Appreciate the Little Things

I probably should have started with this post, considering it’s the title of my blog, but my brain didn’t think that way, so here it is now.

I think too many people in society today take for granted the little everyday luxuries that we use on a regular basis. Things like a hot shower, warm bed, a toothbrush, the ability to go to the fridge or cabinet and grab something to eat. Do you ever find yourself stopping to think, “wow, not everyone has access to these luxuries and I’ve just grown to expect them as a regular part of my life.” I do, more and more each day. My heart aches for those less fortunate. Those that have fallen victim to poverty and homelessness. It breaks my heart to flip through photos on sponsorship websites like World Vision and see all of the faces of the children and their families in need of so much. I want to sponsor them ALL, sadly I cannot. I would give up luxuries for myself to be able to make a difference in their lives. It saddens me that there are many people in the world who could care less and live to please themselves and themselves only.

If I were given $1,000,000 I’d donate most of it to an organization like World Vision and then use some of it to travel and visit the various families that the money went towards sponsoring and try to make even a small difference in their lives. Seeing people smile makes me happy, it makes me even happier when I know I’m the reason for their smile. If I die knowing that I’ve made a difference in the lives of others because of my works while I was here on Earth, I’ll die a very happy girl.

Moral of the story, stop and think about that hot shower you get every morning, the warm bed you crawl into at night, and yes, even the minty freshness of your mouth after you brush your teeth. Remember, not everyone has been granted with these “little things,” so always remember to appreciate them!

Christians and Tattoos

This has been an issue on my heart for awhile, I just never had a place to express my thoughts and feelings on this controversy. Being a Christian, and obviously having been inked, I’ve faced much turmoil over my decision to get tattooed. I’ve had Leviticus 19:28 (Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD) thrown in my face more times than I can count. What I don’t understand is, if I’M being scolded for “printing marks upon me,” then what about what the rest of the passage says when we put verse 28 back in context? The passage continues on and tells us that we also are not to “cut the hair of our temples, shave our beards, wear clothing with mixed linen, eat the meat of an animal drained of blood… etc.” If I’m being scolded for getting tattooed, why are people getting away with something simple like getting a haircut, or wearing a poly/cotton blend, eating meat? There are some things in that passage that still apply in today’s day and age, but not all of it. I’ve thought about this for awhile, so I have multiple ways of looking at it.

My second thought being, isn’t our body just a temporary shell to use as we spend the relatively short time here on earth? So, keeping that mindset, my tattoos won’t go with me to heaven, correct? And, even if they DID I don’t have the mark of the beast inked across my forehead. Mine are both faith based, tucked away from plain sight, and anymore that I may get will be as well. All of them have a sentimental meaning and aren’t just because I wanted to go out and get inked. Yeah, our body is supposed to be a temple for the Holy Spirit, isn’t that just in the heart? Marking up my “earthly shell” isn’t changing my heart. I’m still the same person on the inside and continue to live my life for Christ, my tattoos have nothing to do with that.

My last point… *phew* I know. The Bible tells us that nothing we do can make Christ stop loving us. His love is eternal, unending, as I mentioned in my last post. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t make an exception for those of us with tattoos. “You have tattoos, my eternal love doesn’t apply, to Hell with you!” I have a pretty strong feeling that that’s not how it works. I could be wrong and I know that I’m probably going to get some debate on this issue, but I’m fully prepared for any backlash I may get from this post. Those are my thoughts and opinions, you’re welcome to have yours as well.

Unending Love

Valentines Day, the Hallmark holiday that shows its face every February 14th in the form of flowers, cards, chocolates and other materialist attempts to show our love for those around us we care about. If I told you I wouldn’t want a dozen roses, or a box of chocolates from a special someone, I’d be lying, who wouldn’t? Except maybe a diabetic, or someone allergic to flowers. That’s beside the point. Did you know that the King James Version of the Bible says the word LOVE 442 times? The Message Bible says it a whole 586 times! WOW! That’s a lot of love. Do you know why? It’s because Jesus Christ is the greatest love of ALL. 1 Corinthians 13 explains to us how Christ loves us and how we should strive to love the people in our lives. It’s a perfect love. Without love, we are nothing. Jesus’ love never fails. He died and shed His blood on the cross for you, to save you from your sins. Do you love Him back with even a small percentage of that same passion? Take a minute to reflect on John 3:16 today, and everyday. Just remember, Christ’s love is eternal, there’s NOTHING you can do to make Him stop loving you. Take a second to thank Him, for His unending love, as you celebrate your love of the ones around you on Valentines Day. Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Here Goes Nothin’…

Okay, here’s the deal. I’m going to try my darnedest to keep up a blog on a somewhat regular basis. It’ll probably lean towards a faith based theme, but most likely won’t be strictly that. My brain wanders A LOT so there’s no tellin’ what I could post about. (Nothing will EVER vulgar or inappropriate, that’s not me). Subjects could very from church sermons, my own Biblical inspirations, quotes, photos and much more. I just decided I needed a place for my brain to completely throw up every once and awhile, it could be quite entertaining, and maybe even thought provoking. We shall see what happens!