Sunday, March 29, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
verb (used with object) a. to expose to the chance of injury or loss; hazard: to risk one's life.
b. to venture upon; take or run the chance of: to risk a fall in climbing; to risk a war.
Oft times, to get what we want, we have to take risks. Oft times these risks offer no guarantee that we will get what we want, or succeed, or even land on our feet. But, even in not putting ourselves out there, we risk missing an opportunity to enhance our lives.
You miss every shot you don't take.
I like to turn to the old sage, Garth Brooks. He has lots to say on this subject (ie: refer to such songs The Dance, Unanswered Prayers, etc). He talks about those who "stand outside the fire" and face the world alone, unwilling to take a chance, unwilling to risk the fall. Further he says, "Life is not tried it is merely survived, if you're standing outside the fire."
My advice? Weigh the consequences, is what you want worth the risk? If there's even the possibility that it is, take that risk. I promise, the rewards can outweigh the butterflies that flap their nervous wings in the pit of your stomach.
One final note, as Garth says, "How ya ever gonna know?"
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
My other love-hate relationship is with my "Writings of Isaiah" class. The only thing I really hate about the class is that it is at 9am. It is brutally hard to wake myself up some mornings. You scoff at the lateness that is 9am, but when you go to bed at after 12 or 1am everynight, it's a little different.
Anyway, I am learning a lot of stuff from this class, and am grateful for the opportunity to go and just learn about my religion! It's hard to imagine a time in life where I will have to rely on Sunday School to teach me everything I want to know, instead of you know, Ph.D in religion types.
So today we were talking about Isaiah 39 when Hezekiah is showing the high and mighties of Babylon all the wealth of his Kingdom and the Lord tells Isaiah to go and tell Hezekiah that one day all of the wealth will be gone. Our teacher, Professor Ball had us personally apply this. We came up with the idea of counciling with the Lord in all our doings. He then suggested such as in deciding on whom to marry because we wouldn't want to get married one day and the next have our spouse say, "Psych, I'm a Babylonian!" It was really funny.
I, being the contrary bear that I am, rose my hand and said, "So this is a cause and effect scripture? Because Hezekiah showed his wealth, then the wealth would be taken away?" Brother Ball then conceded that we aren't sure, but it helps us to personally apply and teach these specific writings of Isaiah. Anyway, just thought that was funny.
Psych, I'm a Babylonian!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Not too much to report. Just another day. I woke up and studied for a midterm, wrote to a missionary friend, took my midterm (didn't do so hot), came back to the apartment, went to the gym, ran 4 miles (non stop, I think for the first time), came home and showered, treated myself to a cheeseburger..... I was supposed to get together with my friend Emily to watch some historical drama, but her dad has been in the hospital after suffering a bad heart attack, and he's back in the ICU, so she was there tonight instead. So, cleaned for cleaning checks in the morning. Like I said, not much to report. I've been working on getting classes straightened out for the summer, getting applications done, yadda yadda.
Taylor Swift is going to be in Nampa, Idaho on May 17th. A Sunday. I want to go so badly, is that so wrong???
Here's a picture from last Sunday. The College Republican board had a potluck at our chairman, Skylar's house. It was good times, with people who've become good friends. We can be pretty nerdy though, at one point we were trying to tie Harry Potter to politics, like I said, n-e-r-d-y. We are possibly going to Mexico come April for a service trip, I will keep you updated, as always..... Have a swell weekend!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.
41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.