Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Some time later

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It's been almost a year since I have posted on here. It's not that I haven't wanted to but that I just haven't remembered too. And as I sit here at this tower site waiting for Dave the Rigger, a legendary creature of sorts, to come back down the tower. I figured I would kill some time, and bugs.

(Don't worry, I've emptied my queue of help desk tickets already.)

Speaking of help desk tickets. There have been some major changes in my life in the last year. For starters, last time I posted I was still working for APPless IT. I am now currently working for NetSpectrum. We provide internet to rural areas and I don't really feel like explaining how it all works here. That is why I linked the website.

And in bigger news, I bought a house! Yeah, it's basically the best and you should come visit me. I really do love living on my own. I get to poop with the door open and I don't have to vacuum every week(Sorry Mom).

Now just to clear some things up. My house is NOT a mess. There might be some dust or a little dirt on the floor, but it is quite a tidy place and you'd feel comfortable sleeping there(I have two pull out couches, come visit me). Ask anyone who has been there.

As for the food situation. I am an awesome cook. My casseroles are amazing. My breakfasts are top notch. And my BBQ is nearly perfect. Trust me. This isn't to say that I don't miss my mothers cooking, I do. But I can come in a close second, maybe third. I'll give second place to my Dad.

If you don't believe me, come visit me, and I'll prove it too you.

I know what you are all saying, and no, I am not posting any pictures. You can go to my Instagram to see pictures. @Coolool

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The One About Contentness

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Finally. The one you've all been waiting for... Turn with me to my biggest biblical pet peeve.
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who strengthens me.".
Okay, now having a Bible verse as a pet peeve probably isn't a great thing. But hear me out. It isn't so much the verse, but the way it is used...


Do you hear that?! 

That is the sound of a Bible verse being ripped from context. This verse, Philippians 4:13, all on its own has been used as a Christian defense for attempting stupid things. Because you are a Christian, doesn't mean you will be able to run a marathon without training, you won't become a MLG COD Player with out gaming, and you won't pass that big exam at school if you don't study. God CAN do those things, but lets be honest, He won't always allow that happen if you don't put in the work.

So what does this Philippians 4:13 mean? .
Philippians 4:10-12 "I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need..."
Time for some context. Paul was writing this from prison. Prison is not a fun place to be, I think we can all agree on that. But what is Paul saying? He isn't saying that with God he would be able to break out of Prison and live a free life. Paul says that with God he is able to be content in all situations. Even the unpleasant ones. Paul is being content in prison and I find it hard to be content while being hungry for more then an hour.

Now just to be really clear, what is contentness?(I actually don't think contentness is a word, but I'm in I.T. not English.) In this passage the word "content" is used, It's the only time the Bible uses this Greek word for content, and we are told that it basically means "not needing aid in spite of external circumstances." Paul was fully trusting in God and through that he had everything he could ever need, even though he was in Prison.

Another thing I want to make clear just so we can end this with no confusion. Contentness doesn't mean being complacent or stagnant. As an example of what I mean: I currently live in my parents basement, I am single, and only work part time hours. What this verse ISN'T saying is to just accept where I am in life and do nothing. God wants us to be useful. Of course He wants our relationship with Him to be number one priority. But he also wants us to work hard, to enjoy life, and live productive lives.

The trick is to do things in God's timing. To wait for God to prepare our path, to be patient. This is the hard part. But judging by the Christians who have accomplished this task, it is so totally worth the wait. Contentness breeds patience. Or vice versa?

Well that is all I got to say. I hope you can follow my train of thought. If you can't, to bad. You'll just have to be content not knowing.

Nolan Out!

P.S. I love living at my parents house. I love my family. It's just that I am getting older and want my own space.

P.P.S If anyone knows any Christian, single, attractive females. Feel free to give them my email.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Problem With Nolan

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Recently I've been noticing a downward trend in the world. Nothing super specific, it just seems that more and more bad things seem to be happening. The world is drifting farther and farther away from God's law. Valuing things that are wrong. This sort of thing.

I have been seeing people I used to know, some of them very good friends, that have been drifting away from God. When I was younger these people used to seem like they had it all together, I was even envious of their spiritual life. But from observing their lives now, clearly, they did not have it all together, they gave up, or missed something important.

Now I know that sounds really harsh, and maybe it is. Just a little. But want to know the the worst part of this story? I sometimes look at these people and feel like I am better then them. I mean, I go to church most Sundays, I help run the sound booth, I do other things at the church.

But the truth is that I'm no better. If anything, I am worse off then these friends of mine. I wear a mask. I play a role in the musical called Church. I know my lines. I know them well. 

But when I am not at church I have hidden sins that I indulge. The ones no one sees. The ones that are best kept secret and are easy to keep, at least from most. My sins are worse, at least in my mind. I see mine as less "bad" just because mine just aren't out in the public eye.

From the outside, people think I'm doing well. I'm not. My life is a Christian roller coaster.(See previous post.) It definitely has its ups, and let me be clear, the ups are wonderful and hard work. But I get really low some times. Sure I know how to smile and keep things nice on the outside. But inside I am somewhat of a wreck.

Sorry for the depressed late night post. I really do plan on getting around to writing that post about being content. Eventually.

Here is some homework. Read Psalms 73

Nolan Out!

P.S. Just to lighten the mood: Why did the cookie go to the hospital? Because he felt crummy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Consistently Inconsistent

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So I have something to say. It is something new, it is something you have never heard before. Are you ready for this? Daily devotions actually help. Crazy right!?

Okay, so not mind blowing. Let me briefly explain how I came to this conclusion. I grew up in a christian home and have been told this since I was able to understand language, this is not how I came to this conclusion. You'd think I would have been smart enough to maybe figured this out log before I was 24(Wow, I am SO old). But I didn't! Because I need to learn things the hard way.

Lately I've been really trying to focus on  actually doing daily devotions. The bad news is that I am consistently inconsistent. After a day when I do my devotions I find it is much easier to withstand temptation, and sin, and my days just go WAY better. When I don't do my devotions the day isn't , what you'd call, Ideal.

I'll leave you with this:
Psalms 1:2-4 "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away."

Nolan Out!

P.S. I know I promised this post to be on being content in life, but you'll have to wait till next time, sorry!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wise Guy

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So a couple weeks ago, as I was at the gym in the morning. Okay fine, it wasn't really the morning, basically the afternoon, but morning for me. And as I was sitting on the bike, and not like an actual work out bike, but the one that the grandmas use. And I was just answering some work related email on my phone...

This was the exact moment it hit me. It hit me hard too, it was like getting hit a a pillow case full of venomous baby porcupines. You feel it, you get bruised, it sticks with you, and it stings a lot.

I am an adult. Like almost for real. Now I am not just going to ramble on about how much I don't want to be an adult. That complaint overdone. But what I do what to talk about it Wisdom. Since I am older, I should be wiser. Is age the only way to get Wisdom?

Lately I have been reading through the book of Proverbs. This is an entire book of the Bible written as a dedicated "How-To be wise" book. Wisdom for Dummies. 

This book covers most major things we need wisdom for: Relationships, Careers, Family, there are more, I'm just to lazy to write them down. And then on top of the book of Proverbs, the guy who wrote it, King Solomon, he also wrote two other books, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes(yeah, I had to consult the googles for proper spelling of Ecclesiastes). Both similar to Proverbs, just more focused on certain topics. Song of Solomon is for love and relationships, and Ecclesiastes is telling us about how pointless life can be(It does end on a happier note then that). 

So at least 3 books of the Bible are dedicated to the subject of wisdom and they were all written by the wisest man to ever live, Solomon(1 Kings 4:29-30). So I guess we can just assume that this is an important topic. Otherwise why talk about it so much?

I guess it's time to go on a long and dangerous quest to find out what and where wisdom is. I am sure we will need to answer riddles, fight trolls, climb mountains, destroy rings... Whoa! started getting a little off track. 

It's actually really easy to find and acquire wisdom. Check this out: James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."

Notice that the verse doesn't even mention anything about age or knowledge. Sure those can be factors. But this says that all we have to do is ask for wisdom and God will give it to us. That is pretty cool. We all need wisdom no matter then age. We need help in choosing schools, what to take, where to go. We need help in our relationships, who to date, who to not date. We all need help in being adults, money, jobs, houses, cars. God care about all these things and wants us to make good choices with them. Wisdom will hep with this. We all need wisdom. Ask for wisdom.

Well that is all I got to talk about today. Come back next time to hear me talk about being content. 

Nolan out!
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