Hometown Love: September 2013

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Work out your Calling

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I read this post about calling recently and was greatly encouraged by it.

Jason is an extremely talented man… and he struggled in the same way I have in finding my calling. Just because you are passionate about something does not mean that it is your calling. It could be a hobby for you. There could be passions inside of you that will become stronger than what you assume is your main passion.

Here are a few things that will aid in finding your calling.

1. Get to know yourself. I cannot stress this point enough in your 20’s. Figure out what you like and what you do not like.

2. Do not be afraid to change the course. Quit the job. Find an internship (even if you are a college graduate).

3. Work on your character. I am currently in National Community Church’s Protege Program, and character development is the foundation of leadership. You will have plenty of opportunities to shape your character. There have been times when I look in the mirror and do not like who I have become. Make the choice to change. Or not.

All of life is working out who God has created us to be and how we can best love and serve God and others.

Biblical Fasting

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It has become really popular in Christian circles to start, work on together, and talk about the Daniel fast.

It helps that Rick Warren co-authored a book called The Daniel Plan. New Year, New You in 2014. Perfectly timed with New Year’s Resolutions. The idea behind it is great, and I like the idea of doing the fast with someone for accountability, especially if you are married.

However, as I look at the Bible and what it has to say about fasting, I cannot help but think people are going about this in the wrong way.

Matthew 6.16-18 (The Message): “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.

Am I less spiritual than my peers because I have chosen not to do The Daniel Fast in January? No. I do believe God is working on their behalf and answering prayers in a big way for our church, but I want to understand going into a fast what I am doing.

My fast may not look like yours. That’s ok.

So here’s to being secretive about something in your life for once!

Christians

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I am a Christian. I know that is a loaded sentence, so just hear me out now.

When I started this blog as a way to encourage others to thrive in life, my inspiration came from John 10.10b (CEV): I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.

I have been a part of a few different churches… and by that I mean ON STAFF! Not sure if you are a Christian, but if you have been hurt by the Church, join the club! It can be a messy place, full of imperfect people.

If you are looking for a church, check out my home church, Storyline. You can watch past messages online (I even share a little bit of my life in the message from July 20 on affliction).

Others I recommend (I’ve been to NCC and GCC and have listened to NewSpring for years):

National Community Church

Granger Community Church

NewSpring Church

If you have had bad experiences with the Church and/or Christians, I’m sorry. We don’t have everything together (as much as some of us try to convey that message). I highly recommend Bob Goff’s book, Love Does. I’m rereading it, and he inspires me to thrive. But that will be another post on another day.

FRIENDS

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Lately I’ve been on a FRIENDS binge. I have never watched the entire series from season 1. It has mainly been reruns. I am usually the type of person who likes to watch things in order, but surprisingly this series does not bother me — I love it every time I catch an episode.

It’s unbelievable to me that FRIENDS started in 1994 (20 years ago!). I miss the 90’s. They still used cordless phones, pagers, and everyone wasn’t plugged into some kind of technology.

There has yet to be a show that reaches the level of awesomeness of FRIENDS.

So thankful I am able to work at a coffeehouse where we host musicians every weekend and share in great music in the DC area.

On that note, here’s Smelly Cat:

“Let It Go” from Frozen

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I am all about MBTI (I am an INFJ). I love getting to know more about people’s personalities and how to better interact with them. I recently saw a chart with 16 Disney princesses, and I am the same personality as Elsa from Frozen.

Having seen the movie over Christmas break with my mom, I realized why I liked her so much. She was strong and beautiful but not the outgoing, “fun” sister. I really liked Elsa’s dress on the mountain and her ice castle (although unlike her, I would be having an asthma attack climbing mountains!). At the end of the description on the chart, it says “value self-control and the pursuit of the greater good, but has difficulty listening to their own needs”. Sounds pretty spot on to me.

I just really liked the movie and am understanding more about myself as I see things in other people (even if they are only animated).

What’s your MBTI?