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Wholly centered on that which is Holy.

7 Nov

Yesterday I went to an event that filled Rogers Arena, an event that sold out and had people standing in the aisles, an event that brought out 10900 people.  However, unlike most arena events, we weren’t of two sides, cheering one team over the other, or one politian vs. the others, we were there in unity, and that many people in unity is powerful.

I have and always will be greatly moved by masses of people agreeing on something.  I know I’ve blogged on this before, but the power of people meeting in agreement is earth shaking.  We were running late, and actually didn’t arrive at the stadium until it had already been going for 30 minutes, so we were forced to sit in the last possible section, at the top.  At first I was little disappointed that I may not be able to see or hear what was said , but being way up high gave us the best seat in the house.  We could see everyone.

Passion World Tour is a conference that goes to major cities around the world and encourages college aged people to live passionately for what the believe in.  What they believe in, being following Jesus Christ whole heartedly.

A lot of times being Christian in a secular world can feel lonely, or even pointless.  It feels like we’re not walking in the times of miracles that former generations witnessed, or that we live with the same passion as those generations did.  Then, however, you attend a conference of 10900 people all between the ages of 18 – 25 in Vancouver B.C and the majority are lost in worship to the creator, and passionate (at least for the moment) for the one that made everything and gives us life, and it all gets back in focus.  “Oh yea, that’s why I’m here.”

10900 people could do a lot.

There were several worship bands that were not consumed by pride, or any other problems that secular musicians struggle, and a speaker, Louie Giglio.

He spoke about how he wanted his live to he wholly centered on Jesus Christ, and why we needed to.  He wasn’t forcing us to, but just bringing up truths that most of us had heard all our lives. He opened with Collations 3:1-4 

 ” 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above,      where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

He was so passionate about how what we did, thought, said, etc, had to be to the glory of God, regardless of what that life goal was, and it was inspiring and encouraging to be there, and to be ignited with that fire for it all again.

I tend to get distracted by food, people, social life, etc, and it’s all good stuff, but it’s all got to be to the glory of God.

That being said, I’m questioning my diet choices again… I know, I know, but this is a different issue that I haven’t thought of yet.  Here it is.  I don’t find being vegan hard, or depriving, or anything that most people think would come with the choices of the diet.  I’ve really seen it as a challenge, I love being healthy, and seeing what I can make, but there’s a few issues that have been brought to my attention.

Issue 1: I was reading “VegNews” (a vegan magazine filled with delicious recipes) on the way in to work on the train on Friday, and it hit me that the attitude of most people at that magazine, as well as a lot of vegans I’ve met is sort of a “holier than thou” type of thing.  They feel like all of their friends and family should accomodate them, that everyone should be incredible considerate, yada yada, where as I believe it’s a choice that one person makes and it’s not up to anyone else to follow or accomodate you.  So the issue was that I didn’t want people to automatically put me in that category and feel awkward eating around me or wearing leather or anything like that, because I genuinely don’t agree with that.

Issue 2: I’m primarily vegan for health, not so much the animals, however, I do hate the way animals are treated, but healthy farming practises don’t sound all that bad to me.  A lot of people though immediately associate “vegan” with “insane animal lover,” and I don’t feel comfortable wearing that hat.  There are rats running around in my house, which is disgusting, and I don’t want to feel ashamed about not wanting them there.  Also, I really love my leather purse.

(by the way, this being said, I still haven’t completely decided what I want to do with all of this, and I still want to be as healthy as possible, it may just mean ditching the title, and eating healthy vegan meals without being a vegan)

Issue 3: I’m getting married this summer, and Tals not vegan, and I don’t feel comfortable inforcing my diet on him… (which will most likely happen, because I do the cooking…) I don’t want him to feel deprived from a decision that he didn’t make, as well thinking way in the future, I don’t want our future children to feel like they are “different” and can’t eat what everyone else eats.  That being said, I want them to eat healthy, non-junk food foods, and try to limit sugar, and ban hi-fructose corn syrup from our household (which already will make them quite different) but if some kid is having a birthday party in school, I don’t want my children to have to play the snob and refuse a cup cake, you know?  As I get my mind around getting married, and my life becoming more “us/family” centered, vs. me centered, I feel like my decisions should reflect that of both of us, not just me.

Issue 4: (aka the selfish reason) It’s Christmas time, and don’t get me wrong, I believe that there are millions of recipes for delicious vegan goodies, BUT holiday baking can be quite disappointing.  Bananas are good egg replacers, but you don’t want all of your baking to taste like banana right? To tell you the truth, I’ve really loved the idea that I can’t have most Christmas baking (because of their non-veganess) and the idea that I won’t gain ten pounds over the holidays, BUT I do want to take part, and bake, and eat some decadent Christmas things that are creamy and made with eggs.

So I don’t know what to make of all of this.. but I’ll be doing research, and thinking about it.

(I still don’t think I could eat any lamb, cows, pigs, chickens, or even turkeys… I guess unless I went and saw where they were living… because I really don’t agree with the way that mass produced meat is produced.  I do however enjoy seafood immensly, and it has been one of the things that I’ve craved the most. I can get eggs locally, cheese? I don’t know… yogurt is nice, and I have missed it… milk? well I’m not really a cereal person, and I find dairy alternatives quite nice, and I still don’t agree that if you don’t drink it your bones will break down… I really don’t know if it’s necessary… with all the calium rich veggies out there… (my oh my, I’m ranting… sorry)) Anyways, it’s a lot to think about.

My friend Sophia is writing a blog about a 3 month (I believe?) local eating experiment in Australia (where she lives) and it’s really quite interesting and inspiring, I may try local eating? Who knows? I don’t know if I could live without wheat… you should check out her blog though.. http://ahundredmilesfromanywhere.wordpress.com/ She’s a delightfully talented writer, and I really recommend you read her blog!

Anyways, lots to think about.  Try to make loads of ethical decisions today!

Peace

The TO-DO list.

27 Apr

Sometimes, if I’m organized enough, I get my act together early in the day and set to work ticking things off my to-do list.  Most of the time however, I start the day slowly, make my to-do list, and tick off one or two items.  This really has to start changing.  I’m going to try to create my to-do list in my journal before I go to bed the night before, so that I know what I’m going to do from the minute I finish my bible reading in the morning.

Today my to-do list was a lazy day one 😦

It reads as follows:

– sweep kitchen and bathroom floors

– plant parsley and raspberry plants

– bake bread

– work on history

– TAXES

-the “laundry issue”

-email my outline for a youth talk

I feel like this should be doable, and with the exception of getting those plants in the ground, I think I will be able to succeed in the rest. (fingers crossed)