Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
13"For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.
14They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, 'Peace, peace,'when there is no peace.
15Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,"
says the LORD.
16Thus says the LORD:"Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'
17I set watchmen over you, saying,'Pay attention tothe sound of the trumpet!'But they said,'We will not pay attention.'
18Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O congregation, what will happen to them.
19Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people, the fruit of their devices, because they have not paid attention to my words; and as for my law, they have rejected it.
So this passage is Jeremiah speaking to the people of Israel that are in exile in Babylon. They've rejected the Word. They rejected the Law. They rejected God. God is saying, "Look to the ancient paths. Look, people have gone before you. That is the road. You have read and seen the great guidance of God. Why do you not take the road? Open your eyes." But, they did not look, nor did they walk on the road that God has shown. We do this all that time, but if we just took a step of faith. If we just listened to God when He tells us the truth, we would have peace.
Peace is not the absence of stress. No it isn't. Peace is in Christ. Peace is when Christ is overflowing from you, so that NOTHING else matters. All the stress, the sins, the problems that you are dealing with becomes so minor compared to Christ. Christ is always on your mind and because of that everything else has less worry. We worry about being Christ-like, we worry about being holy, and being obedient to the calling. Peace comes to us when we just give it to God and we are so indulged in the life of God. Peace comes to us because Christ covers all.
Christ is called the Prince of Peace.
Now how has this began to shape me for the past 2 days? I've been thinking about all the people that I love, the people that I hate, and the people that I don't even know. As I said with my family problem and all, I'm starting to let go. I'm letting God have His way. I do have an influence on it, but if it is putting a hold on my life to glorify God then it must not be right. I love my family and all, but I think my family in Heaven must come before all things and it has begun to give me peace. Not that I don't care, but I'm letting go. Also, I'm starting to think about the friendships and relationships with people I have and had. The friends that I have are so dear to me and I don't wanna lose them. I don't wanna fight with them. I was talking with Jessica yesterday on oovoo and we were just talking about relationships, marriage, and FRIENDSHIPS. Half of my conversations were about Ben, but it made me realize the "niggas" that I have in my life. How much they mean to me. Because when I'm 80 years old, Ben, Mark, Jungmin, Will, and Jason will be smoking a nice fat pipe with me on rocking chairs on one of our front porch. It's gonna be amazing. And our wives are gonna be hanging out together and we're gonna grow old together. Just the thought of that gives me peace because right now I feel like I'm growing too fast and I wanna be a kid again. The friendships and relationships that I've lost or are on pause need to be mended and I've begun to sew. A few minutes ago, I confronted a friend about how we're not friends anymore and it's awkward and all that and now we're straight again haha. So praise God because I've missed that person. There's still a few more I must get to as well, but I will get to them. Trust me.
Life is peaceful because Christ is within me. It's how i feel. That's truth.
So all in all, retreat was great and I've learned a lot and took away a lot. Thanks Pastor Ken and Phil for teaching me and revitalizing me. Now pray that I won't fall away and that I'd be like this from here on out.
The boy with the smelly feet and the dirty stache,
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Clothes and the such are such a drug. Just like alcohol can consume, just like weed can be addicting, or even gambling and betting can be a problem. Shopping an spending money on material things are a drug in itself. We all know but to what degree. Don't we all have enough clothes, enough shoes, enough bags? I know I do and I don't even shop or buy as much as some other people I know. On top of that, I'm a super cheap dude so I probably spend a lot less money than others, but I still have way enough. And you do too.
A problem of mines last year while I was attending PBU was always trying to look good and making sure I had attractive clothes on. People would walk by me and say, "Hey Cheech. You're looking spiffy today!" or "Looking good Cheech." It goes on and on, but towards the end of the spring semester my closest friends and I had an intervention. It was called "Hot Seat." We told each oher everything that bothered us about the person in the hot seat. The problems, the sins, and the things that that person most likely did not want to hear but needed to hear. When I was in the hot seat, I got hit hard too as the rest did. One of the issues about me was how I try to look good too much with clothes and accessories. Very true, but it hurt a lot because I didn't think about it back then.
It still hasn't fully gone or even gone a bit at all. I'm still trying to look good. I'm still tring to impress eveyone that I encounter. Maybe it's a NYC thing but it's something that I still struggle with.
What if we all just went back to the days where we could just walk around naked. No shame. No clothes. Just leaves. Haha. That would be crazy.
Well I'm about to go on break now so imma go eat some Subway because they got any regular footlong for $5 baby. Now I can get something else besides oven roasted chicken breast. Lol. And after class I might go to soho and buy something or I might not. There's a lot that might go through my mind within an hour and a half so who knows. We'll see what happens people.
Hope you enjoyed me being vulnerable haha. Food for thought my hungry brothers and sisters.
Friday, February 12, 2010
So currently I am at work doing absolutely nothing. Literally. I've been on my phone for the past hour just facebooking, emailing Benjamin, and texting with Hannah. So I work from 11:30am - 6:30pm today and i'm wondering how im gonna make it if there are no customers. But I'm really bored and I just felt like typing some more to kill more time so here I am typing on m iPhone. It's my first time writing a blog post on my phone but I always wanted to do it since I have the blogger application that allows me to do so.
I just finished writing an email to Ben in Espana. There's supposed to be a squigly thang above the "n" but too lazy to do all that on this phone. As I was writing to him I realized how much this fool means to me. No homo but seriously. We've been through everything together and without him here in the states and mark in Pennsylvania, it's hard to get around. One, I don't have a girlfriend or even a real close buddy here in Brooklyn that I can confide in. Now for those that know me personally might ask, "what about Jungmin?" But Jungmin is a different kind of dose friend. Jungmin is like my nigga that would die for me. A genuine friend but not a friend to confide in and feed off of. It's nothing personal, but it's not his personality to me. But yea back to my point of missing my bros. It's wack haha. I miss this nigga Will too dang. Cracking jokes all the time and just making me laugh and giving motivational speeches randomly on our way home from Queens haha. Good times with some good people.
I guess the reasons why my post is titled, "yo no se" is because I don't know what this post was about. For those of you that don't know Spanish it translates to "I don't know". The next reason is because Ben is in Spain right now and this post is coming as a result of emailing Ben in Spain. The last reason is because I'm working with my Ecuadorian dude which is in the back doing his thang. We have simple conversations in Spanish which is pretty cool.
People listen to my favorite song right now.
Dynamic Duo - 왜 벌써가 (Be my brownie).
It's such a nice and soothing song especially the chorus.
Out and about,