We live in a culture in which snarkiness and witty remarks are not only the norm, but also in which skill in those areas is prized. It’s easy to forget that Jesus has the words of life — not cutting, snide, or snarky words.
I’m someone who can be bitingly sarcastic when she feels vulnerable. This was a very timely read.
"Still, my expectant prayer this Advent season is that one day, while Christ is making ‘all things new,’ (Revelation 21:5) God will also redeem my sarcastic nature. Even so come, Lord Jesus (like seriously)."
“People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It’s not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.”—Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (via fewthistle)
“Glory to God in the Lowest
The spout of the stars in spate—
Where the thunderbolt thinks to be slowest
And the lightning fears to be late:
As men dive for a sunken gem
Pursuing, we hunt and hound it,
The fallen star that has found it
In the cavern of Bethlehem.”—Gloria in Profundius (Chorus from an Unfinished Play)
“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.
If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens.
If we love enough, we are going to light a fire in the hearts of others.
And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.”—Dorothy Day (via beignetsawhistlestop)
Type 1, The Reformer: Idealistic, principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic.
Also known as: The Avenger. They have strong beliefs about the way the world should go — and it’s frequently not going according to plan. Their quotes and reblogs are powerful calls for justice and righteousness in the world, especially in politics and culture. You keep them on your dash because they keep you honest.
Favorite tags: #check your privilege
Type 2, The Helper: Caring, interpersonal, demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, and possessive
Also known as: The Hug Gif Giver. This tumblr-er loves you and isn’t afraid to say it. They’re always there with a Like for good news, a supportive comment for bad news, a private message when things look rough, and every single *hug.gif* ever made. You follow them because just being around their effervescent kindness makes you a little better of a person.
Favorite tags: #there for you, #call me, #i love you
Type 3, The Achiever: Success-oriented, pragmatic, adaptive, excelling, driven, and image-conscious
Also known as: The Note Counter. Their Instagram feed is full of success stories: the refurbished car, the Employee of the Month sign, the speed at which they’ve completed the newest season of Dexter. They keep unfailing track of how popular their posts are. They never need a You Tried star, because they always get it done and done right You follow them because you know they’ll offer quality content. (And so do they.)
Favorite tags: #tracking my own tag
Type 4, The Individualist: Sensitive, withdrawn, expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental
Also known as: The Artist. They are the producers of original content — the watercolor backdrop with the latest TEDTalk quote scrawled across it; the free verse poetry that pounds with the beating of your own heart. Their gifsets make you weep no matter what the ship. You follow them because you want that kind of beauty in your life.
Favorite tags: #my art #my poetry #my feels
Type 5, The Investigator: Intense, cerebral, perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated
Also known as: The Reblogger. As the aggregator of information, this type is the collector of all things perfect. Need to know anything about anything? Forget googling it. Just check their archive, and you’ll find all the answers you need. How do you change a tire? Did John Green put out a new book yet? What was that amazing Edward/Harry slashfic? It’s all here. You follow them because they provide a constant flow of the information you’re hungry for. Even if you’re the only one.
Favorite tags: This type does not have common tags, but all of their individually favorite tags are perfectly organized.
Type Six, The Loyalist: Committed, security-oriented, engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.
Also known as: The Believer. They love what they love, and there’s nothing you can do to shake them of it. They are the lifeblood of fandoms (and possibly the only explanation for the survival of Glee). Get them on your side and you’ll have a friend (and a follower) for life. You follow them because they reblog your favorite ships, usually with their ovaries exploding.
Favorite tags: #otp for life #never forget #squee
Type Seven, The Enthusiast: Busy, fun-loving, spontaneous, versatile, distractible, and scattered.
Also known as ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME. They are always into something new, and it’s always SO AWESOME. Did you see this new thing? What about this thing? OMG YOU GUYS THIS THING. Life is amazing, the world is beautiful, and Type Seven is going to reblog ALL of it. You follow them because their joy is like a black hole — you can’t escape it, and do you really want to?
Favorite tags: #love it #omg #want
Type Eight, The Challenger: Powerful, dominating, self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational.
Also known as You Lookin’ At Me?. Like the Social Justice Crusader, they have a clear sense of right and wrong — but things just got personal. They don’t like it when you step on their toes or talk shit about their favorite Doctor. If you make an Eight angry, it might be wise to turn off your Anonymous asks for a while. You follow them because they’re the perfect outlet for your need for righteous (or unrighteous) anger.
Favorite tags: #seriously? #haters gonna hate
Type Nine, The Peacemaker. Easygoing, self-effacing, receptive, reassuring, agreeable, and complacent.
Also known as The Chill One. They don’t get worked up or overanxious. Their feed is a stream of relaxation and contemplation. They regularly reblog Tibetan singing bowl mp3s and picturesque shots of mountains. You follow them because after everyone else on this list, you need someone with a sense of inner peace.
Favorite tags: #it’s all good #don’t worry be happy
the moment you realize that your bones are made of the same dust as the planets, your lungs are breathing the same air as the migrating butterflies, and your blood is pumping because of the love and care of thousands;
is when you realize that you are not as broken as you think you are. you are full of the world.
“Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”— Veronica Roth, Allegiant (via javabookjunkie)
“[T]he outcoume of Parkinson’s law is that if you give yourself a week to work on a two-hour task, then the task with grow in complexity as to fill that week—perhaps not with more work, but more anxiety about the work. It’s like, as Niemann the illustrator would say, going into the store and looking at something you want to buy for two weeks: anxious, boring, and not at all productive. The task for us, then, is to hem the time to the task—to treat our schedules like a tailor treats a suit.”—
Drake Baker on Setting Extremely Short Deadlines (via misterjt) This is how/why ALL of my grad school work has gotten done at the last minute. I would rather not be a procrastinator because I’d rather not have that anxiety leading up to it and I don’t love staying up into the wee hours necessarily, but I can crank out great work like a boss with a short deadline looming. I am finding, however, that this approach is not working as well with my thesis proposal. I haven’t yet mastered the planning and accountability that an artificial deadline requires. (via swirlspice)
When you are in love, you learn to love the things that you once never cared about because the person you love cares about them. This is why Christ told us that the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God; when we love God we love others, we love the orphans and the widows. We love the world even when it hates us, we desire to see people healed and love restored.
You want to change the world? Then you need to start loving God in such a way that your entire world changes. That is the beauty of transformational love; it doesn’t just affect you, it affects all those around you.
Shout out to all the closeted LGBT people who have to return to unsafe family environments this season. Remember that there is nothing wrong with you and that no, you are not a hypocrite for loving the people who raised you despite the things they have done to hurt you. Above all remember that you will always have friends who support you even if your family does not.
“God is love. I don’t say the heart doesn’t feel a taste of it, but what a taste. The smallest glass of love mixed with a pint pot of ditch-water. We wouldn’t recognize that love. It might even look like hate. It would be enough to scare us - God’s love. It set fire to a bush in the desert, didn’t it, and smashed open graves and set the dead walking in the dark. Oh a man like me would run a mile to get away if he felt that love around.”—Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory (via victoryofjustice)
“Jesus of Nazareth kept saying the kingdom of God is like things that are hidden and small and easily missed. He also said that the kingdom of God is within you. Quiet, hidden, small, easily missed. But unmistakably THERE. There within the image of God from which you were created, is the kingdom of heaven, wanting to be known, wanting to be expressed, wanting to be lived and absolutely lighting up when it hears the real thing. Within it is your beauty, your value, your dignity. And it has absolutely nothing to do with being right, or making your point, or saving yourself or winning or losing.”—Nadia Bolz-Weber, “Sermon: Losers, Amish, and the Reign of Christ”
“For years mental health professionals taught people that they could be psychologically healthy without social support, that “unless you love yourself, no one else will love you.”…The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation.”—Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. — “The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog” (via verthandi)
HAIL, FELLOW JEWISH COOKS AND APPRECIATORS OF JEWISH COOKERY! HAPPY OUR FUCKING OIL LASTS LONGER THAN YOUR OPPRESSION WEEK! LET’S MAKE SOME GODDAMN DELICIOUS MATZAH BALL SOUP! THIS RECIPE WILL NOT REQUIRE YOU TO CASTRATE A MATZAH.
YOU ONLY NEED A FEW THINGS, AND THE ONLY ONES YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN’T DO WITHOUT ARE SOME EGGS AND MATZAH MEAL. YOU CAN MAKE MATZAH MEAL BY POUNDING MATZAH INTO DUST WITH YOUR OWN HANDS (OR FOOD PROCESSOR), OR YOU CAN BUY IT.
BEGIN BY MIXING YOUR INGREDIENTS IN THE PROPORTION OF TWOS: FOR EVERY 1/2 CUP OF MATZAH MEAL, YOU NEED TWO EGGS, TWO TABLESPOONS OF WATER OR CHICKEN STOCK, AND TWO TABLESPOONS OF OLIVEOIL. IF YOUR OLIVE OIL IS BUSY FIGHTING OPPRESSION, USE ANY KIND OF VEGETABLE OIL. ADD A LITTLE BIT OF SALT IF YOU LIKE THINGS TO HAVE SALT IN THEM.
MIX UNTIL UNIFORMLY GOOEY, THEN PUT IN A COVERED CONTAINER AND PUT IN THE FRIDGE FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT ELDRITCH MAGIC HAPPENS DURING THIS STEP, BUT IT IS MAGIC INDEED, AND YOU MAY NOT SKIP IT. THE MATZAH GOO MUST HAVE ITS FIFTEEN MINUTES.
IN THE MEANTIME, PREPARE CHICKEN SOUP IN THE MANNER OF YOUR LIKING. ANYTHING FROM PLAIN CANNED BROTH TO A MAGNIFICENT FEAST IN A POT WILL DO. OR VEGETABLE SOUP IF YOU ARE NOT AN EATER OF FLESH.
BRING YOUR SOUP TO A BOIL. RETRIEVE THE MATZAH GOO FROM THE FRIDGE AND FORM IT INTO BALLS ABOUT AN INCH ACROSS. (SOME PEOPLE MAKE GIANT MATZAH SPHERES OF THREE INCHES. THESE PEOPLE ARE STRANGE IN THEIR WAYS AND I SHALL SPEAK NO MORE OF THEM.) CAST MERCY ASIDE AND DROP EACH MATZAH BALL INTO THE BOILING SOUP.
WHEN ALL THE GOO HAS BEEN BALLED AND ALL THE BALLS HAVE BEEN SOUPED, REDUCE HEAT TO A SIMMER, COVER THE POT, AND ALLOW TO COOK FOR TEN MINUTES. THE MATZAH BALLS SHOULD BE FLOATING BUT STILL FIRM WHEN THEY ARE DONE.
(OPINIONS DIFFER ON MATZAH BALL FIRMNESS, AND MANY BATTLES HAVE BEEN FOUGHT. EXPERIMENTATION MAY BE NECESSARY TO FIND YOUR OWN PREFERRED BALL FIRMNESS.)
SERVE IN A SPIRIT OF JUSTICE, WITH NONE ALLOTTED MORE MATZAH BALLS PER BOWL THAN IS THEIR FAIR SHARE.
COVER THE POT this is essential.
# HAPPY OUR FUCKING OIL LASTS LONGER THAN YOUR OPPRESSION WEEK!
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”—Allegiant - Veronica Roth (via a-heart-of-books)
I am currently obsessed with this reading of what God is saying to us through the cross:
"…the only way I can get it across to you that I like you is by occupying the very worst space that any of you can come up with, a place which you typically think I like to put people in. I don’t. It’s you who put people there, you at your very worst. I’ll occupy that space to show you that I’m not out to get you, that I really do like you. The moment you see that, then you can relax, and trust my goodness. Then you need no longer engage in that awful business of making yourselves good over against, or by comparison with each other. Instead you can relax about being good, and as you relax you will find yourselves becoming something much better, much richer in humanity than you can possibly imagine.”
”— -James Alison, Jesus the Forgiving Victim; Listening for the Unheard Voice (quoted by Nadia Bolz-Weber on her facebook page)
Seriously Jesus, you healed the sick and raised the dead and performed wonders and miracles, so we know you have it in you…for God’s sake man, save yourself. If you are the son of God, if you are the messiah, then why on Earth are you allowing yourself to be humiliated like this. Make it stop. You’re embarrassing us. And why are you being such a loser, anyway?
See, we humans tend to be obsessed with winners and losers, insiders and outsiders, good people and bad people. And we can only win if someone else loses. This is the game. Some win, some lose. It’s everywhere.
And that win-lose, good-bad, insider-outsider thing we are all engaged in?…I know this is a little pop-psychology-y but think that it is somehow linked to our own fear of death and loss and fear that we are not loved. So we fight, and compete and argue based on principle. Or we send passive aggressive emails when we feel wronged. Or we talk trash about someone who has hurt us. All of which I have either done or considered doing in just in the past week alone, but none of which will ever fend off loss or convince me I am worth anything in the ways I think they will in the moment.
Which is where Jesus enters the story…annoyingly.
Jesus shows us that these strong at the expense of the weak, rich at the expense of the poor, good at the expense of the bad ways of being together debases everyone involved. The bully is as dehumanized by bullying as the victim.
In our win-lose way of understanding things it would have made a lot more sense for Jesus to have come and be a superhero, kicking ass and taking names. Showing everyone how strong God is by winning at our game.
Instead, at the cross we see that Jesus came and showed us how strong God is by voluntarily losing at our game.