“Jesus replied,…

“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22: 37-39

Open Your Eyes

Have you eaten something so good that you can’t stop talking about how great is was? Or what about watching the sunrise or sunset? Or listening to a really good song? These are temporary feelings that we get and they are wonderful things. One of the things I have been learning a lot these couple of months is that all these feelings of awe and beauty is real. The only trick is really seeing it and being aware of these little things that make us smile and appreciative. It is about putting your phone down and having real conversations, it’s about really getting to know someone, it’s about sitting on your front porch swing alone, it’s about being so observant of everything that it makes you feel like this world is so unreal at times. Like when I go to the beach I always go on a run. There is just something about running on the beach, usually by myself, that I love even more than running back home. With every step and every cool breeze, with every inhale and exhale, I get to clear my head and with the ocean it helps even more. I guess that is why they call those vacations right? But the cool thing is that I can feel like that no matter where I am in the world. The world is SO BIG and I want to travel it all. No matter where you are at in life, open your eyes, look around, notice people, eat good food, exercise, laugh, and realize the good things.

Go out and observe God’s creation! 

Psalm 19: 1-4

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.”  

 

-Tiana Tauiliili, Awareness Chair 

                                   

“To Do Lists” of Life

Life is busy and days are filled by the hour. It can be easy to check things off the list to get done and go on to the next task with no thought. It is easy to be on the go all the time and be productive every minute because it is good to be productive-to an extent. Am I really resting in the Lord during my days filled with things to do? Am I really giving my “To Do List” to Him and allowing Him to intervene when I need to breathe? Recently, I have been convicted about time and what I do with my time and the priorities in my life. The different things I have been apart of in college have given me an experience where I am challenged constantly. I have learned a lot and I have failed a lot. “To Do Lists” are not bad. They are great and give a structure for the day. However, I have to always remind myself that life is already structured out and planned-not by what I want, but God himself, the creator of all the beautiful things in this wonderful, weird, and crazy life! When our lists seem to be so busy and overwhelming, just know to breathe and that (as clique it may sound) everything will work out and time will just keep going.

-Tiana Tauiliili, Awareness Chair

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

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Proclaim the Kingdom

“But you are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God’s own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light.” 1 Peter 2:9