30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #29 – I’m thankful for the opportunities to earn an education

In a previous post, I shared that I’m thankful for the freedom to choose. As a part of that freedom, I chose to become educated, and I I choose to be a lifelong learner. This is because the world is full of great things, ideas and people, and I’d like to learn about them while I’m along for the ride called, “life”. I enjoy learning at the University, and I also enjoy learning through interaction with people, the Internet, and exhibitions.

I want to focus this post on the fact that I am thankful that I have been educated through all of these means, and I am grateful to everyone who has taught me. I am one of the few of the billions of people in the world who is preparing to work on a doctoral degree, and has the time, knowledge skills and abilities to write scholarly essays and articles. I think that it’s safe to say that most of the people in the world could care less because they have to concern themselves with caring for themselves and their families and therefore don’t have the time, resources or opportunities to earn an education. And that’s okay, because there’s nothing wrong with providing for one’s family.

But, I’m thankful that I can use the education I’ve earned to help others in their areas of need.

God, I thank you for blessing me with the opportunities You’ve given me to become educated.

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Those Christians & Stuff

I often come across YouTube videos and Internet articles through which people of different ages, and backgrounds, ask questions about Jesus Christ, Christianity, Christians, the Bible, the Church, church culture, etc., and other topics, as it pertains to these. It’s been on my heart to answer the questions through my blog, for now.

No, I’m not a pastor, or a clergymember. I am a Christian who studies the Bible and seeks to do what it says— and sometimes I get it right, and other times, I don’t, just like the Bible said would happen.

So, feel free to send any questions you may have on any of these, and other topics, and what the Bible says about them, and I will do my best to answer you. Also, I may have guest bloggers to respond to some of your questions, too— sometimes, they do a better job at explaining things than I do. Either way, we’ll post the responses to your questions on this blog.

The purpose of this page is just to help others to get a better understanding of Jesus Christ and Christianity and what the Bible says about them, and other things we deal with in life. Both Christians and non-Christians are welcome to post questions on this page.

You can send your questions to me at teyunatdarris@gmail.com, or post them in the comments section of this page. You are welcome to send your questions anonymously, if you’d like.

Check out this video, called, “What in the World is a Christian?” by Impact Videos Productions. Their YouTube Channel can be found here.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #28 – I’m thankful for indoor and outdoor plumbing

Let me put it this way: if you’ve enjoyed the water fountains in your neighborhood, or t own, drunk water from a water faucet outside, used a toilet, flushed it, then turned a faucet to wash your hands— then, you should be thankful too.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #27 – I’m thankful for electricity

If you are reading this post, then electricity had something to do with. You could be reading this post on paper. But the simple fact that this post was first published on the Internet (which is currently inseparable from electricity), it was readable because of electricity.

We Americans are blessed beyond compare. More often, than not, we walk into rooms and flick switches, clap hands, or simply walk in, and the room is powered by electricity enabling us to watch television, play video games, talk on telephones, charge mobile phones and cook food indoors without the need for fire and fuel sources.

Electricity, like any resource, can be wasted. So, I admonish each of you to use it wisely and in a conservative manner. Why leave a light on when no one is in the room to use the light? Of course, certain appliances, like the refrigerator and freezer, should remain powered. But is it necessary to keep items which are not essential to our well-being powered on? I’m not being a “treehugger”, I just hope to get you thinking about the resources we have and consider how we can keep them for as long as possible.

I’m also making these points because I’ve learned that the electric company charges for the low charge that remains constant while your DVD player, radio and television are sitting their plugged into the wall waiting for you to come and watch and listen to them again. After I learned this, I started unplugging things which I am not currently using—with the exception of (again) the refrigerator, freezer and other necessary items.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #26 – I’m thankful for a clean bed to sleep in

Millions (probably billions) of people in the world do not have a clean bed to sleep in. And from what I’ve learned, most of them don’t even have beds to begin with and therefore whether or not the bed was clean wouldn’t even be a factor.

Do you know what kinds of critters typically travel across most people’s floors at night? So, then think about the kinds of creatures which travel across the grounds on which people sleep as a result of not having a bed to sleep in.

I’ve slept in a bed my entire life. It seems that most people in the world cannot say this. Therefore, I should be thankful for this and more— and I am!

What would your life be like if you did not sleep in a bed? Even if you have to share your bed with others, or even if you sleep on a couch— the point is that you are not sleeping on a floor, nor on the ground.

God, I thank you for my bed 🙂

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges, Communicatios and Media

Day #25 – I’m thankful for media

Simply put: it is through media that we get informed and entertained. So, I’m thankful. Today, I want to share a short video on how media influences society (I’m a communications and media major, so these things stand-out to me :-).

Feel free to share you comments.

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Day #23 – I’m thankful for science

For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed the sciences, and trying to understand how the world operates. From physics, to chemistry, biology to geology  and astronomy— studying science is an ongoing activity which I hope to continue all my days.

I’m thankful for science because it helps me to learn about the natural world (and the universe), in addition to giving me some cool skills and keeping me busy 🙂

What’s your favorite kinds of science, and why are you thankful for science?

(If you’re bored

, you can read up on Mass-energy equivalence (a.k.a., E=mc2) at Wikipedia.org via the following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass%E2%80%93energy_equivalence)