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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Take Two: The Maze

I was asked to write a script for a video that would open the Week of Worship at my old school. The theme was Take Two, reflecting the idea that God is a God of second chances. It took a while, but after a lot of inspiration and work, the Chapel team created something so beautiful with the script, that I wanted to share it on here. I hope you are not only blessed, but encouraged by the words and video below.

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Life is full of crazy things; distractions, temptations - you name it, she's got it. Sometimes she's on the highest of highs, but almost just as quick, she can hit her lowest of lows. She had many problems, but she has messed up really bad this time.

Life is confusing, she's like a maze. Trying to find the way out can be hard and when we hit the dead end more than once, we eventually just give up trying altogether. We get lost, confused and plummet down the spiral, thinking there is no way out of the mess we have landed in. Questions can be difficult to answer and when we can't find the answers after a lot of searching, the dead ends lead us to nowhere and we think she's won the game - the challenges life threw got the better of us. What's the point of trying anymore?

Everything happens, but then everything finishes. So when you feel like your world is on a downwards spiral, remember that spirals eventually get smaller and smaller and when they reach the smallest point, they stop. The struggles you're going through, the constant disappointment, the fear of not being good enough, the group of mates you thought were your friends, the dead ends you're facing,- these feelings won't last forever. You just need to find another path through the maze. Second chances might not make things right, but they help prove that we could be better even after we fall.

So let me ask you again. What is the point of trying anymore? Because although she's a maze and with a maze comes dead ends, if you keep searching, there's always a way out. God is the way out of your maze. He will show you forgiveness and give you not only a second chance, but another chance at trying, because when you hit a dead end He wants to turn you 180 degrees and say "Take Two". 



Keep smiling. x

Friday, May 8, 2015

How to be happy: rule #1

As a Communications student majoring in Digital and Social Media, it is safe to say that I spend a lot of time talking about, learning about and of course using Facebook, Instagram, you name it. The other day I was on Instagram and came across this quote:
"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel."
It is so true. We are continuously trapped in this vicious cycle of comparing ourselves with other people. Simply thinking that their social media profile is full of amazing, flawless pictures automatically means that their life must be perfect and they've got it all together, right? Wrong.

I think we tend to forget how much of a superficial world we live in today. And I'm writing to myself here as well. Almost every picture you see is edited in one way or another. One filter can cover all the blemishes, or hey if you're not wearing makeup that day, just resort to the old-fashioned black and white - they'll never be able to tell. But this isn't the main problem. Social media is a perfect way for us as individuals to share our life with others with a simple click of a button. The thing that we often forget, is that we only share what we want to share - we get to pick and choose what parts of our life other people get to see. This is the same for that girl, or guy, you have been stalking on Instagram for the last twenty minutes. We filter through (pun intended) the thirty-two almost identical selfies and pick the one we like the best.

Don't compare your life with another person's newsfeed. Just like you, they are probably only sharing the parts of their life that will get them the most 'likes'. I am not saying this is a bad thing or you should delete all of your social media accounts because they are from the devil. If that was the case, I think I am studying the wrong degree. Rather, I want this to be an encouragement, even just for one person, to be open-minded and consider that what you are seeing doesn't necessarily depict what is going on in their 'behind-the-scenes'. Everyone experiences ups and downs in life, because spoiler alert - that's life. Just because you're not seeing it on their newsfeed, doesn't mean it's not happening. So next time you are scrolling through your different social media accounts, keep that in mind, because one of the best rules to being happy is to stop comparing yourself to others.

I heard a pastor say during his sermon the other day that although it is still an issue, money is no longer the primary roadblock getting in the way of our relationship with God. Instead, it is this growing trend of narcissism. WE ultimately drive the wedge further between God and us. 
"Don't become so well-adjusted and conform to the pattern of this world that you fit into it without even thinking" - Romans 12:2 (NIV & MSG). 
We focus too much on ourselves that we forget that all of this is just temporary. The love of God and his promise of life with Him - now that's something that lasts forever.

Keep smiling. x