Tuesday, November 20, 2007

democracy

"Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time." --E. B. White

hehe. yes, that's one of its main flaws. truth never changes, but people's opinions sure do!

yesterday, today, tomorrow

"Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear." --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

i thought this was a nice quote. however, coupled with this verse, the point is much stronger:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. --Matt 6:33

We cannot "improve the present" by ourselves. we ought to seek to please God in everything we do. in the past are things that we cannot change. now, we have the opportunity, and the mandate in fact, to alter the present in order to glorify God. if all our actions are focused on Him, we don't have to worry about the future either.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

active

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” --hebrews 4:12

i find this to be one of the most vivid yet abstract verses in the Bible. the Word of God isn't just a book; this verse means much more: it includes everything God says. the verses is talking about how God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. God does direct all our paths and discerns right from wrong. there isn't a thought i can hide from him, because he knows it before i think it.

God's Word and God's words are so powerful in apologetics. the Bible really can speak to someone's heart. when i did apol on saturday, i realized my jumbled words and disjointed ideas weren't tumbling from from my mouth like they do in impromptu. instead, God was speaking through me and giving me the words to say and use to explain my point. what i thought were my points and my outlines actually are God directing me to say what best explains my knowledge of God's nature. i thought it would be just me there trying to show the judges what i meant, but he walked me through the whole thing. i am so thankful that i have such a trustworthy Master who guides me all the way!

i am learning that i cannot speak my words or do apol for self-gain(2 cor 4:5) and that i must trust God, for nobody else is a powerful and able as he is. (prov 3:5-6)

Monday, November 12, 2007

lifesavers

"lifesaver wrappers are like eraser dust: they just disappear; or at least that's what people think." --me

yes, i said that. at the round robin, my sister found six lifesaver wrappers on the table where we ate lunch. we didn't even eat any lifesavers either!
my sister says that she wants to buy the lifesaver company and use them to promote abortion alternatives. then the livesavers would actually help save lives and not just look like life preservers. cool, huh?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

what happens when non-english speakers write in english

"Total Carbohydrates: 13 g, 4% of daily value...
Dietary Fiber: less than 0g, 2% of daily value" --Pretz Salad Biscuit Sticks

My sister read this today on a box of food we had in the cold room....hehe.

criticism

"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much." -- Donald H. Rumsfeld

what he says is true. i wonder why people have so many ideas for us to improve our duo. i'm like: "will it ever be good enough?" constructive criticism is so much help though. when i was debating at CfC, the comments i got have indeed helped me alot, but they were so hard to take at the time. i guess in one way "the more you do, the more criticism you get." but that's no so bad, if the criticism is administered in love. =)

p.s. when i read that this quote was from rumsfeld, i got really excited. i was like: "i know you!" oh, it brought back memories of the NATO days... good times...meeting awesome debaters and speechers, becoming a speecher myself, running bad args like "NATO is good!!!!" in case you're wondering, rumsfeld is the former US secretary of defense or something like that. he said all sorts of awesome things about NATO and the transatlantic link.

hmmmm. i wonder if this applies to debate... "if you don't loose any rounds, you aren't much of a debater" hehe. i don't think so. too bad, cuz i'm pretty good at loosing rounds.


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