Sunday, February 20, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Obnoxious-Oversized-Stuffed Animals

So, I have to admit, I am not a fan of Valentine's Day. Exactly what is the significance of red balloons and candy in the shape of a heart? But here is the part that really bothers me: The word "love" gets thrown around too much.

Sadly, I feel like the world today uses the word love too much, and it has lost its meaning. People forget how strong of a word "love" is.

Webster dictionary defines love as an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for another.

That means you are putting someone's well-being above your own. Giving up your time, energy, and recources because of your care for someone else. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." That is what love means. God loved us enough to give up His only son, just so we would be able to spend eternity with Him. It is a sacrificial love, giving up what He had, in order to give us fulfillment.

Matthew 22:37 says, "Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your sould, and with all your strength.'" The "love" talked about in this verse is the same love that is mentioned in John 3:16. A self-sacrificing love. You see, God had that love for us, and continues to pour out his love all over our lives. But in the same way, we need to turn around and give that same love to Him. We show God our love to God by the giving up of our time, focusing on Him, spreading His message, and then continuing His love. It's a never-ending cycle of love. And oh, how He loves us!

Love God. Love people.

Happy Valentine's Day. Kind of.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


I pretty much have the best friends in the entire world. Be jealous.

With my high school career coming to an end (and the insistence that a blog must be written about her) I have been thinking a lot about my best friend.

I met Bekka when I was in 6th grade, and after much persistence, I was finally able to persuade her to be my friend. We have grown up a lot since middle school, and our friendship has grown a lot too. Bekka is the coolest and funniest friend I have ever had. She makes me laugh all the time, and is such an encouragement in my life. I am definitely going to miss her as we both leave for college. (But she is going to be an awesome journalist one day!) We will have to plan lots of skype dates to keep in touch, because I am not going to lose my best friend.
I love you Bekka!

Superbowl SNAC tonight and looking forward to a good week!