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Serving God

March 25, 2017

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” -Matthew 6:24, ESV

I have for a while considered the possibility of starting a niche blog (on another topic) for the possibility of drawing views and getting clicks. I would do this partially as an investment, and partially out of curiosity (I would enjoy the experience of learning about servers, hosting etc). But the more I think about it, the more I am convicted that it’s not worth the time or energy.

I  have been blessed with a good job, reasonable pay, and my needs have been met.  My expenses may increase in the future, but I still believe that I will be taken care of.   Shouldn’t I spend the rest of my time cultivating relationships, planning a family, and growing closer to God?

Financial responsibility is an important thing, and the Bible says a lot about working hard/not being slothful. (2 Thessalonians 3:10 and Proverbs 18:9, for example).  Working is an important part of taking care of and providing for a family.  But it is possible to pursue money too much.  Putting too much time and energy into active investments could have an adverse effect on both physical and spiritual health. Even watching the stock market too much has caused me to feel stressed and to gain weight.

Working is important, but I will try to focus only on work, and not on money by itself. I will work hard, I will be prudent with the resources I have, and I will try to give generously as I can.  Our goal is to live for heaven, not here.

 

Please help me to focus on You first, and then family, and then business.  Amen!

Moonlight Classic

July 18, 2010

I just got back from the Denver moonlight classic, and it was very fun.  There were people in costumes, people with glowsticks all over their bikes,
“free” goodies, and most of all….lots of closed down streets for bikers to cruise down in the moonlight.

Lots of screaming….woooo!

On a sad note, I lost my new bicycle helmet….

Now that the fun is over….Time to get busy and plan, and hopefully save some money…

Hello. My name is Bryan :)

July 9, 2010

The first half of my summer was spent working in Minnesota.  On one of my afternoons off, I went into a cafe where the girl smiled at me, introduced herself by name, and took my order.

On my birthday, I went to a place called Terrapin station in Nevis for a concert.  When I walked in, a girl smiled brightly at me and introduced herself to me by name (Jenna), asked me if I was from out-of-town (yes), and pointed me to the concert, where I met another lady who also introduced herself to me by name.  I returned on a different day, and it turns out that these two people are part of the family that runs that business.  Jenna asked me my name again (and I had to ask hers again), and we started up a small conversation.  The mom came in a few minutes later and remembered me by name as well.

I love that.  I also love that the bikes weren’t locked up on the bike racks, and that the band felt comfortable leaving the box of money with a note which read “make your own change” by the CDs they were selling as they performed.  I also liked the relaxed traffic.  What I love most, though, is how friendly and personal everyone was.

Then I came back to Arvada, and after fighting disappointingly heavy traffic, I visited my old favorite fast food restaurant Chipotle, and though everything was exactly as I had remembered it, I was very disappointed with the experience.  Chipotle is good, but not worth the money.

I miss the slow paced personal touch of the towns where I spent the last two months…

I’ve learned to talk to people that I didn’t think I could talk to before (people who seem quieter than me), and now, thanks to Jenna and company, I’ll try to introduce myself to more people.  Thanks Jenna…

“Hi, my name is Bryan! :)”

Looking to start fresh elsewhere

July 9, 2010

I need a name, and recommendation for software….

Jerry Falwell

May 16, 2007

Jerry Falwell, a conservative evangelist, has recently passed away.  Falwell was probably one of the most politically influential evangelists in the US, who has been credited for basically “mobilizing” the religious right, making them realize how much power they had, as a block of voters.

Falwell has always been a very controvercial figure.  This is painfully obvious as, around the world and the net, people are bitterly celebrating his death.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan of Falwell, but I can’t believe that people would actually celebrate the death of this man.  I think that’s extremely poor taste.  There are a lot of people who didn’t like him, but the truth is, he wasn’t that different than the plethora of evangelicals out there, and the people he influenced are still registered to vote, and still of the same mindset.

His death is not a victory, no matter what your beliefs are.  How can people rejoice in someone’s death?  Honestly, it makes me sick beyond words.

“Smiley” Faces

March 13, 2007

Sometimes when I’m writing letters or notes….actual handwritten things, I get the urge to insert sidways smiley faces, like “:)” or “:P” or “:D” or “:-)” or “;)” or “;-)” or “^_^” or….well, you get the idea.

I guess drawing smileys, in and of itself, isn’t that bad….but the fact that I want to draw them sideways on a handwritten paper is, well….a sign that I’m on myspace to much : P < – – See?

Short Assessment of Operating System Users

March 13, 2007

Mac users tend to be the most over zealous, imo….even when they might not know what they’re talking about.  Windows users for the most part don’t seem to care too much, although there’s a few who are antiMac.  There are zealous linux users, there’s a lot of antiWindows linux users, but they at least seem to know a lot about what they’re talking about, for the most part.

Daylight Savings

March 13, 2007

I love the surreal feeling that comes with daylight savings…..I got out of my last class (at 7pm), and there was actually sunlight out!  Awesome…. 🙂

Procrastinating away

February 16, 2007

How many of you procrastinate?

Procrastination sucks, but it happens, and it’s something that a lot of Americans struggle with.  According to this article(click here), 26 percent of Americans think of themselves as Chronic procrastinators.  Not so great, eh?

Unfortunately, I’m no exception.  I know that procrastination isn’t something I should do, and I know the Bible has a lot to say about working hard and all that (you know you can break the fourth commandment any day of the week?).  I think that a huge part of it (the solution) has to do with getting back to the word, getting closer to God, and living the life He wants me to live.  I feel super productive when I feel close to God, when I’m praying and spending time in worship.  Somehow, if I do that, even if it doesn’t seem like there’s time…..I always find time to get everything I need done.

I’m going to try to stop procrastinating, so…..pray for me.  I’m going to start trying to spend my time more efficiently, and recognize how valuable it really is, starting tonight.  (I don’t count this blog as wasting time….I’m writing to sharpen the mind, because I haven’t written in so long)

The art of procrastination is deeply rooted in my past.  I actually remember doing homework during recess in second grade, when I should have done it the night before.  In highschool, it was the same thing with spanish and history.  I would often do spanish over lunch before it was do.  I hated spanish though…not because the class was that bad, but the teacher seemed unmotivated(I joke about how he only pretended to know spanish).

English clas was another class that I procrastinated heavily in.  Here’s the thing, though:  I loved English.  I loved reading, I loved writing, and I had an awesome teacher who always made it interesting.  All that being said, I often waited until the last minute to write my papers for English.  The reason for this procrastination was indecision.  For some reason, I could never think of what to write about.  Sometimes I could think of many things, but couldn’t decide. I always wanted to choose a really good subject, something I was actually passionate about(or could at get passionate about, even mildly).  I wanted to make my paper stand apart.  I don’t know why it was so important to me, but I took my time deciding, letting thoughts brew in the back of my mind.

Once I committed, though, I could usually write a pretty good paper.  Even if I ended up doing the last minute revisions minutes before class started…..the paper was usually an A paper, with top marks for organization and flow(maybe a few misspellings if it was really last minute, but usually not).  -disclaimer, this blog will forever remain informal, so I’m not worried about whether my blogs are A material.  I’m just writing to think.

Basically, there’s two types of procrastination, and I’m guilty of both.  The first type of procrastination is basically negligence, and is the result of laziness, or a multitude of distractions.  This can be overcome easily, with a little discipline.  The second type of procrastination comes from(and is) indecision.  This is more difficult, but it too can be overcome.  I hope to leave both of these things in the past, in the near future.  Life is short, and time is the most valuable thing we have.  We shouldn’t waste it.  Even stuff like blogging or vlogging or other enjoyable hobbies are more constructive than other things we(I) often do.

I plan on taking action and becoming a more productive person.  Wish me luck.  And if you’re one of the many people who can identify with this problem….let me know about it, or let someone know, and then take action, and change.

God Bless 🙂

Intro

February 15, 2007

Hola.  So, my name is BrYan(with a Y), and I’m a seventh Day Adventist Christian.  I’m also a college student, still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life.  I’m new to blogging, and I’m not sure how much I’ll get on here, but I’ll probably write something once in a while.  God Bless 🙂