live. laugh. love. = what God wants for us

live, laugh, love is a pretty common catch phrase of today. Those kinds of things usually really bug me, but once i thought about it, it actually has some depth to it.

This poem sums up the idea of those three things are what you need in life. I fill in the blank of love to mean loving God, but most people probably don’t. The “live” means to live your life to the fullest. Of course this doesn’t mean going crazy partying it up or whatever, but instead enjoying the things in life that God has blessed you with. “Laugh” meaning… well laugh. Its good for you in every way. God has given Christians the ability to be completely happy and content in Him, and He commands us to be joyful always. So why not live, laugh, love?


My Gripe With the Jonas Brothers.

Oh the Jonas Brothers. Everyone’s heard of the Jonas Brothers. If you haven’t, you’ve been living under a boulder in Antarctica. Their great success is due to partly to Disney’s insane, ridiculous marketing  and their infectious hooks and choruses. You’re also either a Jonas hater or Jonas lover. That’s how it goes. A great majority of 15 year old and under girls are raving mad and hold a disturbing, almost religious obsession for the brothers. Many websites and blogs have been created to follow the JoBros and their life, documenting even their clothes. If you hadn’t already guessed from the title of this post, I don’t like the Jonas Brothers.

Now I don’t have any particular beef with Disney. I grew up with watching those classic Disney movies. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the lovable Goofy are all heroes in my book. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Snow White will always be held close to me.

No. The reason why I dislike the Jonas Brothers is this: their music, like all Disney music before them (and most likely after them) mean absolutely nothing.

Now the Jonas Brothers claim to be Christians. Yet none of the lyrics proclaim Christ or talk about God for that matter! Every piece of writing that the Jonas Brothers have put forward are all about girls and how they feel about that certain girls. They mix together drum beats, guitar strumming, and the distinctive Jonas “wail” and combine it with half-hearted written lyrics that mean absolutely nothing at all.

Simply, I believe that if you call yourself a Christian, your love for Jesus must manifest itself in some form. The three brothers have not done this yet. Yes they are pristine and clean. Yes they wear purity rings and vow to stay pure until marriage. Yet, are there not moral nonbelievers?I also hold this same view with bands that have Christians in them, such as Switchfoot.

I am told that they have written Christian songs. I have been informed that they are coming. So my question is: What are they waiting for? I understand that they may have needed some time to get famous and popular. But now the fans have come, the money is pouring in, and the ears are open. The three brothers have a great opportunity to spread the message of Christ’s love and salvation to Hollywood. Those fans that read this post will most likely stamp me with the red label as HATER. Yet, it is my conviction to add this and this goes way deeper than the Jonas Brothers, as already stated.

So bring it on Nick, Kevin, and Joe. There are souls waiting to be won.

P.S. I anticipate the hate mail.


Every Tuesday night at 8:00 on Channel 2 (CBS) is one of my favorite television shows: NCIS. Agent Gibbs, DiNozzo, Ziva, and McGee try to solve mysterious deaths of fallen navy officers. With a forensic team of Doctor Mallard and Abbie no case is too difficult to solve. The team has been from aircraft carriers, to submarines, to even empty warehouses to discover the truth behind commited crimes. This captivating show will leave you guessing until the end, when an unsuspecting killer is discovered. It is a thrill that never gets old and keeps you wanting more, all the way through next week’s previews.

You found me

I was listening to the radio the other day and this really amazing song came on by the Fray. I don’t really care for the lead singer’s voice, but for some reason this song really struck me. I went home and looked up the lyrics and realized that it was actually about God.

The song starts out depressing, talking about an angry, sad man whose wife died. The man asks God where He’s been when he needed Him. The song says that God found him too late after his wife was gone. Many people feel the same way as the man in the song: God isn’t around when life gets hard, and that you get lost in whatever else God is doing.

Fortunately, God is always there. In the worst and best of times, He always knows what is happening to you and cares for you deeply. Unfortunately, we are often blinded by our sadness and anger to see God’s greater plan for us. It is not that God wants to see us broken and sad, but that He works through those things for His glory.

When You Were Young…

By The Killers

You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now … here he comes!

He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentleman
Like you imagined when you were young

Can we climb this mountain
I don’t know
Higher now than ever before
I know we can make it if we take it slow
Let’s take it easy
Easy now, watch it go

We’re burning down the highway skyline
On the back of a hurricane that started turning
When you were young
When you were young

And sometimes you close your eyes
and see the place where you used to live
When you were young

They say the devil’s water, it ain’t so sweet
You don’t have to drink right now
But you can dip your feet
Every once in a little while

You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
To save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now here he comes

He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentleman
Like you imagined when you were young
(He talks like a gentlemen, like you imagined when)
When you were young

I said he doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
But more than you’ll ever know

The Killers’ lyrics are the most quirky and some, I believe, are the most difficult to interpret. If you have ever listened to “Somebody Told Me” or “Human”, you’d know exactly what I am talking about. However, this song is not as difficult. You’ve probably heard this song on the radio a year back as it is extremely catchy. The chorus is easy to remember. And no doubt you will have it stuck in your head if you listen to it once more. (Currently, I am listening to it, and it will be stuck in my head.) When I first heard this song, I didn’t think it was The Killers. The sound was very unlike their first album and the lyrics had a religious tone to them (indicated by Jesus and the Devil’s water).

But I doubt you’ve come to read my ramblings about whether or not the song is catchy or not. But what the song is about, and my opinion on it.

Well, it seems to me that it is written to a woman/girl/female who is awaiting her prince, the “beautiful boy” to come “save you from your old ways.” However, when he comes, he’s not the perfect man she imagined but he does “talk like a gentlemen.” The man has some qualities that she had dreamed of when she was young and it seems that she has been somewhat let down by the lack of the perfect man. However, it seems that the singer writes some hope to the girl in the words “but more than you’ll ever know”, that there is more to this guy than meets the eye.

This song is one that I have always played on my iPod and you can’t deny that there is charm to the song. The lyrics aren’t very deep, but they aren’t shallow either. The chorus is simplistic, and when the song starts playing, it draws you in. I love it. The lyrics also bring hope to those guys that don’t appear to be the perfect man or the “Jesus” of the girl’s childhood dreams, but if given time, that guy may be the so called “the one”…just not in the way you’d think.

Of course, I could be totally off.

Yes Man: A pretty decent movie

Yes Man was a recent movie with one of my favorite comedians Jim Carrey. It wasn’t the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, but it did have a pretty good moral in it. “Carl”, Carey’s character, is an unhappy guy who does not take advantage of life’s opportunities. Since he is so disatisfied with his life, he takes an oath that he has to say yes to every thing asked of him. Saying yes to everything shows Carl all the things he was missing out on in his life. Though this movie shows the upside of saying yes, it is not always the answer to every question. Carl messes up his life by saying yes to everything. This movie shows the need for balance between yes and no. It shows the need to take chances, but also not going overboard. Yes Man had a good storyline and was pretty funny.

On Crossing Our Bridges

In their new album Appeal to Reason, Rise Against writes a new song that may have some deeper meaning to it than most would expect. This popular group is well-liked for their deep lyrics, but in this song the Strength to Go On, it completely surprises me. The usual Rise Against song may contain some explicit language (at least in their older works) but in this song there appears to be a good message all can relate to.

Let us cry
Let us be
Let us open up our hearts
Without fear of anything

Faith alone
Is all we need
To traverse this burning bridge
Now before it gets too late
You said. its fine

But the heart reveals
What smiles betray
Your sad sad eyes gave you away

To fight our struggles we must have strong faith before it becomes too late. This part of the lyrics in this song talk about crossing a burning bridge by faith (courage) before it’s too late and burnt up. In the Christian walk this analogy is picture-perfect. We must have our strong faith, and fight our sin (cross our burning bridges) before our lives are over and it’s too late. 

And just as sometimes we may be embarrassed about our struggles in life, this song also speaks out to that. Sometimes we tell ourselves that our sins are okay or we put them off to a later time, but inside our hearts we know it’s wrong. Just because we can smile and say everything is okay to the world around us, it clearly is not. So don’t lie to the world about your sins or your morals. And don’t lie to yourself about them either. Eyes really do give away the intentions of the heart; we see it all the time.

Open up your heart and cross your burning bridges. When your life is over, feel accomplished that you’re standing on the other side. Don’t be telling yourself you wish you would’ve moved.

Don’t let your struggles get the best of you.