When I turned 13, the world of media opened up before me. I was allowed many freedoms I never had, and was given more opportunities to choose for myself in what I was going to indulge. I was allowed to choose what I desired to watch, listen to, or read. Granted, there were wise boundaries in place, with the folks having the ultimate trump card. They allowed me to begin making decisions for myself, and suffering those consequences ( both good and bad), within a controlled environment.
I remember some time ago, I had just finished watching a movie (Lost in Space) and told my mom how great it was and there was just a little bad stuff, but that was OK, because it was just a little bit of sin. I’ll never forget what she said as she was cooking brownies…
“So, You’d like a little poop in these brownies, right?”
That phrase has stuck with me for five years now. And it has been a great way to converse with people who say “AW MAN! this movie is awesome. It just has a little bad part where you have to close your eyes, but that’s OK because the rest was so good. You should totally go see it!”
Justifying sin, whether it be in movies or media is never OK. I still do it sometimes, actually quite a bit. That one question however, has reminded me when we view a movie with sin, or commit an otherwise good act with a bit of bad, that it is never justified, acceptable, nor excusable in any sense.
And I bet you’ll never look at brownies the same way again either. ;)
Well folks, I made it back from my travels and am back to continue sharing thoughts and ramblings. I’ll overview the past few weeks in case you were wondering where I went.
The first leg of my journey was to Washington D.C. I and some other friends got together to fellowship and just hangout. We play some Ultimate frisbee, toured Mt. Vernon, Toured a bit of the Mall in DC, and talked about many different things. There were daily bible studies in the evening, and many awesome memories were made.
After the week in DC, I immediately went to our State capitol to Chaperon for TeenPact. This ministry’s mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage the culture at a a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things. I learned a lot about serving as a chaperon running errands to Walmart (yuck), making sure the guys in my room where ready on time, and other duties like that. The week grew me, which is what TeenPact always does. The students attending were also awesome, so that made things fun as well.
Then the last few weeks I have been intensively training as Restaurant Marketing Director and Hospitality Leader at a local Chick-fil-a. I was promoted to the position last week, but have quite a bit of things to learn. So I’ve been investing a lot of time into being the best I can there, as I desire to be an asset, not a liability to the workplace.
So there you go, a small glimpse of the past few weeks. Hope you enjoyed hearing the update, and I’ll see you in the comments below. ;)
I’m sitting here in an airport, waiting to board a plane to DC. That’s right, I’ll be absent from here the next few weeks as I’m out seeing Mt Vernon, memorials, and more.
So hang tight and enjoy the archives if you like. I’ll be back in a few weeks, with more posts, pics, and perks. ;)