Sunday, April 29, 2007

#14 - dream

I had a dream the other night that Jake Gyllenhall had come to my house.

We went down the road to a friend's house and played table tennis and sat around talking.

For a moment somewhere inbetween the intense tennis battles and the deep, intimate discussion there I thought it had the potential to turn into another Brokeback moment.


Until I realised his surprise new relationship with Reese Witherspoon.



Maybe it's something to do with the name Reece.... Rhys..... Reese.....

MEAN!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

#13 - blog

I was thinking, when I die I might get my ushers to hand out to the thousands of guests, on little laminated white bits of paper, my URL of my blog so that people may enjoy my life as a 19 year old and beyond.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

#12 - My home

Torbay: North Shore: Auckland: New Zealand. THE best place to live, hands down.
This is an incredible masterpiece of artwork. Panoramic view of our local cove:
"Good old Winstones."

Monday, April 23, 2007

#11 - God - take one

After an awesome comment on my last post from Robert M Stratchan -

"your concept of God is a little one sided, isn't it?

Have you ever considered that god doesn't exist?

That might help

Jesus?"


- I have thought about the idea of the existence of God.

Its interesting to note that the only 'religion' that believes Jesus is the only way to heaven are the only religion to claim people can hear God. All other religions that contain some kind of belief in god admit that there is no way to hear him.

I think I would struggle spending my whole life praying and hoping god would hear me trying to keep myself convinced despite the undeniable silence.

I have found that personally I wouldn't want to spend my entire life trying to do things to keep some god happy so that he wouldn't some day have a bad day and decide t
o send me into flames or back to the earth as a worm.


I don't think its much of a stretch for anyone to choose following a God that:
Answers our call, gives us things - both materialistic and peace, love, joy etc, and takes away our wrong things and replaces them with a life that is fulfilled and worth living.

Over a someone that:
Has no proof they exist, doesn't answer when we speak to him, can change their mind on our eternal destiny depending on how their feeling not on commitment to their promise and doesn't change people's lives for the better.


I know without a doubt that not only is God real, but that He also wants me to know Him personally. This is not something that I've decided on as a result of reading or hearing a convincing argument but I have experienced God for myself.


I look at where my life would be right now if I had not found God and I shudder. I know that even if I made good decisions and worked as hard as I could, scored the right job etc etc I still wouldn't be happy.

Its not just the struggling financially or emotionally people that find they need God.

Its easy to see. People who have some of the most high paying jobs or the most incredible looking wife or house are sometimes even the ones who want Him more than anyone.

I know God is real because of the moments I've felt alone and suddenly hear Him speak to me or feel His presence.

I know God is real because of the people around me whose lives were heading empty but were transformed by coming to know Him.


I know God is real because of the incredible miracles I have personally witnessed. I have seen deformed knees changed before my very eyes. I have seen broken legs made perfect. I have seen shoulders that would not move healed to complete movement.

I may not be able to have all the answers to every question a person has about God but what I do know is

Jesus gave His life so that I could have one and not be condemned (to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment) for all the wrong stuff I've done.

No matter what I do, have done or will do, God will love me.



A life without God is nothing compared one with Him.


Adventure. Excitement. Fulfillment. Perfect Love and Forgiveness.


Leave a comment with your thoughts :)

Friday, April 20, 2007

#10 - Unique

"For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11


You are unique.

There is no one else in the world like you.

No one else has the same values, upbringing, background, passions, strengths and weaknesses.



You were made for a specific purpose. To give God glory.

Don't underestimate the power you have when you surrender to God and allow Him to move through you.

Don't be discouraged with who you are, for you are perfectly and wonderfully made.

Go out and accomplish the dreams you have. You have the God of all Creation on your side!


Thursday, April 19, 2007

#9 - Call me an artist

I've had two spa's today and I smell undeniably like chlorine.

Sam said "the greatest thing I could do for mankind today was draw a picture of him". He didn't quite put it like that but thats pretty much how I interpreted it.

So, world, here is my gift to you - Mr. Sam Burrows.






Wednesday, April 18, 2007

#8 - Road Trippin...

Just got home today from the ultimate roadtrip up north.

We left on Monday 16th April and headed up.


We dropped past Pakiri about 1 1/4 hrs north and stumbled across a tampon commercial.


Needless to say, it was fantastic.


We then continued driving towards the tip of civilization (aka. Kiatia) and pulled in at Waipu (pronounced why-poo).


After flicking through my "AA New Zealand ACCOMODATION" (Complimentary Copy) book, I quickly found a cheap, highly incredible standard place of residence:

Camp Waipu Cove.

We set up tent.


And took advantage of the pumping swell that the East Coast had on offer.



Paddling over the massive beasts (the photo really doesn't quite capture the power, its an understatement to say the waves were small) really does take it out of you.


We cooked ourselves a feed worthy of a King and had a great sleep on the floor of a
tent with 2 other guys snuggling into you.



All in all it was a legend time and wicked to get away from the big smoke of Torbay.


In the process of planning the next one - the paper is free for
some names if you're keen :)

I also vote NOT taking the world's smallest car on a trip for 4 hrs carrying more stuff that can fit in a van.


Peace out yo.


Sunday, April 15, 2007

#7 - Friendship

Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.
Proverbs 18:24




On Saturday night I went to the Blues vs Sharks Super 14 game at North Harbour Stadium.



It was honestly one of the best nights I've had in ages.
Even though the Blues almost got slaughtered at still lost by 7 points, the t
hing that maybe made the night for me was my mates who I got to hang out with that night.

I heard this quote once, I don't know how theological or exceptionally wise it may be but it says

"So much of your destiny / future is unlocked through other people."



It is awesome to know that we don't go through life, at times flippen awesome and others incredibly hard, on our own.



There are often people around us who are there to bring us back down to earth, spur us on, encourage us, give us the chance to vent our thoughts / frustrations and even just chucking in those few words that make our week.


The give us the ability to do what we sometimes can't do on our own -


Enjoy life.


Its often easy (for me anyway) to be mixed up with many things going on around us that we can lose sight of perspective or where we're headed and its at these times that our friends can give us the chance to release the burden.



If you're thinking you currently don't have the friends that you really want or need, try being the kind of friend you want to other people -
what you sow you reap.


Think about it.


Catch you on the flipside.


Saturday, April 14, 2007

#6 - I'm feeling ya

This is quite possibly the coolest thing I have read in a long time.
By Mr John Mayer himself.





Often times when staring out into space, those around me will ask me if I am okay, or inquire as to what I am thinking about. (I've always found the question "what are you thinking about?" to be one of the most invasive moves of all time.) I usually try and avoid the truth and discourage being asked again by answering with something like "I was just thinking about what you look like with an axe through your head, Tom", but most of the time, I'm thinking about my brilliant theory.

My brilliant theory is simple in its explanation, but quickly blossoms into a flora of interpretation, much like the game Othello. By understanding my theory, we can move towards a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Its tenets will have impact not only in the area of personal growth but also that of business, athletics, and in some cases, non-violent pillaging.

This theory will spawn a book, which will be emblazoned with a two word title. These two words will be stacked one atop the other, and will use a very costly prismatic de-bossing effect to dazzle the eye. My name will share roughly the bottom half of the book cover, with a band of text at the bottom to round things out. This text will be a testimonial from a well respected peer and will read something to the effect of "a compelling and empowering page-turner that musn't be missed. - Chuck Yeager."

Because I will have blazed the trail on this theory, I will be free to name many sub-structures of my theory. Phrases like "Mind Fingering", "The 'Say, Say, Say' Effect" and "Dramastic Change" will enter the flow of our cultural lexicon, where they will stay for several months.
This theory will dramastically reconfigure our social hierarchy. Using the workbook appendix in the back of the book, Americans will redefine who they look up to; the entertainers they enjoy, and the political leaders they choose.

This theory will be in constant danger of being undermined by those who feel it is a narrow-minded and foolhearty aberration of pop psychology. I will take to the cable news discussion circuit, where upon defending my point of view I will make Nancy Grace weep. Bill O'Reilly will end production of his show after realizing that the debate has brought chapter eight of my book to life. I will unpin the microphone from my sweater and spend the remainder of the night abusing alcohol. (Chapter ten.)

I have all these plans in place; I'm just working on just what in the hell my theory is. So please don't bother me when I'm looking out into space, because you could be taking my mind off what just might save humanity as we know it.

With Ease,
John Mayer, Esq.

#5 - The trip

I've decided that lack of good Auckland weather has called for a road trip.

I haven't really been on one for AGES and I've forgotten what kind of traditions go along with them.

I'm thinking things like donuts in secluded Whangarei carparks.

Living off pies and primo.

Driving a tiny little 2 door Daihatsu with 3 guys, 3 surfboards and a large amount of junk.

And possibly sleeping under the stars.


However, I realise that my knowledge and creativity hinders me from many awesome ideas to do so if you have any good ones let me know.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

#4 - Life part 1

I'm currently sitting at my desk contemplating where my life is heading.

What do I really want to achieve in my life?


Have a Toyota Alteza, twin turbo? Sure.


Have a modern house overlooking the unknown and greatest surf beach? Absolutely.

Possibly have an beautiful wife who cooks well and doesn't mind, n
ever has fights and brings the best out in me no what is going on? Haha definitely!

I think all of us want that,
except if you're a girl and you'd prefer a male over a chick.

But if all of us want that, what is it that makes us different from anybody else?



I'm talking about the kind of mark we're each going to make on here within our often short and limited time.


What are you going to do with your life to make it worthwhile?



I don't want to just be known as a nice person and I don't want just to be known as incredibly good looking (already achieved that).



I'm not sure exactly what kind of "thing" or "person" I want to be remembered for (I guess that's why I'm writing this), but I know at least that I don't want to let time pass my by and just go with wherever I'm lead by circumstances.


I want to have a vision, a dream and a plan for my life that is going to not only set me apart from other people, but also see God explode in this world while I'm here.


Think about what you're doing and what kind of impact you want your life to have while you're here.




You won't regret it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

#3 - Greatest surveyer ever

This is Ben, quite sexy I must say......




Well, I have pretty much ripped up at work lately.

I don't wanna blow my own trumpet or anything...

...but I think I may soon become the CEO of my work.


My name is currently being flashed everywhere,

Soon to be all over the world.

Watch this space...................................................................................



Tuesday, April 10, 2007

#2 - Reflection




"And we, with unveiled faces, reflect the Lord's glory and are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is spirit."
2 Corinthians 3:18


We all shine.

What are you shining? Are you shining your own glory or God's?

The more we're transformed into Christ's likeness, the greater the reflection of His glory we shine.

If we want to show Jesus in an even GREATER way, we need to be TRANSFORMED more like Him.

Keep allowing yourself to be transformed into His likeness -


There is nothing else worth looking like.


Monday, April 9, 2007

#1 - Aroma



VS




"Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ.

Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance.


Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent risin
g to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation — an aroma redolent with life.

But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse."

2 Corinthians 2:16




Everyone smells. It's unavoidable.


We have the choice of what we will smell like.


Our smell is our attitude, our encouragement of others and level to which we can inspire others.


EVERYDAY we get to choose what we will smell like.


What we smell like affects people's views, day and feeling.



Choose the aroma of life.


1 NEW post, EVERYDAY for 1 MONTH.

I was thinking today,

I find the experience of being excited - going to people's blogs to read another post but finding there isn't one.

I thought,

It might be cool to do a whole month of posts, everyday, so that everyday a person comes to my blog they can read a new post.


So that is my goal:

1 NEW post EVERYDAY for 1 MONTH.

9th April - 9th May.


Check it, leave a comment and enjoy your month :)

Sunday, April 1, 2007

THE weekend...

So,


Friday the 30th of March.


We had a youth event called "slop wars" which pretty much consisted of 120kg of flour, mixed with enough water to keep a whale afloat...

...and threw it at each other.



We had 4 teams and two areas next to each other, meaning all 4 teams could play at once.

It was mayhem.

People running from every direction slapping, hurling and thrashing paste everywhere over the other team and losing the ability to decipher specific people, they all looked the same.

Who says being a Christian isn't fun?


Saturday, 31st March.

Work.
I'll leave that out.


My digital camera arrived - stoking out :)


Also went to Mini Golf next to the motorway in Greville Road - my mate hit his ball at m
e but missed and flew over the wall. I think it may have gone ON the motorway.


Sunday, 1st April.

Morning church rocked, went out for lunch and then had our night service "Pulse".
God was doing some pretty awesome stuff, meeting people in incredibly real ways and filling people's needs :)



Just came home stoking out at where our youth are and how fun life is at the moment!



That pretty much does me for the weekend, let me know how your one went :)