Your Hope Will Not be Cut Off (refurbished blog from MySpace 7-2-06)

The Word of God is sharper than any double edged swoard, able to divide soul and spirit… let that sink in for a minute….

That’s why, even though I have read through the entire Bible, I can still be completely surprised by the stuff that is in there. And one verse can be so profound-when nothing in life, no conversation, no trauma, no change in life can get my attention-but one verse can rock my world like getting punched in the face. Why don’t I spend more time in the Word? I don’t know…there are so many distractions in life and when you’re away, a good trick the enemy has is to diminish the potency of scripture in your mind. When I come back to the Word of Life, it is then more than ever I realize my mind is being fought over.

Today I stood on the side of a mountain above a small beaver pond overlooking a gorgeous sunset over a mountain range and these words from Psalms echoed through my mind:

Do not let your heart envy sinners,

but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

There is surely a future hope for you,

and your hope will not be cut off.

I wish I could explain the magnitude in which this verse impacted me. It’s like I have been boiling inside because of all these issues in my head and at the forefront of them was an envy for some things that I have really felt like an outsider for-but when I look at it, most of the pressure on me is due to sin around me and so really I have been in envy of their sin. So I’m like “God, how can I possibly let this go?” and then He was like “Your hope will not be cut off” So even though I’m still where I was and there appears to be no way out right now, I have hope….

More Proverbs of Josh

12-16-12

• Decrease your enemies, my son, and decrease your battles.

• Be not overly proud of your youth, for the joke is not on your elders, but your future self.

10-22-13

Always surprise someone in their favor.
For example: If you have an unknown amount of money you esitmate to be around $20 in your pocket to give to Bob, tell Bob you think you have about $15 to give him. If your estimate was correct, Bob will be pleasantly surprised to find he has $5 more than what you said. If you overestimated, Bob gets about what he thought was coming to him. If you underestimated, then Bob gets a lot more than he expected.

Classiness is King
We never boo our opponent. We show as much concern for an injured player on their team as we would on our team; NEVER cheer for an injured opponent.
We thank our waiter/waitress for everything they do for us, tip at least 20% and give them the benefit of the doubt when there are problems.

Proverbs of Josh 2012

3-9-12 How often we make a sloppy bed & then whine when we have to lie in it. If we’d just listen to wisdom in the first place

3-20-12 Because I’m a mess & can’t tell right from wrong, I seek wisdom & discipline. I’m so far from it, but it’s what I aim for.

3-23-12 “Prudence” seems to have a negative stigma, but it is a virtue to be sought after.

3-29-12 Get not your precepts from Dove chocolates

4-12-12 One minute I’m offended because someone younger than me sees no value in what I’ve learned in life yet why don’t I respect the knowledge & wisdom of people older than me?

4-27-12 A million little good things can blind you to one great thing.

If we seek wisdom in our youth, we might actually have some when we’re older.

Proverbs of Josh 9-24-07

24 Sep 2007

The Proverbs of Josh

Observations

The more you want something, the further it runs, the less attainable

Rainy days can extinguish hope, or make me contemplative

People admire strong character and stability, but they desire adventure and impulsiveness

It is good to be nice, but people would rather the approval of the rude

Possibilities are not possibilities at all unless acted upon; only one opportunity can be acted uopn at a time

Seeking wisdom has its rewards, but jealousy of the unwise is slow to leave

The Lord hates arrogance and equally do I, it’s even more disgusting when I find it in me

Melancholy is bittersweet

Strength and wisdom are admirable, but instant gratification is more desirable

Contemplation and introspection have gotten me nowhere

Passion is a difficult fire to light, even more difficult to spread

Leaders are few because great is their responsibility and lonely is their plight

Though my morality is for the Lord, the approval of people I seek

Though people care little and infrequent, I seek their approval over the Lord

The key to fulfilment is the application of talents and gifts given to us by our Heavenly Father

The perception of time shrinks as you get older

An attrocity will be remembered for a lifetime, a miracle for a day

Everyone thinks their situation is unique, everyone wants to be heard

New technology is 10 percent innovation and 90% persuasion of necesssity

You may not desire to be punctual, but everyone waiting on you wishes you to desire to be

When people leave my life I am sad for a time and then learn to live without them, but I have found they are never replaced and always welcome back

Many points are made in an argument, one conclusion made in each of the partcipants mind, and only one truth

In the end truth needs not persuasion, only revelation

Purity has little earthly reward and the days of the impatient are filled with instant gratification

Envy of the wicked comes easily, envy of the pure comes in hindsight

Quiet waiting and decernment can be confused with weak passivity

It is the man’s job to pursue the lady, her job to leave a trail

A girl’s “no” looks a lot like her “hard to get”

Rejection is like a bitter drink, a blowing out of a candel in a man’s soul

Hope is a choice to be made in the face of impending struggle

To grow up is to face struggle, to embrace the mundane

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, rain comes down on the righteous and unrighteous alike