Showing posts with label high expectations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label high expectations. Show all posts

Thursday, August 25, 2016

i serve one master


When I wake-up tomorrow morning, I will remember I serve one master.

I do not serve my image
make-up 
clothes
trends
brands

I do not serve the expectations of others
teachers
parents
friends 
siblings
peers

I do not serve my feelings
fear 
loneliness
stress
doubt


For I choose to serve one God.

I will strive to align myself with the person and character of Jesus. 
I will fight to know my true image found in grace
I will work diligently in what I have been called to
I will cling to truth and fight darkness.

Because I serve one master. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

You can't make everyone happy-You are not Nutella.

You guys, I finished biology and English.

I know!!! *This is where you applaud*



  It has been one of the longest, hardest school years of my life. I spent many, many, many, long hours hunched over a laptop or sitting at my kitchen table smelling brain smoke. My eyeballs have felt like they were on fire from all the work mean-old-me was making them do. I'm sure my teachers are excited to finally stop receiving five e-mail's from me, per week.

  Last week was the academic award ceremony/graduation of the seniors. It was long and I was ready to go home, take of my bra and make-up, curl up to do some Facebook stalking. The redeeming factor was the little stack of certificates and a ugly plack.

  ....... Honor Roll
   Chapel Team....
.....Peer Tudor..
     ....Student of the Year...

It was a satisfying feeling to stick those in my portfolio.

When the buzz-buzz of alarm number three went off the next morning, math was the first thing on the "productive agenda". The math that I got seriously behind in, and will be doing for the next month or so. And even though my teachers told me nice things, and I was given congratulatory hugs, and I had a nice stack of papers; you guys, I felt like a failure.


 A very stupid failure.
Someone who didn't get a single top grade.
Someone who abandoned her French.
Someone who was the stupid child who would never graduate high school, all because she didn't get her lazy butt to do Algebra.

  And I invited those stupid lies into my heart. I let them hang out.
And let me tell you, they made themselves very comfortable. And they called in their friends.

I'm not going to go into the gritty details, but it wasn't a fun place.

 You guys, I am not the very-stupidest-person-to-ever-crawl-the-earth.
I am not a failure to my teachers.
  I am a hard worker, who's high standards are my demise.
I am a valuable and loved child to my parents.
   My friends believe in me, and don't dwell in my flaws.
Most importantly, I am perfect and complete servant before my God.

 What about you?

Are you the "disappointment child"?
The "ugly duckling"?
  The "worst friend ever"?

No. You are not. You are not to lost, to wrong, or to 'whatever' to change the world.
Your demands of yourself may be working against your design from God. Now, I'm not saying dedication and perseverance are wrong or bad. I think these are some of the most important character traits to develop. But if you are like me, and let lies sneak in because of this, hear me.
No good can come from listening and believing lies.



Remember- we are works in progress in God's timing. Not our own.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Letter to the Ten Year Old Me



Todays post is written by a friend of mine, who writes at her own beautiful blog here. I hope you enjoy it as much a I did!

Dear 10 year old me,
Wow, how time has flown! Was it really 6 years ago where you had no cares in the world? I remember how you would finish school every day around noon, and then go outside to build forts, hang out with friends, and play baseball for the remainder of the day. Now all you ever do is school, and worry about your looks, and care about what others say. But why do you care so much? Why do you worry so?

10 year old me, don’t get caught up in this world and all its pettiness. Don’t cry over boys who weren’t worth it. Don’t procrastinate homework to the point where it drives you insane. Keep some of that child-like innocence and playfulness with you. Give big hugs to others and tell the people you care about that you love them. Build more forts instead of putting on more makeup, and smile when things don’t go your way.

Most importantly Lizzy, keep your eyes focused on Jesus, not on the boy who seeks you attention, or that mean girl who won’t stop bullying you, or the C you just got on your science exam. No, focus on the love of Jesus Christ, on loving Him, and on loving others. If you remember that, you’ll be just fine throughout the next 6 years. I know you will be, don’t give up.


 With all my love,

Elizabeth

Saturday, May 24, 2014

ten things teenagers want you to know

 

 

 
 1. We aren't as lazy as we are made out to be. Sure, I'm currently in a relationship with Netflix, but I do other stuff then spend time with Netflix. Teenagers have a bad rep for sitting around and doing nothing with our lives; but do you want to know a secret? Sometimes, we do nothing we want to numb the pressure. Pressure? "But Elissa, I don't but pressure on               !" Well, maybe you don't mean to put pressure on us. But pressure is there; and sometimes we feel like we are suffocating in it. So, sometimes doing nothing is to rebel against that, or just to get away from it; to take a break. So please, don't tell me that Fruit Ninja isn't going to write the paper for me.  I know. Seriously, I do. Instead, ask me if I'm feeling tired. Or ask about what in whatever project, is setting me back. Or why I am procrastinating. Or do I even care? Why or why not? Make it a reasonable conversation; not an interrogation.





2. In case you forgot, Acne sucks. Buy me some concealer and face wash, please. And beyond that? Let it go. Something else; if you have children that have not yet hit puberty, let them in on a secret. Tell them that when they get older, their body will change. One of these changes is that they could get zits. You don't need to go into any detail; just let them know what acne is, and it's no big deal. I can not tell you how many times I have been around kids, when they look at my, or my friends, faces and ask, "What are those red dots?" So please. Help out our confidence.
We need it:)





3. Drama. Is one of the most dramatic things I have ever experienced. This is the most dramatic time of my life I have ever experienced. I have never, ever, experienced this before. What can you do about this? Please don't shelter us from your personal drama. No, we need to see that we aren't alone in this; why don't you show us how to have perspective, by example? Don't burry it, just be healthy about your personal drama. And when it comes to us? Step in when you need to, but just listen. Honestly, listening without judgment is one of the greatest gifts you could ever give a teenager.



4. Being a teenager is awkward. We're awkward. There, I said it. We're not supper good at interacting with people, not because we are drowning in social media, but because this is an awkward time. Social media might play a part, but I don't think that is the key issue. This is just a weird time!!! There are the boys who are still playing with action dudes, then there are the creepy dudes. There are the kids twist everything in a twisted direction. There are girls that more two faced then you could ever imagine. And when we are all together......what do you thinks gonna happen?!? It's just awkward. It's the way it is. So what can you do about it? Include everyone in conversation, or whatever your doing. And be cool. That helps too.





5. We have experienced some of this big and scary world. Maybe not all of it; but enough of it. So please, please, don't try to shelter us too much. And don't act like we know nothing. I know my friend was raped by her dad (who is no longer in the picture) when she was seven years old. I know a girl who has an extremely active eating disorder. ADD, ADHD, PTSD, and so many more surround us daily.  Boyfriends/girlfriends are interring the picture.  We see and experience pain, just like anyone else in this world. We haven't lived on our own; we don't know every thing. But we are alive and breathing in a broken world. *Cough-cough-justlikeyou-cough-cough*





6. Don't try to shelter us, or put us in a bubble. It just. Doesn't. Work. You begin to make choices about of fear. And we begin to make choices out of rebellion. So please ladies and gentlemen, don't do it! You will end up in a place you don't want to be, and everyone will have a whole lot of baggage. SIDE NOTE: Something that really helps with this, is critical thinking. Asking really hard questions about what WE think, and WHY.  Questioning is extremely beneficial. So do your homework.  





7.You aren't the only person with requirements that need to be met. High expectations surround us. It seams like everyone thinks 'their thing' is the 'most important thing'. We don't have all the time in the world. We have school. Sports. Music. Other stuff. And everyone seams to think their activity is the only one, and you have all the time in the world. And what happens if we don't do anything you ask us to do? If we aren't turning in homework? If we aren't trying at soccer? It could have do with a lot of things, but, the things I work my absolute hardest in are the things that will get me where I want to be. I am still not %100 sure about what I want to do with my life, but I have an idea. Sometimes, we need something we are passionate about. And sleep.





8. Spending time with friends is important. So yeah, we may constantly be texting/talking/shoping/facebooking/twittering/instgraming/ect. with our hommies. This is important. But spending time with family is also important, you say. Yes, it is. But remember; friends are family that you get to pick.





9. It is a big deal; so don't tell me about 'the big picture'. Please, please, please; don't tell me that it isn't a big deal. It is. I don't need perspective. I don't need to know, that in 20 years, I won't remember this. Even if you believe any of those things to be true, don't say so. Just keep it to yourself, and let us be upset. Because like I said before; Listening without judgment is one of the greatest gifts you can give a teenager.





10. We like to have fun. Enough said. Oh, and coffee is good too.

 
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