You know those really sad commercials for the SPCA featuring Sarah McLachlan that bring you to tears and ruins your day no matter the occasion? Yeah, that commercial is the reason why I don't watch live television anymore. If I wanted to be sad and cry my eyes out, I would have watchedMighty Joe Young... (inside Joke).
Well, we decided to make our own video. Our Church is in a bit of a remodel project at the moment, and we were looking for creative ways to guilt people into volunteering... #Sarcasm. Introducing: Stop Child Labor Volunteer Today, Featuring Leslie Szymanski as Steffers, and our very own Cherilyn Wise as Charity. Check it out below and let us know what you think!
God knows when we are talking to Him, and when we are just talking to be heard.
Have you ever accidentally started quoting from the Declaration of Independence while praying? No? Really? Yeah, me neither...
But I came pretty close the other night at a New Year's worship event at my church. It went something like this:
"Lord, may we not sing these songs without letting the truths found in them affect us, and when we meet together in a year from now may we still hold these truths..."
Now if you know anything about the Declaration of Independence, you can tell how I almost fell into that trap... almost. To my own relief, and despite my own default way of making things political, I did not continue on by saying, "to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable" blah blah blah... you get the point. Nope, I fought that urge, and instead leaned away from the microphone to laugh at myself, because really, who quotes Thomas Jefferson during prayer... I mean, besides Tea Partiers?
In my own defense, I majored in history and political science, and it somehow sneaks its way into other areas of my life. I am glad only a few people noticed, and that even fewer of them knew exactly what I was thinking. So with this in mind, I've come up with a three step way to keep yourself from quoting historical documents during worship prayer.
Step 1 Don't bring your constitution with you to church. That is all i'm going to say about that...
Step 2 Stay focused when you pray. It is really annoying to talk with someone who can't focus on the conversation, at least that is what people keep telling me. Yeah, some of us have pre-existing conditions when it comes to our ability to focus, but when it comes to prayer, if we are not focused on having a real conversation with God, we are going to go down some bizarre rabbit trails.
Step 3 Be genuine. God knows when we are talking to Him and when we are just talking to be heard. Sometimes I think we use prayer as a type of transition in church. "We are done with the songs part of the service, so let's end it with prayer so the band can exit from the stage unnoticed... as if when we open our eyes after prayer we look frantically for where they have all gone." Or, "we are going to eat now and we need to talk to God because that is what we have always done." I am not saying that praying during these moments is a bad thing, but if we are doing it out of habit without a genuine heart of prayer, we are just talking. Auto-pilot prayers leave us saying things don't reflect our heart, this is something I need to work on when praying in public.
What do you think?
We had a lot of fun trying to come up with fake resolutions for our last post, so we decided to come up with a few more for your viewing/reading pleasure. Do you guys suck at coming up with reasonable and obtainable New Year Resolutions? Well give these resolutions a look through and make them your own!
And since we actually came up with a bunch of these silly little resolutions and had a hard time narrowing it down to just 10, here is the Flannelgraf 2015 BONUS Resolution:
BONUS: Not threaten to give up on the North East and its obnoxiously long winter.
#Snowmageddon #SummerIsComing #Eventually
New Years Resolutions are basically the same thing as Lent, but for Non-Catholics. With about the same effectiveness, minus the whole spiritual emphasis on fasting. So like I said, Lent. (at least how the majority of the people I know view it.) Maybe the problem lies in our inability to make good resolutions. So let us first identify the different kinds of resolutions that we often make. By identifying the different types of resolutions, we hope to help you decide which type is best for you in this new year.
1. The Self-Promoting Resolution:
Do you lack attention? I mean let’s face it, we all do. Sometimes people just don’t like our Facebook or Instagram posts soon or often enough. Do you rush to delete that unliked photo that you posted half an hour ago? Just give it time... or try harder with this years Self Promoting Resolution.
Example: This year, I’m going to get more followers on my blog/YouTube Channel/Twitter/Facebook. www.flannelgraf.tv #FollowMe #FishersOfLikes #Represent #Myself #YouWontBeSorry
2. The False Humility Resolution:
This one is a particular favorite of the person who just doesn't get recognized for their charitable work. Maybe you should stop practicing your faith in private this year. Just put it out there. People need to know how humble you are.
Example: This year I am going to adopt a seventh Compassion Child, one for each of my children. #NeverTooEarly #RaisingEmRight
3. The Unrealistic Resolution that leads to Guilt Resolution:
This is like the “eyes are bigger than one’s stomach” mentality. That is to say, this is for those idealists among us. If dreaming big is where you live, if you long for adventure and major life change maybe you should try this resolution. But you have been warned: sometimes it’s more than you can handle, and may lead to an overwhelming feeling a guilt when you look back on all the things you didn’t accomplish this year.
Example: This year, I’m going to climb Mt. Everest. Twice. Blindfolded.
4. The Already Accomplished Resolution:
This is kind of like writing your To Do List at 8 pm. For the current day. You jot down
things like pack lunch, go to work, put gas in the car, clip that one toenail, just for the
sheer satisfaction of having a fully checked off list. Instead of making resolutions for this year, make resolutions for last year. Hindsight is 20/20. You will exceed your own expectations if you think about the things you already did.
Example: Start the New Year right with making great resolutions. #KillinIt
5. The Way-too-Personal Resolution:
Sure, we all admire that person who has no shame... (Awkward pause) ... If this is you, maybe you could consider keeping this years resolution to a smaller circle of... friends?
Example: Finally beat this foot fungus. #NewYearNewFeetNewMe
6. The Projection Resolution:
This resolution type is great for the passive aggressive among us. What better way to critique those we love through our New Year Resolutions?
Example: I resolve to not let all the people who are jerks to me get to me. #YouKnowWhoYouAre #I4GiveU
Which one are you going with? Let us know in the comments below.