Do Something

I love the fact that I'm on break, I don't have to worry about projects or readings that I need to do for school. But I'm so bored...again! (Read 08/01/07 "Slump to Serve") I'm tired of sitting on the sofa and being a couch potato. I need to read or play soccer or do something. I know God doesn't want me doing nothing, that's why I refer back to one of my old posts.
So the moral of this blog is do what you preach. I need to get back on track and maybe... so do you.
James 1:25 "But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a DOER who acts, he will be blessed in his doing."
So go and be blessed.


Passion: do you need it for work?

Being a college student, a lot of things go through my mind. One thing that's been on my mind lately is majors. I understand that my major is History, I need to know and remember a lot of things, but does a degree set my future?
There's a lot of competition in the field lately, and I wonder if my degree is good enough to compete with other historians going into the field. Not that I'm going to be a historian, but it is my back up.
Anyway, beside the point, I don't think a degree is all that makes you qualified, you need the degree, you need recommendation, you need an internship, and most importantly you need passion. Passion I give the biggest emphasis because without it, you won't do the best job, you'll do only what your qualified to do, not more.
I want to be a missionary and I can't help think of doing anything else because I am passionate about it. I want to learn more about the bible and I especially want to share it with those who have questions, and share it with just everyone. I can't see myself doing anything else.
So how about you? Are you doing what your passionate about, taking that extra mile or are you just going through it? Do what God gifted you with, I can't imagine a world where there was no passion.

Where is your passion?


The nobodies

God uses the nobodies because the somebodies already have a set road.
How can you create a pot out of clay that is already used as a pot? The clay must be nothing to be created into something, so that the creator can use it. God wants to do the same to us.
John Macarthur wrote, "God chooses the humble, the lowly, the meek, and the weak so that there's never any question about the source of power when their lives change the world." God can do anything through us if we just surrender. We need to see us as not important compared to God.
Like John the Baptist said, John 3:30, "He must become greater; I must become less." He must be exalted in everything while we give Him the glory, no glory for us.
As some of you know I work at Einstien bros. bagels, well I received a Christmas card from one of my managers, it said "Stephanie, to the Best Bagel Puller in the Business!" Just before I read the card I was angry that my other boss didn't train me at making sandwiches. Everyone else has had the chance except me. Once I read the card I realized that I help a whole bunch doing what I'm doing. I help the sandwich maker and the customers, I'm a servant to all and not just the people paying, but the people I work with.
Therefore, we should help everyone, even those who will never pay us back. And humble yourselves, it might be difficult, I know, but how can God use us if we're already something.
God can create something huge out of nothing.


Knowledge = narrow, part 2

How does knowledge make you more narrow minded?
If you didn't know anything about history, then you would have a broad mind about the past. You would be able to imagine the past in any way that you saw fit. But if you knew history, then you'll comprehend why things are the way they are and so your mind becomes more narrow. You could still have a big imgination about the past, but you'll know the past and when you have to educate someone about the past it will be the truth, one path.
If you didn't know about what clothes are in or what matches then you'd wear basically whatever you want, but because we live in a society that knows what is in and what matches then we have a more narrow line of clothing, don't we? We can choose to not go with the trend, but it just wouldn't make sense to. We don't wear robes, we wear shirts and pants.
So apply this to important stuff, I just gave examples so you guys could understand what I meant in my last post.


Knowledge = narrow

The more you know, the more narrow your mind becomes.

Think about it.

I'll write more about this later.



I am some things, I can be many things, I desire to be many things, I will be many things. How do we remember what God wants us to be, what he gave us, what he desires for us? I'm as forgetful as a fish sometimes, and I lose focus, and then instead of staying straight on the path, I swerve right and I swerve left. A friend of mine Carmen showed me a good way of remembering everyday, she said to write down what you are, "I am"; write down what you could do, "I can"; write down what you desire, "I desire"; and write down what you will be, "I will". Then post it in your bathroom window.

I am Stephanie Sousa
I am passionate
I desire to focus
I can be patient
I will try harder
I am prideful
I desire honesty
I am enthusiastic
I will be responsible
I am in need of discipline
I am God's daughter
I can choose right from wrong
I desire to be whole
I desire to be a leader
I will be strong
I can decide
I am organized
I desire to live life to the fullest.

You don't have to have a full list right away, a lot of these things that I wrote down took me time to think about, I first hd a list and then I added to the list overtime. This list is still not the final draft, you can still add, or you can even change it from "I can" to "I am". My hope is for you to grow and see the growth.



What happens if the world you knew just collapsed? Everything you learned is told to be false, you have nothing else to base your life upon. What do you do? You were told 2+2=4, but now 2+2 could equal 5 or even 3, it doesn't matter. Would you conform?
Being conformed means in Greek "to conform one's self (i.e. one's mind and character) to another's pattern, (fashion one's self according to)." In the english dictionary it says "to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc., of society or a group"

So knowing these definitions would you conform? Or would you stay, apart from "the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc." of the world?
You might say that it depends on if they "prove" any different, but its not even that, they try to make you believe that 2+2 could equal anything. It sounds dumb, but is it possible to breakdown the human brain and conform it to anything you want it to be? change history as much as you want and still accept it? How much torture can you withhold before breaking down to conformity?
This might sound extreme, but think about it. How much pressure are you willing to withhold before rejecting Jesus Christ? Are you willing to go through any type of torture for the names' sake of Jesus? Don't comment on this so you could show that your willing to go through anything, just think about it. This took me awhile to come to grips with, so I don't think many people could come to grips with this in a minute unless you've thought of this question already. So think of the worst type of torture, not something that lasts for only a moment but enduring it for long periods of time.

Would you fight or would you conform?



We shouldn't be like spoiled children when we ask God for things, we should do as much as we can and God, our Father, will provide the rest. Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."


Your philosophy in life

I want to keep writing about philosophy.
It seems that whatever we live out is our philosophy.
Paul writes to lead a quiet life, mind your own business, and to work with your hands.
Why would he write this to the church in Thessalonica? They were imitationg God like it says in Ephesians 5:1-2. They were right on the ball. Yet he asks them to make it their ambition.
Have you ever been discouraged and then you happen to fall back into your old habits? Well this is exactly what Paul is trying to not let happen. Throughout the whole book he is just encouraging them, telling them their in his prayers, how good an example they are being to the cities around them. He wants them to keep living out their lives for Christ.
Your Philosophy of life is the way you portray how people should be or how you should be, but sometimes it gets tiring to keep that philosophy going through in your own life. Without some encouragement its gets harder and harder to live your life the way it should be.
So I encourage you to write down your philosophy, take your time on it, and then once you have that ask a friend to do the same and then just encourage each other to live it out.
I'm not saying that you should follow Paul's advice, it was written for the church of Thessalonica, but have a philosophy that is pleasing to God.