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Needs.

Thursday, June 30, 2005
I just got back from Costa Rica a few days ago, and it was quite the shock to get home. All the stuff that I have bought seemed to provide me no joy. The night I got home, I stared at my computer screen and all I got were chills of past ghosts haunting me as they always do. The next day, after trying out all my stuff, scrambling for satisfaction, I couldn't get none. After realizing the Stones were right, I turned to one of the only things that seemed familiar, God. There's a book that had been sitting on my desk for a few months and just becoming a party spot for dust. It's called The Knowledge of the Holy, and I decided to pick it up. There was a purple sticky note stuck before chapter 6, entitled "The Self-sufficiency of God," so I thought, "I might as well just read this chapter." One line screamed out to me, "[God's] interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creature can supply nor from any completeness they can bring to Him who is complete in Himself." I was more humbled then than I had been at any point in Costa Rica. God doesn't need me. After reading that, I had a more right picture of God. Throughout the devo's I did in Costa Rica, I kept hearing "view God as BIG" but it never really hit me until then how big God really was. All my carnal desires seemed to wither as I saw an awesome God.
The next thing that began to concern me was my purpose. With so many of my worldly wants melting at once, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of pettiness. I was looking through the Bible for some insight and I came across Proverbs 19:21 that says, "Many are the plans in a man's heart,/but it is the LORD's purpose that/prevails." I went to write down the verse in my journal that takes up more that ten pages of the notebook it is in and there on a page by itself was that verse. I really don't know what my purpose is yet and all I can really do is pray. What possibly could God will for me be? No se, pero I guess I will see. Anyone got any insights to help me out?

Unlucky.

I have to admit, as much as I loathe shirts at Urban Outfitters and the like, there are a few shirts of similar style (in that they have text on them) that I love. So, following in the footsteps of Busted Tees, I give you some other shirts that are simply put, "cool." First up, the spin-off of my favorite site in the world, Threadless, is OMG Clothing. It works like Threadless except that instead of submitting t-shirts, people only submit the slogan. (It may be down still, so you have to go through Threadless to see the shirts) My favorite shirt has to be the "What would MacGyver do?" one. Ha, Genius. The second place I have to show is No Star. So, some of the stuff is kind of depressing, but that's what makes it great. (Thanks to the amazing Preshrunk for finding that place.) On the subject of Preshrunk, I have to point you to this rant that I found very amusing. And, to add some words of my own, shut the *heck* up about ND (That's what all the cool kids are calling it.) It's a great movie, but guess what? If I really wanted to hear any dialogue from the movie, I'd turn it on myself.

Rebirth.

So, after a bit of down time, I'm trying this again. It's going to have more content and less crap (well, hopefully) and a bit more me, more of the optimistic spirit it had to begin and less of the cynical it gained. It's not that I won't still share links and stuff like that but I'm also going to share more me. The other posts for today are beginnings of the type of stuff I hope to add. If you've got any opinions I'd love to hear them. So, in the words of Samuel Jackson, "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." (So that has jack squat to do with everything else, but it was my Google Quote of the Day so I had to use it somewhere.)