Taking Our Eternity
By Dannika Black
Heyy, there. My name is Dannika (Dan-ick-a) Black - and yes, this is just a pen name - but you can call me Dani.
You must be wondering:
**Who is this crazy person with a penname?
**What is this website about anyways?
**What does 'taking our eternity' mean anyways?
Well, number one
I am in grade 11. I recently became a "jesus-follower" (preferable to the word 'Christian', because many people who claim to be Christians, do not follow Him.), at bible camp with one of my now-best friends.
**She cried for an hour. It was hilarious.
This website is mostly about God. I really want people to know a little more. There are so many influences in this world - - and none towards Him. Many are in commercials - sex appeal - or movies. They swear in practically every song on the radio...
But...that's what people want, right? People think being bad is...cool, isn't it?
Well, yes. I used to love guys with power (omigosh, I know that sounds so dumb, but if you read romance novels you'd understand), and it was fun to picture myself as an assassin or whatever. I know...I'm a loser.
Anyways, yes, I believe that people love to be bad - and they constantly have reminders of it.
This website is for use of people with questions - people who want to know a few things - people who need a way out (that doesn't lead to a cold, rainy day, and mahogany coffin).
I believe that we are all in charge of our eternity. There are two possible ways: Heaven or Hell.
Frankly, I don't know why anybody would choose Hell.
We are free to choose our own eternity. What is eternity anyways? Eternity is life after death - afterlife - the happy place - whatever you want to call it. It's what happens after we choose to walk with God, or without Him.
I want to know...
Be honest, do you truly believe in God?
- - by this I don't mean - do you read the bible, do you go to church, are you planning on being a priest(ess)?
~ Are you the one who believes in a higher power - but you don't really believe in Jesus, and the whole bible thing?
~ Are you the one who thinks an asteroid blew up, and created planets, and stars - - and people? With fingernails? Did I mention, I have ADD? Seriously now, think about it. Some giant piece of rock, exploded - and somehow - creating boiling hot stars/suns, and well formed planets...and then it created Earth - and it even created micro-organisms that eventually turned into people?
I'd like to know - - please, go to my 'Contact Me', page, and just leave your thoughts. Feel free to leave it anonymous - you can tell me not to reply directly - and I'll just write it out on my 'Answering Your Questions' page.
You want to know what I believe?
^^ I believe that Adam and Eve - Don't know who they are? I'll explain that later...or just e-mail me, and i'll put it up, right away - were the first to live on Earth. They were born as adults in the Garden of Eden - which was totally Holy and everything opposite sin - infact - there was no such thing as Sin (I believe). I believe that when the devil tempted Eve to eat the apple of the forbidden fruit tree - they broke the rules - and were cast from Eden. This is why we are born sinful. This is why, even when we are little babies - we sin. Even though we don't do anything wrong - we are bad. ^^
Right now, you might be thinking - oh, wow, lady. I am now convinced--you are crazy.
Picture this...if you can.
God (in my eyes...and many other peoples') is perfect. You know all those t-shirts that say - - Miss Perfect? Well, that's definately NOT true. God...is totally opposite Sin. He is...incapable of being near it...
...and yet...He still loves us.
This is what I still don't understand. How could somebody so perfect, graceful, and amazing love us? No...love me? What have I ever done to deserve it?
My friend (who cried for an hour), told me that God knows you in and out. He knows how many cells are in my body. He knows how many hairs are on my head.
See it this way - - when you write a piece of music, or make a game plan - you know everything about it, right? You know how to play it, how to maneuver your body - and how to make it better.
Those things are your creations. We are His.
If you've ever heard someone say - I love Him so much...and they were talking about God - - it's not the kind of love that you might think. At first I was like "Whoa, how could I love someone I don't even know? And how does He love me?" It's not lover love, friend love, or the kind of love you show your cat. God is your Father. He loves you like a father.
You know when your mom tells you all those stories about how excited your dad was when he found out she was pregnant? Well, he's excited because you're his. God created you. Every bone in your body.
He did not just scatter random bodies everywhere and make them awaken. He did not just clone people. When you're playing with playdough (with a little kid of course, because you're wayy too old to be playing with playdough), you cannot just make it appear. It's got to start with a hand...then an arm. Eventually, you'll have little body parts everywhere that you have to stick together.
But it's so much more complicated than that. He shaped your personality - how you look - how you act. He knows your past, present, and future. He knows what you'll do in five years. He knows who your first crush will be. He knows everything.
I have a question for you. I was thinking about how he knows everything, and wondering "well, if He knows everything - does he know if we're going to follow Him into Heaven already? Is that why he keeps pushing us?
Please, e-mail me, if you have an answer.
If you have any questions on what I said above, then just e-mail me. If you want to know more, let me know.
On to a different topic...
Why don't you believe in Him? What are the reasons?
If you can relate to any of these, let me know:
**You are too busy.
**Church is boring.
**Your whole family isn't Christian and your dad's Marilyn Manson.
**Your friends think it's dumb.
**You gave up on Him a long time ago when he didn't come through.
**You live for life.
**You don't have enough money to survive and follow Him.
~ No one is too busy for God. He's always there, and He's always waiting. You can only push him away so many times. Because he loves you - He will let you choose, and only urge you a few times. After that, he's not gone completely - but He won't pressure you. It is entirely your decision - and yours alone.
~ Yes, church is very boring. I believe that the purpose of a church is to be surrounded by a positive influence. There are many Christians in this world (like myself) who are Jesus-followers. And Jesus-followers try their best to follow the commandments, and not commit the deadly sins. If you're trying to save yourself for marriage - - being in a church will be much easier than a bar in Las Vegas.
~ I sincerely hope your father isn't Marilyn Manson. :) Luv his music tho. - - Anyways, if your whole family is Christian - I urge you, it is TOTALLY AND ENTIRELY up to you. You are the one who has to decide. They can kick you out, they can threaten you. But if you believe in Him - they can't take that away from you.
~ Screw your friends! - Maybe you should get friends that actually support you!
~ God always has a plan. He always knows what's coming. Say someone you loved passed away - and you lost faith because He didn't save this person. Why would He take this person from you? Do you think he's trying to punish you? (I believe) If he's going to punish you - He should punish you. And God does not purposefully hurt people! He has a reason - and you will only understand when you are standing in front of him, surrounded by happiness.
~ You live for life. My paster for bible camp said (and I believe this too), that our lives are only a scratch in the line of Eternity. Can't see it? Picture an extension cord...it goes on forever (but there aren't any annoying knots in this one). Take a pen and draw a small line somewhere near the start.
- - - - - That's your life. That tiny scratch. Why would you waste your life(which is already super short)! Look at the long line...would you like to spend that in "Hell"? Or blissful Heaven?
**Live for the line.
~ There is a passage in Matthews 6:25-34.
Do Not Worry
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds in the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lillies on the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itswelf. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
...Jesus said that! Yay!
:))) <-- those would be double chins...;)
ONE MORE THING BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP:
When you picture Hell - - what do you see?
Do you see Fire? Torture?
I will write later what I believe - but only if I get e-mails. :)
Thank you for reading!!