Community over Competition

Sometimes it’s hard to keep momentum going. I love writing. I love feeling like maybe, my experiences or thoughts on life can help someone. But sometimes the biblical “small beginnings” don’t feel so quaint.

I felt a little sorry for myself last night feeling like people seem naturally popular. They travel, or they’re super cute, lol, and they just get the interactions and the likes and even though that doesn’t really matter…sometimes you’re like wait, am I behind? Am I doing something wrong?

But I like the idea of Community in the midst of all this. It doesn’t have to be competition, you don’t need to feel like you’re not measuring up right?

Do you struggle with this?

 

SOAP – 10/19/16

Psalm 36:5-6 (MSG)

5-6 God’s love is meteoric,
    his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
    his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
    nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
    slips through the cracks.

Scripture: Psalm 36:5-6 MSG

Observation: God is both huge and small. He is aware of all things and yet the small details of your life.

Application: Even with the small things, bring God into everything.

Prayer: God, thank you that in your vastness you don’t forget about us. All of creation is made by your hand and held in it. Help me to remember to bring you into every little detail. Amen.

Tips to Relaxing – Fall/Winter Edition

I find it really hard as I get older to consistently relax. Sounds weird right? But I think I just get so into work, or what I have to get done that time flies and I reach the point of being anxious, or exhausted and I wonder why I do that. If it would be better if I consistently created space in my life to maintain balance and relaxation. To have a regular relaxation routine. Some things I like to do to relax in the Fall/Winter:

Bath w/ Epsom Salt

Candles w/ Wood Matches

Walks

Hot tea

Electric blankets

Listening to worship music

Naps

I’d like to keep track of other things I like to do that help me relax and to make sure each week that I did the best I could to keep my mind and body calm.

What do you do to stay calm?

 

 

SOAP – 10/10/16

1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (MSG)

51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 MSG

Observation: When Jesus returns it will be instantaneous transformation. Our Earthly bodies will instantly be replaced and we will lose our ability to die. Death will lose it’s power. Fear will lose its grip. Sadness will forever be erased.

Application: Sometimes I fear death. I don’t like what that feels like—a loss of control, and the unknown. I should remind myself that all good things come from God and there should be nothing to fear.

Prayer: God, help me not to fear the future. I will be perfected in you and no more Earthly pain will remain. This is good news!

The Robbery of Kim Kardashian West

I read and hear a lot about celebrity news and news in general given that I work in the ad space.

The other day, some of the guys in my office were discussing Kim Kardashian West, and how she had $10M of jewelry stolen from her by robbers.

At first I’m not going to lie, I rolled my eyes. My first comment was, why someone would have that much jewelry on them. Who needs to spend that much money? I just couldn’t fathom it.

Usually my first response is empathy, but if I’m honest it was 100% judgement.

It’s hard to fathom the kind of wealth a celebrity like Kim has. It doesn’t make sense to me to put your toddler in a $3,500 fur jacket. I don’t like people in my own life who brag about wealth and so, this is no different. I don’t hate her. I don’t wish ill on her, but again, if I’m honest I was judging her.

Later that day I decided to participate in the click-bait of the articles swarming the internet about the instance and actually felt bad. I didn’t realize the extent of the situation and that she was actually gagged and had her hands bound with zip ties. No one deserves this. Even if it doesn’t make sense to spend that kind of money. Even if oftentimes she seems to be flaunting her wealth.

If I’m the same person who doesn’t believe any person is “asking for it” when they choose to wear a short skirt, than I want to be the same type of person that isn’t going to judge a Kardashian for bringing expensive jewelry to Paris.

I felt convicted that I was so quick to judge, when as I mentioned, no circumstance warrants being tied up and robbed.

Instead I pray that if her heart is materialistic, and her wealth is only being used on her family, that she will realize one day, that maybe she doesn’t need expensive things. There are so many desperate people in the world, who are just trying to get by. I hope she does charitable giving, and I hope that she will not feel crippled by her traumatic experience. But that she will use it to perhaps, change her perspective. And realize her life, any human life, is more precious than material goods. She has two beautiful young children and has the ability to influence the world for good.

I just wanted to remember that at the end of the day, I hope I can always remember empathy. Even when I don’t always know if the person deserves it.

SOAP – 10/4/16

John 14:23-24 (MSG)

23-24 “Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.

Scripture: John 14:23-24 MSG

Observation: There is a relationship between being unloving and blind. If you see something happening and don’t do anything you are unloving. Similarly if you are choosing not to look at problems out of convenience you are being unloving. Being love is God’s will and his command. If you look at the NIV it talks about listening and obeying God’s commands and how that relates to having Jesus truly living and reigning inside of you.

Application: Strive to be loving in all things. It’s hard sometimes to see so much need and feel helpless, but a kind word, smile, or listening ear can be just as good as financial help and provision for someone in need.

Prayer: Jesus, please help me to remember that I have eyes to see. You live inside me and therefore you expose things to my attention and bring situations into my vision. Please help me to do your will and show people your love without my selfishness or inconvenience being in the way. In Your name I pray, Amen.

SOAPs

Hey all,

 

Just an announcement that a few times a month I will be posting SOAPs!

SOAPs are small morning devotionals where I select a Scripture, Observe it, Apply it to my life, and Pray about it!

Follow along here and on Instagram!

xo,

Jesscbnyc