJ)  Okay, I’ve had my fun, now let’s get serious.  I’m talking about my future wife if you didn’t catch on.  Here I go, I’m about to sound VERY girly…are you ready?…I don’t think you are….Haven’t you daydreamed about your future spouse?  Stayed up all night long thinking about your future with them and wondering if you will have a beautiful marriage with a perfect life?  I have.  Actually this is what I was thinking about today.  

     Working at a movie theater I get to see a lot of bad dates.  Imagine this: Couple walks up to the Box Office and the guy asks for two tickets for whatever.  I tell them the total amount it is and both of them just stand there.  The guy and the girl look at each other as if saying with there eyes, “Aren’t you going to pay?!”  And like clockwork, the guy haphazardly reaches for his wallet and looks for that 20 bucks he supposedly had.  The girl is already frustrated at this point and gets her wallet out and pays me.  The guy then thanks the girl and gives her a kiss on the cheek as the girl rolls her eyes and they quickly walk away.  Let’s just say this happens quite frequently.  What I’m getting at is that there is a lot of good dates I see as well.  The man acting like the perfect gentleman and the girl being grateful and giving as well. 

     All of that to say I want to be the second couple.  I want to be able to go out in public and be able to show my love to her in every way that I can.  I know the only way that we will have that great relationship is if we keep God in the center of our relationship.  That’s what I’m afraid of.  Finding a girl that is completely passionate for Christ.  I want a girl that is able to support me in my relationship with God and vice versa.  Looking out into this demoralizing world just scares me.  Are there any more of these women out there?  I hope so.  I can’t compromise this part of the relationship no matter how “picky” it may seem.  

Please God, I know my life is in your hands and I pray you may bless me with an upright woman that is right in your eyes.  Help me too to become the upright man that you have called me to be.  Amen

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30)

 

This Is For Senor Mondragon’s Spanish Class (Others Welcome)

 www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,263003,00.html?sPage=fnc.national/crime

April Fools came and went this year and it seemed to be a pretty usual day.  So I stumbled across this article on Fox News about an early April Fools prank students did to their classmates/teacher.  The title of the article was “Five 8th Graders Charged With Laxative-Laced Doughnut Prank.” That pretty much sums it up.  20 people injested these doughnuts and got treated by the ambulence that arrived at the school.  The students were charged with “second-degree tampering with a consumer product.”

You may laugh, but how often do we think and do these types of “pranks” to other people? Is it really necessary?  Is it really worth that little tiny bit of pleasure of satisfaction for ourselves at someone else’s expense.  I mean, I love a good prank as good as anybody else (how ’bout a nice laxative laced cookie?) but when do the pranks cross the line.  You know we all start off pranking on a small scale, but then they get bigger and better as time progresses.  Sometimes it’s good to stop and examine what we are going to do and see if if people are going to be laughing with us or at us for our stupidity.  (Just some food for thought)

…Erasing History…

 www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,263146,00.html

So it seems that there are many history teachers that are taking it upon themselves to not teach their students any controversial history lessons like the Holocaust and the Crusades.  This is because they “do not want to cause offence to children for certain races or religions.”  Yeah, that is right! You read it correctly.  Teachers are censoring (for lack of a better word) some of the most significant events in man’s history.  Part of being a teacher is telling the truth about what is actually happened/happening in this world.  If we are not aware of our past doesn’t that mean that we are going to be doomed to repeat it? 

I’m going to talk about the Holocaust as an example.  Many people died as a result of the Nazi regime and it had to be one of the lowest points in our history.  The biggest race affected was the Jewish community.  I’m not Jewish, but if I was and I grew up not knowing one of the most horrifying events in my people’s history then doesn’t that mean their deaths were all in vain.  I would want to remember them and the courage that they had when it came to dying some of the most violent deaths. 

This type of censorship is the same types that dictators use to their people.  I honestly believe this is happening because of personal issues with the teacher and  that they don’t want to offend anybody.  You see, if teachers teach these controversial subjects than there are going to be a lot of students that have tough questions about them.  For instance, back to the Holocaust.  A student may ask why Hitler thought that the Jewish were not worthy to be living.  This can put the teacher in a very uncomfortable situation.  I am not excusing this but rather showing that teachers need to come to class better prepared.  They need to prepare the answers to these tough questions and do their homework.  This provides a better forum for debate among students.  By teachers knowing what they are talking about, the chances of someone taking offence is lessoned and history doen’t die because of someones incompetence.  That’s my two cents 🙂