I meant to post this a long time ago back when I did the first two in this series. I let time get away from me a little. Just a little. Well this post is about just shutting the heck up and listening. The previous ones were about music but this one is just about listening in general. I feel extravagant today…lets get started.

This is a pretty straight forward concept. Stop talking so much and listen. There are a lot of people out there, and even I get this way from time to time, that just talk way too much and end up letting their mouth get them into trouble. There is a time to talk but we need to understand that the more we talk the more out tongue will betray us.

James 3:8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

There it is folks. Your tongue is a deadly poison that can’t be tamed. Let’s face it; our tongue will get us in trouble time and time again. There really is not a whole lot we can do to stop it but we can continue to work to contain it. The age old saying, ‘think before you speak’, holds true today. If we can train ourselves to stop and think about what were about to say before we say it, the problems that the tongue causes can be decreased.

Its not just a problem of saying hurtful or wrong things but also ignoring our fellow men and women. You talk too much and you could miss out on something important that someone is trying to tell you. Someone could be crying for help and you missed it cause you were too busy talking. We need to stop ourselves be more of listeners than talkers. And don’t just listen, really hear and understand what is being said. Heck, God maybe telling something very important and you could miss it. I for one don’t want to miss anything He may need me to hear.

So how about we pack away our quick trigger and listen. Be quick to listen and slow to talk.

KIT

Adam Groff

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Bands, bands and more bands

Tons and Tons of Music

I left you, in the last post, talking about the importance of music. It was a longer post than I had anticipated and because of this it is now going to be a 3 parter. (Tharter*) If only I could make 4 hahaha. In this second part, I’m going to address what I consider to be a problem these days. But before I get to that, I mentioned last time that I was in the band Finding Isaac. Well, having written about it and reminisced, I ended up going to our band myspace page. It was pretty interesting to see old pictures of the band…without me. My mom made me come home before my band members’ sister got there to take the pictures. I also listened to the 2 band songs that are up along with the 2 and a half songs that were recorded by Gunner Herman, who essentially led the band. The difference between the band songs and Gunnar’s is pretty obvious haha. He recorded them professionally. They are good songs though. Anyways if you want to check us out here is the link.  http://www.myspace.com/findingisaacmusic

Ok down to business. This is…Part 2…

What is this problem that supposedly exists according to a guy (me) who clearly has the credibility to diagnose? Well, the issue is that too many people out there only listen to what is shoved down there throats by radio stations, specifically pop radio stations. To me this is a problem because there is so much great music out there that we will never hear because we think that only songs on the radio are good. Come on people. My personally opinion of pop music is that its generic and all the same stuff that is mostly “factory” made. Of course not every band or artist buys their songs but a lot do. Don’t get me wrong though, there are good songs on the radio. My issue is that there are too many over looked songs out there.

My iTunes library is filled with many different genres and different bands thanks to my omnipresent taste in music. Most of which are fairly unknown bands and artists that my friends and I have discovered over the years. One day I’ll be listening to the head banging music of Oh, Sleeper and the next I’ll serenade myself with soundcapes produced by Sigur Ros. Trust me, there are a lot of great bands that I guarantee you will like. All you gotta do is look.

Last.fm is a website that I use to not only find new music but see what my friends are listening to. Its like a facebook for music. You go to the site and create your own profile. Then you download an application that keeps track of the songs you listen to as well as shows you bands or artists that are like the bands you listen to. You can friend other people on the site and see what they are listening to. Its just a great free site for the music lovers out there. (Its better than pandora *wink*) Here is the link http://www.last.fm/home

So I encourage all of you to get out there and discover new music and stop limiting yourselves to just Radio music. Just…Listen to It

Adam Groff

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Sigur Ros

Music is Everywhere

Hey everybody!!! It has been quite a while since my last entry and I apologize for that. I have had this idea in my mind for a while and its something that I find very important. The main point of this post is for you to understand the importance of music, at least in my eyes. Of course everybody is different and not everybody will agree with me. I’m gunna do this anyways though. Here we go folks. Lets go on a journey!
Music is a huge part of my life both with listening as well as playing. I play the bass guitar and I have since prolly my sophomore year of high school. I have mostly used my fairly good skills for helping lead worship for youth groups and church services, but I have also played with friends to put on a show. So that is my current involvement with music. Well you could say I was in a band but I don’t think the other band members would necessary admit that but its true. We had two names and I always thought they were pretty fly. Before I officially joined the group they were called Fries and Apple Pies. After I joined we almost called ourselves Cranberries and Small Fairies but we ended up landing on Finding Isaac which was way more kool. Obviously.
Wow this is already a long post…it happens.
Music is everywhere and is multipurpose. Music has this way about it that almost can’t be described. It can take you on mental journeys through your many emotions. One song can lift your spirits high and the next could tear you down to darker depressive emotion. Music can make you want to dance whether its slow or ‘dirty’, as the kids call it. Music is atmospheric. It can create the world around you in a way. You can almost see the world in a new way when different music is playing.  Many cultures and religions have used music as well to express themselves as well as enhance their souls, so to speak.
Music to me is a way for me to relax, to let go of a days stress, to punch dance my rage out, to worship God, to dance…alone…where no one can see my sick nasty moves, and to think and to dream of anything and everything. Music is Everything! So next time you eating carrot sticks on your water bed, jumping over the moon, or scanning your computer for viruses, put on some music. Any music at all and…
Ssshhhhh…Listen to It.
Adam Groff
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The Job Label

18Oct10
I Am My Job

I Am My Job

I have been thinking a lot lately about my future and where it might be going. The obvious question that goes through my mind is what kind of job am I going to get to pay the bills. I mean who hasn’t thought about that? Who hasn’t? In our society, we seem to label who people are along the lines of social status and how we perceive them like it is the most important thing in life.

From the beginning God created us to do work as it says in Genesis 2:15…

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

We were made with skills and talents to be put to good use in our time on this Earth. That is why we find pleasure in work but not in the work itself. Just the fact that we are useful and accomplish tasks. Think of it this way, when you go through a tough workout (like AbRipperX) we may hate it while were doing it but when its done we feel awesome. The good burn in your muscles. Feels good. Thats like the only part of working out that I like, haha.

Anyways, we were created to work but we seem to ignore the true meaning behind this. We weren’t made to work for the purpose of making tons of money and becoming successful in the job world. We were made to work for christ, which brings me to my main point. Took me long enough, right? Your job or career you attain should not represent who you are. We hold our jobs up so high that it becomes who we are. This is bad. Bad to the bone. This is focus issue. When we turn our gaze off of Christ and the cross and onto our jobs, we are making our faith useless. Who we are is, and should always be who you are in Christ. People shouldn’t you and say, “Hey there is Joe, the plummer” or “there is Marie, the pencil sharpener maintenance lady.” It should be more like, “There is Tyler, the guy who likes the Twilight movies and has a relationship with God.”

A nice job is awesome but living life through your faith in Jesus is by far the coolest way to go through life. You feel me? =)

KIT

Adam Groff

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American Dream?

The American Dream is a stupid goal. Yeah, I’m saying that prosperity and success are something that one should not strive to accomplish in there lifetime. We, as Americans are blinded by our own culture and we seem to think that money is the almighty answer to all our prayers and wishes. We think its going to bring us happiness. To quote an Assistant to the Regional Manager, “False!”

I was recently listening to a message from a missionary who challenged us to take a look at our lives and what we want our future to be. It got me thinking about this so called ‘American Dream’. I believe the official phrase is “Chasing the American Dream”. as christians, we can’t fall for this crap because it will lead us down a graceless path. The only thing you should be chasing is a relationship with Jesus because he is the way to heaven. Yeah having a high paying job with tons of health benefits and bonuses is awesome but how in the heck is that helping you in your walk with Christ. You don’t think you can just pay your way into heaven do you?

The speaker mentioned something that I found interesting and inspirational. He is a missionary in Brazil and he said that the families living essentially with no money are just as happy as any rich family you can find here. Life is not about material possessions at all and this is an issue I continue to struggle with. We need to let go of our worldly possessions and let Jesus take over for when we give ourselves to Him, we no longer exist as just people but instead as vessels for God’s use. Don’t be chasing lies, chase a christian life.

Chasing the Christian Life

KIT

Adam Groff

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Comfertably Uncomfortable

We as humans desire to be comfortable. That is in both physical and mental statuses. In a crowded, hot room, most of us may, after a time, seek “fresh” air or an opened area to relax or recover from the discomfort. If we fill the room with mostly people we don’t know, we tend to flock to the ones we do know to escape mental discomfort or awkwardness.

In seeking comfort, we end up avoiding situations that could be used to turn others towards grace. When others talk about how being Christian is stupid do we refrain from defending our faith. Why do we care more about fitting in then we do for our own beliefs. It doesn’t make sense but we all do it at some point in our lives. I know I have done it. Heck, I have even done the half truth where I tell them “Yeah, I believe it but I’m not all about it.” Don’t be like me. Proclaim what you believe when the situation calls for it because you don’t know when the chance may come for you to show someone new the Grace of God.

Sometimes in order to turn others towards grace, we need to step out of our elements and let God use us. When my church planting team was handing out surveys in lancaster, I found myself shying away from people because of how uncomfortable it is for me to walk up to a stranger and start a conversation. Having talked with a friend of mine, I realized that the only way for God to use us is to step outside of our bubbles and let God take control. Basically, your not going to be able to spread the word of God if your not going to put yourself in situations where you can. They may be extremely awkward and uncomfortable but if you trust God, he can give you the words and comfort.

The comfort of being uncomfortable is God.

KIT

Adam Groff

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Over this past weekend, a friend from college passed away in a car accident. This is the closest I have been to a death outside of family and its a monster in of itself. When news hits your brain and you finally realize what exactly is going on, your heart sinks. Those words that you can’t believe at first cut deep into you spilling out emotions. Me being a bit of a proud dude, I held in the tears because I was in a car with a friend when I heard the news.

I couple minutes after I told my friend what happened, he changed the song we were listening to to How He Loves. The song, in all its beauty, made it harder to hold in the tears but It was the perfect song to be played. It reaffirmed to me that God does love us and He loves us so freakin much that our human thoughts will never comprehend or understand the extent of such a love. When unfortunate events happen in our lives, we need to stick by God, Sometimes the first thing we do is ask him why the world he would allow this to happen. We need to understand that he has a reason for everything and a reason for all. How HE LOVES us, Oh How HE LOVES us.

Tracy was one of those girls that you know right from the get go, that she loves to have fun and loves to talk with others. A very sociable girl. A girl that always stood out to me. It’s tough to describe her fully because she is so unique. It was very apparent that she had found God and really dug into his being and his Love. You pretty much can’t not like her. Her charming whimsical nature was beyond endearing. I remember her always saying “green” when I would burp in her presence. I still don’t fully understand why but that was her. I also remember sharing the same love for Dove Dark chocolate. That bag that I shared with her. She was a fan of Transformers, which is super cool for a girl haha. Above all of this is the fact that she had built a fire with God, a fire that will never go out, a fire that no amount of water can douse, a fire that can be seen throughout the heavens and on earth. She was purely “alive”. I don’t mean that in just the obvious definition of just living but she knew how to live and she was completely full of life. Her life will not be forgotten because she now lives within all those who knew her. Friends, family, and even enemies if it were even possible for her to have any.

Shine on girl, like I know you will. Everytime I burp, I’ll here you say “green”.

KIT

Adam Groff

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Family is Friend

Family is Friend

Hey folks, I know that its been quite a while since my last post but here I am, back to continue this blog. I guess my excuse is that I just got lazy since college let out for summer and adjusting to not having homework, although awesome and easy, made me a bit lazy. But I am back and I am here to talk about spending time with your family.

Family time is a special time. A time for families to get together and enjoy each others company. Some families struggle with this. My family most certainly isn’t the best but I guess when the youngest child is 20 years old (me) there seems to be less time for family especially with one child slowly moving toward starting a family of his own. Just because we are moving on towards a future where we no longer live in the same house as our parents, family time is still very important.

Although at times, family can be annoying and not too enjoyable, if one…just one person steps up and sets up a movie night or a game night every once and a while something special can happen. With all the changes going on I try to set up times for me and at least one other family member to watch a movie. I love movies so why not right? I just recently watched a movie with my sister. The situation was fixed because our cable was out and I had my Xbox360 set up in the family room. This situation just screamed movie night. Both of us didn’t feel like going out so instead I opened her up to a movie she had not yet seen. We enjoyed each others company and enjoyed a good movie, which she said afterward was “real good”

Just try to create non threatening scenarios and family time can be pretty darn awesome. Make yourself opened to family time. It takes just one person to do this.

KIT

Adam Groff

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Computer Nerd

Computer Nerd

An interesting concept or thought came to my mind today, and has come to my mind on several different occasions. Usually, when I walk to class, I always see dudes just sitting in their trucks either working on them or just doing nothing at all. Every time I see it I just can’t help but wonder why the world somebody would waste their time sitting in a truck or working on their truck. It just seems like a pointless use of time.

Upon further thinking about this, I have come to the conclusion that they would probably think the same thing about me if they saw me sitting in my chair watching TV. It all comes down to personal opinion and whether or not you are personally getting something out of what you spend your time doing. For me, I enjoy watching tv but would absolutely get bored just sitting in my vehicle for no reason.

I think we are quick to judge what people do with their time. For instance, a guy who loves tinkering with a computer would probably think that hiking or going on a walk is a waste of time. I think that we need to try to either imagine we are that person and enjoy what they are doing or try to find something that we, ourselves like to do and use it to compare it like i did above with my TV watching and the dudes sitting in the car. When we do this, we begin to see that what they are using their time for is not so bad after all.

So next time you come across someone doing something that you think is stupid or a waste of time, take some time to think about it before you go ahead and tell them how stupid they are for doing what they are doing. I think the measure of a good use of time is based purely on personal opinion and personal gain. If a person is gaining something outta what they are doing then it is not a waste of time.

KIT

Adam Groff

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Stress

Stress

With finals week just around the corner, the assignments and projects start to weigh heavier and heavier on students. This is never a fun time for us. Were suffocated by deadline after deadline. Its pretty much the most stressful time of the year.

For you parents or adults that are out of school, this is the perfect time to show us young-ins how much you really do care about us. Here some tips for things that will help us and what doesn’t.

Encourage us to push through the hard work. Tell us how much you care about us. Tell us you love us. Give us a nice warm hug. Buy us foods we really enjoy. Gives us a call to give us a brief rest from studying.

Don’t call us to tell us to study. Don’t ask us about our grades. Don’t Call us to make sure were studying. Don’t tell us to study harder. Don’t buy us healthy food that we don’t care for at all. Don’t tell us we need to shave. Don’t distract us for too long from work.

Those are just a few things that you can do to support us. For my fellow students, I have a few things to say to you.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. What I mean is don’t drive yourself crazy worrying about your final grade. Just do what you need to do to be ready for the final, take the final and be done with it. Just do your best. Also, take some time for yourself to think, cry, and laugh everyday. The crying part may come a bit easier than the other things. By thinking I mean, time for yourself to think about things other than tests and projects. Break out a nice novel, or heck write a novel. Just make sure you give yourself some time away from work. Its not healthy to constantly work. Be organized with your work. If your a big time procrastinator, try your best to force yourself to start studying as early as possible. Even if its just a small amount. Any amount of work outta the way is step in the right direction. Try to find joy in the littlest of things cause you could easily become engulfed in work and become depressed. Find time for friends and get through this.

On the horizon is a summer away from school. When its over, let the feeling of freedom fill your entire body. Feel free to scream at this point. Yeah…go ahead and scream as loud as you can. The feeling of being done with school is probably the most refreshing feeling in the world. Heck you may even want to grap some random person(s) and kiss them on the cheek as you dance around like an idiot. Be free.

KIT

Adam Groff

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