– Ignorance Is Bliss –

Let me rant a little bit, in the most loving way…
Ignorance is NOT bliss, it is a disservice to the community that you’re involved with. There is such a thing as a stupid question and I believe the demand to understand should be placed on us if we claim to be followers of Christ. I don’t sugar coat many things other than baked goods so please, if I haven’t offended you yet, follow me until the end with this one.

We are often told to be faithful with what is in our hands and to use what we are given, the weight that carries is outstanding – but the mantle should weigh heavy with us, we live in a generation with information at our fingertips and access to a lot of work that someone else had to labor over. We are blessed and FLOODED with facts, information and ‘life hacks’, but what are we contributing to those that we do life with?

We see generations filling up universities to seek understanding on theologies, science, law, public service, and many other topics that they willingly spend days and nights to absorb. WE as the body of Christ should be adding to ourselves because WE AS THE BODY of Christ are called to give of ourselves. How can we give useful, powerful and relevant thoughts if we are hiding safely behind, “oh, I didn’t know”.

I’m not saying you need to know everything in the world but turning up to your community with something to give and something to help grow others is a great place to start.

“For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen,
being understood through His workmanship
[all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made],
so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him]
are without excuse and without defense.

For even though they knew God [as the Creator],
they did not honor Him as God or give thanks [for His wondrous creation].
On the contrary, they became worthless in their thinking
[godless, with pointless reasonings, and silly speculations],
and their foolish heart was darkened.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
and exchanged the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God
for an image [worthless idols] in the shape of mortal man
and birds and four-footed animals and reptiles…
because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of God for a lie,
and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,
who is blessed forever! Amen.”
Romans 1:20-23; 25 (AMP)

I reckon, if a secular and broken generation can turn up and form an educated opinion about refugees, the election, war, trafficking, child soldiers, and come prepared for conversations in lectures and small group settings – we should all the more hold tightly to being an informed, dynamic, powerball of information and be a little more true to living life without excuse of unknowing. I don’t think we should be allowed that luxury.

“Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not understand;
Keep on looking, but do not comprehend.’
“Make the heart of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull,
And their eyes dim,
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed.
Isaiah 6:9-10 (AMP)

I wish I could say this sweeter but hopefully you know my heart.

Make educated decisions and share that education – not to persuade others to decide with you but to allow them a little more information to chew on and to change the environment you live in. A passionate generation is a dangerous generation if the change they are seeking is based on feelings and “well this is how we’ve always done it.” Change things for the better but know what is worse and why it is worse.
Learn to converse without judgements and learn to listen with grace.

Pray that I do the same.

Spoiled Society : Liquid

Welcome to part II of the Spoiled Society Series! Few things REALLY get under my skin but entitlement always found it’s way to make my blood boil. Amongst other really unhealthy qualities to hold in your heart is a blinded spirit to how much we have and what our requirements are with those things. We are blessed to be a blessing… If you aren’t giving to something bigger than yourself then I challenge you to realize your part, realize that you only play a fraction of the bigger picture This is more a prayer to G-d from me, to protect my heart, and it still stands. I need You G-d.

I will likely spend more money on QuickTrip this year than some people make as an income in a year – and don’t get me adding up how much Starbucks I buy. I am apart of the spoiled society that has the privilege of choosing. I have a hard time choosing what to drink from the abundance of options. However, lately my heart is broken at the thought that while I’m wasting time trying to figure out if I want a hot or cold Starbucks drink today, others are using their last moments sucking down unclean water that they had to search for that will in the end kill them. I’m a regular at Starbucks; they know my name, my drink order, my boyfriend, and that I’m taking summer classes. Before I had a chance to order my drink they offered me a free Mocha because someone was training. I said no, because it was a hot drink.

I keep thinking about people who have never heard of clean water.

G-d has been using this concept to break my heart. My G-d – His Word is the living water and as bad as people need clean water to drink – it’s nothing close to the severity of how desperately they need our Savior.

Jesus – to the Samaritan women said, “whoever drinks this water” (referring to the water at the well) “will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4.1-26

My G-d has the words that give eternal life.

Later in John, Jesus is telling the Jews, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

My savior is a satisfying G-d. But how will the others know that He is enough for them? When will we reach out past our Starbucks cups to start to give? To pour into others and search for those with the greatest need and meet it?

However, we trace our lives back to the fact that we are a spoiled society, it’s easier to send money to some organization while we pray we’re not getting ripped off. Conviction is a hard thing to swallow… Passion Tea Lemonade doesn’t make it go down smoother. But what if we change? G-d, continue to break my heart because there IS HOPE. SHOW me what I can do  and give me the heart to do it. Help America, our spoiled society to see the need and realize there is more in this life than just ourselves. There is offered an eternal peace that I couldn’t possibly live being too selfish to keep.

G-d I don’t know how – but if You need me, I’ll go. My comforts aren’t enough to keep me.

“Therefore they are before the throne of G-d, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them in his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the LAMB in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to the springs of living water, and G-d will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Revelation 7.15-17