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.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Lladró's New Jewelry Lines Are Literally Made Of Wearable Sculptures

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Based in Spain, Lladró produces handmade porcelain pieces that range from lighting to tableware to practically any luxury decorative object. Haven built a reputation for handmaking fine designs and producing both contemporary and classic works, it has been a seemingly long awaited, but also surprising discovery to see that their latest venture has been something unique to the brand entirely: Jewelry.

Lladró has been dancing with small amounts of parallel pieces before this launch, but the brand has never quite fully dived into the world of crafting accessories.

Featuring two full collections, their new range of enamel accessories are a step into a new world of creation for the company. Consisting of beautifully finished porcelain combined with plated precious metals, each piece wields its own identity while complimenting the collection it stands to represent.

The Aquarium collection is rendered with cascading waves of everchanging blues that give length to even the smallest pieces. Said to be "inspired by the depths of the ocean and the power of nature," Aquarium is a breath of air to the jewelry industry as a whole.

Lladró's partnering collection, Heliconia, is led by the timeless coupling of white and gold. Each piece was designed with a contemporary touch and an eternal archetype. Molded after the natural beauty of flowering plants, this line is empowering by both grace and underlying tenure.

It's no trivial understanding that Lladró's journey into wearable accessories would be alluringly successful. This extension will surely be a small step in the forces that Lladró will continue to champion in the future, but it represents the conception of a movement in both jewelry and enamel. Giving their audience the option to take Lladró with them wherever they roam is the right way to extend the life of the consumer/brand relationship. Lladró is no longer a brand that is forced to reside at home.

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