It’s been a long time since I finished a book in one sitting (just over a decade to be honest). With this one, the moment I started the first chapter, I couldn’t put it down.
“Help, Thanks, Wow” takes a transparent approach to the concept of living in the present and letting go of everything that weighs you down. We all need to accept that there is Something much bigger than we are and we are not in control of everything. Anne Lamott isn’t the first to say this and will definitely not be the last but she puts it all in a neat package that I believe speaks to everyone, religious or not. Her reverence of God or Something will get anyone thinking about their spirituality and without getting uber-religious, it gets you taking an introspective look into yourself that helps you stop self-obsessing and start seeing more of what’s other than the self. …
The contents of this book are as loud and obnoxious as the headline of my commentary. Being the bookworm that I am, people are always asking about any title they see me flipping through and this one has garnered the most inquisitions. I honestly don’t blame them because it also caught my eye years ago and I was curious to peruse it. My father emailed me the ebook back in 2018 but I never quite got around to reading it. I just banked it, typical me. When I started 2020 and was drafting my reading list, I came across it again and decided I’d finally give it a go. …
“This book is about…your church, in your community, discerning and acting in the authority God has given you to reduce to rubble — not with weapons of this world but with God’s quirky agenda and home-tooled methods, however those get revealed — all the walls that keep the kingdom out…”
– Mark Buchanan
Anyone who knows me knows how I shy away from legalistic religion and believe that most of what the body of Christ needs to do is be practical in a world that needs Him. This doesn’t mean I believe that we should run away from moral reasoning but that we should be more caring about the people around us and how to touch their lives in the way Christ would, with love. …
As someone who has social anxiety to some extent, Jexi, as dumb a movie as it is, actually made a lotta sense. I found their social commentary on mobile device/social media addiction to be quite accurate. I’m a millennial and honestly, I rely on my smart devices for so many things. There are many good reasons why I do so but honestly, I can live without my phone/laptop a day–well, I should be able to.
That’s something I’ve had to learn to do over the last few years — to switch myself off and just appreciate life actually happening around me. Ironically, I have a Computer Society t-shirt that says “Always Online” and as cool as that sounds, it’s something we need to really look into as modern citizens of the Internet age. Can we live without our phones and disconnect ourselves from all the white noise that we’ve sadly given so much precedence over our lives? …
One thing I always have an issue with when I’m consuming any story, whether it’s written, visual or oral, is the continuity. I’m not an expert in how to have the pieces of a story come together and bring about a logical and befitting conclusion but I do know when something smells fishy. Fairly recently, I came to the knowledge that one of my favourite TV sitcoms, The Big Bang Theory, was in its final season and I decided like all millennials would that I would only watch that when all the episodes were out. I may have gotten sidetracked by the ending of Game of Thrones, which was highly distasteful but that’s a story for another day. With the fire-breathing lizards out of the way, I binged #BBT from the very first episode and after almost half a year I finally watched the series finale of Chuck Lorre’s hit series. …
You committed suicide when you decided your own opinion mattered less than everyone else’s.
The moment you valued others’ feelings and burdens over your own.
When you figured you could be the stronger one and carry it all on your ‘big, broad’ shoulders.
That’s when you died.
You were dead long before you buckled under the weight of your own struggles.
The heaviness of your issues was larger than life…or so you thought.
Sharing is caring and opening up was a sure way of not dying.
Yet you didn’t let go.
Why did letting others in seem so difficult?
Your tongue tied up when you tried to express your true self.
When you wanted to let it all go, it held on to you.
Like ash on a white cotton shirt, it just wouldn’t come out.
You died the moment you didn’t admit you were dying.
I’ve always been a fan of mythology and fantasy. All my friends know I’d rather sit down and binge on Harry Potter or read C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series than watch a soapie. (I’ll share my dislike of those shows another day.) My fascination with phoenixes specifically arose from the 90s cartoon adaptation of Conan where his companion was Needle, a phoenix. Naughty bird. The concept of a phoenix dying and rising from its flames has always been interesting to me. How does this apply to my life though and why did I choose that moniker?
Humans are imperfect beings. Everything we do aims at achieving perfection and looking good in other people’s eyes. We do stuff because we want to be accepted and seen as faultless — in the eyes of man. Last I checked though, God doesn’t ask us to be perfect. He just demands we love Him and His creation and that my dear friends is the greatest commandment of all! …
A Lesson on letting God be God in your life.
Disclaimer: This flashback is probably gonna sound like a follow-up to the last two.
Y-O-U owe me nothing, no, nothing [x2]
I know you will [x8]
I know you will [x2]
Even when they say you won’t
I know you will [x3]
Even when they say you can’t
I know you will
No, there’s nothing you can’t do
Nothing in this world too big for you
So when they say you can’t
I know you will [x2]
Even when they say you can’t
I know you will
— Hook/Chrous from “You Will” by Andy Mineo, lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. …
A Lesson from the Parable of the Prodigal Son — Luke 15 vs. 11–32
Proverbs 16 vs. 9
A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
How many times have you asked yourself this question? How many times have you re-dedicated your life to Christ and recited the sinner’s prayer? How many times have you read Psalm 51 vs. 10 asking God to cleanse your heart? I don’t know the answer for those questions, because I’ve done so plenty times. I’ve abused grace and I’ve asked for it over and over again. …
You Cannot Serve God and Riches
24. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Do Not Worry
25. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. …