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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Hungry

I attended the graduation ceremony of a friend last week, and heard this song for the first time as part of the short worship set at the beginning. It was a rare opportunity; I usually like to sing to everything, especially worship music (and if I can find a working harmony, even better). But here, I found myself not knowing this song that everyone else clearly was familiar with and loved, a song that they were now singing out with all of their being. So I just listened.

Generic? I suppose you could call it that. But drinking in the words (especially the first two lines) makes me aware of how heartfelt they are. Sometimes the simple, even slightly generic words say it best.

(Speaking of heartfelt words, I found a short interview excerpt from the writer, Kathryn Scott, about what she was living through when she wrote this song; check it out if you enjoy Scottish accents.)

Maybe you’re familiar with this song. Maybe, like me until last week, you’ve never heard it before. Regardless, reflect on the words for a spell. Consider the worth of our Lord, and how we can do nothing but fall to our knees at His feet and give Him all that we have and are in response.

Consider how He alone ultimately satisfies our hunger.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they will be filled.

~ Matthew 5:3-6

A surprise for a friend

No Great Proposal

From what I’ve heard, throughout the years
It’s been done in many ways.
Some with a sudden question,
Some with planning that takes days.
Some brave humiliation,
And act for all to see.
From on a raised up tabletop
Or down on bended knee.

Some ask a simple question,
Some hold an ornate sign;
Some draft their friends to spell their plea
While standing in a line.
Some write their invitation
Using paint or candle’s glow.
Some fashion songs or dance routines
Or make a video.

I have no flowers in my hand
No candles at my feet.
I have no guitar-led serenade
No flash mob on the street.
I have no great proposal,
No rose or plastic ring.
But as a friend I treasure, Ellen,
Will you go to Prom with me?

*   *   *   *   *

Two years ago, this guy was invited to prom by a good friend of his, but being the guy, he decided to turn the tables and “ask” her in a special way (as seen in the link).

Incidentally, I am that guy’s younger brother and the friend I’m going to prom with is the girl that he went with’s younger sister. (They have a younger sister too, about the same age as my younger brother; but that might be a bit much.)

As depicted in my poem, multitudes of people have done prom proposals in a plethora of ways; sometimes publicly, sometimes indirectly (and sometimes both, such as through a video posted online). While public displays and indirect messages may be cute, in my opinion they either put way too much pressure on the one being asked (to make the crowd-pleasing decision), or can act as a cop-out for asking the person face-to-face. For those reasons, I personally think that prom proposals (or any other kind of proposal for that matter) are best done privately and in person — generally speaking.

But when the real asking has been done (as it had been in my brother’s case), I like the idea of doing something creative and thoughtful. So following my brother’s example somewhat (though I chose poetry over dance as my medium), this simple poem is what I came up with.

I hope it gives her something to smile about when she looks back on being asked to prom.

Cheers,

  ~ Timothy

P.S. By the way, in case you’re wondering if she’s seen it yet, I already sprung the surprise by asking her to “preview” this post before publishing it. So this post has been approved. I hope you enjoyed it too!

Thanks for Writing Award

A little while ago, a fellow blogger I recently found (or more accurately, who recently found me) graciously decided to award me something known as the Thanks for Writing award (you can find her blog here). I, being ungraciously unable to manage my time, haven’t been able to properly pay my dues until now. Below is what the award looks like:

Nice, isn’t it? Many thanks to the bestower, though frankly, I’m not entirely clear on how these awards are supposed to work. Apparently, WordPress has rules governing this process, but I wasn’t able to find them. I was instructed, however, to talk about myself briefly (in the form of 17 statements I think) and to pass it on. So, even though I’m bound to do it wrong, let’s give it a go shall we?

7 things about me and 10 things about me:

1. I am learning to enjoy God’s creation.

2. I am learning to see and appreciate beauty wherever it appears.

3. I am learning to awaken the philosopher within me and let him have some fun from time to time. =)

4. I am learning that I am far less disciplined when it comes to productivity, diligence, and time management than I once supposed.

5. I am learning how much I enjoy simply being with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

6. I am learning to harmonize as much as I can (mostly when there’s a Christian radio station involved).

7. I am learning how little knowledge and experience I truly have in the martial arts, despite having trained in them for the past seven years or so.

8. I am learning the incredible, nearly priceless value of having moments from the past immortalized and preserved in pictures that can be looked back upon later.

9. I am learning to humble myself and allow myself to be in some of those pictures, for the sake of my friends having those pictures to treasure later, and for my own sake.

10. I am learning that 17 points is quite a few to fill up…

11. I am learning to live boldly for my Lord and Savior, mostly through the simple, everyday, yet potentially life-changing method of just talking to people.

12. I am learning how much I wish I had not passed by so many opportunities to make conversations with people when I had the chance…

13. I am learning (very, very gradually) to pray, in a manner that is clear-minded and self-controlled.

14. I am learning (even more gradually) how to pray for my friends who do not yet know the Lord…

15. I am learning how to not take my blessings for granted (another work in very slow progress).

16. I am learning to view and (hopefully) mine God’s Word like the ocean of treasures that it is.

17. I am learning to love my God with all that I have, however little I have to offer Him in return for what He has done for me.

Now I think I’m supposed to nominate another blogger for the same award; “passing it on” in effect. Here’s my nomination:

http://teenagewritingrocks.blogspot.com/

Not a WordPress blog, but certainly still worthy of recognition in the blogging world. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to explain why I chose this blog, but I’m mostly making up my own rules about how to do this award anyway; why not?

To Sir Jake, keeper of the fine blog Teenage Writer, wielder of the infamous Pen of Doom, and by all accounts, a most marvelous elf:

By nominating you for this award, I mean two things when I say “thanks for writing.”

First, thank you for being the writer that you are; solidly grounded in Christ, knowing your craft well and full of only the best philosophical and random musings.

Second, thank you for writing on your blog; sharing events from your adventures in your new Liberian home and discussing both the mechanics and soul of writing. I always enjoy reading what you have to say, and often leave your posts with something for my voracious mind to chew on for a bit. Admittedly, I can’t say I know you all that well (I haven’t really had any conversations with you, and computer screens can only convey so much), but your rock-solid foundation in Christ is an immediate bridge. Thank you for your writing.

(Whether you wish to pass this award on or not is entirely up to you. I do encourage you to as a way of expressing appreciation and respect to another blogger you know, but I’m not even sure if you would acknowledge this award as legitimate since it does seem to be a WordPress phenomenon. Then again, I’ve doubtless already mangled every rule concerning this award there is, so I suppose that shouldn’t stop you either.)

I better stop before I give any WordPress awards veterans any more nightmares. I wish you all well!

~ Timothy

Housekeeping

Let’s begin with a classic, heartfelt, blogger-to-reader exchange, shall we?

Hopefully, I don’t have to start every post in which I’m directly addressing my readers like this, but once again, it must be said: I apologize for not posting in a while. Life, as usual, has been getting in the way.

Believe it or not, I’ve actually been overflowing with inspiration from the blogging-fairy recently. Of course, finding time to get it all down and get it right has been the challenging part. To give you a taste of what I’m preparing, here’s a peek ahead:

  • Graduation: Obviously, something concerning this topic is in order. I have something mostly written out already, but obviously, it’s not quite finished yet…
  • Adventures in Paris: This will actually be a series of posts (probably under a different name). A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Paris for a senior trip, and I have many pictures, anecdotes and philosophical musings to share as a result.
  • Cosmology: Say what you like, but yes, I am planning a post to talk about the origins of the universe, from both the theist and the non-theist’s point of view.
  • Dance tribute: Similar to what I did for the Jabbawockeez a while back, but for a different group of course (known as The LXD in case you’re curious).
  • “God” is crazy: A post I’ve been planning for quite some time now. It still doesn’t have much form; it dips perhaps a bit too far into the science realm, but once again, it’s mostly philosophical.
  • An award: I recently got a blogging award that I’m supposed to address and pass on in a post. Haven’t done that yet either…

And so on, so forth. Too many ideas, too little time.

I haven’t completely worked it all out, but after much deliberation and a tiny bit of actual decision-making, here’s what I concluded:

  • Address the award first. It’s essentially a gift for crying out loud, and needs to be acknowledged. That takes precedence.
  • Then Paris. That happened a while ago, and if you don’t get it down now, you never will.
  • And then graduation.

The rest will hopefully fall into place one happy day. For now, simply know that I have bunches of stuff to post, and I will as soon as I can.

I really am sorry for such a bland post (and I couldn’t get those stupid bullet points from being all mashed together), but I figured it’s good to sort out this kind of stuff once in a while, though probably more for my benefit than yours.

Here’s to housekeeping,

~ Timothy

P.S. In case you’re wondering, the picture is of my great-aunt’s house in New York. Not mine, but not a random picture off the Internet either. =)

UPDATE:

First, let me say that I hate updates like this. I do not like touching my posts after I’ve published them already.

But I’ve made… a few changes to what I originally decided.

Go figure.

Here’s the new plan:

  • Yes, award first. That’s been done.
  • But after that, there’s something else I need to address (it’s a surprise!).
  • Then after that, I should talk about graduation. Otherwise, graduation season will be long gone by the time I’m ready to talk about it.
  • Finally, Paris. That already happened a long time ago, so it can wait.

Then cosmology, dance tribute, and hopefully everything else that’s on its way.

Please bear with me and my indecision. I’m sorry to do this to you all, but things will work out in the end. After all:

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

~ Proverbs 19:21

In other words, who cares what my plans end up being? I will plan in an effort to best serve you all and to help sort out my own thoughts, but ultimately God is the One who figures it all out. (Thank goodness; He’s much better at planning than I am!)

Hoping to post with abundance and excellence in the near future,

~ Timothy