Always Be Kinder Than Necessary.

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colonelhathi:

  • japan ≠ korea ≠ china
  • pakistan is not in the middle east
  • most muslims aren’t arabs
  • geishas are not prostitutes
  • mexico is a very small part of latin america
  • there are 54 countries in africa
  • china has 56 different ethnic groups and none of them eat chop suey
  • singapore is not part of china
  • most singaporeans speak english as their first language, please don’t ask, “why is your English so good”

IT’S TIME TO BREAK MY OWN IMAGINARY CHAINS. 

jspark3000:

Take as long as it takes. Please don’t be rushed into a decision, an emotion, an opinion, the very next thing. No one else has to live what you decide.  They will move on long after you’ve pleased them; you must sculpt with your own chisel.

thisisbodypos:

all boobs are good boobs

all stomachs are good stomachs

all thighs are good thighs 

all bodies are good bodies

yes yours, too, and don’t you forget it

And immediately the father of the boy crying out, with tears said: I do believe, Lord: help my unbelief.

- Mark 9:23 (via traditionwithoutcompromise)

Oct 7

Like water,
I try to grasp you in my hands,
But you end up flowing
through the gaps in between my fingers,
Escaping me.
Desperate, I thrash the water frantically,
Seizing whatever liquid I can.
Dry,
Empty-handed.
No matter how hard I try to keep you,
the water still runs
away from my embrace.

- You were never mine to hold

Oct 7
wewillhealandrecover:

mrhalish:
waking up next to you is my favourite thing in the world. you think you look disgusting and i know you feel grotty because i do too. but seeing you look so raw and so real and so beautiful only proves to me that i’m not still trapped in a beautiful dream from the night before.

wewillhealandrecover:

mrhalish:

waking up next to you
is my favourite thing
in the world.
you think you look disgusting
and i know you feel grotty
because i do too.
but seeing you look
so raw
and
so real
and so beautiful
only proves to me
that i’m not still
trapped in a beautiful
dream from the
night
before.

Oct 6

If you ask me who I am
I will feel compelled to tell you
That my dad left me
when I was four.
I will tell you
That I was raped
And I will also tell you
That I’ve hooked up
With more guys than I could count on both hands
By the age of 15.
Funny how when we talk about
Who we are
We are so quick to mention the ugly
Parts of our lives.
But these things aren’t who I am.
Just things that shaped me into the person that I’ve become.

- And I’m a damn good person (via quietvoicesloudwords)

Oct 3

In America the traits most associated with Christianity are homophobia, judgement, condemnation, patriotism, and a militant political agenda. Strange indeed when once considers that none of these traits can be found in the person of Jesus; rather, we find the opposite.

- Joshua S. Porter (via ryanelindsey)

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Why Did I Donate Half My Salary of $10,000? Because of the Gospel

jspark3000:

jspark3000:

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About a year ago, I donated half my salary to charity to fight human trafficking.  I had saved for the entire year to make one check for $10,000.

I don’t say this to brag, at all. 

I say this because I’m a selfish person.  I love comfort, my shiny things, the safety of a new gadget and adding things to my wish list.  I am naturally lazy and indulgent and self-absorbed.

But I also believe in a God who humbled Himself to become one of us.  I believe in a God who paid an infinite price to set us free.  I believe in a God who wrote Himself into the story of humanity to enter our struggle, to lead us into life, and to ultimately exchange our brokenness for grace.

Because I believe in a God who has this sort of heart —

I am compelled to have the same heart for others.

The selflessness of God utterly melted my selfishness to pieces.  His grace tenderized my conceited heart.  I gave my life away because God did the same for me.

 

Of course, we should help people just to help people.  But so often it’s like performing on a stage or validating your existence or getting a pat on the back, and it becomes selfish again. 

Jesus showed us the embedded fabric of our human reality: that we are designed to love one another even at a great cost to ourselves, and even if no one notices.  He tells us there is no greater love than he who lays down his life for his friends.  I’ve experienced it, and I can tell you: giving your life away is when life most makes sense.  Writing that check is probably the first time I actually felt like a Christian.

Compassion sounds lovely until it costs you something.  When you are compassionate at your convenience or to expect applause, that’s the easy thing.  But when it kills the selfish part of you without reimbursement: that’s the right thing.

 

After I had donated to the organization One Day’s Wages, they graciously set up a fundraiser to match another $10,000.  It went to about $2000.  I was super thankful, but honestly, also a bit bummed out.  I was really hoping to raise more, and maybe that was my conceitedness again. 

Some months ago, someone anonymously donated $8,085 and we hit $20,000.  I was absolutely floored and humbled.  Floored at the generosity, and humbled by the anonymity.

I am realizing: We can’t do this without God.  But more than that: I wouldn’t even want to.

I hope you know this God on the cross.  I hope you know this Creator who has made us for more.  I hope He drives your hope. 

He loves us, and He calls us to do likewise.

— J

My story is now in Eugene Cho’s book, Overrated: Are We More In Love With The Idea of Changing The World Than Actually Changing The World?

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I love my skin!

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