lessons (un)learned

12.01.2004

welcome to my blog

inspired by several of my friends, i have decided to establish my own blog. it is, of course, vain imagination to presume that everyone i know will read this and diligently attend to each new posting, and i'm okay with that. for those of you who do wish to keep up, allow me to warn you that it is your vain imagination which causes you to presume that i will diligently and regularly add new postings. my disclaimer is this...i will post when i feel i have something to say. never more, never less than that will i offer. that being said, and being that this is a post, i will attempt to 'say' something...
during worship at church tonight, God spoke to me something that has been brewing in me for several days: don't worry so much about how things should be; accept how they are and then begin to change them. see, i'm a major analytic. i think all the time, somtimes too much. i like things orderly and as they should be (or as i perceive they should be). when they are not as they should be, i'm not happy--especially if i don't know how to repair the situation. lately, i've been kinda unhappy with myself, because i'm not all the things i should be. After discussing this with my pastor sunday night, i made two lists: one, who i am, and two, who (or what) i think i should be that i'm not. i don't have the list with me, but i think the ratio was 8:2, or something outrageous like that. i let these two little things rule my life for several weeks. i was miserable and i didn't know why. the things aren't even that significant. (what they are is, of course, no concern of yours. :D)
so, if there's a moral somewhere in there for you, may you find it. or here, let me make it obvious (only because i feel the need to clarify). accepting things as they are is not necessarily approving of them. always saying how things should be, and never doing anything to remedy them, fixes nothing. yes, many things should be different. but until we accept them just as they are (just the way Jesus accepts us), we cannot change them.

i'd love to know you're thoughts on the matter. and, by the way, i won't always type in all lower cases; i just felt like it tonight.

7 Comments:

At December 2, 2004 at 8:29 AM, Blogger Cameron said...

yo, jacob. I feel privileged to be the first person to comment on your site.

yes. i'm slightly bored at work, but that's beside the point. welcome to the blog universe. your first post was enjoyable, not to mention very in depth.

you had some very original and thought provoking things to say. and the part about blogging whenever the heck you want to: i like that. you owe no one anything, and thus folks will be greatful when you do choose to freely share.

Cameron

 
At December 2, 2004 at 4:11 PM, Blogger Kristen said...

Hey Jacob...congrats on starting your blog. I thought it was very indepth as well as a pleasure to read. (if that makes any sense) I also liked how you were able to be different for a change and decided to write in lower case letters. You Rock!!! Good blog..can't wait to read some more of your blogs in the future.

 
At December 2, 2004 at 4:55 PM, Blogger TammyLee said...

Nothing's wrong with you friend! Love you much!!

 
At December 4, 2004 at 10:58 PM, Blogger Joel said...

You're the man, man! cool blog

 
At December 5, 2004 at 5:01 PM, Blogger thinkaboutit said...

Man I didn't know I had to be a BLOGGER to comment so now I am.Anyway Jacob, Jacob, Jacob, awesome blog ( thats the second time I've ever said that word the first was what's a blog. I would love to comment but I gotta get ready for church.I'll be back with a comment see ya at elkesia hmm eklesia hmm church

 
At December 6, 2004 at 9:19 AM, Blogger Sundry Items said...

Great to have you in the blogging community. And, you got it right my friend. The important thing is knowing that there's something not quite right. The person who can't admit that is the person who is quite misled. Keep on keeping on, friend!

Sheldon

 
At December 6, 2004 at 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey doc,
x-cellent evauluation of yourself, some people go their whole lives wondering, seaching, looking, and never really understanding what their problem ACTUALLY IS.
u-b-da man {gq man that is}! keep it up and continue your quest for perfection, after all, isn't that what we
as christians are suppose to strive for?
demry

 

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