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"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Inspirational All The Way

Posted by Emma on January 17, 2013 | Filed under: Books

Rudy_my_Story.cover“The moral of the Rudy story is that anyone with a dream can make that dream a reality–as long as they’re willing to put in the hard work and heart it takes to get there.” Daniel Rudy Ruettiger

That is the truth about the Rudy story. In his autobiography, Rudy My Story, Daniel Ruettiger shares the story behind the film Rudy, he discusses the making of the movie and his life after the movie. From beginning to end, the book is full of inspiration. It inspires you to go live your dream, do whatever it takes, overcome every obstacle, and succeed. That is just what Rudy did. He is an ordinary guy, all of us can relate to him. But he had perseverance and drive. In this book, He shares how any of us can do what he did if we have some perseverance and look to God. He also shares about the mistakes he made along they way. Rudy is a real guy with real struggles just like us.

The story of Rudy is captivating, I could hardly put the book down. It fires you up and makes you want to go out there and accomplish your dreams. Many times while reading it, I found myself thinking about my own dreams and ways that I could accomplish them. I have made mistakes regarding them in the past but as he says, “The difference between those who reach their dreams and those who don’t may just be a willingness to look at those mistakes and at all life’s obstacles from a new perspective.” Perseverance and a new perspective will carry me to my dream and I am going to keep Rudy My Story next to me for inspiration along the way.

 

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The Shocking State of Art

Posted by Emma on January 3, 2013 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought

Today I went to the MIlwaukee Art Museum. It was inspiring and beautiful to walk through the displays of art from centuries ago. Here are my two  favorites.
View of Dordrecht

Landscape with Mountains and River

Then we came to the modern art section. To my brother and I, it was repulsing. Seeing the beautiful paintings, can you really call this art?

144 Pieces of Zinc
Yes, this is considered art. It is 144 zinc plates on the floor. This so called piece of art is laughable. Seriously, that is art? (I hope I am not offending someone by laughing at their master piece but considering the other images it holds nothing to them.) I show this image because it is laughable and not repulsing like some of the other ones are. I do not wish to taint you with exposure to them.

Modern art leaves you shaking your head asking what has come over us that we can call this art. After a head shake, we walk on and never give it any more serious thought. It does not inspire us to greatness, it does not awe us with beauty, it does not fill us with wonder. It leaves us empty, confused, and appalled (well, it leaves some of us appalled).

As I pondered this, it struck me how similar art is to the American church. Our culture has degenerated in the past several decades and so has our church. I wonder if the degeneration of art is a result of the decaying of our culture. I suspect it is. I know that a lot of the degeneration of the church is a result of a decayed culture. We have let the culture into our church, making excuses about how we have to reach the culture. Nothing in the Bible says you have to let the culture in to the church, in fact it tells us to be separate from the cultures around us, to be holy to God. (1 Peter 1:16). The church use to be a place of love and godliness. It left people with a sense of awe at the beauty of God, wonder because of how much He had done for us, and inspiration to live for Him and show His greatness to the world. It was a beautiful body of believers tied together by love. That love spread to those around them, showing the glory of God and His greatness.

Today, the church is a disconnected gathering of people, some of whom are there because they love the Lord but the majority are there because it is the “right” thing to do. The church leaves you feeling empty, they have nothing so they can offer you nothing. It leaves you confused. You hear one thing from the Bible and see a very different thing lived out. It leaves you appalled. At least it leaves me appalled. Appalled because of the hypocrisy, the lack of love, the eagerness to be as the world, and the effort spent to NOT obey God’s word. You may think I am being harsh or that I do not know what I am saying. Yes, it is harsh but it is true. I have been to many churches, dozens of them. I have yet to find one church that did not leave me empty, confused and appalled. I have yet to find one church that was a true body of believers bringing glory to God. I have yet to find one church that genuinely loved with God’s love.

Art needs a revolution so that it does not slide into childish scribbles any more than it has. The American church needs a revolution so that it does not slide into the world any more than it already has. It is time that the American stood up, threw out the world, reopened the Bible. It is time that the American church loved as Christ loved. It is time that the American church inspires people with the awe and glory of God by showing His greatness to the world.

Tonal Importance

Posted by Emma on January 2, 2013 | Filed under: Attitude,Daily Thought,Leadership,Love,Words

I was reminded today that your tone is reflecting in other people as you speak with them. If you are harsh, they will be as well. If you are gentle, they may follow suit. If you are laid back, likely they will seem laid back. It is important that we are careful about the words we choice and thoughtful about the tone in which we say them. Perhaps that is what it means in Colossians 4:6 when we are instructed to “let your speech be always with grace”. Our tone needs to be one of grace. We also in Ephesians 4:15 are instructed to speak the truth in love. Our speech should have the tone of love.

Take thought to what you say and also take thought to how you say it.