I’m reading a book called The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. In chapter 17 Machiavelli addresses the question of whether it is better to be loved or feared. he at first says it is best to be both…but not many people can be both. Queen Elizabeth was. But not many other rulers can do both. Machiavelli then says it is better to be feared than loved. He says people should respect the ruler or he will take away everything…except their property. I disagree, however. It is better to be loved in my opinion. Because t be loved means you have to earn the people’s love…and that takes time and effort to get that. A ruler should show he cares for the people and want to do what is right. If a ruler is feared wy would be want to listen to him or believe what he says? I wouldn’t.
Needless to say, The Prince was a beautifully written book! It consisted of examples to follow from both sides of his argument. It can be used as a guide for our rulers. If they listen! But for a ruler to be genuinely great he must remember the importance of following God and trusting Him to be the ruler God wants him/she to be!
~”Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my birth he has made mention of my name.”~
I took a history test last week. We had to do an in class essay along with answer mutliple choice questions and short questions(which are long paragraphs on a certain topic) I studied hard and felt prepared. Got my results back and got a B. Now what made me excited was a comment that my professor made on my exam.
“Abby, you are well prepared and will do well at the college and universty level.”
I had never had a professor say that about my efforts. Especially since I did not have the best grade or whatnot…but it was encouraging to see that a professor recognized that I was trying. Cause, I hate history…with a burning passion..because I dislike it so, I have to work hard to memorize the stuff and work at learning the material. So I put effort into the course and to see that a professor noticed that made me feel good 🙂
So hard work pays off huh? So that means I will get a job one day…
~”All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.”~ Poverbs 14:23
Alright today isn’t St. Patrick’s day but today my sisters and I are teaching about St. Patrick’s ministry in Ireland!! It’s real exciting cause I love St. Patrick’s day and leprechaun’s and Irish stuff, so this Good News Club is going to be GREAT! But it’s interesting that many people don’t know the real reason for St. Patrick’s…I find it very sad. Cause Patrick is a great example of who God can use to share His word. Patrick wasn’t even Irish….he didn’t even want to go to Ireland…he was captured and taken to Ireland where he was sold as a slave. And after working for a Druid chief for 6 years he was able to return to England…his home. But he had dreams about Ireland and the people there and he knew that’s where God wanted him. He went back to the people who took him away…he went back cause he knew the people of Ireland needed God!
How amazing that he was able to go back and tell those people about Christ and what He did! His impact in Ireland was so great; yet today people only celebrate St. Patrick’s day for beer. So I’m excited to teach this story so that the children in our Good News Club will know the real meaning of St. Patrick’s day! And be able to pass it on to their parents and others!!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
I’m not a very consistent blogger. So I’ve decided I am going to get better 🙂 I’m starting off small! First just some encouragement!!
My dad is doing a study through the minor prophets, which I have enjoyed a lot, and through this study I feel like we have unraveled more of God’s great and unchanging self. What I’ve enjoyed most is how God pushed people to the extreme….the prophets did not have easy jobs. I mean, Micah, the naked prophet, walked around the city naked!! That’s normal 😉 and told the people God was going to destroy their city. Jonah went and told the people of Nineveh to repent! And they repented…but he was swallowed by a great fish! So what I’ve tried to do is let God have more control of me. I don’t know if that makes sense but I become to comfortable in my everyday routine that I often forget my mission. I know I say that a lot…but I do. For my encouragement…..don’t give up and don’t forget your purpose 🙂
Zephaniah 3:17- The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.
I have realized how long it has been since i lasted posted anything so i am now deciding to post something…
At first I couldn’t come up with anything to write about because i thought most people would think it’s boring but I don’t care what anyone thinks i am going to write about my Spring X!!!!!!!!
Let’s see… Well i left off last time with India so i’ll update you on that first. Since our journey back i have kept in touch with some people over there :))))) and made some new friends over email. I plan to go back either this year or next summer depending on God’s timing. Also I have decided I will become a teacher and major in Elementary Education at SouthEastern University. That’s all those updates…
Spring X- In January I started 4 college classes: Economics, Composition 2, College Algebra and Fundamentals of Speech(Economics was my mom’s fault). Anyway, when i first signed up for these classes i was so excited to make new friends and to have more than an hour classes, but when the semester started i regretted it. That might sound strange “regretting education”. Which to me at first it didn’t I disliked all my professors (except one) and every class was stupid because it asked to much of me! Then as the semester went on I knew my heart was definitaly not right. I took for granted the oppurtunity that i have! I began to think about people in other countries who don’t have an oppurtunity at any education and here i am griping and groaning because of a couple of things i had to do which in reality was so much. I just didn’t wanna do ’em! this really came face to face with me when i got two bad grades!!! I realized that college classes require college effort(which many students don’t know how to do). During this time I was reading a book called “Do Hard Things” by Alex and Brett Harris(excellent book btw). It showed me how I had gone through most of my school years by doing nothing. Yah i made good grades the whole time, but I had help with everything I did and i was told what was expected of me. Now I had no idea! Some professors i had some clue but others i was clueless! Even before all this happened I asked God to give me hard things to do, and he did! Lot’s of hard things. Finally i started studying more, stopped procrastinating and got everything done and caught up. and it’s paid off I have brought all of my grades up to 2 A’s and 2 B’s which is incredible for me. I still need prayer nontheless and Finals are coming up and I know I can do it because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!!!” Philippians 4:13
I’m sorry i didn’t do a blog the last couple days we were in india! i am now just getting around to it! okay so here is what happened:
i taught 3 times with Greg Kappas on “How God Listens to Us and How to listen to God”…it’s difficult when my stories and examples were long and i had to go through a translator……i also got my Indian attire that night with Arjuna’s wife Raji. It’s funny cause going shopping at wal*mart or target no one will help you unless you beg and beg! At this store we went to i think there were like 4 people helping me pick put an outfit. Then when i did pick it out they wanted to make sure it fit right and stuff…it alot different how they do stuff there! i like it!
That night our whole group went out to the beach for dinner. It was so beautiful….a hotel owns the restaraunt so we had to walk through this gorgeous hotel to get to the beach….while we were eating there were a bunch of boats on the water but all you could see were the lights! it was fantastic!
I taught one more time “How God Listens to Us and How to listen to God” with Greg Kappas. During the afternoon i taught one session to the college girls on “How to Weave the Gospel into a Bible Story”. That was an interesting class…the girls, while i was teaching how to teach the saved child…they kept asking how to tell as saved child from a unsaved child…so i explained in all the ways i knew and it didn’t click. Then after one of the girls said “well if we are going to teach them that sin is anything you think say or do then we are teaching them to sin.”
i said “No! that’s not wht i said…i said that sin is anything you think say or do that makes God sad or breaks his rules. so we aren’t teaching them to sin we are teaching them what sin is.” and she was like oh…but i hope they are able to use the tools i gave them….God can use anything!
Oh i shall have to finish later!
I taugh one more time on “How God Listens
Good evening everyone! What a day it has been here in Vizag. I actually got to teach today to the kids and it was so much fun! Especially teaching the story of Ringu who is from India, the kids said they loved it….especially the little boys…tehe! Talking through a translator was diffucult for me though because i didn’t like to stop that often and my thoughts ended up colliding together. Even though my thoughts weren’t as clear as i would’ve liked them to be it didn’t matter cause the kids were just so excited to hear a story about some one from their country. Brightest Horizons is where we teach our Good News Club and the kids there made cards for the kids in India. So before i started i told the kids i had something special for them and told them how kids miles and miles away in America were praying for them and made them these cards! Oh i wish i had gotten a picture of the kids faces when i told them that kids their own age made them cards! Then after i told my story one of the little girls had her birthday party up there and she was 10 years old!!!! Oh i just love kids so much! It was funny though out of all the kids there some of them were older than me….so they weren’t exactly kids. The cool thing was i got to teach on the roof top…and it was beautiful up there. I am going to move here.
After we had finished i went to put my stuff away but the door was locked so i came back out and headed to the worship center. As i was heading there the little boys were getting ready for bed so i stopped and asked them if they liked the story. Of course they all said yes….but then i asked them their names and i can not pronounce them to save my life! As they were telling me all their names one little boy comes up and goes “I’m david” and i was just like YES!! a name i can remember! Then a little girl came out and her name was Lydia! so now i know 2 kids names. They were so cute….mommy if you read this i am bringing all of them home!!!! Beware!!!!!
Then i talked with the translator and he said that he enjoyed the story and he said that the pictures in the story were perfect for the kids to visualize what was going on better. Then i told him about Child Evangelism and it was just sooo amazing!
Also Arjuna is trying to get me hooked up with one of the guys here….which i wouldn’t mind ;)…..and one more thing. I have told some people this but i really wanna be a director for Child Evangelism…and coming over here to India i really think that if becoming a director is what God has for me it would be here in India! It would be so cool to get training then start a chapter in Vizag, India(after learning the language of course) and going into the places here and telling others about Jesus! With all the youth around we would also be able to have aChristian Youth in Action here and make it where a couple of states here get together and train to teach in5 day clubs and good news clubs…..i feel like that is where God might be leading me!
oh wait i almost forgot….daddy and i are leading the music tomorrow for one of the sessions and it is gonna be so much fun! Anyway i am tired and must prepare for another day tomorrow! Goodnight