Showing posts from November, 2013

Ask what you can do, people

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

As far as I can tell, this sentiment is long dead among the American public. And that's a problem. At least it is if you're an American and you want to keep living in a great country. 
Here are some great ideas of things you can do for your country. Quit buying stuff you don't have money for. Seriously, just stop. If the national debt bothers you, and you wish the country would be more fiscally responsible, check your credit card statements and see how your personal spending looks for a change. Get a job. With all due respect to those laid off or who are sincerely looking for work, of course, because life happens and sometimes you're unemployed for a time. But there are so many able-bodied people sitting on their rumps in this country. Overqualified for a job you can get? Take it anyway in the meantime.Give! Give, give, give. Sure, the government sp…

Just one person

I am just one person who tries to do better today than I did yesterday.
I am just one person who dreams of leaving the world better than I found it.
I am just one person who strives to remember and love God.
I am just one person who fails often at this.
I am just one person who tries again.
But I am grateful that I am not the only person. There are many who quietly struggle to accomplish good, who silently despair at their failures even as they pick themselves up and keep walking. And that's not truly despair, is it? No, that's diligence. That's optimism. That's the best of the human spirit.
So to all of you who carry on this way, thank you for your example. For your strength. For helping me to know that I'm not alone. I walk with a great, silent army of noble humans. And it's a pleasure to be in your company. by Tyler Smith

A hard look at love

Much has been said about love. From spiritual texts to conversations with roommates to messages from Miley Cyrus, everyone seems to have an opinion built on personal experience. Honestly, it gets confusing. Is love a complete sacrifice of self as argued in Seth Smith's recently popular article, or is it something we're just a sucker for like the Biebs?
While enduring yet another conversation along these lines during Sunday School this weekend, I became pretty frustrated. A thought popped into my head, and I jotted it down.
To love = to choose To love = to make a priority
Well, that might sound unromantic. That's fine with me. This definition works for people, things, hobbies...anything. What I love, I choose to do, by definition. What I love more, I prioritize above what I love less. 
Thinking about love this way scared me when I applied it to myself. Some of the activities and people that I love by this definition are not, shall I say, ideal. by Tyler Smith

The Hank Saga