The 10 Laws We Should Follow More

The 10 Laws We Should Follow More

Plot twist coming at you in 3...2...1....

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This isn't going to be a super interesting post about how I break the law by speeding through red lights, shoplifting, or stealing puppies from PetSmart. Instead, these are about the laws that are hard to follow because they aren't written on our hearts as strongly as they should be.

You see, I was taught some spiritual laws as a kid. I was taught to memorize the ten commandments back in second grade... but I don't know if anyone explained to me why.

But the more and more I read what Jesus actually said in the Bible, the more I realize how much he emphasizes following the ten commandments. So here's the fun, juicy news I know you all want to read:

I have broken every single one of the ten commandments. Only after breaking each of these laws of love have I realized how detrimental it is to go against them.

Let's talk about those commandments in 3...2...1.... GO

I am the Lord, Your God and you shall have no other gods besides me

It's important to know that there is a God. That's the first step to having a loving relationship with someone who is slow to mercy, rich in love, faithful to the end.

I think it was Fr. Mike Schmitz who said our hearts are idol making factories. We love putting anything we can control, get pleasure from, and like in front of loving God. For a lot of people I know, this can be football, a friend-group, movies, comfort, a significant other, etc. But all of these things will not satisfy the heart like God can. After 22 years of trying to replace God with an idol of my choice, I know. Just don't.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

Same thing as the idol one, but on a heightened level. Don't make yourself a version of the golden calf cuz guess what? Anything made by your hands and intellect won't be as good as the love of the one true God made visible in Jesus Christ and other holy people (like the saints).

Thou shalt not take the name of they God in vain

If you love somebody, you know how hurtful it is when you say their name as if its a joke or in a demeaning manner. But even if you don't love God, you shouldn't say his name in vain because if He does get angry - he's flooded the world (#NoahsArk) and in Exodus, he even had the earth swallow some sinners whole to prove a point. Don't anger an all-powerful God.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy

This is more for our sake than anything else. Whenever I miss Sunday mass, I become an impatient and easily bothered person. Also, when I miss Sunday mass, I miss reconnecting with my faith family. As we all know, staying connected with family helps us love them better and support them in their struggles and triumphs.

Honor thy father and mother

Satan has done a really good job of attacking the family in today's society, so I know not every family is loving and supportive. But if you can, honor your father and mother with respect, at the very least. No matter what, ever person has dignity and is worth love, forgiveness, and mercy (even if its better when done from far away, or in small doses of time).

Thou shalt not kill

God does not rejoice in death, especially murder. You can break this commandment by holding intense rage and murder in your heart for someone else. An easy way to repent from breaking this sin is by choosing to love that person again and seeking forgiveness.

Thou shalt not commit adultery

It's not good to look at someone you find attractive and want to use their body for pleasure only. A person is more than their body and whatever goodness you can get from it.

Thou shalt not steal

Stealing someone else's property means you are stealing someone else's hard work. That isn't an act of love - that's an act of selfishness.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

AGH don't lie, don't gossip, don't demean someone's reputation by calling them dumb, the "R" word, or something else just as mean. Just stick to the truth and be kind. These are the most loving options for you.

Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's house, wife, or goods

Coveting is a fancy term for "be jealous of." Jealousy is such a bummer because it makes you look at other people as threats to your happiness because they are too happy, too successful, too beautiful... whatever it is that makes you jealous of what they have that you apparently don't have enough of.

I know this is a longer post, but it's so important not to break these laws of love.

You might be tempted to, but don't fall into the trap! Take some deep breaths when you feel tempted, remember these laws, and follow them or you'll be stuck in a prison of unhappiness.

The good news is, even if you do find yourself in that prison, Jesus can help you break out.

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If Basic College Majors Were Their Already-Failed New Year's Resolutions

These were all set up to be major failures, anyway.
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February is off to the races, and for most of us, that means our New Year's Resolutions have already been broken numerous times. Your major gives a lot of insight into what type of person you are, what resolutions you set and which you've already broken, so let's see what you've failed this year, shall we?

Journalism: "I'm going to journal every night!"

Yeah, you love writing and documenting your life in a journal seems like a great idea! The story of your life, right?! Wrong. Your life is boring and writing "went to class and six meetings today" is not great journal material.

Communication: "I'm going to call my family once a week!"

Communicating with people is your major, so this one makes a ton of sense until it is Sunday night on week three and you realize you haven't called anyone yet.

Pre-Med: "I'm going to get more sleep!"

Who are you kidding? You're studying to be a freaking doctor, you don't get sleep.

Business: "I'm going to budget and spend less money!"

At least you understand the value of money, but you're still a pizza and alcohol-loving college student. Don't be so hard on yourself.

Public Relations: "I'm going to cut back on the coffee!"

YEAH. OK.

Education: "I'm going to be more patient!"

You're so close until a tiny child talks back to you at 8 o'clock in the morning and you realize this is not the profession for patience goals.

Music: "I'm going to learn a new hobby!"

You already know an instrument which is more than most can say. Why learn some other cool talent at this point?

Nursing: "I'm going to drink eight cups of water a day!"

You know water is so good for you, but after clinicals, four exams and about seven hours of homework, you really just need coffee and vodka in an IV.

Political Science: "I'm going to be more civil on social media!"

Well, if people posted less ignorant things I wouldn't have to educate them...

Psychology: "I'm going to manage my stress better!"

Day two and you're already stress eating and crying in campus bathrooms, but at least you understand the theories as to why this is happening to you.

Dietetics: "I'm going to eat super healthily!"

Just because your major is all about living a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean that you can't appreciate an entire pizza or five.

Computer Science: "I'm going to be more productive!"

It is hard to be productive when you know how to do hundreds of cool things on your computer, AND make it look like you're taking notes while doing it.

Exercise Science: "I'm going to go to the gym six times a week!"

You know it's good for you. You know the benefits. But damn it if your bed isn't also good for you.

History: "I'm going to live in the moment!"

Well, you're a history major for a reason.

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5 Things To Look For Before Signing A Lease

"Does it have a hallway closet?"

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Spring is an exciting time of year. The trees are starting to get leaves again, flowers are blooming and the weather is starting to get nicer. Spring Break seems to be right around the corner. However, Spring also brings the dreaded apartment hunting season. Once your lease is up you can either renew it or find a new place. Finding a new apartment can be stressful but that shouldn't take the fun out of it. So, here is a list of things I wish I had known to look for before signing the lease.

Check for hallway closets

Once moving in you realize how much you miss that closet in the hallway and how much stuff you really put in there. That closet was the perfect place to stash those pesky cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and the broom. Those odds and ends like the extra paper towels and water bottles so nicely fit into that hallway closet you took for granted. Living without storage for these items has made our living area and kitchen look a mess and a nuisance when having to move it just to use the table.

Noise levels

Noise levels are something that is often forgotten about when walking through an apartment. You shouldn't be able to hear your roommates Netflix binge through the wall. What about the floors do the creak? Does the door make an annoying screech when opening it? What about the traffic outside does it bother you? Remember once you sign that lease you're stuck until it is up. Living with creaky doors and floors makes going to your 8 am class so much worse knowing you might wake your roommate by accident.

Damages

Damages are something most people notice before moving in but is there water damage? Water damage often means a leaking roof or dripping pipe that could become a worse issue later. Taking note of these damages before signing can prevent you from having to pay for them later.

Neighborhood

It's college everyone parties it seems, but living by the parties can be annoying especially if you're trying to study. Partying usually happens a couple nights of the week but those couple nights seem like every night when attempting to study for an exam on Thirsty Thursday. Studying feels nearly impossible when you hear a raging party going on next door.

Kitchen storage

Storage in general as mentioned in number one is important. A place for your food in the kitchen makes a difference in how much you actually cook. When having a place for cans or boxes of pasta you feel less overwhelmed when you do cook them. Cooking with stuff on the counters isn't only annoying but it makes a mess to clean up. Storage for all your kitchen gadgets and dishes makes for an easier life and not just piles laying around.

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