Posted 6 months ago
When you can let go of the idols of relationships, wealth, intellect, success, beauty, and career: you can actually enjoy them for what they are. You don’t expect salvation or redemption from them. You don’t crush them with expectations or demand them to serve your every whim. You instead see them as gifts, as privileges, as an honor to respect and to cherish. Treat the earthly as divine and you will lose both; treat the divine as your treasure and the earth will be just as beautiful.
J.S. (via jspark3000)
Posted 6 months ago
God doesn’t just love you unconditionally. His love is counter-conditional. It is against conditions.
Timothy Keller (via jspark3000)
Posted 6 months ago

The year I turned twelve, all the little girls were sent to a self defence class
just in case.
The first thing we were taught was how to get away.
The second was how to fight.

I can’t remember the first time hearing about rape
even though it’s been around longer than human history has been recorded
but I remember my classmate telling us about her uncle
and I remember watching, shocked stiff,
as her shoulders shook and her mouth broke around,
‘he wouldn’t stop.’

It was the first of too many stories I overheard
of girls getting ripped into.
(Last year, a girl told me about her first time at age 13
when she woke up from her debut with alcohol
and someone was inside her.)

We grow up with built-in warning signs:
Don’t lead them on.
Don’t show too much skin, lest you provoke them.
When walking to your car at night, hold your keys like weapons
and walk like you’re prepared to fight to the death
because so many girls have to be.

At the end of her time with us, our self defence teacher told us
what had happened to her when she was our age.
I remember being twelve and the hyper-aware kind of scared
the kind of scared you get when you’re on a school camp
and you hear a ghost story for the first time
and they end it with, ‘you’re next.’
I remember being twelve and looking around the class full of girls
and seeing some of them with a look like they already have their own version of her story.

'A Generation Of Girls Using Car Keys as Swords,' theappleppielifestyle. (via theappleppielifestyle)
Posted 9 months ago

How C.S. Lewis Felt About Everything

jspark3000:

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ passing, I compiled a list of my favorite Lewis quotes.  From his fear of insects to the loss of his mother to God’s Will to the risk of love.  He’s still the best.

— J

Posted 9 months ago

tastefullyoffensive:

Everyday Objects Blended With Simple Sketches (Part 2) by Javier Perez

Previously: Part 1

Posted 10 months ago

J.S. Park: Settling Into Jesus: A Good Thing

jspark3000:

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You had found a decent church, it had great big loud music, you made some cool Christian friends, had a pretty good pastor, and you did all the church activities.

But soon: it became a little routine, the flashy rocking music felt like ice picks in your brain, you became annoyed at some…

Posted 1 year ago

J.S. Park: The Old Life

jspark3000:

Last night I went to one of those dark, thumping, smoke-drenched, disco-lit places for a semi-family reunion, and I was reminded why I don’t miss the old life.

Fifteen years ago, I would stay up four nights in a row hopping various clubs and house parties drinking to forget everything. On…

Posted 1 year ago
poetrysince1912:

—Cid Corman, Poetry, December 1962Today would be Cid Corman’s birthday. The Dorchester Reporter quotes Corman’s claim that he invented rap.

poetrysince1912:

—Cid Corman, Poetry, December 1962

Today would be Cid Corman’s birthday. The Dorchester Reporter quotes Corman’s claim that he invented rap.

Posted 1 year ago

Bea, age 4

  1. Bea: Mom, what were the jerks names in your high school?
  2. Me: There weren't any.
  3. Bea: Wow! There were NO BOYS AT YOUR SCHOOL??
Posted 1 year ago

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my goodness.

(Source: humorstop)