My Favorite Netflix Shows Helped Me Become More Productive By Wasting My Time
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My Favorite Netflix Shows Helped Me Become More Productive By Wasting My Time

Ironically, Netflix has inspired me to create new, productive ways to strengthen and better myself as a person.

My Favorite Netflix Shows Helped Me Become More Productive By Wasting My Time

There is no reason for me to hesitate when admitting that I can be extremely lazy sometimes. Of course, I procrastinate a lot. It is one of my greatest talents, actually. Throughout the years, I have found plenty of ways to waste my time — playing the Sims, petting my dogs, reading books, writing, drawing stick figures and the list goes on and on. But my main source of procrastination has to be the one and only: Netflix.

I have spent hours on end struggling to do my homework after reaching the end of a season of Gilmore Girls. Sometimes I end up sleeping extremely late at night (or early in the morning) finishing up the homework that originally would have taken me less than 10 minutes to do.

After having Netflix interfere with my daily life become a habit, I decided to take some benefit out of my new addiction. I tried to inspire myself when considering some characters of the shows that I frequently binge watch.

For example, take Rory Gilmore. She is extremely smart and aspires to go to Harvard. She loves to read and write, which I find very encouraging because I am the same way. If I act more like her and be extra studious and focused, I may possibly have a similar future ahead of me.

Now, let’s think of Rachel Berry from Glee. Even though she choked on her audition, she reached out for another shot at getting into NYADA. This high level of motivation and incentive is vital in order to become successful in life and to live out one’s dreams.

And finally, we have Rachel Green from Friends. In the first episode, she came running to Central Perk escaping from the wedding she did not want to go through with. Had she not done so, she would not have made the five best friends who would be on her side for the following 10 years. She had enough courage and bravery to prevent herself from making the biggest mistake of her life, which teaches a lot because even though she risked her entire future, she ended up gaining something much better than anticipated.

I have realized that one of the main reasons as to why I love these shows so much is because I hold a lot of respect for the characters in them. Even though I spend a lot of time watching Netflix, I have become more inspired to go out of my comfort zone and be more productive. It is OK to sit back and relax every once in a while — everyone needs time in their cozy corner because those are the best places where one can truly indulge in their creative outlets and develop new ideas to strengthen themselves.

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Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

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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