Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Human Experience


You cannot put a price tag on the human experience. I’ve only been kicking it in this world for two decades but if I have learned one lesson at all, it is that human life is immeasurable. So often I complain about the little things which seem to be a big deal at the time, but simply highlight just how blessed my life’s experience has been. As a get older and less stupid what I am finding is that the best parts of me as a person come out through the people I have been surrounded with in life. I’m not perfect and neither are they, but we seem to somehow be perfect for each other. For every imperfection, God gives me two perfections in the form of people who inspire me to want to be a better man.

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to realize this truth. So often in life we miss out on forming relationships with friends, family, and others due to our negligence in seeing the true value of human life. The ability to appreciate someone for who they are and what they could become is becoming a lost art. The reality of our world today is that it is far easier to simply ignore or brush off an opportunity to show appreciation to someone due to entitlement thinking. I pray to God I never become so self-righteous in my personal pride that I end up casting aside the opportunity to show thankfulness/appreciation to people who give so much of themselves so that others may have a greater opportunity.

A perfect example of this comes from when I talk about my sibling. My sister is one of the best parts of who I am as a person. Not only is she simply amazing, but she inspires me to want to be better every day. She may be younger than me, but her soul makes you question how she can even be human. People like her simply make me wish time could sometimes stand still, so that I could catch up on myself to better show just how thankful I am for her in my life. See unconditional love doesn’t come easy; and she has it in spades. Her ability to love beyond measure is purely a beautiful example of how the human experience is truly immeasurable.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving spent with people they love and from me to you,

Happy Thanksgiving!

my best always,

AA

1 Timothy 4:4-5 – For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

You+me=we; An Introduction


Sup everybody? My name is Austin Avery and before I begin allow me to introduce myself and give a little spicy backstory as to who I am, and the reason for this blog before we get started. So here is the story; I’m a local kid from up here in Northern California, born and raised, who loves a lot of things but the biggest is people. Over the two decades I’ve been kicking it here in this world I have been beyond blessed by tons of different people who have poured themselves into me so that I might someday become a man my parents can look upon with pride. Furthermore, I’m a Christian. Feels good to type that; it actually feels really good if I am being honest. See Christianity for me is not something that I wear as a title but rather I get to live through/with as a lifestyle. Now I know not everyone holds the same belief’s as me and that is totally cool. NO JUDGEMENT EVER from this guy. In fact, this fact is the whole purpose of my blog!

So, what is you+me=we? I’ll give you a hint……………………………………………………. It’s about us. It’s all about all of us. Cause we all matter. We all have a voice, a purpose, and a direction which is evolving/changing every day. Oftentimes in our world people abide by what I call the 90/10 policy; meaning people like to talk 90% of the time while they only want to listen 10% because two-way communication is not so desirable anymore. So why is this the case? Why is it that marriages are failing? Why is it that families are breaking? Why is it that at some moments the pain of this life seems almost unbearable? What is the answer to grief? These questions are ones that I think can be found in this concept of you+me=we.

Perhaps the greatest fear; or my greatest fear is failing. This fear of failure is a sin and problem for me on a daily basis. Yet I seem to be finding more and more comfort as I grow older in this reality of community. Some of the best parts of who I am as a person come out from the people who have surrounded me, and loved me since I was a young boy. This concept of love, specifically “unconditional love” will forever be the focus of this blog and who I am as a person. Regardless of your personal beliefs or views I don’t think it’s ever a smart idea to try and put a dollar sign on the human experience. Every life has meaning, value, and purpose. This purpose is truly where the fun stuff is at for me; hence why we are going to write about it.

I say "we" in that last sentence because to be quite honest I cannot do life without every pair of eyes that sees these words. There is a beautiful story which reveals itself in 1st and 2nd Thessalonians where Paul writes these letters to the Christians in Thessalonica who were experiencing societal persecution from Jews and Gentiles. Paul’s letters serve as an astounding source of encouragement and emphasize how redemption leads to unification through Christ’s unconditional love. The best parts of who we are as people come out when we place ourselves in another person’s shoes for a moment and listen to what they need to say. Ultimately having hope today leads to joy tomorrow.

Our country, our world is in desperate need of hope, love and faith. Having these principles is beyond important. But most importantly we need to have each other. So “you+me=we” let’s do it! In closing, here is a verse that I think sums up everything expressed so far in today’s blog.

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 2nd Thessalonians 2:13

My best always,

Austin Avery