Monthly Archives: October 2012

Peace

I experienced peace today. Perhaps not for the first time but definitely for the first time in a more meaningful way. It came as a subtle wave of comfort directly after a submission to the flow of the Holy Spirit by my heart. Rushing is contrary to the will of God because included in the will of God is timing. If I rush I have either missed the timing of God and am attempting to catch up or rush to a perceived benchmark of performance or I am not confident in the progression of events and so am trying to supersede my reality over Gods greater reality. Either way the act of rushing pushes me away from my spirits natural union with peace and promotes a hurried stressed atmosphere. I cannot receive the fullness of Gods grace in such an atmosphere. If I exercise trust and submit to the timing of God I will live in peace. That act of submission transmits my spirit to a third reality where events happen for a reason and being proactive is seen as seeking out the will of God before action. From that place I can find peace in every circumstance because my heart has surpassed logical understanding and I have broken the chains of constant mental work. I refuse to be rushed and will move with the Holy Spirit.

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Is College all its Cracked up to be?

A Thought on College as it Appears in Modern Society

College is often sold to the student as being the best time of your life.  It is common practice for those who have graduated college to look back longingly as if college was the pinnacle of their enjoyment, believing that it is the perfect balance of responsibility and freedom.  Expectations are built in the young men and women in high school for the wonders of the college experience, but is it what they really want? I have become aware of the phenomenon that makes college so appealing, the thing that makes it a memory of covetous longing for many.  It is a time when responsibility is only increased marginally and freedom is given full reign.  Its almost as if the educational system has worked to take the college experience and craft it as something that doesn’t actually fit into life.  In life if you move out of your parent’s house, you are responsible for cooking and paying rent, and you must start working. Academia gives all of those responsibilities too you for free in the name of learning, and what do students do with all the sacrifices others are making for them? They do just as any wise human being would do and take complete advantage of them and give way to ceaseless fun mixed with just enough studying to get them to wherever they want to go.  They develop a stigmatism for responsibility because that is the nasty thing that kills the lifestyle of their college experience.  Little do they know that responsibility is actually what they crave.  They want freedom, but college teaches them that they can get freedom without the work involved, and that there are ways to be dependent on others while still experiencing complete freedom.  With this mindset ingrained in students its no wonder that they are unsatisfied with living after college, it’s a culture shock.  The institution that claims to be preparing them for a life outside of its walls is actually preparing them for a life of wanting to live a college lifestyle, filled with irresponsibility, lack of commitments, and a false sense of freedom. 

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A Thought on Drive

I recently have been pondering the meaning of living as well as searching for the substance of the soul in my life.  What fills me up? As a college student I am constantly asked to question my future.  What does it hold? Where will I be? What will I be doing? As these ponderings rush through my head I am swept up into a whirlwind of possibilities, a wonderful weightless disappearance into the world of tomorrow and as my feet touch down I am given to following them out.  But what merit do they hold?  What could I possibly gain from following a single one of my future aspirations? Fame… Glory… Riches… A sense of pride and self worth?  These are ideas constantly fed to me by the elders around me.

I have bought into an idea for as long as I can remember, that I would be happy as long as I am pursuing something. That I am achieving the greatest platform of my existence while on the path of driven motivated action.  It happens so subtly.  As if a foggy dream world slowly slipped in over me when I was sleeping and instead of reality filling me up I am lost pursuing foggy shadows of a world with meaning unto itself.  I discovered a lack of meaning associated with a lack of pursuit.  In other words if I wasn’t doing I wasn’t valuable, and this theory is taught to us by every facet of human existence.

If we are not achieving than we are committing ourselves to laziness and will become that man on the side of the street that does absolutely nothing with his life.  I find this model very disturbing for several reasons.  First of all it bases our structure of fulfillment on ever-changing variables in the sense that what we are taught to value is always changing.  Whether that be our own changing desires and dreams, or the ever changing industry or vehicle of our achievement. The basis for our fulfillment is on an ever- shifting platform of uneasy footing.  Secondly I do not believe that my greatest fulfillment comes in a moment of my own doing; that the highest form of success is tied up in in the standards put forth by those around me.

I have realized that it is easy to become engrained in the tide of humanity rushing for this concept.  It is very fulfilling to accomplish something and I am not proposing that an accomplishment in and of itself is bad; however, when accomplishing becomes our fulfillment we have crossed a line.  Crossing that line puts us in a slowly deteriorating system of thought that drains us of our willpower, sucks us into repetitive action, and drags us down into confusion disorientation and a feeling of emptiness.  At the end of the day I want to be able to sit there, do nothing, and feel content complete and fulfilled.  I can often feel this way when I have had a very productive day, and the desire to work is God given, but fulfillment comes from a source outside of ourselves, not from achievement.  My priorities need to be in alignment in order for me to live life to the fullest and to achieve a consistent productive sense of living.  Not productive in terms of the worlds elaborate structure of doing, but productive in the areas of, Jesus, Family, and Relationship.  If I base my fulfillment on a rock unmoving than I will be more likely to succeed in my other pursuits and I will have lived a life worth living.  I refuse to be locked in a constantly shifting sense of fulfillment.  I will focus on what really matters, so that I will never become confined to the ideal of success taught to me by my surroundings, and I will transcend doing and achieve true fulfillment in the ideal of relationship.

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Muffin-Tin Pancakes

I recently had a hankering for some good pancakes and as I was searching around I found this recipe for Muffin Tin Pancakes, which is the greatest thing ever because it provides a pocket for toppings thus eliminating wasted spillage.  The recipe is as follows:

Recipe:
The first step is to grease the muffin tins you plan to use so that the pancake mix will not stick.

Next fill each cup in the muffin tin 1/2 full of pancake mix and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.  The pancakes will form a crater in the middle when cooked.

The last step is to enjoy!!!  Fill the center with maple syrup, bananas, berries or any other sort of delicious ingredients your heart desires.

Homemade Pancake Mix
If you are ready to really express your inner chief then here is a recipe for homemade pancake mix, which despite popular belief is actually better than store bought mix.

Ingredients…

1 c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 tbsp. sugar
1 c. milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt

Recipe:

Combine dry ingredients and then add milk, egg and oil. Mix until smooth.
Good-luck with your breakfast adventure!!!

 

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