Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beauty

Makeup. Expensive Clothes. Hairstyles. Tanning Salons. Manicures. Pedicures. Hair Dyes. Lotions. Shoes. Plastic Surgery. Jewelry. Eating Disorders. Straighteners. Cosmetics. Diet Plans. The list goes on...and on...


If you haven't noticed yet, the thirst for beauty in our world is one of the strongest driving forces of culture. Women spend their entire life striving to improve their beauty. Some women are considered gorgeous, and others are very homely looking. Even though all are people are valuable, it may seem that despite how much we wish it to be otherwise, some women have "it" and others not so much.


So the thought comes to mind, "Is it fair?" I mean, if beauty is one of the most sought after things in the world, and some women just don't have it no matter how much effort they give, is it really fair?







Are some girls just doomed to never be captivating?


The answer to this question goes deeper than what people really realize. Many a social reformer has tried to combat the emotionally crippling, esteem debilitating problem of self image. 

Some of these cultural reformers go about this problem by saying that beauty is a complete non-issue. They would say that that the superficial appearance is so insignificant that it should not be acknowledged. Others, in a more mainstream way, have tried to say that every woman is equally beautiful. No woman stands out in their beauty, but all are gorgeous in their own way. What is so sad...is that neither really helps those who struggle...because no matter how hard they try and believe what they hear, they realize that deep down inside they can't compare to those specially stunning people. Culture is inching closer and closer to equalizing everything. Everyone is the same. You are perfect the way you are. There is no reason to distinguish people in their own strong traits. Despite all of that, the people who lack physical beauty know that they just can't match up...




It is truly upsetting, because even after all these attempts...women are even more pressured in their attempts to make themselves the "most beautiful woman ever". After all rescue attempts on the culture, the problem has just gotten even worse. Many women of all ages suffer from depression, social exclusion, and suicidal tendencies due to self image.




So what....really....is the answer?


The answer to this ever growing problem can be found from the Bible, God's written word. Peter, an apostle of the Lord wrote primary to this issue.

 Do NOT let your adornment be merely outward: arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel; rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves." -I Peter 3:3-5 (NKJV)

Peter's writing is completely counter culture, but not in the sense that some say. For example, some say that it is wrong for women to wear nice clothes, makeup, jewelry, or other beauty products. Inspired by the Holy Spirit to write these things, Peter was not saying that at all. Women in the Bible in multiple places adorned themselves while being in accordance with God's will.

"I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck. And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth." -Ezekiel 16:10-13
* I is God
*You is Jerusalem

Even though this is a metaphor for God's love for Jerusalem, it clearly exemplifies how God feels about adornments and physical appearance.

So now that we know Peter is not speaking about completely disregarding outward beauty, what does he really mean? Peter is simply saying that the true, important beauty of a woman is her inner person. He speaks of her,"hidden person of the heart" and,"the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit". Peter's goal in writing this is to shift our primary attention from the outward beauty to the inward condition of the heart. 

That is the main solution. Change your focus of energy, frustration, attention, and determination to improving the person of your heart. For as both you and I know, our bodies can only change so much. Some people are gifted physically more than others and that's just  the way it is sometimes. Thanks be to the Lord that we all can devote ourselves to improving our inner person till the day we die. If you find your confidence and self esteem in your character, the physical problems will become secondary and almost insignificant.

A beautiful example of this in the Bible that recently caught my attention was the story of Ruth. As Ruth, a poor Moabitess was gleaning in the field, she met Boaz, an Israelite. Ruth caught Boaz's attention for a very special reason.

"And Boaz answered and said to her, 'It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.'Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?'" -Ruth 2:10-11 (NKJV)

Ruth did not stand out to Boaz for her beauty but for her wonderful heart. If you know the book of Ruth, it is a touching love story which results in the marriage of Ruth and Boaz who are then are used by God in the lineage of Jesus Christ. This story just goes to show how important it is to be recognized and singled out for your inward beauty.

So you ask again, how can people in a culture so centered around physical beauty have hope and joy even if they themselves are not beautiful?

The answer is to develop your identity in who you are on the inside and treat your outward appearance as an augmentation. The next time you compare yourself to someone who is much more beautiful than you, remember what truly matters and focus on improving your inner self. Contrawise, to those who look down on those who are not as outwardly blessed, remember that outward appearance is transient, but the inner person of the heart matters eternally. The more I read the Bible and grow the more I realize what a massive separation the Lord draws between the physical realm and the spiritual realm. Change your focus to the unseen things and everything will make more sense.

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day." -II Corinthians 4:16
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Daewon Song

If you have never watched Daewon Song skate...then you need to ASAP. He is a tech master.

Checkit


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Video of the Week #11 (Waterpack)

Here it is everyone! My very own, handpicked video of the week for you guys. This time it's a video by a youtube filmographer showing one of the coolest new technologies in the aquatics world. Check it out!



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Verse of the Week #12 (Hebrews 6:10)

If you are discouraged and tired of constantly fighting to do good, then this verse will help you.


"For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister." - Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV)

Remember these words and let the peace of God be with you!
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Video of the Week #10 (Don'tbethatguy)

If you've ever been to the gym for more than 10 seconds you'll know exactly what this video is about...



I was laughing the whole time...check out their channel for more of these type of videos. They are hilarious.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Verse of the Week #11 (Revelation 2:10)

One thing I have to constantly remind myself in my life is to be not be fearful of persecution and hardship. Bad things happen to good people, but the word of the Lord really helps us. This is a verse from the Revelation given to John at the end of his life.

"Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."- Revelation 2:10 (NKJV)

To anyone who is discouraged or weary, persevere!
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Demon Hunter: True Defiance

As a guy who loves christian hard rock, I was excited when Demon Hunter came out with their new album: True Defiance. I have been a fan of their music since the beginning and if you like hard rock or the like I think you should check them out. Great band.

Favorite song from their album

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Stockpiling #9 (Survival)

Let's just say...minecraft is awesome. I have a survival world that I've been playing and updating this blog on, and I've been having a LOT of fun.

So far I wasted a ton of time and built a titanic tower, gathered too many resources, established routes through the nether and more. What was once a house has now turned into a mini-colony. I have made many advances since about a week ago. Most of them are in resource gathering and tool improvements.

My improvements include:


  • Improved stone paths around the colony
  • Organized mining area, reached by a nether transportation system
  • Dock and bridge at the nearby river


  • Respiration III, Protection II, Aqua Affinity I diamond helmet
  • Protection IV diamond chest plate
  • Fire Protection IV diamond leggings
  • Feather Falling IV, Protection II diamond boots
  • Sharpness III, Knock-back III, Fire Aspect II, Looting III diamond sword
  • Power IV, Flame I, Punch II bow



  • Additional anti-creeper cat sentries
  • Silk touch and Fortune III picks
  • 85 diamonds
  • 5 stacks of gold ingots
  • 6 stacks of iron ingots



Thats pretty much all the improvements I've made, save a few little tid-bits of un-newsworthy material. I've had a lot of fun making these improvements. Also, if you were wondering, the only was I was able to enchant my weapons so high was by using my zombie/skeleton grinder I made. Other than that, there is not much else to say! Like, comment, share, and above all else...please give some feedback, thanks!
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Video of the Week #9 (Nathan J. Barnatt)

So it is time for you guys to see my pick for this week's video. After looking through many I just had to pick this one....Nathan Barnatt's "Pop Culture". It never gets old....just watch it!




This guy is one of the most hilarious entities on youtube...and a beast dancer. Check out his channel, he continually uploads hilarious songs, videos, dances, and skits.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Verse of the Week #10 (James 3:10)

Sorry if this is a late one guys, but I was busy today and couldn't get to my blog till late. This verse was one that I read while moving through the Old Testament in my readings. The context is about the power of the tongue and it's evilness. 


"Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." -James 3:10 (NKJV)

I think this is one of those verses that almost all of us should stop and consider in our own lives. I know I need to change how I speak and continually be aware of what I say and how I say it. Let this be a warning and a guide to all of us who want to better ourselves and follow God's word! Go and read the whole passage regarding the tongue and our words. It helped me, I hope it helps you.
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Video of the Week #8 (Alex Midler)

It's a beautiful saturday afternoon. For many of us, its time to skate!

My video pick of this week is Alex Midler's recent footage at Woodward Park in PA. I saw some of his footage a couple months ago, he was pretty good. 

Now he is insane....



Go skate!
Godlbess

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Canyon's Edge

About three years ago, the guys in my family went on a hardcore hiking trip into the mountains, we brought tents, few clothes, water purifiers, and other accessories we needed to survive. It was time for us to prove our man cards!

We hiked up mountains, crossed spring streams, set up camp, and gathered wood. As I gathered wood I noticed a deep, crystal clear, melt-off stream next to our camp. When we had everything set up, I stripped down and went swimming in it. As I jumped in my heart nearly stopped. The water was near freezing and had ice around the edges....After about 5 minutes I raced out and dried off by a fire with a handkerchief. It was such a crazy experience but there was much more in store for us. The next day as we were hiking, we reached one of our goals, to see one of the largest canyons in America!





In the afternoon sunlight, the limestone in some areas glowed but the bottom of the canyon was near shrouded in darkness. It was a remarkable scene not easily forgotten. Reaching +700ft in some areas, this canyon was astounding to see. To be able to stand on its edge and look straight down was a scary thing.



This view, though not obvious, is a straight +600ft drop off to the river below. It was an exhilarating moment to get this photo. As I took this photo, my hand was shaking so bad I nearly dropped the camera. It was so crazy, but so worth it. 

A great trip, an awesome experience, and a crazy bunch of photos!
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Verse of the Week #9 (Hebrews 12:1)

I know one thing for sure. This life is not easy. I have to constantly remind what to do, what I'm here for, and who I'm doing things for. This verse is a wonderful reminder of what God wants out of Christians. It sure helps me, I pray it helps you.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)

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