thoughts from the courtroom…

about a month ago, i got pulled over twice in two nights driving on campus… first one was on a wednesday after prayer meeting on the way to AFC, cop pulls me over and says i was going 34 on a 15… if i had gone a little faster i would have gotten charged for wreckless driving…  the next day i’m coming home from volleyball practice and all of a sudden i see flashing lights again… luckily he let me off with just a warning after i complained to him that i already got ticketed the night before…

even though things could have been worse, i was still really mad… these worthless cops should be out there catching criminals and drug dealers like andy kim, but theyre wasting time pulling over cool kids like me…

AND, because i’m an idiot and forgot to pre-pay the fine, i ended up going to court today…

busted

busted

going to court was GOOD because i got to miss 3 of my classes, but BAD because i had to wake up extra early and waste 4 hours of my life sitting and listening to cases of other people…

i was sitting inside the courtroom this morning, along with a multitude of people from all different types of backgrounds… students, old people, fat people, skinny people, white people, black people, hispanic people, cool people… and i just realized how we all kinda suck at life…

these are simple traffic rules that are SO easy to obey if you think about it… but all those people in the room, including myself, were a sign of how impatient we are… we live in such a fast-paced world… everything is all about out-doing other people, how many things can u get done in one day, and we want to get everything done quickly… we value ourselves based on our productivity, and when we’re not productive we feel empty and dry…we’ve made our days more about the amount of things we can get done, and less about how we’re going to let God work through us…

sitting through the courtroom for 3 hours was pretty much torture, but half way through it i learned a lesson… there was a reason why i was sitting in the courtroom, listening to all these people get owned by the judge… if we’re constantly trying to keep ourselves busy, if we’re constantly filling our lives with all these things, and all these noises, we’re really missing out on what God’s trying to say to us…

how many of us complain or pray about more of God’s voice and direction in their lives?

the problem is simple: if we are constantly distracted by all the voices around us, it’s gonna be hard for us to hear god’s voice

i dunno.  usually when I get a speeding ticket or something, I take it as God telling me to slow down life a bit… to relax… to chill out… that the world doesn’t necessarily revolve around me… but that it revolves around the one who holds the world in his bare hands…

the world screams at us “‘carpe diem (sieze the day)” or “live every day as if it were your last,”  they shout at us that this life, this world, and this moment is all that we have… that we are here and what we have is all we have…

it’s partially true, and it’s important to be fully present in what we do every moment, but we have to look past the finality of the statement… because this world is on the brink of something amazing… the kingdom of God… each moment taht we as christians live, we are bringing more of heaven unto htis world because we have something (or someone) in our hearts… and the world we’re living in is moaning and groaning for whatever that we already have in our hearts… the goal is not so much as to see how much we can accomplish in our lives, but to be patient and be fully present in what God’s doing in this world… and if we want to do this we have to block out some of the worthless noises around us… a wise man said to turn off the tv, music, computer or whatever media and sit in silence for once… because God wasn’t in the fire, nor the earthquake, but in the gentle whisper

whisper

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