Pink and Quirky


My personality is pink… or so says this fun little color personality test. If you know me at all, you will know that I am not the biggest fan of pink – or at least not the “baby pink”. But I love taking these quirky test that tell me about myself - in so many words they each basically read the same. I got hooked at the age of thirty-six while a freshman in college. I don’t believe in horoscopes – I walk out my journey through life with the belief that God orders my footsteps… in the rain, in the sun, and even in the puddles left in the rains wake with the suns reflective light.
 
Being raised charismatically religious, one might say I’ve crossed over into the dark side – I’m okay with that. I know myself well enough now to know that I do not allow such “results” to dictate the person I am, rather they give enlightenment to things I already knew about myself. Before becoming a freshman in college I cannot say that I knew who I was – truly. I allowed people to tell me who I was, what I like, or what I should become biasly on there own opinion… and I went along for the ride. I know myself now well enough to know that while I care about people’s opinions, I don’t care about people’s judgement – I answer to One… all on my own.
 
So, here’s to my quirky little test – because I’m quirky like that.
 
Pink is one of the most interesting auras. A pink is a mixture of several auras put together. Pink has the bubbly personality of yellow, the passionate attitude of red, orange’s weirdness, and purples gracefulness. Pink people are by nature loving and giving. they love to be loved too. Because of this they gather around them close friends and family at every opportunity. They like to host family events and are very generous of their time. They have a high regard for their health and will look after their bodies with good diet, nutrition and exercise. (This is debatable – basically, there is only a level of exercise I’ll attempt… ha!) The pink individual is a natural healer, highly sensitive to the needs of others and has strong psychic abilities. They also have very creative ideas and a strong imagination. Because of these personality traits the pink person makes great writers of novels, poetry, or song lyrics. The pink individual hates injustice, poverty and conflicts. They strive always to make the world a better place and will make personal sacrifices in the pursuit of this ideal. Pink people are strong willed and highly disciplined and will expect high standards from others. They have strong values and morals and seldom deviate from them. Because of their honesty and likable nature they are valued as employees but also make excellent employers because of their sense of fairness. Pink is one of the coolest auras out there!
 
As far as their love life, pink people are very romantic and once they have found their soul mate will stay faithful, loving, and loyal for life.
 
Pinks color opposite is white – white people are too dull and serious to take on Pinks personality.
 
Words that best describe Pink People: Blissful, Content, Romantic, Idealistic, Expressive, Artistic, Funny, Quirky, and Individualistic
 
The purpose of life for a Pink: To spread joy to people’s heart.
 
The above test was taken a few weeks ago. The test below was taken earlier this week. And if you go back through my previous blogs you’re likely to find the results of others I have taken - because I could. (insert smile here)
 
You are a generous and moral person. You are smart and thoughtful. You always work on self-improvement.You are very ambitious and have very high standards. You are a great thinker. You are an introvert. People love being around you as you have a way of making them feel good however some people might think that communicating with you is difficult, but for you, it isn’t easy being who you are. You are a great listener who knows how to be nonjudgmental. You believe that everyone has their own journey in life. You are intuitive and a bit quirky. You work very hard but you are not in the least selfish. You work because you want to improve the world. You have a great capacity to love people… until they hurt you, and then after they hurt you, you keep on loving – you are even ready to love those that don’t love you back. You need your personal space and are emotional. You are a person that clearly sees the light side and dark side of life and your attitude toward life is the glass is at the very least half-full. You use every opportunity to forgive, learn, and grow because you believe life is too short to do otherwise. Very few people can appreciate everything you do as well as you deserve.
 
So here’s to being pink and quirky! (and all the colors of the rainbow)
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” ~ Psalm 139:14 (NLT)

Words and Actions Go Hand-in-Hand


The other day, while observing a protest, someone said to me, “She is someone who not only talks the talk but walks it.”

It got me thinking…

          do people say that about me?

                    I hope.

So I started asking myself some questions…

What am I sowing? Are the people I encounter changed for the better as a result of me being around them? Are the things I’m involved with impacted in a positive way because of something I did? Do I bring something of value to the experiences I am a part of? Are people touched by something I said, created, gave? Am I bringing people closer to God with me life, or further away? If I knew I had days to live would I do things differently or the same?

I believe I must ask these questions constantly and gage how I spend my time, my resources, and my life, as a result. Living each day to its fullest, pouring into those around me, stepping out in faith and experiencing life-changing encounters – intentional living means my words and my actions are in unity… no matter the cause, the relationship, the person, the circumstance – hand-in-hand they must be.

Yes – be intentional with your life,  thinking less about what you can take from others or what you can experience and more about what you can sow.

I cannot be intentional without asking God to be everything to me, thus this song is my daily prayer.

 

[Special note - song starts at approximately the 2:10 minute/second mark in video]

Preaching to the Choir Only Gets You so Far


It is the job of a minister to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. Sometimes that means the minister is also afflicted….

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Be saved to sin no more…

Blessing and curses cannot come from the same mouth….

God’s mercy and grace abounds to all, even to the person I dislike, which means…

Who am I?

Redeeming love has no agenda.

I sit here, calm in spirit yet mind and heart attempt wrestling with calm. That moment of resolve, feet firmly planted in trust and the clinching onto what I have known to be all that is true and good and right, yet war rages all around me. And as I stand in the midst, in slow motion I see the dark gloomy fog making its way toward me in attempt to shake me, spit fear into me, and choke me in its suffocating foulness. And for a moment it has me – anger sets in and the comparison battle begins. “Rise O Lord from your slumber and smite _____, slap him in the face!” And the questions begin spewing…”Why does he get a new Mercedes and I sit here wondering if I’ll have water when I get home? Why does he get my son with the guise of teaching him to respect his mother yet he cannot respect me as the mother? Why? Why? Why?”

And then in the middle of my pity party, in slow motion yet out of nowhere, a slap in the face – my own.

My name means peacemaker. As a peacemaker, a minister, my message [only revealed in the last two years or so], is a theme of redeeming love. This redeeming love does not do away with consequences; it simply removes me as judge and asks this of myself: “If I am who I say I am in Christ…”

Here I am, as vile as he is and yet God has washed all my sins away. I cannot pray for one man in my life and curse the past man in my life while still expecting God to bless me and rob him. Blessings and curses cannot come from the same mouth, God’s grace abounds to all. For this behavior, I am truly sorry and beg forgiveness. Who am I to think that God’s fountain only extends to those to whom I believe to be worthy? Shame on me!

Be saved to sin no more. O God how I need thee every hour – your mercy and your grace and yes, even at times a slap in the face.

“O Lord you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely.” ~ Psalm 139:1-4

Thank you Lord that your love has no agenda, it is freely given – a gift of redemption, for ALL.