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Why

And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples – for there were many who followed him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

Mark 2:15-17

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I’ve taken little social media breaks in the past but I think I’ve been long overdue for another. I’ve thought about cutting myself off from that world recently but I didn’t take the step until I read Brian Porzio’s blog post explaining why he’s doing the same.

I support social media as a brilliant way to stay connected with friends, family, business contacts, and strangers who soon become better friends. It’s fun and, often, quite useful. However, I do see its detriment, at least in my life.

Like Brian’s post explains, I can see how it stunts my relationships. “Liking” something or retweeting becomes an easier expression of my love or appreciation to someone rather than actually interacting with the person. That sounds lame, I know, but I’ve been there. I think I’m still there, really.

It’s also gotten to the point where I identify some of my self-worth based on how many responses I get to my tweets or positive comments to a post. That can’t be good for me. It didn’t define everything about me but the fact that I focused on it more than I let on was surely an unhealthy trait. That has to change.

And, again like Brian mentioned, I wasted so much time checking statuses, tweets, figuring out the best way to phrase an update. Opening Tweetdeck and checking out the latest scoop in everyone’s world was one of the first tasks of my day. I reached the end of every day wondering where all my time had gone and why I hadn’t accomplished more of what I wanted and I think this factors in to a good portion of why that happens.

So, it’s break time for me. I was going to stay away from WordPress as well, but my recent activity here feels like I’ve already abandoned it. 🙂 No, I want to keep writing so I think this will stay as my main outlet. I think it’ll be okay because I it’ll be good for me to flesh out thoughts, it’ll no longer have to lose the competition with my tweets, and there’s really only a few of y’all reading so I’m good! Thanks for reading, too. You guys are swell.

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3. The more things you know and the better you know them, the more severe will your judgment be, unless you have also lived a holier life. Do not boast about the learning and skills that are yours; rather, be cautious since you do possess such knowledge.

4. If it seems to you that you know many things and thoroughly understand them all, realize that there are countless other things of which you are ignorant. Be not haughty, but admit your ignorance. Why should you prefer yourself to another, when there are many who are more learned and better trained in God’s law than you are? If you are looking for knowledge and a learning that is useful to you, then love to be unknown and be esteemed as nothing.

5. This is the most important and most salutary lesson: to know and to despise ourselves. It is great wisdom and perfection to consider ourselves as nothing and always to judge well and highly of others. If you should see someone commit a sin or some grievous wrong, do not think of yourself as someone better, for you know not how long you will remain in your good state.

We are all frail; but think of yourself as one who is more frail than others.

The Imitation of Christ, Book I, Chapter 2

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Weep For Joy

Just thinking about this show is making my day today.

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Everyone has a natural desire for knowledge but what good is knowledge without the fear of God? Surely a humble peasant who serves God is better than the proud astronomer who knows how to chart the heavens’ stars but lacks all knowledge of himself.

If I truly knew myself I would look upon myself as insignificant and would not find joy in hearing others praise me. If I knew everything in the world and were still without charity, what advantage would I have in the eyes of God who is to judge me according to my deeds?

2. Curb all undue desire for knowledge, for in it you will find many distractions and much delusion. Those who are learned strive to give the appearance of being wise and desire to be recognized as such; but there is much knowledge that is of little or no benefit to the soul.

Whoever sets his mind on anything other than what serves his salvation is a senseless fool. A barrage of words does not make the soul happy, but a good life gladdens the mind and a pure conscience generates a bountiful confidence in God.

The Imitation of Christ, Book I, Chapter 2

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Here’s another little recap video for the Houston Youth Pentecostal Fellowship’s 2nd meeting, held back in June. Also, I think I watched a few too many Parks And Recreation episodes before working on this. 🙂


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