Friday, June 29, 2012

The importance of History

I have to admit, I've never thought much of History. I dreaded the subject in school and never understood the importance of it. I realize now that it is vital. Without a knowledge of History we don't know where we came from, we don't know how much our ancestors fought to ultimately get us where we are. I've been depressed lately and the reason being is that I'm tired of living at home, I'd like to purchase my own place. I have everything I need, 3+ meals a day, all of my family has their health and yet I'm unhappy. I am so selfish when all I can think about is being on my own and depressed because I'm working paying off my credit debt. I forget that some people in foreign countries may not have gotten to eat today. Perhaps they spent today fighting for their life and all I do is feel depressed around all of God's blessings.I watched the Pianist today, it's about a Jewish pianist that gets torn apart from his family. He miraculously survives in German territory long enough until German is invaded by the Polish. He spent so many days close to death because of starvation or from people just wanting to kill him. He lost his entire family and everything he had yet he manages to keep going. He has every right to be depressed and to just give up but he kept fighting. When he's able to live in peace again he must feel so much sorrow thinking about his family, I wonder how he could ever be happy, I'm sure he never was but just kept going.I wonder if we knew everything our ancestor's did to get us here if we would live differently, would we treat each other differently? Would some of us waste out lives partying, addicted to drugs, neglecting our family. If we knew just how much blood our family gave for us would we continue to take everything for granted? Perhaps I would stop trying to be so perfect and accept what I am, what I have, as the absolute grace of God and be thankful for where I am in my life. Sometimes I wonder if America is only changing because we simply just want more. We cannot be satisfied until we have everything. God has blessed us with beautiful things yet we want is corruption. 2 Peter 1:3 - NLT Translation:By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.I believe if we strive to live a Godly life, our life would feel fulfilled. If we feel fulfilled I don't believe we would continue to want. By wanting we prevent ourselves from living. Everything we need has already been given to us. I think the reason on why we want is because we don't feel fulfilled. I believe the only way to feeling fulfilled is by living a Godly life. There aren't many people that could go without any material object. So many things have drawn us away from seeking God, I think religion (ironic, I know) is one of the things. To classify people and label people, to label ourselves, is a dangerous things. There are standards you have to live up to and a persona to try and maintain. I guess for some people this helps them live, this gives them some sort of meaning to life. How frightened would you feel to be alone, to be without anything. The other night I was wondering how myself and other people can claim to be something yet lack so much knowledge about it and from the exterior, show no signs of the claims. That's something we should probably ask ourselves because the way God sees it there's Evil and Goodness. There is no in between, there is no acting good then participating in evil. Your either completely evil and going to hell or you live in God's image and have eternal salvation. It sounds so harsh yet God has let us determine our fate.x