Monthly Archives: July 2014

Respect

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This is so weird. So I was thinking about ways people have “fun” in college. And I asked myself, why is that bad on a spiritual level? I understood that it would harm your relationship with God, but I didn’t understand the significance of that. SO WHAT? Someone sins, relationship breaks, person repents, God forgives, the relationship is back. Yay. It’s a cycle, why not have some fun? 

Ironically, my friend, Emily, was just talking to me about her relationship with an older (~8 years) friend of ours named Bianca. The thing is, Bianca tries to explain to Emily how she doesn’t give Bianca the respect she deserves as someone who is older. Now, while age doesn’t necessarily mean respect, with age comes maturity (causation relationship). Maturity is one factor that determines respect. So, an older sister, for example Bianca, is someone who deserves respect. We have no right to talk to her disrespectfully because we are in no position to. However, because we are less mature we misinterpret this as “wanting authority,” and we fight back, eventually knowing that although this relationship is broken at the moment, it will come back to normal because she’s is like our sister. 

Similarly, I think we treat God like that. Yes, you can have as much fun in college as you want, and God will forgive you. BUT, do you respect God enough to listen to him? Do you respect God enough to realize he is much more mature than us, so much more all-knowing, and SO much more powerful than us? And that’s why, even though God is much more merciful and forgiving than we deserve, we need to realize God is greater than us, and he deserves our utmost respect. 

Addiction and a Modern-day Prodigal Son

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Addiction and a Modern-day Prodigal Son

so powerful.

Seth Adam Smith

The Prodigal Son (Biblical/Modern) painted by Liz Lemon Swindle The Prodigal Son (Biblical/Modern) painted by Liz Lemon Swindle

I want you to meet a friend of mine. His name is Cam Roberts—he’s a modern-day prodigal son and his story will change your life.

A former drug addict with a crippling, twelve-year addiction to meth, Cam has come a long way down the road of recovery. In fact, his recovery story—and the unconditional love demonstrated by his parents—is so powerful, that it was painted by Liz Lemon Swindle, a famous artist.

Below is a beautiful, twenty-minute video detailing Cam’s descent into addiction and how he was able to fight his way out.

“I think what saved me,” says Cam “[is that] my parents loved me unconditionally. They never gave up on me.” In the video (and in other interviews I’ve had with him), Cam compares the unconditional love of his parents to the love that God has for…

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