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9 Less-Than-Great Things That Come With Apartment Living

Be prepared to deal with one or more of these.

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9 Less-Than-Great Things That Come With Apartment Living

You're getting your first apartment, woohoo! It's exciting, crazy, busy, and a whole bunch of other feelings. And if you don't know what to expect, here are 9 things you will 100% encounter during your time there.

Stairs

Chances are the building you're in is a walk-up, so get used to climbing up and down floors of stairs every day. This will make a lot of things into a hassle, namely food shopping. Bringing in groceries up all those stairs requires extreme talent and great arm strength.

Moving In

Stairs, tight hallways, and awkward landings are going to make this an interesting experience. You have to navigate upwards, all while trying not to knock into your new neighbors' door.

Parking

If you get home past 6 p.m., you're going to have to do some walking! People park way too close, or double park - or don't even live there. It's a big pain.

Being 'Boxed In"

Another issue I have encountered several times is when you go to leave, another car or truck is parked in the middle of the street. Sometimes you may have to go into other buildings and find out whose truck it is.

Security

You may live in a safer area of town in pricier apartments, but crime is still likely to happen. It is not always the people who live there - sometimes people come into the neighborhood looking for trouble.

*Shout out to the drunk guy on the park bench who yelled at my boyfriend to "TAKE YOUR SUNGLASSES OFF."*

Certain Odors...

Hey, pot may be legal in some places, and frankly, I don't care what you do or smoke. However, I do not want my apartment to smell like Snoop Dogg is right next to me.

Neighbors

I have had neighbors from hell. I am talking about long criminal records, yelling, violence. It's been the absolute worst.

Noise

Neighbors: loud. Dogs: barking. Babies: screaming. Nightstand: bottle of Tylenol.

Waiting to have stuff fixed

The good part about renting is not having to pay for unexpected things like your water heater breaking. However, you may have to wait a few days to have it fixed.

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Is God Reckless?

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Is God Reckless?


First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


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