Social Media Is Good

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Before I get started, I should be clear: I am just as prone to social media addiction as is the next person. And yeah, let’s call a spade a spade. It’s an addiction. I wanted to use a softer word – attachment? inclination? temporary periods of chronic usage?  – to distance myself from that association, but that would not be fully honest. It’s an addiction. And I’m prone to it. I know this because I go to it mindlessly, whether I’m busy or bored; I choose it over the work I should be doing; I feel the need to keep checking, to stay in the know. Over the years, I’ve deleted my Facebook account more times than I’d like to admit, and sometimes it feels like I delete my apps on a weekly basis. I feel the forceful effects of its pull and the burdensome weight of my response. Continue reading

Speeding Tickets and Other Great Offenses

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I got a speeding ticket recently. It was late at night, and though I had just exited off a highway, I was still on a long, open, empty strip of road. The momentum from the highway coupled with the apparent solitude of the road were contributing factors in the weight of my foot upon the gas pedal. I was tired and just really wanted to be home. I didn’t notice any speed limit signs; I wasn’t aware of my own speed.

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Weed Is Not the Only Weed

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“What’s so bad about weed?”

The first time I had this conversation was with a new believer. He followed up his question with the observation that the Bible never expressly mentions nor prohibits marijuana. I was a new believer myself, and as such, I didn’t have a thorough understanding of the matter. I (shamefully) remember all I had to answer was an insufficient and unsatisfying recitation of all I had ever heard: “It’s a drug. Drugs are bad.”

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Struggling with Happiness

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How and why do some Christians always give off the appearance of happiness? How is it possible for a Christian to be so happy? Is that even right?

These are questions with which I’ve been contending recently. Sometimes, it feels like believing in Christ is the cause of more sadness than happiness within me. I know that Jesus brings joy and that God wants us to be truly happy in knowing him. I know this because I feel the joy of my salvation – a personal joy. But I don’t live in a box covered in mirrors; I’m a human interacting with other humans, surrounded and influenced by a world filled with evil.

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Future Hope

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We don’t think about the future. I mean, we do. We think about our plans for the future. But we don’t put our fullest trust in the future. It’s hard to feel a deep-seated and solid joy in something that seems so uncertain. It’s hard enough to trust the hope we place in present-day realities – a hope that so frequently seems to disappoint us. How can we place our hope in something that is essentially a mere idea? Continue reading

I Am A Flower

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6 All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty* is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40)

Every time I’ve heard this passage quoted, the emphasis has always been on the last sentence. The word of our God will stand forever. That’s an appropriate emphasis. The only thing that is lasting and of any value is the word of God; namely, Jesus. But I’ve recently been struck by the repetition in these verses. The grass withers, the flower fades. The grass withers, the flower fades.  Continue reading