Monthly Archives: April 2010

if you read ‘day off’ read this too please!

I just realized how entirely a.) self centered and b.) confusing that whole post sounded.

i am not bashing doing things like laundry and cleaning and fixing your only pair of broken eyeglasses.  i am just lamenting the lack of time i have — cause i know i just scratched the surface of really doing what is necessary to get real rest and comfort that everything’s ok.  You know–after a good room cleaning you get the “well at least my room is clean” feeling.  I got that today–but i wish i’d priortized things differently a bit and got the “well at least God filled me up and showed me something new today” feeling instead.  all this to say, it was a lament at the lack of time (and an understanding that i had to clean and do hw), not a stab at doing anything besides praying during days off.  i fully support cleaning on days off.

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Day off

Days off are exceedingly overwhelming for me.  Some of you know what I’m talking about.  It’s like when we let Boaz (chocolate lab) out as a puppy and he’d waited SO LONG to go outside and barked SO much beforehand that once he gets out in the yard, he runs out the front door like a bat outta hell, then he flips himself around in circles trying to decide what to do with his newfound freedom.  It’s not that I hate my job–it’s that I schedule myself so little “me-time” that I get overwhelmed when it happens.

When Bo has been barking and barking (ROOF ROOF ROOF!) not to just “get outside” but to get a squirrel he has his eye on, his reaction is different.  The run like a bat outta hell still happens, but then he just bee-lines the whole way to the animal like the canine equivalent of the flash.  He has direction.  He doesn’t run in circles.

I worked all weekend so my boss said to ‘take Monday off’.  I almost went in anyways.  I knew immediately that the day should be spent with God.  Then it got into the “i dont get to do this enough, whats first?!”  Prayer:  for my church, for TechMission, for future plans, for friends in need, for family..  Worship: cause He deserves it.  Listening: I require it.  Reading: really needed.

So what ACTUALLY happened?  some prayer/reading..and:

1.) the most thorough cleaning of my room in all time

2.) 2 weeks worth of homework

3.) going to the store to get the worlds tiniest screws/screwdriver and magic erasers.

4.) fixing my glasses.

5.) magic erasering my laptop.

6.) cleaning around the apt.

7.) watching a sermon.

8.) lots of other stuff thats too boring to mention.

9.) caught up with an old friend or two (one in CO).

Uh..what’s wrong with this picture?  Evvvverything.  The sermon was about how when you’re in love, you KNOW you are in love: http://www.vimeo.com/10932626 — am I really loving God?  what’s the deal?  who knows, really.  Probably a lack of faith or something.  I blame culture.  and i think it’s time for more scheduled “me time” that i can turn fully into God time–soon as possible.  the good news: i didnt do nothing cause i was too overwhelmed–i got a lot done.  the bad news: the lot that i got done was a surface level lot———-bummer.

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Weekends.

if you would like to visit me before i either a.) get a new job in Boston, b.) move to Rochester or c.) depart the USA, you should book now.

May: 2 weekends open.

June: all weekends open.

July: all weekends filled.

:(.

August: heard something about cape cod with my family–hope that’s happening!

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Tips for Rich People

Rich people: (including me, according to  http://www.globalrichlist.com)

This morning I was reading 1 timothy and came across chapter 6, vs. 6-7:

“Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.”

It’s like “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” in our national parks, but we can’t even bring our pictures!  Am I telling us all something we don’t know?  No, most modern Americans today believe that we can take nothing to Heaven with us–least i think so.  If we could bring our money to Heaven, I think Jesus would be like, “oh!  you brought some money along.  uhh, what do we do with it——let’s play monopoly!”  it’d be worthless up there.

BUT here’s what I was thinking–board here for my train of thought:

1.) If this is true, and I can take nothing with me, then how should I live my life here?

Option 1: Have as much fun as possible in the amount of time I have on earth.

Option 2: Try to help others live an extra few years and have less pain

Option 3: Live in a way that will store up treasures for myself in Heaven.

Note: I know there’s more that goes here about how to live (like pleasing God vs. myself) but this is just around the subject of taking stuff with me or not.

2.) Option 1 seems hedonistic and highly temporary.  Option 2, though important (and i do try to do this stuff in day to day life and through www.familyfocus.wordpress.com), seems also temporary and not fulfilling for the person I am serving (since physical treatment doesn’t get to the root of issues and provide true healing and 10 out of 10 people still end up dying in the end.) Clearly, I still care about the physical and I think Option 2 and 3 go together.

3.)  Is it possible to store up treasures in Heaven?  Jesus says yes:

Matthew 6:20: But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

He even says NOT to store them up here (which makes sense, if you think about it), in the verse before, Matthew 6:19:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

So case closed.  I should live as though my stuff cannot be brought to Heaven.

:::THERE’S MORE::::

Questions remain: a.) What does this all even mean, b.) How do we store up treasures in Heaven and c.) Is there any reason to live with less stuff or giving more money to others BESIDES trying to get more in Heaven (still seems hedonistic).

Matthew 6: 21: “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  That’s a good reason right there.  I don’t want my heart to be in HSBC or Citizen’s Bank. I don’t want my eart to be in a mattress!  And I don’t want my heart to be given to expensive movie theaters or people at Target.

That in ITSELF is a good reason–because I want GOD to have my heart–not the world—and this is one practical way to make sure He does have the whole thing.

Tune in text time for more random thoughts from Becca Nelson.  Also–what’s up with the parable of the guy who builds barns to store his stuff in?  Why is it such a big problem?

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Just one more mileeeeee Scotttttt!

Today I walked to the Commonwealth/Charlesgate intersection near the Fenway to watch the marathon.

I’ve never experienced anything like what I saw and was a part of today.  It was AMAZING!

There were too many spiritual illustrations to share them all–and besides, the apostle Paul already took a few of the good ones, so I’ll just share my favorite.

I could do a marathon if people screamed for me the way we screamed today.  We should be encouraging each other the way we screamed our heads off at the race–no reservations.

1.) We screamed out truth: “You’ve made it 25 miles!  There’s just one more to go!”

2.) We called out names–for people we’d never actually met!

3.) We yelled til our own voices hurt bad.

4.) We yelled til we saw visible change in someones countenance or pace.  My favorite was “GO DENMARK! GO!” (denmark man had stopped running) — then seeing Denmark man pick up the pace and start going for it.

5.) We made sure no one gave up within earshot of us.

6.) We were perched towards the end in a difficult part of the race.

7.) We tried to yell even to people whose names we didnt know: “Red hat!  You got this!  you’re so close!”.

Why dont we encourage each other in these ways?  Christians, we’re called to ENCOURAGE!  It should be this fun, this effective and this visibly important.  Denmark would’ve stopped and lots of people wouldnt have smiled if we hadnt been there screaming and ringing cowbells and holding up signs.

:).

I’m a different woman now–will be (hopefully) more encouraging in my day to day tasks, for anyone around me (even strangers) and especially my new family here in Boston—and if you ran today—way to go!!!

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