Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"unless the Lord builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.
in vain you rise early, and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat -
for He grants sleep to those he loves."
Psalm 127:1-2

God is in control, baby. I could try my hardest to succeed, but in the end, it's the Lord that makes a plan succeed or fail. I love him.

"look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. are you not much more valuable than they?"
Matthew 6:26

God is in control. He will take care of your needs, and some of your wants... in America, our culture is all about money - unless a venture is lucrative, it's not worth investing your time in. It's "OK" to spend all your money on Starbucks and eating out and buying expensive clothes. It's "OK" to send 'good thoughts' in the way of those who need help - and then turn back to your own life. This world is temporary! Nothing really matters! This life is a dream that sooner or later we're going to wake up from.

Although I most certainly don't live by ALL of his words, Mahatma Gandhi said "Be the changes you want to see in the world" - I think we need to live in that way. Don't bash the goverment for not doing more to aid the Hurricaine survivors when you are hardly doing anything yourself. Everyone dislikes a hypocrite, especially those who are hypocrites themselves. I am a hypocrite way more than I ever should be. I need God's power to help me to change... but we need to stop accepting mediocrity and our American self-centered values. "Acceptance is the first step towards recovery" - we need to accept the disgusting values we have held in the past. This life is temporary. It won't last forever.