Friday, October 3, 2008

Swim the other WAY!

Sorry guys and girls! I know that I haven't been on this blogging world in ages. You know how my blog looks like, not a post since September 23, if you look at my e-mail, it looks the same way and you can then tell how busy I have been. However, believe me, even though school life and afterward activities have been keeping me busy, I have been thinking of blogging everyday, but, there's always a but with something, my time doesn't allow it. There are only 24 hours in a day, and out of those 24 I'm either, sleeping, eating, doing school, cleaning, babysitting, spending time with family, etc. Ok, enough about 'my life' more about why I'm here and why I've decided to post!!!

The other day (actually 2 weeks ago, this has been on my mind but I haven't got the chance to post it out) my family and I were driving around town to get to a soccer game, not to mention, we were already beating the time. My dad was pressing that speed and trying to get to that specific soccer field. So, with the speedometer reaching higher and higher so was the time getting higher and higher. Y'all are probably like, "What's this girl saying, she's a nut case!" Just wait a minute, I'll get to my point. Anyways, my dad was of course really wanting to get to that soccer game just on time, however, a few hours before he was going too fast and sure enough the police let off his annoying siren....and as well all know, he gave my poor dad a ticket. Now, as we were driving we all were saying, "Dad, please slow down you don't need another ticket." Well, he did slow down after all and then this is what my mom said, "Honey, you can't follow the normal speed as everyone because then yourself will get caught into trouble!" Now, I'll get to my reason and point.

The moment my mom said those words, it went into my 16 year old brain and meant more than just that phrase of 17 words. This is what I got out of it. What my mom said and meant made total sense when you take it into a metaphor and base it around the world and us Christians. Take a look at this. Just as my dad was trying to go the speed everyone was going and if he does so then he'll eventually get caught. So is it when we all try to go with the speed of this world. Let it be music, fashion, movies, actors and actresses, etc. We all want to stay on top of things and keep everything in what is called now, 'new' and not the 'old' times. If we as Christians try to stay and run into this world with speed and getting all the latest things we too will sooner or later get into trouble. God will at times take things for awhile, however, we all get too comfortable with this way of doing things and God will try anything to knock us on the head, but many of us are too busy to even hear him that we ignore his call and then, a consequence will come.

I once had a t-shirt with about 100 fishes on it. All the fishes were swimming one way, whereas there was one fish out of those 100 who was swimming the opposite. All the others were coated in yellow, whereas this one was green. Does this make sense? All those other fishes were going with the flow, dressing the same to some degree, and doing the same thing(s). It takes a lot of will power and self-control to 'swim' the opposite direction. This is just the same with being on the street and with being in the world as Christians. You have all these cars speeding by you going maybe 5-10 above the actual speed limit and maybe there's one of two who are following the sign and rule. This all applies to the above examples. All of us have to swim the other way, going the way which is right, even though it's tough and very difficult, great will be our reward in heaven. Right now we might not think about that, we often press hard and have tears for persecution, but great will be our reward in heaven!

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Matthew 7:13
With all this said, my message to all of you today is to....SWIM THE OTHER WAY!


Anonymous said...

Vanessa, that is sooooo awesome!!! What a powerful lesson to learn! You explained it very well. Ü

.... hey, e-mail me soon!!

Lacy said...

What a wonderful post, Vanessa! And such a true message. Indeed, we as Christians must swim the other way!

~ Lacy

Allison said...

I completely understand your busyness. I feel the same way. :)

So many times Christians are pulled into the "norm", even the church has become that way! It's quite sad. What a great reminder!

Lydia said...

hey, this is Lydia from day by day. I've missed seeing you. (if you call what we do online 'seeing each other' anyway that was a great post. I have been challenged to 'swim the other way a lot' even in my own church. that is something that is really hard for me to do and when my parents required me to dress, talk, walk, etc. differently from my friends i hated it. but God took my heart from hating it, to accepting it, to being content in it, to finding my joy in it. thanks for reminding us of this.

Anonymous said...

Hey Vanessa!

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Have a great day!
~ Lacy