Thursday, December 5, 2013

a beautiful thing

The past year has been quite the journey for me. I've done a lot of wrestling. A lot of seeking. A lot of discovering. A lot of change. I've wrestled with God, I've wrestled with myself. And I'm in the process of freeing myself.

I was thinking more about the whole nakedness thing that I talked about in this post. I think nakedness and freedom are interwoven. We often live as slaves without even realizing it. We're restricted. We're slaves to the masks we wear, we let fear control us. Fear of the unknown. Fear of nakedness. Fear of rejection. We're slaves to the opinions of others. We become dependent on what others will think. Always denying ourselves to please others. Always forfeiting our happiness "for the sake of others". That's what we tell ourselves anyway. But I don't think it needs to be that way. I don't think we need to forfeit our freedom and happiness to also be considerate of others and live in humility.

Freedom isn't about doing whatever you want and only pleasing yourself. It's having the right or ability to do whatever you want. It's "the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved". And that is a beautiful thing.

I was recently reading Hebrews 4, where the author talks about entering God's rest. Matthew Henry's notes of vs 10 are this: "Every true believer hath ceased from his own works of righteousness, and from the burdensome works of the law…" then he pointed me to Matthew 11:28. We all know the verse. "Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Henry's notes on this verse, "the Jews suffered under a heavy load of religious responsibilities laid on them by priests, rabbis, scribes and Pharisees. Rest is a relief from this burden." And it hit me in a way it never had before. It made Matthew 11:28 so much more beautiful to me. All wrestling I've been doing. The debates in my head. Struggling to find the Truth. Wrestling with religion and church and God and what it all really means--- it was exhausting. It was burdensome. But Jesus tells me to just come to Him and He will give me rest.

Freedom. That's what I'm working towards. And it's a beautiful thing.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Paleo Bread

I'm not much of a cook. Or baker. What I'm saying is that I don't do much in the kitchen. I don't have cabinets stocked with ingredients. If I did decide I wanted to cook something, I'd likely have to make a run to the store first. With extra time on my hands today, I decided to actually DO that thing I keep saying I want to do. Homemade bread. So I made a quick (okay, not so quick) run to the store (okay, two stores) to get my supplies. I had chosen a Paleo bread recipe. I'm not on a Paleo diet, but the recipe looked healthy and fairly simple. After all is said and done and the bread has been tasted, I can say that I'm in love with this bread! Here is the recipe I used from Elana's Pantry.

The bread was simple and quick to prep, and I didn't even make much of a mess! It bakes for 30 mins and turned out wonderfully!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

get naked with someone

I'm reading a book called "Thrashing About With God". I just read the chapter called "Naked", where, in story form, the author tells of looking at herself naked in a mirror. A college professor had told her, "I recommend looking at yourself naked in the mirror each morning. A good hard look. A look that chooses to take it all in, even the parts you've been ignoring because you don't want to see. Those are parts of you as well." She stares at the stranger in the mirror, taking the time to get to know this person. This flawed, uncovered, unprotected from clothes person. "'I will love you when you're naked,' she whispers to herself, leaning dangerously close to the mirror. 'I will study your unedited bits. Your uncovered flaws. The darkness of your details. I won't be afraid to go there with you... I have lived with you and ignored you. Now I will pay attention and become familiar with your hidden beauty.'"

We fear our imperfections. We fear rejection if we reveal too much. Fear is what makes us hate nakedness. Physical and emotional nakedness. So we cover our body with clothes. Shower, towel, clothes. Don't look at the nakedness. And we cover our hearts. Never letting it be fully exposed.

The bible tells us to bear one another's burdens. Most of the time though, we're too scared to even tell others about our burdens, nonetheless, let them bear it with us. We keep secrets, we hide parts of who we are, we wear masks, we try to carry our burdens alone, we try to fight our demons alone. Because what would happen if we fully exposed ourselves? Took off our masks? I would not dare walk down the aisle at my church, stand in front of everyone and just pour it all out. Be completely honest and real. Share my struggles and things I've done. I wouldn't do it. I would like to say exposure is something we needn't fear, but I don't think that's the case. I don't think this fear of being naked is completely fabricated. I think it comes from experience. It's something we've learned. The idea that physical nakedness is "bad" is learned. We were born naked and had no problem with it. Most toddlers prefer to strip off their annoying clothes and run around naked. They are not embarrassed. They don't know it's "bad" to be exposed. It's learned. (What's deemed inappropriate is also hugely cultural, but I'm sticking with the western view, since that's what most of us have.) It's the same with our hearts. We've been burned. We've been rejected. We've been made fun of. We've been told that something we feel or think is not okay. And so we've learned to keep covered. Over time, we stop revealing so much of ourselves. We hide more and more, putting on one mask after the other.

I have this scary looking tattoo that usually freaks people out. I admit, it doesn't quite fit in the box of my usual style of tattoos. But, here's the meaning behind it. It's a type of Japanese mask that people were afraid to wear, believing that when you took it off it would take your spirit out of you. I had given this quote to my tattoo artist, "We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin."

While I think we have good reason to fear emotional nakedness, I don't think it's good. With all the hiding and the masks and the pretending, we will lose who we are. We all wear different masks and for different reasons. And I don't think the band-aid approach applies to this. I don't think you need to suddenly rip off all your masks and fully expose yourself. Sometimes we keep secrets to protect ourselves or others. Maybe the timing just isn't right for you to reveal certain things. That's okay. But take a risk. Be brave. Maybe you can't get naked with everyone, but get naked with someone. Take time to get to know yourself, naked and exposed. Learn to love yourself. Let others love you, naked and exposed.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

coming out with a stand...

I recently read this blog post by John Shore-- My dog in the fight for LGBT equality.  I encourage you to read the whole thing, but here's the gist of it. John was asked this question by a radio host, “John, what’s your dog in this fight? You’re not gay. Why do you care so much about the issue of LGBT people and the church?”. You'll have to read the blog for his response, but the question got me thinking. It reminded me of this short video about justice-- Is Justice Worth It?  Don't worry, I'm done with links for now. Watch the video, brings me to tears every time I do. The video asks the question if fighting for justice is even worth it. But to those who become friends and family with those who suffer, that question is ridiculous. A quote from the video, "It's one thing to wonder if someone else is worth fighting for, but when you begin to identify with that someone else, commune with them, that's when the question becomes no longer worth asking... You never stop fighting for your own."

In the past several months to a year, you've seen me post more and more about homosexuality. I've probably surprised you. Your jaw has dropped. You've prayed for me because I've obviously backslidden. Though, in all my crazy "she-must-be-so-far-gone" posts, I've never really come out and said where I stand. I've reposted other peoples articles and blogs and thoughts. So here are my own. Here is my stand. I choose to love and support gay people. I choose to fight for LGBT equality. Because they're people.

Originally, this post was just going to be about divorce and homosexuality. I don't have a smooth transition to go into that... so here it is...

When talking about homosexuality, I'm always hesitant to bring up divorce as a way of trying to get my point across. I don't know, call me crazy, but I don't like offending people. I take no pleasure in it. Sure, I offend people sometimes. Intentionally, unintentionally- I offend people. And I'm sorry. But I try to be considerate and sensitive to peoples feelings. So, even when people are using their favorite clobber verses from the Bible to tear down gay people, I'm hesitant to counter with verses about divorce. Because I realize that while, yes, the Bible speaks out against divorce, divorce is a complex thing. And human beings have this thing called emotion. With divorce usually comes pain. Struggle. Fear. Heartache. And not even just because the Bible tells me to, I want to err on the side of love and compassion. That seems to be how Jesus rolled as well. He had compassion on people. He broke the law to heal people. Yup, broke the law. Which, as any good Christian can tell you, Jesus was without sin. So chew on that.

When I repost a blog or a quote or an article about homosexuality (and mind you, it's usually simply about loving gay people), and people jump in with their abomination verses and attacks... it kills me. It kills me to see the church acting this way. And, when I know the person has been divorced, I have the ever smallest urge to clobber them with verses. I don't for two reasons-- I would feel bad. Again, I don't like to offend people or be insensitive to their pain. And secondly-- I don't want to use the Bible to clobber people! I'm pretty sure that's not it's purpose. (I already know your thoughts- "but we are suppose to hold each other accountable! we're suppose to live to a higher standard! we shouldn't compromise the truth!"... Stay with me. I just said the purpose of the Bible is not to clobber people. Leave it at that.)

And it's not just divorce. Greed. Lust. Lying. But those things are easier to hide. And harder to pinpoint just what exactly qualifies. I mean, I can't be greedy if I have a lot less than others, right? Or could it be considered greedy if I even only had two shirts when someone else is living with none? If that was what it took to qualify as greed, then we'd be in trouble.  

But we pick and choose what verses we think should apply to our lives. We decide the value we'll give to each one. Oh, that verse? Well, you have to look at the context. This one? Keep in mind the culture! This verse? Well, to be honest, I don't know what that means... but surely it can't mean what it says because that would contradict other verses. That one? Well, just look at the author and to whom he is writing... it doesn't apply to us! That verse that uses the word"homosexuality"? Forget the context, forget the culture. Hell, let's also forget all other verses about love and compassion and Jesus caring about people more than the law. Sure, those verses far out-number the mentions of homosexuality, but let's forget them.  I don't know about you, but that does not sit well with me. I am not okay with it. 

Back to divorce and homosexuality. We all know someone that has been divorced. Maybe that's why we treat it differently. Someone close to us has been through it. We understand that it was a hard time for them. We understand their situation. We have compassion on them and the pain they went through. We felt their pain with them. We carried the burden and struggle with them. Maybe you don't know someone who is gay. I mean really know them. Maybe you know a person that is gay and you sat with them at a coffee shop to tell them how sinful they are- that is not knowing them. With homosexuality usually comes pain. Struggle. Fear. Heartache. Let's carry that burden and struggle with them. You don't have to fully understand it (though, I promise, if you take the time and put in half an effort, you will surprise yourself) to love them. You don't even have to throw out your beliefs or views to carry their burden and struggle with them.

Try to take some time learning about the struggle of LGBTs, even if it's not a personal encounter. Research. Look online. Check out this org, The Trevor Project, that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Did you know that LGB youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers? As the body of Christ, shouldn't we be concerned? Shouldn't we be reaching out? We should be partnering with orgs like the Trevor Project.

Church, this is not the first time we have isolated and devalued a group of people. But I pray to God that we seek forgiveness and that it's the last. Church, what you call "speaking the truth in love" is not love at all. People that struggle with homosexual feelings are more likely to embrace homosexuality and leave the church than they are to "leave" homosexuality. Just because you cannot understand their battle does not make it less of a battle. They are walking away from the faith and God they grew up with, the faith and God they once loved and treasured, because their struggle is so real. Because they feel isolated and bullied by the church. John Shore has a book called "UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question". On his blog, John asked gay Christians to share their stories. He then compiled a selection of the responses into this book. Here are a few of the titles of these letters: "I did not want to exist anymore", "An aching loneliness", "I was in unsafe territory", "I was scared", "I am torn", "Deep pain and rejection", "Years of feelings lost", "Desperate to not be gay", "I'm an abomination", "I begged god", "They publicly prayed for my death", "I lived 30 years alone". Does this not tear your heart apart? Yes, justice is worth it. Yes, love is worth it. Yes, I will fight for them and with them!

If you get to know them, commune with them, identify with them, you will share in their struggle. You will carry their burdens with them. Their pain will be your pain. Their battles will be your battles. And that's why I take this stand. That's my dog in the fight for LGBT equality. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

searching for peace

I was in bed. Ready for sleep. I wish I hadn't heard the notification. The CourierPress app with the headline "Cyclist killed identified as Vectren President". I, of course, proceeded to read the article. Damn, now I can't sleep. I hate death. Some might say that Christians shouldn't hate death. But death is the result of sin. It's a reminder of this sinful, falling apart world. It's loss, it's pain. So, yeah, I hate it.

A guy went out cycling, and now he is gone.  A 23 yr old young lady, her life is changed too. Maybe she was heading into work or out running errands. Obviously, whether the result is injury or death, bein the victim is a scary thought. But, I also cannot imagine living with the burden of knowing I changed or took someone's life. Heavy stuff.

But, believe it or not, the main thing on my mind isn't death. It's peace. I don't have it. Not just about dying. Though yes, that too. I know, I know, this world is not our home. And heaven and being with Jesus is far greater than we can imagine. Fact is-- this world has been my home for 28 years. And another fact-- I've never died before. Surprise!! So, death is scary. I don't care who you are or what you say. Death is impossible for us to wrap our minds around. Death is the unknown. And it's hard to be completely at peace with the unknown.

It's not just death though. I just don't really feel peace. And I don't think I'm the only one. It almost seems as though people who don't identify as Christians are more at peace than those who do. Why is that? I struggle with doubt. Not doubt that God exists, (well, yeah, I've been there, too) but doubts about who God really is. What the Bible is really saying. What's the point, the meaning? I doubt, I struggle, I question. And you overconfident Christians out there, you don't fool me. Have you always believed the same as you do now? Unlikely. I've changed a lot in the past 5 years. At 23, man, I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I knew the answers. The meaning of it all. I was confident. I thought I was right! Now, I look at my 23 year old self and shake my head. I was naive and foolish! Arrogant. Prideful. Blind. But, I thought I was seeking God and the Truth and pleasing Him. Now, I know for certain that I don't believe some of those things I was so certain about (Ah, but how can I be certain?!). Other things, I'm still wrestling with. Sometimes, I get tired of wrestling. I know people who appear to have peace. Believers and non-believers. What is it? I'm not looking for the church answers here. Maybe it's largely accepting, or figuring out, who you are. It would be hard to be at peace when you're wrestling with your own identity. Maybe it's figuring out who you believe God to be. His character, His attributes. His will. Of course, you might change your mind about that 5 years down the road, but maybe having a small amount of confidence would be enough for now.

I just want to be happy. Really happy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not depressed. My life doesn't suck. But I just don't have that peace or joy or confidence that I see in some people. I'm striving for it though. I try to be positive, to see the good in things, to be kind, to seek God, to love others. Enjoy the journey.

Wait, you know what? I think it's freedom. Which has to do with both knowing who you are and knowing who you believe God to be. When you feel free to be who you are. That would lead to peace.  And as a believer, freedom in Christ. Church people always talk about "freedom in Christ", but then everything else they say seems to say, "No, you can't be free to believe that or think that or do that. No, you're not really free.". I think I need to figure out what it means to be free.

Monday, August 19, 2013

hold on to what you believe

Today, I spend time doing art without any glue, cutting or sewing. Just me and my trusty ol' Mac! Digital art is not my strongest suit, but I love playing with it. I find typography especially fascinating. Though the end result may look rather simple, it can take hours to pick out the right fonts. A creative font that isn't over-used. Fonts that work well together. Which words to put in which fonts. Size and placement of each word. Again, not my strongest suit, but something I enjoy doing. And hopefully I'll get better with more practice!

This is a long from the Mumford and Sons song, "Hold On To What You Believe"

Monday, July 22, 2013

out beyond ideas

I used a 10x10 canvas and started by drawing the lines in pencil. I had to mix some paint to come up with the colors I wanted and I love how they all turned out! I debated different ways to put the quote on the canvas, in the end, I chose to paint it on white paper and cut around each word. Glued them on and went over the whole thing with mod podge. I also painted the sides of the canvas black. This might be one of my favorite pieces I've made!! 

I read this poem for the first time recently and instantly loved it. It's exactly where I'm at in life. Realizing that there is something more beyond the ideas of wrong and right. It's a dare to look beyond right & wrong, good & evil, black & white. To me, it's about not letting our differences divide us but instead embracing our commonalities as human beings. 

The full poem is this: 

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. 

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. 

Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.

~Jelaluddin Rumi

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I believe in the sun

"I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining. I believe in love, even when I don't feel it. I believe in God, even when he is silent" 

Powerful words found scribbled on a wall at a German concentration camp. 

I started with a piece of corrugated card board and tore off the top layer. Patches of the top layer were left behind, but I liked the look this gave it. 

Get creative... You can do so much with corrugated cardboard this way. It gives great texture to your art work! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY picture hooks

I found this online and I LOVE it... it worked perfectly! I had made some wall art out of a piece of wood... but then it was just laying around for days because I didn't have a way to hang it. I always made a mental note to swing by the store and pick up some hooks, but never actually got around to it. Then, I discovered this little trick. Soda can tabs.

I simply screwed the tab to the wood (be sure the screw won't go all the way through!), did measurements to make sure my screws in the wall would line up, and viola! Easy and free and it works!! :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

bingo coasters!!

It's nothing new to make coasters out of tile... but that doesn't make them any less awesome!! I've made some before with scrapbook paper... and I've also seen people transfer pictures of them. Tile is super cheap and the options are endless!!

I bought a Bingo game at a yard sale and made bingo coasters!!

i cut the Bingo cards down to a square (cutting off the top part that spells out B-I-N-G-O). the cards were pretty thick, so i peeled off the top layer- it peeled off pretty easily.

I used a variety of scrapbook paper... mod podged the bingo sheet to the scrapbook paper... then all of it to the tile. I used mod podge underneath and then a good coat on top.

Previously, I've used felt on the bottom so the coaster don't scratch any surfaces... but I didn't have any felt on hand, so I used what i had!  I cut squares out of an old pair of sweatpants and hot-glued that under each tile.

Finally, I added a water-resistant, protective gloss finish with clear spray paint.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

no one has it all figured out

There are Christians who:

Believe the Holy Bible does not contain the Apocrypha. Do not believe in the Trinity. Believe Mary stayed a virgin. Believe woman today should wear skirts and have long hair. Believe tattoos and piercings are sinful or even open the door to demonic curse. Believe once saved, always saved. Are democrats. Believe we should confess our sins to a Priest. Believe the Holy Bible does contain the Apocrypha. Believe that people who are gay are going to hell. Believe that people who are gay aren't automatically going to hell, but are living in sin that is greater than most other sins. Believe that it is not a sin to be gay. Believe you can lose your salvation. Are pro-life. Believe everything is predestined by God. Believe the KJV is the only real Bible translation. Are racist. Do not believe woman should be pastors. Have a woman pastor. Voted for Obama. Believe you must be baptized to be saved. Believe drinking alcohol is sinful. Believe being a glutton is sinful (oh wait, no, that's no one really).

I could go on, but hopefully you get my point. There are people who identify as believers in Jesus Christ who believe differently than you. And before you say it, I know. They are misguided. You've studied, you've prayed, God has spoken to you. You know the Truth. Guess what? They are saying the same thing right now, too.  Everyone thinks they are right. That's why they believe it- because they think it's true. There are very smart, studied people on each end of the spectrum. 

So where does that leave us? I honestly don't know. And that's what I'm learning. That I don't know A LOT. That doesn't mean I stop trying to learn. That doesn't mean I stop caring. It means I do the best I can. I read the Word and study and come to the best conclusion that I can. I decide for myself what I believe. But when someone believes differently, in grace and humility I listen. I mean, really listen to what they have to say. If I still disagree, that's okay.

I know you've studied. I know you are passionate about what you believe. I know you want to advocate what you believe to be the Truth. And maybe you are right about a lot of it. But, here's the thing. You are probably wrong about something. Can you honestly say that you think are are right about everything?? If so, I would love to have a chat with you because that is quite an accomplishment!! And I've never met anyone that was always, 100% of the time right. So I would love to meet you. However, if not, think about it. You are wrong about something. One of those beliefs that you hold so tightly and advocate so firmly, you are probably wrong about one of them. At least one of them. If that does not cause us to step back in humility and grace, then I'm at a loss. I no longer know what to say to you. And it probably wouldn't matter.

No one has it all figured it. An honest admission of that can only lead to humility.

And posting the lyrics to this song again, This Side of Heaven by Chris August.

Everyone’s got their own opinions
There’s nothing they don't know about
But in the end nobody's winning
'Cause nobody's got it figured out

Oh the things we think we know
But honestly we really don’t
This side of heaven
Save the worry, stop the hate
It doesn't matter anyway
This side of heaven

You can make your own decision
You can write it on a sign
But when it feels like something’s missing
Listen up and I'll tell you why


I remember how He showed me
Love is first above all
And that judgment should come slowly
'Cause we all have our faults

Friday, June 21, 2013

scrap wood

I found a piece of wood laying by a trash can... picked it up and turned it into this! It had a couple nails and screws in it, I look those out and cleaned it up. I used a bar of soap to help fill the holes. I had seen that on Pinterest... it worked pretty well, but I had a hard time covering the soap with the acrylic paint I used. I watered down some brown paint and started with a layer of that to darken the wood. I also added a tiny bit of water to the teal and lightly painted that on... purposefully leaving spots where you could see the brown through it. I free-handed the letters on with pencil and filled with paint. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! Now I just need to get some picture hangers and get it put up! 

The quote is the name of a movie, "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You"... I fell in love with it. I'm not convinced it's a fact yet, but I'm hopeful. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

canvas, book pages and mod podge

I like the way both of these turned out, though they aren't very smooth. I didn't put mod podge on the canvas first, I put the pages down first so I could arrange them the way I wanted. then I simply painted the mod podge on top. that causes the wrinkles though, so in the future, I think I'll put mod podge on the canvas first, then just be careful about how I lay the pages out. 

for the first one, I took Bible pages all with verses about love. I highlighted those verses with a watered down yellow paint. I also watered down the teal paint a bit as the background, the. just free handed "love deeply" on. I want to work on my lettering!

used the same method of mod podging book pages onto canvas. I had some wooden words I had picked up at a craft store, laid them on the canvas and sprayed painted over. peeled off the words, and voila. I also painted the sides of the canvas to give it a little more color and splattered on a bit of yellow. 

from mission work to crafting

In the past, the main purpose of this blog was to share my adventures in mission work while I lived in Haiti. It wasn't always about Haiti. Sometimes I posted random thoughts and musings. However, now I'm no longer living in Haiti, just back to regular ol' life in Southern Indiana. But I have a new hobby. I've started crafting. While I've always loved to draw, I've never thought of myself as artsy. And I'm still not really. But I love trying. Sometimes I spend hours on something and it's a flop. And sometimes, I'm proud of the end results. I'm going to start sharing my attempts at being crafting here on the blog!

To start with, here are two random, simple beginning works.

I started with a piece of cloth from an old shirt. Painted on the squares and sewed around them. My sewing machine was snagging a bit, so it didn't turn out perfectly. Printed out the quote on regular computer paper and sewed it on as well!

I special greeting card that I wanted to hang on to, so I decided to make something with it. I cut off the back of the card, and glued the front to a couple different pieces of collaged scrapebook paper. Then I loosely glued it to the brown piece just to hold it in place and stitched it on. I really like the effect that gave it! Hot glued on the buttons to give it a little extra texture. Framed it without glass. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

oh the things we think we know

I'm at a place in my life where I am questioning a lot of things. I'm questioning what I believe and where I stand on certain issues and who I am. Don't freak out. I am not questioning whether God exists. I am not questioning my belief in Jesus. But I look at the church and church people... and I can't help but think maybe we've missed it. It's hard to really see something for what it is when you are so close and caught up in it. So I take a step back. I examine and question the things I was taught, the things I thought I knew. I think that's the biggest problem. We think we are the ones to have it all figured out. Whatever your denomination is. Even within a denomination there can be differences, so take it a step further, your church, your pastor. You are the ones that have the real Truth. That have it all figured out. Everyone else is just wrong. And the worst of it is, you're not allowed to have questions. You're not allowed to have a different opinion. They (church leaders) might not kick you out of the church for having a different opinion, but it would never be viewed as a legitimate point of view. They would try to change your mind. And if they couldn't, they would just settle on the fact that you just aren't as spiritual mature or you're living in sin and don't want to grasp the truth of the matter.

If you doubt or question a certain issue, church people will simply tell you to "look at it through the lens of the Bible". We like nice, pat, simple answers. But the thing is, not all of us are satisfied with pat answers. And the problem with that pat answer is that we're all looking at the Bible through a different lens. This might make a lot of people uncomfortable. Am I saying there isn't an absolute truth? No. I'm saying we are mere human beings and we'd be much better off if we stopped pretending we have all the answers. There are thousands and thousands of different protestant denominations. That's thousands and thousands of different view points. All who look at things through the lens of the Bible. All who believe the answers and conclusions they've come to are the real ones. The real Truth.

I'm not saying there aren't things we can know for certain. I'm just saying maybe we need to shorten that list.

I leave you with "This Side of Heaven" by Chris August

Everyone's got their own opinions
There's nothing they don't know about
But in the end nobody's winning
'Cause nobody's got it figured out

Oh the things we think we know
But honestly we really don't
This side of heaven
Save the worry, stop the hate
It doesn't matter anyway
This side of heaven

You can make your own decision
You can write it on a sign
But when it feels like something's missing
Listen up and I'll tell you why

Oh the things we think we know
But honestly we really don't
This side of heaven
Save the worry, stop the hate
It doesn't matter anyway
This side of heaven

I remember how He showed me
Love is first above all
And that judgment should come slowly
'Cause we all have our faults