Our Fallen Idols

This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

Our Fallen Idols

One of my favorite movies of all-time is The Dark Knight. I find the movie very fascinating for a lot of reasons. Batman is the main character of the film, but he is not necessarily seen as the primary hero. District Attorney Harvey Dent is committed to eliminating organized crime in Gotham City. The Gotham citizens, law enforcement, and Batman himself believed that Harvey Dent is the hero and savior for Gotham. Finally the city had a man who had the best intention to bring peace and justice to a corrupt city. Most notably Bruce Wayne aka Batman was relieved because he realized that he would not need to be Batman one day. They placed their hope on Harvey Dent because he was a man worth believing in.

We want that person who we can respect, honor, and follow. We want a role model that our kids can look up to. When we hear that these people may not be perfect, then we hope that the rumors or allegations are false. We hope that there is no way that this person could do such a thing. The evidence can be overwhelming, but we still have hope that they are worth our admiration. We don’t want to hope for someone who turns out to be a fraud.

Fear Cannot Dictate Our Lives

This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

Fear Cannot Dictate Our Lives

I lived in Denton for about 10 years. I got my Bachelors and Masters degree at the University of North Texas. Through that time I attended Denton Bible Church. I grew a lot in my faith through this church. The church has been an amazing resource for me in my walk with God. Denton Bible has an evening Christmas Eve service every year. Last month the church received a bomb threat to cancel their Christmas Eve service. They had to decide whether to continue with the service as planned.

Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous likely to cause pain or a threat. Most people want to live on this Earth for as long possible. When our safety is jeopardized, then we tend to panic and change the way we live. Sometimes we need to be smart and take precautionary steps towards a safer life. We are always at risk for harm whether we know it or not. The world is not a safe place because anything is possible.

We learned that this world was not safe early in history. Adam and Eve’s first kids were named Cain and Abel. Genesis 4-6-8 illustrates the evil of humanity.

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

Cain was angry and bitter towards his brother. Abel’s sacrifice was considered righteous and looked highly upon by God. Cain killed his own brother due to jealousy and anger. This passage illustrates the point of how no situation is really safe. Cain killed a member of his own family. Humanity is capable of doing harm to one another without any regard to morality or conduct.

Every Day Is A New Year

This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

Every Day Is A New Year

The end of the year is a time that I reflect upon my life and future. There were a lot of things that I expected to accomplish by now. I thought I would be married and start a family. I thought I would be pretty established in my career. I thought at this stage in my life that I would have figured it out by now. I haven’t accomplished any of these things. It can be discouraging when your friends and family achieve your dreams. Facebook, Twitter, Instgram posts show them getting engaged, jobs, kids, and more. I want to be in those situations, I want those happy moments. I feel that I am not even close to reaching those dreams.

Fortunately we have started a new year. We can say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. A new year symbolizes an opportunity where our dreams can come true. The year is not written yet, so anything is possible. We make resolutions and goals to get us one step closer to our dream. Sometimes we do not have complete control of our life. There are times where obstacles and circumstances can halt our plans.

How To Handle Unfulfilled Expectations

This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

How To Handle Unfulfilled Expectations

I have recently been re-watching one of my favorite TV shows called Scrubs. I love the characters, writing, comedy, creativity, and sentimental moments of the show. I like the show because I relate to the main character of the show Dr. John Dorian. JD is someone who cares deeply for his friends, family, and patients. He tends to daydream a lot. He also desires to make meaning out of everything in his life. He will always close the show with a monologue of something that he takes away from the episode. The last episode of the show is JD leaving his job. This is a big moment in his life because he spent the last eight years working at this hospital Sacred Heart. He has high expectations and hopes for his last day at Sacred Heart. He wants to feel appreciated, valued, and respected by his friends and colleagues. He shared his most insightful thoughts while he was walking out of the hospital for the last time.

“Things go rarely exactly the way you want them to, so sometimes you make due with whatever you can get. Endings are never easy; I always build them up so much in my head they can’t possibly live up to my expectations, and I just end up disappointed. I’m not even sure why it matters to me so much how things end here. I guess its because we all want to believe that what we do is very important, that people hang onto our every word, that they care what we think.”

I believe it is normal for people to yearn for praise and acceptance from their friends, family, and colleagues. We want to believe that our existence on this planet means something. It is a wonderful thing when your friends, family, and colleagues have great things to say about you. It means that you made a positive impact on their life. When we have high expectations for people and they don’t meet our expectations. Then we are bound to feel disappointment.

“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you are doing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

God calls us to encourage and uplift one another. It is a good thing to praise our friends and family for their talents, gifts, and passions. Believers share a hope in Christ, so this bond is designed to make us stronger. It is important that we care and love one another well. Unfortunately our friends and family are going to disappoint us despite their best efforts. They are not perfect and there is no way for them to know all our thoughts, beliefs, and expectations.

Can I Know God Personally?

This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

Can I Know God Personally?

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular people on the planet right now. A normal Swiftie (name of Taylor Swift fan) would never expect to personally meet Taylor Swift. Last year one Swiftie invited Taylor to her bridal shower and wedding. Taylor Swift read the invitation and showed up unexpectedly to her bridal shower (I don’t think she even RSVP’d). Taylor found it important to build a relationship and connection with her fans. Interactions like these are great opportunities for people to get to know one another.

Celebrities are not easy people to get to know on a personal level. We know a lot about them due to E, talk show interviews, and more. There is a difference between knowing about somebody and knowing somebody. I have never met Taylor Swift. I know a little bit about her. I know that she was born in 1989. I know that she is a cat lover. I know about some of her past relationships. I know this information based on articles, interviews, and songs. I know some personal things about her, but I really don’t know her. I have never had a conversation or any type of interaction with her. I may have tried to tweet her once, but she has not gotten back to me yet. There is something special about meeting someone and learning more about them.

A couple weeks ago my church went through a series called Explore God. The last question of the series was Can I Know God Personally? A lot of people have heard of God. They know His character and stories. There is a difference between knowing about God and knowing God. Jesus talks in Matthew 7:21-23 about how sometimes it can be hard to understand the difference.