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Hey everyone, :)

First off, I apologize for not posting as frequently as I want to. I have exams coming up on Friday, and so I’ve been SUPER busy lately.

Now, to the actual post.

As many of you know, I’m pretty addicted to my iPod I got for Christmas. Last night I got an app which has 55 000 quotes.

So this morning I was scrolling through the people categories, and I found Abraham Lincoln. So I started reading all of the famous lines he said. My favourite one was this:

“If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a horse have? Four, calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg.”

Often in our Christian walks we can call a sin that we struggle with by another name. Lying we can call exaggerating. Gossip we can call concern for others. Hatred towards fellow Christians we can call discernment. Manipulation we can call reason.

If you gossip, but say that you’re just making sure someone keeps an eye on Sarah, it’s still gossip.

If you lie, but say that you just didn’t realize what happened at the time, it’s still a lie.

If you can’t stand the sight of one of the kids in your youth group, and call it discernment, it’s still hatred.

Do you see what I mean? Exaggerating isn’t always bad–saying that your dad jumped 9 feet in the air when he saw your sister’s new haircut isn’t a sin. Being genuinely concerned for another’s well-being, and so asking how you can help them isn’t a sin, but spreading around rumours is. Discernment is a spiritual gift, and definitely not a sin, but using it to cover up your hatred is.

What tails do you call legs?

What sins are you covering up? It’s time to get rid of them–even though you might be fooling your friends, I can guarantee you that you aren’t fooling God.

Becca

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Hello girls,
So I was just reading Amber’s blog and she posted this verse:
“If you who are a Jew live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?” Galations 2:14
She then went on to say that it’s the same with Christians–if we’re Christian, but we’re living a lifestyle that is anything but holy, how are we going to show people what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ?
This verse is extremely important, in my opinion. So many Christians believe that they need to become one with our culture to be able to accept new teens into youth groups, young families into churches, etc. We lower our standards for our churches, youth groups, and for ourselves to an extent that there is no difference between us and the culture surrounding us, except that we claim one more lie: we’re Christians inside and out.
If you are a Christian, your number one priority should not be what others think of you. Your number one priority should not be to have the cutest boyfriend. If you go to a Chrsitian youth group, it should be reverent to God and to the church. I don’t mean that you always have to wear a long, white dress to represent purity and give up makeup and cute clothes to constantly chant prayers from the 16th century. But I do mean that if you’re fitting in extremely well with the culture, you need to step back a little.
What is the point of Christianity if we’re the same as everyone else? What is the point of believing in God if he isn’t able to completely switch your life around? If you say you believe in God, make sure you’re ready to follow through with that statement. God says it himself that he will spit the lukewarm out of his mouth–he would rather you be against him than only somewhat-for him! Do we get that?
I have friends who aren’t Christians, and it breaks my heart. It really does–I pray so hard that they will begin to understand my faith. But they won’t if I act the same as they do. Do you get it? If we’re not different, there’s no point to change. When people become Chrsitians, they’re saying goodbye to their old life.
But if Christians give the impression that you can live the sinful life and be a Christian, what’s the point of faith?
And what about you? Are you letting God radically change your life so that you can 100% live your life for him? God won’t work against our will. But do you really want to let him?
God can do so much for us, but only if we let him change us. And when he changes us, our lives become utterly and completely different–but you experience a peace that you will never know otherwise. People will see a difference in you, and they will want it. They’ll see joy, peace, contentment, and a purer love than they can ever imagine.
It’s time to start living the Christian faith, girls–and I know that it’ll be worth it in the end.
Becca

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