It's time for the video of the week, and this time I have a biking video. If you haven't seen Danny Macaskill, you gotta check this video out. He is world famous for what he does, you'll just have to watch it to see what he does!
When I first saw him, it seemed inhuman to me. There are very few people out there that can do stuff like this. Share it!
I've been pretty busy lately but I've been able to get some time in on my Blogger World, and I've been very successful!
I've had a lot of fun with it and have been able to accomplish a lot of my goals I set last time I updated you guys.
So far I have:
Gathered lots of potion ingredients
Explored the nether
Located a nether fortress
Built a nether portal transportation system
Gathered extensive amounts of iron, gold, and diamond
Located a mineshaft (This is the first time I've ever seen a mineshaft in the bedrock)
Modified my property to be more efficient using redstone
Located a skeleton dungeon and a zombie dungeon next to each other
Added watermelon to my farm
Built a skeleton/zombie spawner XP factory
Gathered lots of XP
Started stockpiling powerful weapons and tools
Bred additional dogs and cats
So far I have made exceptional progress in this world. But I have a problem...where do I go next? This world is named "Blogger World", it's for you guys! What do you want to see me do? Leave suggestions in the comments, I really wanna know. Share, like, comment!
Today's verse of the week comes from the book of II Timothy.
"Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." II Timothy 2:22 (NKJV)
This is a simple verse, reminding us of some of the fundamentals to a christian life: the absence of evil desires, righteousness, faith, love, and peace. It also reminds to be at peace with others who call on the Lord with a "pure heart". It does not mention wether or not they believe the same doctrines, act the same way, or have the same convictions. But if the call on the Lord with a "pure heart", we should be at peace with them.
Personally, I can think of many who call on the Lord out of a pure heart, yet I could very easily create problems with. When I had read this verse a while back, it convicted me. This verse should have an impact on all of us!
There are so many ideas floating around about love. Singers, painters, and writers through out the ages have tried to describe somehow what exactly love is, yet have failed to show its fullness.
What is love?
Is love a feeling you get when you see a pretty girl in your class?
Is love an overwhelming rush of blood in an intimate moment?
Is love jumping in front of a bullet for someone?
Is love being attracted to someone?
Is love sacrifice?
Is love some of these?
Is love all of these?
Over there years I have heard a lot about this topic. There are so many different beliefs, opinions, fears, and biases it's hard to distinguish what the truth is about...love. You would think the most spoken about topic in the history of the world would be the most understood. It is almost the opposite... Some, at the age of 13, say with absolute certainty that they will never be loved for reasons that seem ridiculous. Others end up saying they found their true love multiple different times during their life. So what is really true about love?
As a christian...I believe what the Bible says about love.
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." - I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)
Being in a serious relationship myself, I agree with this scripture, especially because my own of experience. I can personally say that every one of the characteristics of true love listed above is a requirement in a healthy relationship.
Love Suffers Long and is Kind
There have been many times in my relationship where it just gets tiring. You have a headache, you had a bad day, and you don't really know how to comfort someone you love. This is when it is really important to stay in the game. Its easy to love someone when everything is going well, but when you are on your last string, your true love comes out. It is in those circumstances that our deepest love is seen and our kindness is the most heartfelt.
Love Does not Envy
When you are with the one you love, you end up seeing all the opportunities, talents, and possessions that they have, and it's easy to think, "They have everything going for them, I don't see what they have to complain about." This can start a process of jealousy and self pity. No matter who you are and what kind of relationship you are in, it is necessary to be content with your own standing. If you go down that road of envy it will lead to backbiting, subversive competition, and bitterness. It is so important to focus on improving yourself and loving the other person, even if certain things may seem better for them.
Love is not Puffed Up
Over time in relationship a deadly process creeps in....the process of gloating and tearing down one another. Everyone at some point in time has bragged so much over something that they just knew they had hurt their friend's feelings...our job is not to corrode away someones being, our job is to help, support and encourage. It is so easy to make biting remarks about superiority and in the process we only end up distancing the relationship and straining the love. Love was never meant to be a competition. Love was meant to be a partnership. As men and women we MUST focus on humility and building each other up no matter how much it may seem against everything we feel at the moment.
Love Does not Seek its Own
When you just enter a relationship with someone, you are ALL about them: buying roses, taking them out to eat, hugging them all the time, calling them, and serving them in any way you can. If any of you have been with someone for a long time, you know that this does not come so easily as time progresses. When you have seen the best and worst of someone for 10 years, it is not so easy to serve them and love them. As time goes on, your focus slowly changes from them, right back to yourself. I've been there myself and let me tell you guys, it is a miserable place to be. If we TRULY love the other person our goal must be to serve them and help them, even if it means sacrificing our time, money, and pride.
Love Endures All Things
We have all been in public and seen a elderly couple feebly holding hands It is hard to see those kind of people and not respect their love that has lasted the the corrosion of time. You can only wonder how many fights, tears, and pain they must have gone through, yet you look at them and their love remains strong as if they had just fallen in love 6 months ago. The key to a loving, long relationship is patience and endurance. When we love someone it is a requirement of us to overlook problems with the other person and just endure hardship. Disagreements, fights, and contention should never interfere with the deep love that connects the two.
No matter who we are, if we match ourselves up with these characteristics of true love, we fall short. I myself work every day of my life trying to love my girl better in every way, and it is a battle. But it is so worth it. Love is not about looks. Love is not about feelings, because they come and go. Love is about sacrifice, perseverance, service, and a burning flame of passion that never grows dim. No matter who you are, where you are from, or what you believe, love for others is one thing that will hold us together and direct us to a higher goal.
Today's verse of the week is in the very last chapter of the Bible: Revelation 22. Written by John, Revelation is a book of prophecy, and...well...revelations from God =P This verse is describing the condition of those who God choses to enter his eternal rest.
"And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely" Revelation 22:17 (NKVJ)
Thank God that our life doesn't end at death. Those who live a righteous life following Jesus are promised a home where you can drink of the water of life for eternity! When times are getting tough or discouraging, and death would seem sweeter than life, just remember that for us Christians, we have a beautiful home awaiting us. For those of you who can't say that, you can repent and follow Christ today!
Today it's time to quote one of the most famous youtubers of all time...Antoine Dodson........................or Ryan Higa...I think...
Anyways, it's time to step back, take a break, and look through the eyes of a virulent pessimist! (I don't know him personally, so I don't know this. He's probably not.....)
"I'm a pessimistic person, I see the glass as half empty even when it's full."- Ryan Higa
So when times seem pretty good, they are probably not as good as you think they are. They aren't really that great of times if you think about. In fact, they are probably extremely average times. Actually...they might be minimally above-the-bar times. Actually...your times are terrible, deal with it. =]
I'm just kidding guys. Don't be pessimists....studies show that it's bad for your health! Join me and have an annoyingly optimistic outlook on life!
In fact, have a wonderful day everyone, mondays are so awesome!!!
This week has been flying by, it's already Wednesday, time for our weekly Bible verse. Today it's from the book of Psalms.
"For his anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." -Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)
Thank God this is true...I concur with the writer (David) on this one...God does get angry, he does let bad things happen, but the truth is that time and time again he revives us and picks us up. So during this week remember that even though things may seem terrible at the moment, God brings you through and there may be a bright day if you would endure through the night! Have a good day everyone!
It has been about a week since I gave you guys the sneak peak on what's going on in my survival world. Here is the moment that you've all been waiting for, the Blogger World update!
I did a LOT of construction, resource gathering, building blueprints, and more. All of that, and two or so weeks worth of work has yielded this: my massive survival tower!
Besides the sheer size of the structure, stretching far past the clouds, I updated many other things in this world. Features include:
A chicken farm
Interior decoration for multiple levels (shows the kitchen)
A nether portal
Larger stockpile of diamonds, gold, and iron
A pink sheep farm (found two pink sheep during my explorations)
Organized storage room
An elegant bedroom
Explored nearby land
Created an magic room (enchanting, potions, and nether portal)
Bred wolf and ocelot guardians positioned around my territory for protection
There it is, my progress for you guys in the Blogger World! I hope you all enjoy it. My next steps in the future are going to be: Locate a nether fortress, locate abandoned mineshafts, and make a nether portal transportation system. If my itinerary changes I'll let you guys know in the next progress post. If enough people ask for the world file, I will end up sharing it later on. Well that's all guys, never dig down!
Today is a slow day; a day in which it's easy for us to be unthankful and look at life as if it's not worth living. Thankfully, it's monday, time to remember what people thought about life who went before us, and learn from them. This quote is from the Holocaust victim: Anne Frank.
"Think if all the beauty left around you and be happy" -Anne Frank
Coming from a young woman who lived in one of the worst environments in the history of earth, this quote carries a lot of weight. Next time we want to complain about our terrible, underprivileged lives, join me and remember what this young woman said.
Be thankful for what you do have, and remember, all good gifts come from God.
I prepared for school today with two shirts and a leather jacket expecting it to be cold...by the end of the day I was sweating...Spring is coming!
Spring brings all the new plant and animal life that we see springing up around us. Since I enjoy doing photography, I wanted to show you guys one of those pictures I ran across the other day thats been hidden on my hard drive. This one was even my desktop for a while. I'm interested in macro photography. (extremely close up pictures) This picture is a close up view of nature that is very interesting. See if you can guess what exactly it is in the comments!
I took this picture while I was out taking a hike with my camera. I have a lot more of these sort of photos, like or share it to let me know you guys want more of these type of things!
It's getting late, but it's wednesday all the same! Time for this week's verse. I've decided to pick one from the book of James. This verse is here to remind us that our bad behavior isn't excusable, we must strive for the perfection of a Jesus-like character. James helps us with a valuable fruit of the spirit: patience.
"But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:4 (NKJV)
This verse is a wonderful motivation to discouraged Christians. Through God's power we can be complete! To understand better the setting of this verse, go ahead and read the entire book of James. It has a lot of practical commands for christians in this life. Ask God to help you live by these rules and he will help you become "perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
Believe it or not I have actually made positive progress this time in my blogger world! I'm not gonna tell you everything that's going on, but lets just say it's a big change to my world. I took a pic during my construction so hopefully it will interest you guys!
That's all you're going to see for now!
Keep up with my blog to see the big progress post coming up soon. I guess I can be pretentious enough to call this a teaser... ;P Besides the construction, I haven't done much else. I made a little more progress mining. I only died once in the lava! How impressive of me. Well that's all about minecraft for today, comment, follow, share if you like my content!
This is not my usual thing to do, but I ran across this before watching a minecraft video... As usual, I was staring at the countdown button, waiting for my video to play when I saw a glimpse of something sparkly in the ad..It caught my fancy and I watched the remaining 3:30 minutes...I was captivated to say the least....My eyes did not leave the screen. The pure genius and artistic display conveyed without the use of any words was amazing. I was drilled to my seat watching it. I could talk about the whole video but you're going to have to watch it for yourself...what an amazing commercial!
I would suggest you watch the video in higher quality to get the full effect, the site for L'Odyssee De Cartier is: L'Odyssee De Cartier
Monday has rolled around, and I, like most other people, don't necessarily enjoy school all the time. So I thought I'd try and find a quote that might help us apathetic people out there motivate ourselves. This ones by a terrible student but a brilliant man: Albert Einstein.
"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death" Albert Einstein
So basically...you're entire life should be a learning process. School is just a condensed version, make the best of it!