Sunday, February 5, 2012 - Day 5 of February Tumblr/Facebook Fast
Alternatively Titled: Amsterdam and the Superbowl
Look what I finally got in the mail! I bought this shirt at notforsalestore.org
“Free2Rock saw Not For Sale partner with popular Christian rockers Tenth Avenue North to create a limited edition T-shirt to help fund the organization’s work to end modern day slavery worldwide.
Only available for just over two weeks, the T-shirts proved to be a huge hit and raised an impressive $11,400 for Not For Sale.
All the proceeds from the $24 T-shirts, emblazoned with lanterns and windows representing those in forced sex slavery in Amsterdam’s red light district, will go to help Not For Sale fight slavery in Amsterdam and around the world.
All Free2Rock t-shirts are made and printed in El Salvador, where Not For Sale is working with a socially orientated factory to empower single mothers and to give jobs to people at risk to trafficking.”
I love this shirt so much! I helped end slavery by buying it, it looks awesome, its by one of my favorite bands, and it was made in El Salvador by people at risk for trafficking!
On top of that, the T-shirt is about Amsterdam, a city (though I’ve never been there) that is near and dear to my because of John Green’s amazing vlog, and his awesome book, The Fault in Our Stars. I love that I get to be a part of Nerdfighteria by wearing this T-shirt that decreases Worldsuck by being made of Awesome. And if that sentence made no sense to you, then I suggest you watch the Vlogbrothers videos and become Nerdfighters. John and Hank Green are so -you guessed it- awesome, and I love being a part of that.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me. The task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:24
I started out my morning with some good preachin’ from Pastor Steven Furtick’s message, Living a Better Story. Each Sunday (and throughout the week) I watch the fantastic free podcasts from Elevation Church. This message seemed geared specifically towards me in a way that I know cannot be mere coincidence. The theme is living a better story, and he used film to explain the message. As a film student who wants very badly to intern in the video department at Elevation, it felt as though he were speaking directly to me. Each reference to films and filmmaking had a way of striking a chord with me that is stronger because my life is so closely connected to film.
What amazes me so much is that only yesterday I watched an entire video about story structure and what makes a good story through an online portion of a class I am taking. So everything he said about story structure resonated with me even more because it confirmed in a biblical manner what I had been learning about only the day before!
I’ve found that when God has prepared me for something, it always takes me by surprise that he has arranged it in such an intricate way. I am so overwhelmed by how involved he is in my life, proving constantly to me that he is directing my story in every way, even when I don’t realize it at the time.
“We can spend our whole lives studying God only to scratch the surface of His wonders, His intricacies.” - Pastor Steven
Some Notes from Living a Better Story
4 Reason our Stories Suck:
1. We have cast the wrong main character.
- We want to be the main character in our lives, but the story of your life is the story of God’s glory.
- Jesus is the main character of our lives. I am not the main character, I am just the key grip.
2. We are working off the wrong screenplay.
- We’ve been handed the wrong scripts by our culture. We get frustrated, burnt out, trying to follow these scripts.
- The last scene of a screenplay is often shot first when filming a movie. The last scene of the Bible ends with us worshipping around the Throne.
3. What we want isn’t worth enough.
- If what we want in life wouldn’t make a story or a film meaningful, it won’t make our lives meaningful.
- Pastor Steven told his 6 year old son, Elijah, that he would give him any amount of money he asked for. Elijah, after working up his courage asked for $20. Steven gave it to him, and later Elijah came back and asked him, “If I had asked for more would you have given it to me? If I had asked for $100, would you have given it to me?” And Pastor Steven said, “I would have.” But Elijah didn’t want enough. So he missed out.
- Disappointment comes, not when we don’t get what we want, but because what we want would not have satisfied us anyways.
The point of my story is to know Christ and to make Him known.
Maybe all the things that may seems like a disappointment are actually God building up to the climax of showing himself strong in your life, if you want it bad enough. Desire it.
4. We try to skip the scenes that matter most.
- God has predestined us to a purpose he has for us.
- If what you want more than anything is God’s will for your life, that is worth wanting.
- Your hardships and suffering make the end of the story matter, make the film worth watching.
This is what I was talking about when I said that this sermon confirmed everything I had been learning yesterday.
When they talked about story structure in the video, they said to keep in mind that the stuff that makes the script good, makes it meaningful, makes you root for the character, is all of the terrible hardships, pain, and loss that happens to the characters in the middle of the movie. The more pain, the more satisfying and amazing the payoff of the climax is at the end of the film.
All of our hardships make the ending more wonderful. Make the story of our lives worth telling.
After I watched this podcast, I went to mybetterstory.com, a website connected with the message in the podcast, to sum up my life’s story in a sentence:
“To use the gifts of filmmaking and the love of storytelling that God has given me in order to further His glory and surrender to His will for my life.” @CapnKayla
Well, its time to get to my homework, and then to the Superbowl party with my Bstud girls tonight! I’m pretty sure the Patriots are playing the Giants (I think) and I won’t be rooting for the Patriots. I’ll be praying for all the girls being trafficked in Indy tonight, for the law enforcement officers, and for the men taking advantage of these victims, that they too will come to know the love of Christ.
I won’t really be watching the game, I’ll probably just be eating my hot wings and eagerly waiting for the new The Avengers trailer. I’ll be one of those people watching for the commercials, and pointing out the cool camera shots they use in filming the game.
What a nerd.