Do you ever just feel dirty? Like, maybe you just touched something disgusting and your hands feel just not clean? Or maybe you saw something revolting and you felt that yucky feeling? Have you ever done something, and then afterwards felt bad about it? Like, that guilty feeling inside that says Man, that was wrong. I shouldn't have done that.. Have you ever felt just unclean? Tainted? Impure? Yeah, it's a lot of questions, but there's a very specific feeling that I'm talking about.
I sometimes feel dirty. In life, sometimes I feel this feeling of guilt, regret, and remorse like I just tainted myself. We all have ways of dirtying up our lives. What we let come out of our lives, like our words and actions, and what we let into them, like what we breathe in, look at, eat or drink, or even keep inside of our lives like negative thoughts, these are all ways we can really mess our lives up and leave us feeling disappointed, disgusted, and dirty.
I don't know about you, but I hate this feeling. JB makes a lot of mistakes, but the feeling never goes away. So what do we do? Should we just tune it out? Become numb? No, we need to make an effort to stay away from those things in our lives that leave us feeling that way. Because really, we make God sad when we dirty up the lives He gave us. But don't worry! I'm so glad I know a God of love, and with His loving heart, He can and will make us clean. Let's talk about it.
It's about time.
If I'm being totally honesty, I've been slacking as far as my writing. Not cool. But I'm back. It's the holiday season, college season is pretty much behind us, and it's time to get committed. I don't know about you all, but I've missed this. I'm really excited about this next series, so for those of you who still read, I'll try to keep it as interesting as possible 😉. Thanks again for being a part of this. To every reader and subscriber, thank you. You are why I do this.
When we don't end up doing what we need to do, half of the time it's because we don't have time for it all. Days are too short, and with school and work and practice and everything, it can be tough to find the time to do what we need to do, like blogging or studying for finals. The other reason it can be tough to handle everything we need to do is that we can sometimes feel unmotivated. A lack motivation can keep us from doing all that God calls us to do. It can get hard to maintain maximum motivation levels, but by keeping an eye on our best future, we can push ourselves to succeed and get it done. I hope you're feeling it, let's get started.
"Wow. It's the end of week 3 of journaling. If I blogged as much as I journalled, keeping up with it wouldn't be as much of a problem 😂 Hm. 🤔 Maybe I'll turn this into a blog post. Maybe a word-for-word entry. I like that.
Well, let's get into the recap. God has been so good to me this week. So far college aps (though they can be kinda stressful) are going well. I was just at UIC for an event yesterday, or an event where UIC people were there, but it was also U of I, whatever. Forget it.
Speaking of that event, I've been absent from school a lot this week, and keeping up with all of my classes has been tough. The Lord has been helping me get through.
Today I spent time with my church family (bowling, fun) and with my marching band family (laser tag, really fun). Times like these only remind me how important it is to get connected to people. People are so great, and connecting with them makes life exciting.
Wow. This whole kneeling thing has really been blowing up. I certainly didn't expect to end up in the Tribune again, but I guess that's how life works sometimes. Wait. Excuse me, that's how my God works sometimes. Here's a link.
I'm not proud of the fact that I've been slacking on these posts (well, I guess this one's a journal entry). Even though I should be keeping up with it, and I haven't been on this as much as I should, I'm greatful that God has given me an opportunity to reach as many people as I have been able to. It's crazy how many people read this every week. Since day 1, there's been 1,500 readers and nearly 4,500 page views. That;s incredible, to me. The Lord has really blessed me with an opportunity to positively impact people, and, as undeserving as I am, I'm greatful. Thank You, Lord.
And thank you! Whoever is reading, I thank you. So much. Without you taking time to read what JB has to say, without the positive text messages, without you all telling your friends all about JB Great Day, I could never do this. I am so greatful for you all. Thank you for your patience. I hope, with God's help and all of your support, to continue to bring a positive message to as many people as I can, as often as I can, and do it the best I can. Until next time, remember to smile. It's a great day 😉. (It took me about ten tries to come up with that last sentence 😂 The amount of scribble on this page is almost embarrassing.)"
-JB 10:49 pm, 9-30-2017
Hey! It's been a long time. And that's primarily my fault, so let's just get to it.
I have so much to say, but not that much time, so let me start with this. First off, to the 100+ unique visitors who keep coming back every week, I just want to say thank you. You all are amazing, and I can't thank you enough for all of the support. You all are really why I do this, thank you so much.
Also, I'm sorry for taking this long to post. It's been over half a month since my last post on Taking Advantage (I linked it just in case you really didn't feel like scrolling down to find it, you're welcome 😉). I've just been incredibly busy lately, I recently got hired to work at Mathnasium (I'm at the very bottom) so I've been working. And I started school the week after my last post, so I've been doing that too. Not to mention I've been working on these college applications (fun, right?) and I'm really trying to get those done. I wish I was farther along in the process, I'm just trying to do things as best as I can. These essays take time, so if you're in my position now as a senior, or if you will be in a couple of years, please remember this: don't procrastinate. It'll only hurt you. Start early, and do the best that you can. You'll be glad you did! 😉
Oh, and one last thing before I get back to my crazily busy life. I started my journal today, and when I was writing I felt like I was getting all of these feelings out of my head and onto the pages. It felt so relieving to get everything out, to really think about life, and to reflect. I highly recommend that you journal if you ever have feelings to get out, it really helps. Also, it's really interesting to notice how, with time, your perspective on certain things changes. With enough time, sometimes even our personalities change. So, a journal is cool because you can track how you change as a person over time. So yeah, I'll be doing that. We'll see where that goes.
Once again, I apologize for the delay. I've been working, but I wanted to make sure I made time for this. I'll be back with the inspirational and motivational stuff in a couple of weeks when this college app season concludes, but in the meantime, please pray with me and for me as I go through this process. Also, please pray for those suffering from the devastating hurricane. They need our prayers too. Lastly, pray for all of God's people. I pray for encouragement to those struggling in spiritual fights for their lives, may God give you the strength to overcome. Until next time, God bless, and don't forget to smile! 😉
12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
With every day comes something new. Or, I guess I should say somethings. Every sunrise brings with it a fresh 24 hours of life. In Lamentations chapter 3 (from the Bible 😉) Jeremiah talks about how God's mercies are new every day. His goodness, and His kindness and His blessings are new in our lives, every day! How cool is that?
I don't know all that God has in store for tomorrow. We don't know the opportunities we'll come across, the people we'll meet, and the memories we'll make. But, I do know this: God has new mercies for tomorrow. And, since we all can choose how to live our lives, I choose to take advantage of all that God has for me. By trusting in Him every day, I can take advantage of all that he has in store for my life. Don't miss out on God's plan for your life. Take advantage of every day!
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.