Saturday, October 11, 2008

Iraq war casualties

As of recently, approximately 4100 American deaths have been recorded. Also, something that is not mentioned in the news, is that approximately 100,000 Iraqi people have been killed in the war.

4100 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis. Scary numbers. Is oil really this important? Would God want us to take these measures to "secure" our nation? And we want to spend more money and more time here which would result in more casualties.

Fun fact: If America stopped making weapons for one week, we would have enough money to feed the whole world for a year.

May the peace and love of God find a way to manifest itself in the hearts of christians worldwide and may we continue working towards a world of community, peace, and happiness for all individuals, not just Americans.

God bless Iraq. Amen.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Sell Yourself!"

Something has been heavy on my heart for several weeks now.

About two weeks ago there was a career fair in the engineering department here are NC State. For those two days everyone was dressed in suits and nice pants and ties and the whole works. It was a pretty eye opening two days for me. As I looked around at the people dressed so nicely I began to think about childhood and the things we all learn to be crucial to our being. One of these things was a little saying that went a little something like, "Be yourself". It's so weird to me that at some place between college and adulthood, this turns into "Sell yourself". Is this really necessary?

I don't have answers for that question. As a matter of fact, I struggle with this everyday. It is my prayer daily that God shape my life and use me but it seems that if I were to sell myself to any individual other than God, this would contradict the fact that we are to live our lives solely for God. I want my every move to bring praise to God's name so how do I live a life where I am only trying to please employers or anyone else for that matter?