This video is sick. A poem of straight truth.
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This video is sick. A poem of straight truth.
I ran today, just as I do every day. Today I ran at 4pm, in the 95 degree, South Texas heat. So as you can imagine, as I finished up my 36-minute, 4 mile run, I was exhausted and in desperate want of water. And as I came to the very last portion my run, the final song I listened to on my iPod came on. The song was “Gotta Know” by Lecrae. In the song Lecrae, talking about God, raps the words ” You know I need you like aqua”.
How true this is! And how appropriate it is that the song came on at that moment, when I want most desperate for the only thing that could revive my spirits. If we ever tried to just live, much less do some energy-intensive activity without water, we would quickly discover that we wouldn’t make it. Water is such a large part of our lives:
I see you making the connections in your mind as you read this. God and water are similar in these ways.
I was out of breath, covered in sweat and thinking only of water. So I drank water and I was all good again. Who, if they were terribly thirsty, wouldn’t drink water? I know I’ve treated God like that before. My soul is weary and craving Him and His Word, but I dismiss the feeling and did something else. That’s so dangerous. It’s risky. It’s not worth it. Why deliberately skip something that your soul can not live without? He is God and He is – should be – the number one thing in your life. You should always be talking to Him and digging in His word. Don’t go a day without this stuff. I mean, you wouldn’t go without drinking water would you? Of course not, That’s crazy!
So if you’re lacking something in your life, feel weary and far from Him, or have been putting other things above him, get at Him! Forget everything else and just get at Him! Stop making excuses and wasting your time – because that is what your time is when it’s away from Him. Water is key to life. God is an even more important key to life. Just as our body needs water, we need Him. So, Lecrae was absolutely right. We need You like aqua!
I believe a key facet to my life and the lives around me is commonly overlooked and, at some points, even disliked. Education is something most Americans take for granted. They complain about having to wake up every day to go do something that people in other countries long for. Less than 2% of the people in the world have the opportunity to attend college. And the amount of kids that graduate grade school isn’t a much larger percentage than that. It is sad that there are kids around the world that will walk miles and miles every day to attend school, but Americans complain and do everything they can to “skip” school because they think they have better things to do.
I began summer school today and I was reminded that I am blessed to be able to go to school. I love that there is a place I can learn. I love that there are professors that genuinely care about me growing in knowledge. I love the education that I am able to get and I hope that it never becomes something that I expect or feel like I deserve.
This “bucket list” that I am compiling in my head and on this blog is important to me. It’s more than just a list of things that I want to do. I see everything on this list as a goal.
My bucket list = my goals in life
They are the goals that I am setting up in front of me to accomplish. My bucket list is different from the socially understood form of a bucket list because my list isn’t full of unreasonable, crazy ideas. My list of goals is different because:
Even if I don’t do all of these things, I will give it my best try and will be satisfied with that. I have never-ending, unfailing joy win or lose. So what does it really matter if I don’t accomplish all of these goals? These things are really just for fun. What’s the point of living if you aren’t going to have fun with your life?
p.s. I will be abbreviating “bucket list” as BL from now on.
A “bucket list” is a list of things a person wants to do before they die. It’s also a movie with Morgan Freeman, but that’s not important right now. Every person has at least a few things they wish to do before dying. I have much more than a few. I’m always thinking of things that I want to do, but before now, I’ve never put it into words. So I’m going to put them on here. Here’s my first one:
travel to every continent (except Antarctica):
Yep. I want to travel to every continent that isn’t Antarctica. Unless there’s a breakthrough of some kind and I’m able to stay in Antarctica comfortably OR global warming does its thing and Antarctica becomes a beautiful vacation spot. But if those things don’t happen, I will just plan on visiting 6 or the continents.
Before, I have expressed my love for traveling on here. It’s really my favorite thing to do, so this just makes sense. I don’t think many people are able to do this in their lifetime and I believe that’s unfortunate. After I visit all the continents, I may then shoot for all of the countries. Who knows? I just know I want to travel often in my life.
Welp… my first college semester and I guess what you would consider my freshman (semester) year is officially over. And at the peak of my enjoyment, at that! I feel like I was finally finding my niche in College Station. I guess that’s the bad thing about starting college in the Spring, as opposed to the Fall. Having a freshman semester instead of a freshman year just leaves less time to get situated and adjusted.
I really do love College Station and A&M but I am glad it’s summer and I’m home. Time to slow down a bit.
My plan for this summer is to take two math classes at the community college here. And hopefully I don’t get another Iranian electrical engineer teaching my class. One time is enough. Aside from the classes, I was also planning on getting a job. But I’m not exactly sure how that’s going to go down since I don’t know my class schedule, yet. That’s pretty much the serious portion of my summer.
On the other hand, I have things that I actually want to do. Such as reading (books that I choose!), going to Schlitterbahn, helping at my church, and seeing my friends who live down here. With summer being 3 months, I should be able to easily satisfy this list. I plan on these three months being pretty productive.
I just wish I could add ‘traveling’ to this list. Oh, how I want to travel, but am unable to! The most traveling I will be doing this summer is heading up to Austin with a friend for a Matt & Kim concert.
Reading! It’s definitely one of my favorite things, but I’ve been unable to read what I want to read this semester. Who would have thought school required so much time?! Ha. But here is my tentative reading schedule:
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (currently reading)
2. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Aaaand that’s all I got as of right now. No doubt that list will grow to the point of overflowing, where I have too many books and not enough time to finish them. I’ll keep you updated.
Schlitterbahn! A summer essential. I love Schlitterbahn. What’s better than a freezing water slide in the middle of the hot Texas summer? Very, very few things. I wanted to find an picture that fully illustrates how much fun Schlitterbahn is. A simple google image search rendered this:
If that’s not the personification of fun and excitement, I don’t know what is! It’s certainly not fear on her face. Why would you even think that? Ha. Yeah right. I think you can say she’s obviously having Schlitter-Fun! When you’re finished clearing your eyes of the tears that the laughter from that joke provided, just move right on down to the next paragraph.
So this summer is a two-headed beast. With school and work on one side. Bleh! And fun stuff on the other. Yea! At least it will be productive, eh?