Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rule of Life

For my Foundations of Biblical Spirituality class we have read some really interesting books like The God Shaped Brain. But one of the most thought provoking assignments that will have far-reaching ripples in my life writing a Rule of Life for myself. I have read about this concept before, but never thought of really doing it myself until now. I wanted to share what I have come up with. It is a bit on the generic side, but I hope this will be something that I review at least annually and/or when there are major changes in my life. Do you have a Rule of Life? Is there something that you think is missing or should not be included?

1. Be intentional with regards to the relationships in my life: God, family, friends. This means setting aside time each day/week/month/season to spend quality and quantity time. It also means making sure that my friends are good influences—spiritually and socially.
2. Be intentional about my physical health: avoid processed foods at least one day a week, exercise 3x a week, work to get my running time and pushup count to Navy standards and maintain or increase when standard is reached, work on reducing my caffeine intake by first switching to half-caff and teas, maintain vegetarian diet, and be in bed by midnight.
3. Be a cheerful giver with both my time and money: habitually tithes and offerings as well as charitable donations and volunteering.
4. Continue to make an effort to socialize and meet new people.
5. Be well read academically, Biblically, and socially. Read both for relaxation, self-study, and scholastics.
6. Take time to find at least one blessing each day: start writing them down for later reflection and reminders.
7. Give my best to school and work to ensure that I not only receive the benefits of an education and job, but also to help inspire those around me.

As part of Rule #6, my goal is to start posting my blessing on my poor neglected blog.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Miley Got Back

I get that people think Miley Cyrus is no longer the Disney role model she once was. What I don't understand is why everyone is all up in arms when Miley Cyrus--who is 20 years old--starts shaking her booty all over some guy. (Yes I saw the video. I was more disturbed by whatever it was she was doing with her tongue than her booty.) This style of dancing has been around for decades in the hip-hop culture. Is it okay for Sir-Mix-A-Lot to have had a whole song objectifying female butts, "Baby Got Back", 20 years ago that was all about booty-shaking just because of the color of the women in the video? How many of us out there smile and start singing along with him with nostalgia?

"I like big butts and I can not lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
'Cause you notice that butt was stuffed
Deep in the jeans she's wearing
I'm hooked and I can't stop staring
Oh baby, I wanna get with you
And take your picture
My homeboys tried to warn me
But that butt you got makes me so horny
Ooh, Rump-o'-smooth-skin
You say you wanna get in my Benz?
Well, use me, use me
'Cause you ain't that average groupie
I've seen them dancin'
To hell with romancin'
She's sweat, wet,
Got it goin' like a turbo 'Vette
I'm tired of magazines
Sayin' flat butts are the thing
Take the average black man and ask him that
She gotta pack much back
So, fellas! (Yeah!) Fellas! (Yeah!)
Has your girlfriend got the butt? (Hell yeah!)
Tell 'em to shake it! (Shake it!) Shake it! (Shake it!)
Shake that healthy butt!
Baby got back!"

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Let's Try This Again

I have been very bad about updating my blog and now that I am starting a new chapter in life, I figured I should re-start my blog. I have been here in Michigan for about 5 weeks now. Today marked the end of my first class at Seminary. I greatly enjoyed the class and look forward to my next two which start on Monday. I have also started working part-time, overnights, which gives me extra study time. Who doesn't want that?!

So far Daly and I are adapting well to our new home and surroundings. Here's hoping the next 3 years stay this smooth :)