So, I’ve been reading through 2nd Corinthians recently and its been off the hook. I’ve read some of it before but after having taken the time to really read the chapters (and read the commentary in my study bible) I’ve come to appreciate this book even more. Paul brings up some great truths and things in chapters 4 and 5. I mean I could write a massive post about 5:21 alone but what really stuck out to me today was chapter 4:16-18. It says
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outerself is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal"
We’re all going to go through times of hardship. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we get to live an easy life. It means that when we go through hard times, our faith in Christ grows because we are relying on Him more than we are ourselves. He gives us the strength to endure anything in this life because He can use us to reach out to others who might be going through the same thing. As we worship Him during the tough times we realize just how great it will be when we get to worship Him in Heaven.
"And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you." (Luke 12:22-31 ESV)
Jana and I decided to make dinner together instead of going out and fighting the crowds for a table. It ended up being a lot cheaper than going to a restaurant AND it was more fun putting it all together. We ended up making chicken penne pasta in a vodka sauce and made chocolate mousse for dessert.
Then, we ended the night by eating the mousse and watching 500 Days of Summer. I had never seen it before and it was such a good movie!
I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better night and Jana never ceases to amaze me.
This is an awesome article on Jeremy Lin. I knew there was another reason why I liked him.
"In less than a week, Jeremy Lin has become the biggest story in the NBA with his stellar play for the Knicks. Many thought he couldn’t succeed at the professional level, and yet he’s proven everyone wrong with his strong grasp of the pick-and-roll and general devil-may-care attitude in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. It’s a good fit, and while it might not last forever, it’s at least a lot of fun for now.
It’s a situation with some parallels to that of America’s celibate sweetheart Tim Tebow, Broncos quarterback and media subject of interest. So, not surprisingly, Lin is getting questions about Tebow in interviews. Here’s what he had to say to 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, just a short drive from his hometown of Palo Alto (via Sports Radio Interviews and PBT):
On Tim Tebow being an inspiration for him:
"Actually a lot of inspiration just because he’s such a polarizing figure but I think the things he says in interviews, his approach to the game is just unbelievable and I respect him so much. I want to be able to do some of the things that he does in terms of the amount of charity work and the non-profit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him."
It’s important to note that Lin’s approach to this comparison is far different from the general “surprising sports story” connection. As a devout Christian, Lin, like Tebow, reads all the events of his life as guided and decided by God, to the point where his New Year’s resolution was just to love God more on Dec. 31 than he did on Jan. 1. Lin’s description of Tebow as a pillar of the community is notable — what he does with the platform is as important as what he does on the field. Tebow serves as inspiration for Lin because he’s communicating the glory of Christ on a national stage.
On their respective playing fields, the Lin-Tebow comparison is facile: one wasn’t drafted and received no scholarship offers as a recruit, while the other was a first-round pick, won the Heisman, and was a consensus top prospect in high school. And yet there is a clear connection between the two, because they both see their role in the public in similar ways. Neither is just an athlete. Their responsibilities go much deeper than winning games.”
Ahhhh! Everyone panic! The white death is coming to Cincinnati! Be on the lookout for the following:
People driving 5 mph everywhere
People thinking they’re invincible and driving 40 in a 25 like usual
People braking constantly and wondering why their car is still sliding
People with their big rims and summer tires that have no tread left
It’s not the snow that will get ya. It’s the Cincinnati drivers that you have to look out for.