As I write this the series finale of The Office has just aired. The Office was an incredible show, whether it was portraying the struggles people face, making us literally laugh out loud, or giving us characters we couldn’t help but fall in love with. For me the Office meant a lot. It made me think about the decisions we make in life, it showed me to never give up on dreams, it taught me to never cross Creed Bratton and so much more! I probably could go on for hours, on all the things the Office helped me with, but there are a few that really stuck out to me.
First is to follow my dreams. The series showed so many people chasing their dreams and either succeeding like Michael Scott finally having a wife and kids or failing miserably such as the case with Andy’s music career, but no matter the outcome what was important was that they tried. To me it speaks so many volumes that the show would portray that ultimately not trying to reach your goals was the true failure, not trying and failing, but not even trying. As a 20 yr old that’s something I want to take to heart. That at the end of the day “What if’s” sting so much more than “well I tried”.
Secondly is to not give up on love. Now before I start I will admit that although I love Ryan and Kelly, they aren’t the best example of what I’m saying. The couple that comes to mind is Jim and Pam (insert “awww”’s). Through thick and thin they remained faithful, their relationship was far from perfect, but when the storms came they faced them head on. Not only in marriage, but even before their engagement they always knew love would find a way. To me it’s the kind of relationship I want. No malice, no constant “one-upping”, not a relationship where I’m with the first girl that showed interest, not a marriage where I just settle, but a relationship and marriage that no matter what, I know it’s going to be alright and that I’m with the person I absolutely love most.
Thirdly never lose hope. I remember the episodes in season one there’s a lot of talk of bankruptcy and in season six there’s talk again, but Michael never gives up. Holding onto hope was a recurring theme in the series and I could go into each character and tell their situation of remaining hopeful, whether it was serious or silly as in Stanley’s case he just wanted to be in Florida. In a world that embraces apathy sadly so well it was awesome seeing characters have hope in their situation.
And lastly, everyone deserves a chance. No matter their problems, people deserve a chance and they might just surprise you. Despite all his gimmicks, his fictional characters, his childishness, Michael Scott at the end of the day had a branch that when all others were closing, his was remaining successful, after years of just being in the warehouse Darryl became warehouse supervisor, then went on to become a big shot at Athlead. It showed me that everyone has potential and to not write them off just because I don’t see it right off the bat.
There’s no doubt that the Office will be the show I ramble about when I have kids, much like my dad does with Alf and my mom does with Friends. It was an awesome show and deffinately one of the greatest of all time.
This was a facebook post I made two months ago, I figured it was pretty cool and fit the "1 minute blog" theme.
I think people grow up way too quick. Don't get me wrong, as we grow up we need to be mindful of our words, actions, and be more reponsible. However it's almost like once you turn a certain age then you no longer are allowed to dream, that you're no longer allowed to be young, you're no longer allowed to make your own decisions, simply put, you're no longer allowed to LIVE. I know my philosophies ...and ideas are at times far fetched, but why? Why is it that at 20 I'm suppose to be "realistic". Look around you, tell me if 80% of what's around you was considered "realistic" 100 years ago. This post is simply a rant, because I know a paragraph will change very few people's minds. Even if I was to choose the perfect words, there's still many, many people (both Christian and non-Christian) who will still view dreams, goals, ambitions, as things that you simply forget about once you "grow up".
2012 was an epic year,for many spectacular reasons and for some not so spectacular reasons. That sentence describes the whole world as well as every person living on it. No matter how pessimistic or optimistic we are, every one of us can point out both bad and good, accomplishments we rose to the task and achived and failures that we beat ourselves up for (some of us still are) and as the new year approaches these memories once more come to mind. In the next few days we will be making New Years Resolutions, goals we hope to reach in 2013, it's important though to not let our past dictate these goals.
From an optimistic standpoint we must not become complacent, for me I fall victim to this a lot. When we set goals we may look back and think "well those were pretty awesome, I'm at a good enough point" but that can be very detrimental to a Christian's walk. For as Christians we are called to constantly be striving to grow in Christ and to live out His message, but if we view our walk as "good enough" are we truly getting the point of Christ's ministry?
On the flipside we can't let failures and short comings stop us or make us rethink our goals or commitment to Christ. For many Satan loves pulling the victim card, making people believe they are less than what they are, that they are not capable, or "what will make this time different then all the others?". We have to fight the urge, every great man/woman was met with failure at some point, or had a shortcoming, no human has ever been perfect except Christ. Something to think on is, if everyone was perfect would we need God? It's through our imperfections that God shines through, it's in our weakness God makes us strong! So no matter our past or our weaknesses God's there with a task, wanting to help us accomplish it.
For me I view new years as opportunities to reach new heights and do things I never would have dreamed, We only have so many years, why not make them count! God Bless and to all a Happy New Year!
My top 10 songs and albums of 2012! Category:Music Views:
1.Cold Hard Want-House of Heroes
2.Lex Hives- The Hives (mainstream)
3.Eye on It- tobyMac
4.10 Stories- mewithoutYou
5.On the Run-Children 18:3
7.For the Glory- the O.C Supertones
8.Now-Fireflight/Finding our Way- Hyland
9.The Upside of Down-Chris August
1."Fox's Dream of the Log Flume"- mewithoutYou
2."Take Back the Toys"- The Hives
3."Touch this Light"-House of Heroes
4."Kings and Queens"- Audio Adrenaline
5."Cray Button"- Family Force 5 feat. Lecrae
6."We'll Never Say Goodbye" -Children 18:3
7."Rowboats" - Regina Spektor
8."Houdini"- Foster the People
9."Me Without You"- tobyMac
10."Let's Go" Matt & Kim
1 minute blog- My past week Category:Life Views:
So earlier this week I was listening to Christmas music and one of my favorite songs hit me and has stuck with me since then. The song is off of Relient K's "Let it snow Baby...Let it Reindeer" and is entitled "I Celebrate the Day", it's a song conveying the celebration of Christ's birth. For me it's a few lines in the first verse that hit me the hardest, they go "Because here is where You're finding me, in the exact same place as New Year's eve And from a lack of my persistency We're less than half as close as I wanna be". For me in my christian walk I do enough to impress others, compared to many I'm seen as a strong christian and a man of faith, but that's just the thing, in man's eyes. To me the day a christian finds "just the right amount of faith" he's lost what it's all about. To me a faith in Christ means serving unceasingly and constantly growing, Christ has great plans for us does He not? But we lose site and we finally regain focus we are "in the exact same place as New Year's eve ". Now that doesn't mean we are literally on December 31st, but it's more of the idea, because what takes place on New Years Eve? We spend it looking back at our failures and wishing in the future to do better, but simply wishing does nothing for us if we do not act on it. So I hope for anyone in my situation this writing could be helpful to you, Jesus is the reason for the season, we sometimes just lose focus that He's also the reason for every season.