Read It

22Apr10
Read It

Read It

We are all taught and told as kids that reading is so very important to do to broaden our horizons and to learn from. I’m one of those dudes that completely disregarded this idea because “reading was for losers” haha. To be honest I have had an interest in reading since middle school but I never really got into it. I picked up a few books and read them, some I finished and most I didn’t.

For some people it seems that they can pick up any book and read through the whole thing whether they really enjoy it or it is just an ok read. For me, I need to really enjoy it and really be interested in the topic or theme. This was my issue. The books I was reading didn’t really appeal to me except for a few. I read straight through Winterdance, by Gary Paulson about the riggers of the Iditarod race but quickly failed to read through Sinner, by Ted Dekker. With Winterdance being a realistic adventure that I was interested in and Sinner being a very unrealistic thriller about people with special abilities which I wasn’t really sold on.

For people like me, if this sounds familiar to you, we need to look at what we are interested in and what draws us into books more than others to find books to read. Reading is indeed important because, well, it pretty much does broaden your horizon and help you learn new things. I still am not into reading but I’m getting some books from a friend that are theology based because I’m interested in learning more about Christian living and what it means to be a Christian. I’m really excited to dig into these books and I’m hoping that it opens me up to reading more and more.

I think that everybody should read on a regular basis whether its fiction or non-fiction. I urge you to look harder for those books that you like reading, look for those themes and styles that pull you in and give you a fighting chance to finish the book and leave it with an even bigger drive to read more and more. Reading can be fun, exciting, and emotional. All you gotta do is pick up a book and read. I leave you with a few questions because I am in a spot where I am learning to read more too so hearing your opinions can help me as well as other readers of this entry. What themes or styles do you enjoy most? How do you find the right books to read? How do you get yourself to read?

KIT

Adam Groff

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Alone with Nature

Alone With Nature

Hey guess what, I managed to squeeze out another blog entry on my mountain climb. Yeah for me. I’m sure you all are about sick of hearing about the mountain and such but I feel that this entry is important enough.

After celebrating my victory over the mountain, I found a nice flat slab of concrete at the foot of one of the structures that held up the power lines. As you can see from the picture, I was pretty comfy. Anyways, I stayed up there on top of the hill for about 45 minutes. I took the time to just relax before I opened my Bible and read about the parables in the book of Matthew. After spending some time with God, I headed back down. It felt real good to walk down the hill because it was so easy haha.

The thing that I want to point out from this story is the fact that I was alone, away from just about all human made noises and distractions. Unfortunately, the sound of the highway made its way all the way up the mountain to where I sat. Let me ask you this question. How often do you get or make time to be in complete silence? At any given moment, there is always something human created noise, whether it be actual noise or just your own thoughts.

We have so mutter noise clutter in our lives that its hard to really hear what God is trying to tell us or show us. Heck, I have music cranked in my ear right now as I right this. We need to find ways to escape from noises and distractions so we can really focus on God. Being on top of that mountain with nothing but God’s own creations around me, I was able to really focus on what was said in the chapters that I read. SO I say to you…

Find yourself a place where you can be still and silent and focus on God. It can be on a mountain like mine, or on the dock of a lake. Or even in a bathroom. Where ever you can find peace and solitude will work fine. Don’t let the noises of our daily life take away your ability to focus on God. Feel free to share any of your ideas on where you go to be with God. I would love to hear it.

KIT

Adam Groff


Mountain

Mountain

To continue the saga of how I made my way to the top of the mountain, I’ll begin with where I left off. I had just begun ascending up the mountain on a rocky trail that zigged zagged the whole way to the top. My dad had told me a while back to watch out for snakes and to basically not go up when its hot because they will be out of there holes. To be honest I was going out of my way to try to find snakes haha. A little danger would just add to the thrill of conquering the hill.

Anyways, at one point the path seemed to go almost sideways and I saw an opportunity to cut a corner to make the trip a bit faster. I’m still unsure if that was the right decision or not. I’m leaning towards no because I scratched up my legs pretty good on some thorny bushes and I worked pretty hard to make it up to where the path continued on. The long grass was dead, or so it seemed, and flattened to the ground. The ground was covered with it and it took away a lot of the traction the lay underneath the brush.

After conquering that, the mountain didn’t ease up on me at all adding in steep climbs and loose rocks to climb over. The final climb was pretty intense. It was about a 15 foot last climb up a fairly steep part of the trail but I powered through it like a champ. I prolly put a lot more effort into it than I had to but I wanted to conquer the mountain in courageous fashion with a never give up attitude. Having conquered the mountain I paraded on top like the weirdo I am raising my arms above my head, Rocky Balboa style from Rocky IV specifically. You know, a week after I did this, a good friend of mine told me that his around 4 year old son climbed this same mountain before. Thats a bit discouraging because I did not find it an easy task, but at the same time, I can’t help but laugh at it.

Now down to connection making. Ones walk with Christ can be easily linked to such an adventure as the one described above. Your walk with Christ can easy be a long zig zaggy trail that seems to not go anywhere too fast. In these scenarios we need to just buckle down and keep moving forward. Yeah, you can take a short cut, but that can easily lead you astray if your not careful. For example, when I took a short cut on the trail to the top, I went through a lot bigger of a struggle than if I had just continued on the path. It took a lot of physically effort to stay the course and not go too far off the trail. Slipping on the slick underbrush can signify how one can slip up in there walk with Christ. When you lose your ways or in this case your traction, it leaves you with a tougher time getting back on track. Do you struggle with staying on track in your walk with Christ?

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.” Quote from the movie Rocky Balboa.

KIT

Adam Groff


Climb the Mountain

Climb the Mountain

Last Wednesday I accomplished something I had wanted to do all year. I wanted to make the trip up the mountain via the trail beneath power lines that run all the way to the top and down the other side of the mountain.  I decided the night before that I would wak up a little before 8 get up pack a few waters and my Bible in my backpack and just start walking. And thats just what i did…

The adventure was very interesting to say the least. I took tons of pictures along the way of anything that looked interesting. I started off waking on the railroad tracks on the edge of campus to make my way over to the Maynard Street bridge. At that point, I was feeling real good and optimistic about the trip. When I began to work my way up the hill towards the bottom of the mountain, I started to realize that this was not gunna be so easy. My legs were already burning a bit and I hadn’t even reached the woods beneath the mountain. I kept on trekking though.

As I finally reached the summit, so to speak, I broke out my first water bottle and took a few swigs. I had left a folder and one book in my backpack to make it more full. I was regretting that decision a bit haha. Anyways, I began my climb by walking around a power facility for the power lines. I ended up choosing the long way around, which i didn’t realize till later. But nonetheless, I went that way and walked through some woods before reaching a trail that seemed to make its way all the way to the top.

As I look back at the entire experience, I can’t help but relate the whole thing to life, or more specifically faith. We all run into mountains in our lives and in our walk with God, whether it be an obstacle in our way or just something we want to tackle that we don’t necessarily have to. In this case it is the latter of the two but they are not so different from each other. In the end they are either accomplishments or failures. When we come across these “mountains” in our lives and our walk with God, we sometimes don’t have any idea of how it will work out. Sometimes when we do, we are still scared to make the climb. These are the situations where we need to have trust in Jesus. Your gunna come across things in your life that will seem insurmountable or just tough, but when you trust in Jesus, you know in your heart that it will turn out right.

Judges 6:14 God is talking to Gideon. “…Go in the Strength you have…”

KIT

Adam Groff


Top Secret

Top Secret

Secrets were always fun but at the same time annoying when you were a kid. It was fun when you were involved in it and it was annoying when you weren’t. Back then secrets were usually about how Freddy likes Michelle or how Charlie was the one who put peanut butter on the teachers chair. Very childish and seemingly innocent, were secrets back then. Gosh I miss those days. You know, little fun fact about me, when I was in around 3rd grade, I actually got chased by girls along with a couple of my friends. It was interesting because they would try to sneak up behind us, kiss their hand and try to put it on our backs. To this day it still baffles me whether or not they liked us or were just teasing us, but anyways…

As we get older our secrecy become more “mature”. I put quotes around that word because they sometimes aren’t necessarily mature in nature but are instead just more grownup-like. Some secrets are most definitely innocent but they can also be very bad. After a conversation with some cool people, I found out that secrecy and sin is a combination that the Devil loves to see. To sin and then keep it a secret usually leads to a continuation of that sin. I can attest to that personally.

The obvious step to take is to confess your sins to someone. When you are open about a struggle with sin, whatever it may be, it can be motivating. Knowing that others know that you are having this struggle can help inspire you to flee from it. No one wants to have to tell those people that its getting worse, but that is not the point of telling someone. The point is to free yourself from the secrecy, from the lies that you are telling others as well as yourself. It may be scary to tell people your dark secrets but in the end its no doubt a step in the right direction.

“Secrecy is the Devils playground”

KIT

Adam Groff


Write It

07Apr10

Write It

Write It

Writing is an interesting skill to say the least. I see it as lucky that we have so many different words to choose from when we need to express ourselves through writing. I’m not one of those writers with tons of variety in the words I use in these posts but that is not what defines how good or bad a writer is. To me a good writer is someone who can get the point across and make it as clear as possible. It truly doesn’t take a lot of words to tell someone something simple like “I love you”. Yes people who some may consider a “talented” writer may expound on that ideal by using tons of metaphors and similes in a poetic manor to melt the heart of the one they love. If you ask me, telling someone straight up, “I love you”, is just as good and effective as the dude (or dudette) who uses rhyming patterns and references to flowers and endless green pastures.

My point in all this is that you don’t have to be a good writer to express yourself. For instance one of my main draws when I started writing “My Thoughts” on Facebook was my lack of grammar and the use of more familiar writing style used by most teens and even adults in texting and talking online in chats. I often used incomplete sentences but most people were still able to understand it and what made it work was that people who read it could better relate to it. Most authors are very intelligent writers and I believe in some cases show off with their huge spectrum of vocab words. I would probably do the same because words are very cool.

To get back to the point here, writing is a gift that most of us have so why not use it to its full potential. I use it because I find it fun, therapeutic, and it is a way that I believe I can inspire and help people. Writing isn’t limited to just the people who can write an entire sentence with 15 letter words or just the people that can masterfully create poems. Writing has no limit. So I encourage you to write. Write it all, write it now.

“Writing is…well…Just ‘write'”

KIT

Adam Groff


Fire Pit

01Apr10
Fire Pit

Fire Pit

I have experienced something incredible on several occasion that I would like to share with all of you. This really doesn’t have much to do with this blog but I feel that its very cool. What I am talking about is Men.

Men are incredible. This probably sounds kinda gay but what I mean is when guys get together in whatever fashion it may be from smokin stogies in a tobacco shop, hangin around a campfire or just being together anywhere, its something very special. A special bond that envelops during the get together that just amazes me each and every time. I’m sure that woman have their own version of this that I probably wouldn’t understand and I apologize to any woman if this post sounds sexist. I’m just sharing my experiences with you and since I’m not a girl or have ever dressed up like a girl and been at a female gathering, I can’t really say anything about a womans gathering.

Anyways, I was just recently at a gathering of a group of people who are working together on a church planting project and we had some what of an agenda with which we wanted to touch base on and such. The whole situation was just super “chill” meaning relaxed and comfortable. We went one by one answering two questions:

What is God teaching you?

What are you good at?

As we went around answering the question, it seemed like we all had something interesting to say and something to offer the group as a whole. After the questions we discussed many different things involving the church plant. We shared different stories, some funny, some serious. I’m not a big talker in person as some of you already know and I felt very comfortable adding my input in different situations where I usually don’t.

The main point of this is that something special happens when good guys gather together and hang out. Every time I leave a situation like that I always feel great and think to myself “Men are awesome”. The conversations, the jokes, the comradery, the complete experience is just someting that amazes me.

To quote a friend

“When good people gather around good stuff, Good stuff happens.”

KIT

Adam Groff



WAKE UP

WAKE UP!!!

I love to sleep in. Sleeping in is probably one of the most looked forward to things in anybodies life. Most people, especially teens these days just want to sleep soo long into the day. To me this is a bittersweet experience.

Sleeping in will feel good and feel right but then when you finally get up at noon or even later, your day is half over. Yeah you stay up till 2 or 3 am but come on folks, live your lives a little and be up when the sun is still out. Don’t get me wrong though, Sleeping in can sometimes be worth it but it should not be done on a daily or even 3 times a week basis. I find that getting up at a decent time makes the day seem more full.

The problem we have as people is that we wake up in the morning and our first thoughts are “eh a couple more minutes”. Those couple of minutes almost always turn into an hour or 2. I’m completely guilty of this. Heck my alarm clock goes off, on average, about 3 or 4 times every morning before I actually get up. Of course I set my alarm for like well over an hour before I actually need to get up. Now when one finally gets up and out of bed, they go through the non-comprehension phase of waking up. Thats the half hour to possibly two hour period where you are just not quite awake yet and functioning properly. This is another advantage to waking up at a decent time. Instead of wasting afternoon time with this zombie-ness crap, you would only waste the rest of your morning and then by the time the afternoon comes around…”boom”…your ready for action.

Of course this doesn’t apply to everybody because some people have real jobs and get up early anyways. This is mostly focused on the college and high school students who have the advantage of sleeping in. Let me explain how my summer job works. I work piece-rate so when I reach my quota, I’m done for the day. I go to work at around 7 and depending on how fast I go, i’ll finish around noon or 1 pm. This is perfect because I feel like I actually accomplished something instead of just waking up and being like “wow half the day is gone and I just got up”.

So folks, all I’m saying is get up a little earlier tomorrow. Make your day more productive. I guarantee you will feel so much better about it. Here is a tip for you: plan to do something at the time you plan on getting up. For example, plan to go for a walk at 10am. Basically give yourself a reason to get up.

“Sleeping in is bittersweet, yeah you got plenty of sleep but where did your day go?”

KIT

Adam Groff


Bad MoodOptimism is not the easiest state of mind to maintain. Life is gunna throw some crazy curve balls at you daily that can turn your day upside down. It could be anything from a pop quiz to missing a green light at an intersection. From these daily challenges can spark the enemy of optimism.

Bad Moods.

Bad moods can come out of nowhere. Maybe you didn’t do so well on a test or you were stupid enough to stay up too late one night when you know you gotta get up early. I tell you what, that is a mistake I make quite often. The worst is when you wake up and your a bit cranky and your mom absolutely spots it and just feels the need to tell you. Thanks mom. What makes that so bad is that when she says that it most definitely doesn’t help. When she says it I just become even more cranky because I’m trying to convince her that I’m not by way of yelling. Irony I do believe.

Anyways, bad moods make it extremely hard to be optimistic. Your mind is just either way too tired or its just completely spent. You tend to be short with people as well as snappy. When these bad moods strike we need to recognize them so they don’t tear our day apart. Homework, for me is a huge cause of these bad moods. This is mostly due to my procrastinating abilities that I have developed over the years. I’m quite a talent, I tell you what. Homework hits me near the due date and I scuffle around trying to get it done.The best thing you can do in any bad mood situation is to try to get yourself out of the funk by any means necessary. For instance, in my homework situation, it wouldn’t be ethical for me to just skip homework so I try to make the best of my homework by throwing on some music. Specifically cheering music and I take breaks from work very often. In the case where you just didn’t get enough sleep well then a nap never hurt anyone so nap it up yo.

Basically, we must recognize the bad mood and where it is stemming from and then from there we need to do what we can to reverse by doing what makes us the most happy or turn work into something actually bearable.

How do you fight your bad moods?

KIT

Adam Groff


Faith

Faith

Lets talk about faith. Most people tie the word faith in with religion. This is true for the most part but you can have faith in people or even things be it so weird. Faith is defined as having trust in someone or something. It is also a belief that is not based on proof. You can see why this word is tied to religion because…well…most religions are based on having faith in something or someone. Me being a Christian pretty much means that I have faith in Jesus or in other words I have trust in him.

Faith is definitely, in a lot of ways, similar to Optimism but at the same time, they are two very different monsters. Here is the main difference that I have found.

While optimism is believing that something good will happen, faith is believing that God will make something good happen.

This is a very vague explanation of the difference but I think you get the point. You may be wondering at this point how I could possibly put these two “very different monsters”, as I put it, into a single belief? Well I have to say that it is hard even for me to rap my head around it but I will try to explain it.

Optimism is a word that most people know and understand. Faith is a word that can have its meaning be debated over. If I were to say I am faithful, then one might insinuate that I wouldn’t cheat on a girlfriend in the event I have one. Or they may just think that I’m a religious kind of dude who believes in a God. Do you see where I’m getting at? Even if I say “I’m faithful in the Lord” people wont understand exactly what I mean. On the other hand, if I were to claim that I’m an optimist, people would right away understand what I’m saying. Basically, saying I believe in faith based optimism, most people will pick out that I’m religious and optimistic. This is something that is very hard to explain but I think I made it somewhat clear.

“Optimistic in Life, Faithful in the Lord”

KIT

Adam Groff