Being A Young Christian In Modern Society Is A Challenge Of Biblical Proportions

Being A Young Christian In Modern Society Is A Challenge Of Biblical Proportions

In a world that I imagine only makes God weep, let's each try to be the little light that makes Him proud.

College is hard. Learning to "adult" is hard. Relationships can sometimes be hard. But over the years, growing up in the society we live in, I have realized that one of the hardest things I have experienced growing up is truly being a Christian.

I'm not going to sugarcoat it. I'm tired of people sugarcoating it. It is not in the slightest bit easy to truly be a Christian and follow God on a daily basis in the world we live in today.

It is a struggle I face every day, and I know I can't be the only one. I am tired of Christians trying to make it look so easy, like we are perfect people.

That is not the reality, not even close.

We are so imperfect. I think that is honestly one of the things that turn non-Christians "off" to Christianity. Instead of trying to act like we are perfect, we should be open about being very imperfect, but put a great emphasis on the fact that the only way we are different is that we let all of our imperfections go to a greater being who paid our debts. He erased all of the bad and continues to erase all of the bad, because we are going to continue to sin.

This is the reason we continue to believe what we believe because we have accepted the fact that no matter how strong and wise we think we may be, we were never meant to handle anything in this world by ourselves. We can sure try, but those of us that have come to the altar have felt the great relief of laying our burdens down and accepting help from the One who can handle anything with ease.

In this society we live in, it is a constant struggle to remind myself of these very reasons I chose this path for my life.

When tragedy happens on every corner, neighbors are filled with hate for one another, people openly disobey everything in the Bible, sex, vulgar language and violence are promoted, negativity is the norm and war is common, how are we supposed to believe there even is a God? Why would this being that is supposed to be so great, allow all of this to happen?

I have been asked to explain this phenomenon many times, in a defense to my religion, and I can't give a perfect explanation. I know that God is light, and all of the bad things in this world are darkness. I know that if we lived in a perfect world, humans would feel no need to turn to God. I know that God allows us to have free will, so He does not control our actions. People choose to sin every day, and God can only sit back in sorrow and hope that the ones who have accepted Him can reach the lost and share His love.

When we are surrounded by the type of world we live in, it is incredibly hard to act as Christians, live for God, and most importantly, not conform to this world. Christians are put down for their beliefs, mocked, ridiculed and even hated in some parts of the world. It takes a true courage that is only found in having God in your heart to go against a world so full of hate for what you believe in.

But it's our job, our duty. We owe this much to our incredible savior to be full of love, to not judge ANYONE, no matter what the color of their skin is, what gender they claim to be, what background they come from, what language they speak, give in every way we can, and spread the word of God as best as we can through all of the hate and mockery.

We don't have to be perfect, we don't have to memorize the whole Bible. God is perfect enough. All we have to do is be real, be approachable, and accept God's help, and we will accomplish so much more than we ever thought possible.

In a world that I imagine only makes God weep, let's each try to be the little light that makes Him proud and brings back His smile because we owe Him that for the immense love and gifts He gives us daily.

For anyone who doesn't know the immense joy and love of having God in your heart, please feel free to message me. God loves you so much and uniquely made you for a great purpose in this world.

Cover Image Credit: Sydney Moore

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13 Thoughts A Mixed-Girl Has Before Getting A Haircut

A hair-raising journey.

I have a haircut this Friday. This is a statement which to most would appear to be innocuous. Run of the mill. Completely mundane.

However, coming from the perspective of a person about to finish her undergraduate collegiate work who hasn't had a professional haircut since her junior year in high school, going in for a haircut is not an ordinary occurrence.

As a person on mixed-race who has always had very curly hair, it can be pretty surprising to hear that I’ve never been quite comfortable with it. Anyways, here are some of the thoughts I’ve been thinking as my appointment with Doom steadily approaches.

1. Is this really necessary?

Why suffer through the public humiliation of walking around when I could just go back to having my mom cut my hair?

2. Is it too late to cancel?

It’s not like there’s a fee right? But you shouldn’t. You really shouldn’t.

3. Shrinkage sucks.

End of story.

4. Is shaving my head an option?

Yes. But not for me. Back to the drawing board.

5. People do this all the time.

This is a normal thing. Don’t let your hair keep breaking off at your shoulders. Take care of yourself.

6. Some people enjoy having their hair cut.

Why can’t I be some people?

7. Do I look good in hats?

Wearing hats can be my new lifestyle if necessary, right?

8. Is it really too late to cancel?

Yes. Yes, it is. Please stop considering this.

9. It will grow back.

… Eventually.

10. Hair-y Styles

Because my brain processes trauma with puns.

11. It’s okay if you cry.

But this time, just try not to do it in the bathroom halfway through your appointment. You’re a grown up now, you can wait until you get home.

12. I wonder how long it’s going to take this time.

Because it takes a real long time to cut curly hair.

13. Everything is going to be just fine.

This is the one I’m trying to let outweigh all the other jumbled, nervous thoughts I have running around in my head because a good or bad haircut doesn’t determine who you are.

Obviously, I cannot speak to the experience of all mixed women. There are certainly those who have found hairstylists and cuts that they are completely comfortable with. These are just some of the thoughts and questions that will continue to haunt me until this Friday. Maybe one day I will finally understand what it’s like to look forward to the exhilarating change that accompanies a fresh cut. But seeing as that day is not today, here’s to hoping I won’t be wearing hats for the next few weeks.

Cover Image Credit: Vanessa Hinton

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Rundown Of The Runway Week 3

The metropolis of all metropoles: Milan Fashion Week is here.

Hate to see London Fashion Week go, but I’m loving watching it leave because that means Milan Fashion Week is up next.

New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week have set the bar high, and I’m highly anticipating all the runway looks that Milan and its shows will be serving.

This year, MFW will be held from February 20th to the 26th. And as mentioned before in my previous two articles (Rundown of the Runway and Rundown of the Runway Week 2), I’m giving you the who’s who and what’s what that are to come this week. But to find out more details and other scheduled events, visit Fashion Week Online.

Milan will Start off slow and steady with only two events:

Tuesday, February 20th

Emerging Talents @ 5 PM

This is a special and honorable moment for the designers involved. As insinuated from the title, new and emerging talented designers will be presenting their hard work from 5 PM to 10 PM on Tuesday. These creators and innovators have been curated carefully and have been selected as the best up-and-comers of 2018. In the show, these designers will be introduced to international and Italian professionals to expand their fashion networks and grow their brand recognition.

Moncler @ 7:30 PM

Wednesday, February 21st

Lucio Vanotti @ 10:15 AM

Gucci @ 3 PM

Alberta Ferretti @ 5 PM

N°21 @ 6 PM

Moschino @ 8 PM

Thursday, February 22nd

Max Mara @ 9:30 AM

Genny @ 10:30 AM

Fendi @ 12:30 PM

Les Copains @ 1:15 PM

Vivetta @ 4 PM

Angela Chen @ 7 PM

Prada @ 8 PM

Friday, February 23rd

Blumarine @ 10:30 AM

Antonio Marras @ 11:30 AM

Sportsmax @ 12:30 PM

Etro @ 2 PM

Roberto Cavalli @ 3 PM

Marco De Vincenzo @ 5 PM

Vionnet @ 7 PM

Versace @ 8 PM

Exalt Presents: Gerda Truubon Milan

This is a special showing of London-based designer Gerda Truubon’s seasonal collection. She specializes in ladies’ wear and luxurious silhouettes and styles. Just like in London, her theme for the showing is “fashion in exaltation”, just a different location and audience. And if you’re some reason in Milan this week for Fashion Week, or just there living your best life, this show is also open to the public with ticket purchase. Buy yours now!

Saturday, February 24th

Salvatore Ferragamo @ 9:30 AM

Giorgio Armani @ 10:30 AM

Francesca Liberatore @ 12:30 PM

Missoni @ 5 PM

Sira Milano @ 5 PM

Jil Sander @ 6 PM

Sunday, February 25th

Piccione Piccione @ 9:30 AM

Marni @ 10:30 AM

Emporio Armani @ 11:30 AM

Msgm @ 3 PM

Trussardi @ 4 PM

Tommy Hilfiger @ 7 PM

Monday, February 26th

Assegnato @ 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM

JZ (JUZUI) 2018 F/W collection show by An Zheng Fashion Group @ 6 PM

Monday will forever be the worst day of the week, seeing as Milan Fashion Show will end on that day, but no worries, because come Tuesday, Paris Fashion Week will start. So until then, arrivederci!

Cover Image Credit: Kylie Homes

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