Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die, they weep over you and if you are alive, they crave for your company.
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11. Don’t Get Stuck
This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find God and themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. They mean to find a church, they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don’t do those things, so they live in an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than when they graduated.
Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal.
Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?”
Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe God is good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned.
Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.
Shauna Niequest is the author of Bittersweet (Zondervan). This article originally appeared in the May/June issue of RELEVANT. You can read more articles like this by subscribing—click here for more information.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Jangan berlebih-lebihan dalam perdebatan. Jangan berkelakuan fajir dalam pertengkaran. Ketika jawapan dianggap alasan, penjelasan dianggap menegak benang yang basah, diamlah, biar pun diam dianggap kalah.Most of us, when we "think that we are right" and we "don't want to be seen as weak, stupid and unable to think big," tend to debate in a very manipulative way or any way possible just to rise up above others. When people don't say anything, we think we've won. But we don't know we might already have crossed the line to being ignorant. How many times have you won a debate, and how many times during those debates you've actually won as a person with pride or with shame because you're just being too ridiculous? This is a reminder for all of us. Sometimes we cross the line with people. We don't need to prove that we're smart. We just need to let other people see it for themselves when we've let our guards down. Think about it.
“Empat karakter, barangsiapa memilikinya maka dia itu adalah seorang munafiq yang tulen. Barangsiapa yang memiliki salah satu daripada karakter itu, maka dia berada di atas salah satu cabang nifaq sehingga dia benar-benar meninggalkannya: Apabila bercakap dia berdusta, apabila berjanji dia mungkiri, apabila berpakat dia khianat, apabila bertengkar, dia melampau” [Hadith riwayat al-Bukhari (3007) dan Muslim (58) dengan lafaz Muslim]Dalam menyemai Islam, jangan nifaq yang subur tumbuh.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I have just finished making these cute little mobile phone pouches tonight. They are so much fun to make! For a start, I am really bad in measuring for precision but these ones are cut almost to perfection so yeayy!! The good thing is, they can easily double as anything at all - for your emergency stash, for your pens, to put your reading glasses in, etc. Nothing to lose, so much to gain ;)