Can You Catch the Butterfly?

živjeti jednostavnim životom (living a simple life)

What does this picture make you feel? My eyes are drawn to the cloth hanging in the wind, airing out to dry. Not too long, we, the humans, lived a simpler life. Things were much slower then. This was before my birth. I can only speculate what life was really like based on what little knowledge has been imparted to me by my elders.

Today in 2012 humankind looks at technology as the best thing since sliced bread. Funny how that saying is so dated in itself. As we move forward in our innovations, inventions, interventions, and conventional methods always improving, evolving, involving communities seeming smaller and smaller as communication grows larger, speed becomes relatively slower at an inversely accelerated pace. What’s the next best thing? What’s the faster, smarter, better, hotter, nicer, you-name-it product we can have?

When does it stop? When is enough enough?

Is peace and quiet no longer valued? Surely not. Is simple accepted? I hope it still is. In America, we value these aforementioned ideas yet we miss out on the lesson God says. LIVE A SIMPLE LIFE

Fast food, cut-throat pressured deadlines at work, time crunches, soccer games, doctor appointments, fit it in, squeeze a little more out, keep up the pace, don’t stop, stop, stop, but when is it time to take a breather? We as Americans pay a person to relax us whether through some therapeutic spa session, massage, acupuncture, or you name it! Can you believe where we are today? Who said we had to get on this hamster wheel? Who said we had to run this rat race? What are we generating this energy for? Do you know why you are working your 9-5? I hope it’s for more than the house, two cars, wife, 2 kids, and surround sound stereo entertainment center.

Maybe we need to hang ourselves out to dry on the clothesline for a moment and feel the wind. The calm, serene tune of nature. Could be that it’s all for naught.

I read a quote coming back from Zagreb the day this picture was taken, just a few days ago. It’s by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He says the following:

“Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just out of grasp…But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

We are most certainly closer than we think to getting what we want. Like before, let me leave you with a song, a recent favorite, by my favorite band OneRepublic. You might have heard their songs “Apologize” or “Good Life” or “Secrets” but this one is called “Passenger”….



Blessings and expectations, faith and Croatia, SEVEN in 2012

I sit here in bed before allow myself to fall asleep just contemplating this task at hand. Is this me?

Yeah I think so.

Am I nervous, yeah.

It’s been set. Everything’s lined up. Now it’s just time to go.

In 35 hours I will be getting on a plane to fly to Croatia. What an interesting time this is. I’m 28 and unmarried. Just started a new job in marketing. Karissa and I celebrated our third month of dating a few days ago.

2012 has been a year of expectations from God. Not testing Him but having faith that he will bless me when I obey. 2012 has been a year of success after success. I don’t credit any of it to myself either. It’s all been God. All of it. I have watched him take over and just sat back and smiled. I am starting to get comfortable with giving it to God.

As soon as I get back (first week of June) I will be diving deep with some of my closest friends in a discipleship initiative called SEVEN. Previously it was called NINE. This year it has been shortened by two weeks but I believe it will leave no less of an impact on the hearts of those who commit to it. I did NINE back in 2010 and it helped me fall in love with Christ and allowed me to feel the deep love he had for me again. I think it had been a few years since I had felt that. It was amazing. I’m really looking forward to seeing how God shows up this time and what miraculous things there are to see.

Well, I just thought I’d do something different with this one and make it a little more personal. Thanks for reading!
Be back in a couple weeks with some good European stories hopefully.