Hello! I'm Amanda. I'm a Christ-follower, and my favorite things to do are read, write, sing, swim, and play with my cats. :) I appreciate you taking time to read my thoughts! In case you were wondering about the title of this blog, I simply chose it because love is always the answer. Anything can be fixed with love, and nothing is anything without it. :) Whether you are a Christian or not, I hope that my posts encourage you, as well as help you gain different perspectives. Have a spectacular day, and don't forget how loved you are. :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Lies

Why is it that every day, we try to live up to something that isn't even real? It's quite alarming how unreliable everything is in the world. It's like we're all walking around blindly, desperately hoping to grasp onto something satisfying, too stubborn to use our eyes. And if we just wait a liiiiittle longer to open our eyes, we might stumble onto what we're looking for. If you earn enough money, you'll be happy. If you stick to this diet, you'll be thin enough. If you buy this product, you'll never want anything else. If you let everyone else live their own lives and do whatever they want, we'll all be better off. If you conform to what everyone else thinks, we will forever be in harmony. If you change just a couple things about your personality, people will love you. If you only go down the career path of your stereotype, everything will work out great. If you live out these 5 simple tips, your life will be fantastic. 

Unfortunately, none of this is true. "Oh, but if I just"--no. No matter how hard you try, no matter how much you think you accomplish, it will always fail you. Being wealthy is great, until you go on your first spending spree and wind up in endless debt. Being skinny feels awesome, until you realize that you're still not thin enough for society, and you never will be. Buying this product will totally make you happy, until you find yourself addicted to possessions. Never caring enough to hold your friends accountable makes your life far easier, until you watch them go down paths of destruction. Being able to tell your friends you agree with them is wonderful, until you look around to see everything you once stood for laying in ruins. Changing yourself makes you super popular, until your "friends" dump you, and you don't even know who you are anymore. Sticking to your stereotype is easy and makes life fine and dandy, until we all turn into identical robots with no unique creativity. Remembering these rules will make your life amazing, until you hit a bump that your handy rules don't mention the solution to. 

Okay, so if all this stuff is worthless, then what now? Our only options are to willingly live a life of lies, or sit around doing nothing, because if we try, we'll only fail? Not at all. Despite the illusions surrounding us, there is one thing that you can count on. It doesn't cheat you, it doesn't leave you, it doesn't lie to you, it doesn't turn on you, it doesn't fail you. Jesus is the only thing in the infinite universe that is 100% reliable, 100% of the time. What better person to handle your life, than the One who made it? Maybe you don't believe me. That's fine by me--but I'd highly encourage you to find out for yourself. God deserves a shot. He won't miss. God loves you more than you can imagine, and He knows exactly what you need and when you need it. He is always with you, and unlike money, popularity, beauty, and possessions, He will never run out. He has an abundant supply of grace and mercy, and even when you slip up, He stands firm. If you already follow God's path, I figure you know that He won't fail you. However I'd encourage you to remind yourself how spectacular God is, and next time you're being pulled in the wrong direction, tell the lies that you're sticking to the Truth. 

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." ~John 8:32~

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" ~John 14:16~

--Love, Amanda