Thursday, January 12, 2006

Yellow Hair Seconds

Yesterday afternoon, Kristi was over and we were making chocolate chip cookies. I almost have the recipe memorized, so I was shooting off instructions to Kristi.

"Go preheat the oven to 375 degrees," I told her.

I finished putting a cup of brown sugar in my bowl, and then look down to see Kristi kneeling in front of our dishwasher.

"Taryn, where's the temperature dial?" she asked, starting to get really confused.

It was then that I had to pinch myself incredulously, hoping that this was a dream.

No, actually, we both just laughed really hard and I joked that she had spent too much time being my friend. My intense "blonde moments" were starting to rub off on her... but Kristi is a blonde, anyway, so she's REALLY in trouble. :)

Aside from her trying to preheat my dishwasher, the cookies turned out pretty good!

That night, 2 of my other high school friends- Kristin and Marla- came over for a night of games. We had fun and laughed a lot- we all were rubbing our tummys after awhile, a little sore from so much laughter.

Earlier in the evening before Kristin came over, Marla, Kristi and I were sitting around watching old videos we had made from Jr. High and High school (blackmail embarassments, to say the least.) We had ordered pizza, and Kristi and I were sitting on the couch stuffing our faces with pizza and breadsticks while Marla sat calmly next to us on a chair. Well, supper wouldn't be complete without me spilling something, so down goes the pizza sauce that I was dipping my breadstick into and the sauce splattered all over the carpet, couch, and Kristi's sock and jeans. Seriously. That pizza sauce is in sane. It's splatter course has quite the diameter. After getting some cleaning products out and scrubbing the floor, we all resume a quiet meal of pizza until about 3 minutes later. Kristi takes a drink out of one of my mom's glass purple goblets, and goes to set it down on the floor, but it slips out of her hand and the whole glass just shatters EVERYWHERE. I kid you not- those goblets shatter like none other. AFter picking up glass pieces and pitching them into a garbage can, and then sweeping up the remaining shards, we all settled down to finish our pizza.

Wow. You would think we needed a baby-sitter or something. We preheat dishwashers, spill food, and break glasses...

Sometimes I wonder why I have enough humility to admit things like this. Some of my friends shake their heads at me because of the stories I tell... but in all honesty, I find that I always try to find humor in situaitons where I could just feel really dumb. If you can't laugh at life, you've let it overcome you... and trust me, I've learned that laughing at stupidity can be a lot of fun. It's good memory-making, it's good future potluck subject matter, it's good stuff. Did I just say potluck? You can tell I'm AC.

I've taken the liberty of posting 2 pictures: One that shows us in our dignity, and the other is a candid shot that I fell in love with the moment I saw it- I love candidness.

I mentioned before that for devotions, I am going to read through Paul's 13 letters in the New Testament. I have worked through the first letter, Galatians, and am now finishing up 1 Thessalonians. Let me share some great verses in chapter 5...

6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.
8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
13 Live in peace with each other.
14 Warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
16 Be joyful always:
17 pray continually;
18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's wll for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire;
21 Test everything. Hold on to the good
22 Avoid every kind of evil

1 Thessalonians has some good stuff in it, but chapter 5 kind of pours on all the instruction... and what great instruction it is! If we all followed even just the verses I posted above, we'd be in good shape. It teaches us to live holy, self-controlled, peace-filled and joyful lives, showing us that we should be thankful and good!

I am not going to dissect every verse, or else we'd be here all night; a lot of them speak for themselves. However, the one verse that stuck out to me was "Warn those who are idle."

Have you ever been "idle?" The sad part about idleness is that it is easy to be an "idle" Christian and still look pretty good. You can go to church, attend bible studies, make meals for people, listen to the Christian radio station... but are you moving anywhere because of it, or are you just going through the motions? Don't let Christian living become an unconcious habit that consists of activities that you do just because you've always done them... I mean, keep doing them, but with fervor and joy for the Lord! Attend the bible studies to learn about the Word, not to socialize afterwards. Go to church to worship God, and not only becuase it's what you do every Sunday. Make a meal for someone because you truly want to give and it's a way to serve the Lord, and not only because it will make you look like a nice person. Listen to the Christian radio station and sing praises to the Lord! Sometimes it's hard to take our everyday "Christian" activities and always complete them with the attitude and motives that we should be having... after long, we become idle. Is our Christian walk a "walk" or a "stand-still?" It's good to do a little evaluation every once in awhile and assess where you're really at; what areas need more enthusiasm or zest? Which areas do we carry out like a zombie rather than a Christian on fire for the Lord? Is our Christian walk as active as it could be?

Let's be ready! A reminder as to why we are here and where we are going can help... it shifts the focus a little from self to Christ... from our kingdom to His.

"Avoid every kind of evil..." Today I heard a familiar song on WCIC that was like, "in the world, not of it..." Sometimes, it seems like it's impossible to avoid every kind of evil as soon as you step outside the door to your house, but it can be done if we remember to align the Word of God with our lives and coat it on our every word, thought, action, and deed. There's a big difference between being IN the world and being OF it.

I love you all!



JakeGman said...

Thanks for the encouraging post!! Very convicting...But a great reminder of where our focus should be! Good Stuff....

Sounds like you had an eventful evening with friends...I think we all have plenty of those stories to tell...If we are honest! :)



Priscilla said...
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Priscilla said...

You all sound like you have so much fun! I love reading your blog because it reminds me of when I was a college student. I had lots of great friends and great fellowship through IVCF. We did a lot of the same kind of stuff you all do. I feel very old compared to you all...but it honestly doesn't seem all that long ago...

God bless!

KristieSue said...

You are so right about being able to laugh at yourself. I am such a clumsy ox. We play paintball and I am always tripping and falling. I know that if I wasn't able to just laugh at myself I would quit playing because it is impossible for me to play without tripping at least once :p And when we sing at church OH MY, I used to get so uptight whenever I would make the slightest mistake. It would take me weeks before I could gather enough courage to get up and try again. I'm so glad I'm able to laugh at myself now and not think everyone else is laughint AT me instead of With me. I don't know if I'm even making sense now LOL but I liked your post. :) God Bless.

clark kaeb said...

HA.. i love it. preheating the dishwasher. its simply... sob.. pathetic? but i totally laughed my stinkin rear off. im at bro D Kaufmann's home and im in his office laughing. i think my cousins are wondering what my problem. i just might have to tell them this story.

ill randomly check this thing once in a while

Kristi said...

thanks taryn for the public humiliation

Micah said...

LOL. This was funny. Maybe you should switch to plastic wear and giant bibs and/or napkins covering the floor. Don't worry though this post actually reminded me of my mother. She seems to have a lot of these moments. At least you are never bored.

David said...

you have a ton of great pictures! keep posting them :)

Heather said...

Kristi- I have many moments like that. I just usually have them on my own and NEVER tall anyone about them. Ok, so I don't have that many, but I do have them every once in a while. Ok, I never have them. Just trying to make them feel better.

T- I love how you use those Clorox wipes for EVERYTHING! Even cleaning the carpet!!

thedoorsopen said...

Amen on the topic of "Christian Idleness." I can only imagine how many more souls would be touched by Christians who stay in the Word, pray for Grace, and live life intentionally for Him ALL the time. That's how the gospel is really spread, when others notice something different about a person and have a reason to WANT TO KNOW what these people have. Good n convicting!

Oh, and honestly... the dishwasher?? Watch out, she might try to start the doorknob! I apologize Kristi, as I am poking fun, without even knowing you. Just remember we're laughing with you... hard! jk, God bless ya all, you have too much fun!