Tuesday, December 18, 2007

gentleness

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness. --Han Suyin

i'd actually agree with that. people would much rather a gentle reminder than a severe yelling. gentleness is also much more convincing than force. i really should remember that...

btw, please vote in my poll at the bottom of the page... only six days to go!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

faith

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. --Hebrews 11:6

In my apologetics, I wonder, "how am i supposed to communicate Christ and how on earth can i convince them in 6 minutes???!!!" i really get worked up over this. i want so much to able to make sense and tell people about the hope that comes with being a Christian, but i tend to end up saying things in an unconvincing way.

but with this verse, i'm realizing that people aren't going to come to Christ because of something i've said, but because of God working in them. No matter what i say to prove the truth of the Bible and our need for salvation, it is all in vain until my audience is at a point of tension. they themselves need to realize that they need God. i can't just tell them. it won't be enough. faith is the first step to Christianity. if they will believe God exists and will seek Him, then, as a Christian, God promises to help them understand what He wants. People really have to believe it for themselves for Christianity to work. The best I can do is show them that God does exist and what he has said. It is up to my audience to believe in Jesus's words. It is up to them to have faith in Jesus's work.

This is such a comfort. I am not alone in my aspirations to win people to Christ. Jesus is right there making sure that His words accomplish his purpose:
"So is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)


spelling... ahhhhh

"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of." --Burt Bacharach

Yes! i'd agree! i do that all the time! does anybody else do that?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

public speaking

For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. -- 2 Cor 4:5

today i gave mom my practice speech about "my CFC experience." it made me feel so annoyed at myself. i wonder why i can't ever just talk and sound good too!!! i mean i should be learning something from debate, right? but that's not how it works. i'm relying on myself to speak well and it just isn't happening. i feel like i have to rely on God all the time. i wonder, "shouldn't i learn how to speak well on my own?" maybe i'm afraid God's not always going to be there for me... i really am looking at this the wrong way. the point isn't to sound good, but to glorify God. however He wants to do it, is fine with me.
{and hope does not put us to shame}