Category Archives: Katie’s Kwips

The Flow

Press toward the light and the light will ground you/go with the flow and the flow will drown you… (‘Escape’, Newsboys, from ‘Born Again’)

People are always caving to peer pressure for different reasons. Sometimes it’s because they want to be accepted. Other times, they want to do it, but want someone to encourage it. Other times, they just don’t want to go against their friends for fear of being shunned or gossiped about behind their back.

But then I think of something else: Why does it matter? What will the people who do things that are bad for you do for your life? Will they make you a better person? Will they help lead to your success? Or will they bring you down to their level? If you picked the last option, you’re right. Bad company corrupts good character.

There’s this demonstration some people do to prove this. They have one person stand on a chair, and the other stand on the ground. The person on the chair tries to pull up the person on the ground. They can’t. The person on the ground tries to pull down the person on the chair. It’s easy as cake. What’s the lesson here? Should be self-explanatory.

But think about this. When you have a good friend, you can raise each other up. Take turns carrying the weight of the world. But remember, when you find yourself tangled with someone who’s a bad influence, you’ll have the weight of the world thrust upon you, and when the chips are down, you’ll be left to bear it all alone. Yet another reason to stay away from the status quo.

There are so many things wrong with the world. I said it before: We live in a crumbled world. Romans 12:2 says ‘And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.’ In other words, don’t go with the flow.

We were made to stand out. The only people who ever did anything significant in this world did it because they stepped away from the norm and changed the world. They weren’t goody-two-shoes who did what they were raised to do. If rules hadn’t been broken, thoughts hadn’t been challenged, there’s no way this post would exist.

So, the lesson here is this: Don’t go with the crowd. Be the one who walks in the wrong direction. Be the one who breaks the stereotypes. Be the one who stands out, even when it’s not the popular thing to do. Say no and stand your ground. Reach out to people who are hurting and in need. Ignore it when people tell you you’re an idiot for going against them.

Think on this post. Give it some good thought before you decide what to do. And think about your friends. What kind of influence are they? What kinds of things do you do together? Good things? Or bad things? Think about it, and once you know the answers, figure out what you’re going to do about it.

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Home Improvement (Home is Where the Heart Is)

I was talking to a friend a couple of months ago. The subject of growing in God came up. She had some very wise thoughts on it.

“God never gives up on us. He loves for us to seek Him. I’ve been involved in all sorts of ministries in the church and have always tried to be the best Christian that I can. But he is still showing me even more, and I love that.”

No matter how grown you are in God, you can always grow more. It doesn’t matter if you got saved 10 years ago or just 10 minutes ago. There’s always room to grow. And you can drop seeds too.

Jesus told the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. The moral of it is, we’re the sower. We are to throw the seeds of the gospel out at anyone we can. Sometimes they’ll ignore it completely. Sometimes they’ll get choked out when they try to accept it. Sometimes they won’t be able to grow at all after accepting. Then there’s times when they’ll not only accept it, they’ll grow and flourish and sow their own seeds.

I know there’s always room for improvement, but I’m not nearly where I should be in my faith. This September marks 15 years since I accepted Christ into my life, and I should be a lot further along in my walk than I am. I don’t read my Bible much, let alone meditate on it. My devotional doesn’t help much, as it’s a very brief devotion, and has no questions or study guide to go with it.

I’m such a busy person, yet it’s mostly just stupid stuff I don’t need to do. I mean, yes I should do chores, yes I should take care of myself, but I was home alone from 8AM-1:30PM today and I spent most of that time on the computer. Taking out 30 minutes to shower, brush my hair and teeth, and take care of other basic things, that leaves 5 hours. If I spent just 30 minutes to an hour talking to God and spending time in the Word, I’d still have 4-4 1/2 hours to myself. That’s plenty of time to goof off. So why didn’t I? Because I forgot. That’s truly sad. That’s like forgetting about my earthly father. I could never forget Daddy. So why do I forget the Father who’s known me since before time began?

Today in church, my pastor preached on the Israelites wandering in the desert. It led into a discussion about improving in our faith. We start as infants. Then we begin to grow in our faith. Even once we ‘graduate’, we can always go back and learn more. Eternity is endless, and our faith should be too.

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photo courtesy of houzz.com

The Chosen Generation

I was sitting in youth group a couple years ago as we continued a series we started last week called One Generation Away. It’s basically about we’re one generation away from either losing it all or changing the world. I must say, it’s true. Every generation gets further from the truth. As I think about that, I recall 1 Timothy 4:12, which says in the NLT translation, ‘Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.’ So it’s up to us. This generation is the future of the world. We’re going to run the world someday. What are we going to do when we have that power?

My youth leader told us there are two options for us as believers. Option 1 is to go to church, sing the songs, listen to the message, then go home like nothing ever happened. What happens in church stays in church, right? Wrong.

But there’s a second option. We go to church and learn and really, truly get it. We not only get it, but we live it too. Which one do you think is the right option?

The first thing we have to do is learn to listen to only the good advice. Don’t be stupid. Remember that bad company corrupts good character. Just look at what’s happening in the US. We made a not-so-wise decision in the 2008 election. Then we were stupid enough to do it again last year. Why? Because we listened to the wrong people.

The second thing to do is to find your sound and play it loud. In other words, find yourself, and when you do, don’t let go of that. Be yourself. Don’t let anyone change you. I’ve always been different, and usually I embrace that. There are days when I want to be more ‘normal’, but why should I be? So I can go sleep around, get high, drunk, and stoned, go listen to trashy music and dress like a harlot? I like my style. A former boyfriend of mine would tell me that I was a bad writer and send me songs to listen to so I could learn to write decent lyrics. At first I was hurt, but now I’ve decided to ignore him. It’s my style. It’s my life. I won’t change for anyone. Ever.

My point to all of this? We’re the chosen generation. God says to either be on fire or ice cold toward him. Which one will it be? This generation can’t stay lukewarm.

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photo courtesy of aysp.ca

Mountain-Moving Faith

OK, so something struck me during church last week. God always talks about having faith. It’s all over the Bible. Hebrews 11 talks all about faith in action. Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. In this entry, I will discuss this.

In Matthew 7, Jesus tells the Pharisees to stop being hypocrites. To take the plank out of their own eye before they worry about the speck in the eye of someone else. This was obviously an exaggeration. So was Matthew 17:20. Jesus didn’t really mean you could move mountains–but a little faith CAN go a long way.

Let me make something very, very clear: God WILL give you more than you can handle. But that’s because He’s expecting you to lean on Him for support. Put faith and trust in Him, and you’ll go far. According to the dictionary, faith is ‘confidence or TRUST in a person or thing’. Put enough faith in God, He’ll move mountains for you. Maybe not real ones, but how many times have you ever run into hard times and felt the weight of the world was on your shoulders?

Which brings me to another point. If you’re going through something, and you pray for God to take it away, He will…IF it’s according to His will. However, He will ALWAYS grant you the ability to get through it. I remember watching Evan Almighty years back, and one thing that stood out to me was when Evan’s wife was feeling overwhelmed and watching the news at a bar when God sat beside her. What he told her has stuck with me ever since I first saw it.

Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does He give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does He give them opportunities to love each other?

There’s one more thing I want to put out there. I have bipolar disorder, and there are days I just don’t want it anymore. I want to be done with it. I wish I didn’t have it, or that I didn’t need to constantly rely on medications and counseling to function like the average adult. But you know what? The last time I was thinking about it, I realized something. If God puts you through something like this, don’t you think it could be because He knows you can handle it better than someone else? God’s perfect, and just, and He knows what He’s doing.

photo courtesy of Jeremy Johnson
photo courtesy of Jeremy Johnson

HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD

 HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD

Author: Katie Glover


There are many ways to be more ‘eco-friendly’.

Here are a few:

 1. Ride your bike more. Not only do you get in exercise and the chance to enjoy nature, it saves on fossil fuels. Just don’t forget to wear a helmet and obey traffic laws!

 

2. Try to avoid using aerosol cans. I know you have to sometimes (like when using air freshener), but avoid it as much as possible.ravine

 3. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. There’s all sorts of cool ideas of stuff to do with old things–I once saw a suggestion to turn an old pizza box into an easel. You can look it up online, or try checking out Pinterest–there’s lots of cool ideas there.

It’s not too hard to be more considerate of the earth.

Just dig around and you’ll see.