I suppose I should start doing my own review of this laptop. It sounds pretentious, but I’m actually quite satisfied with this computer overall. Now, I don’t do many reviews - if any, so the structuring might be kind of haphazard and random. And that is to say it’s based on my priorities.
After reading this superbly written review of the HP Envy 14, I finally accept Eric as a non-Thinkpad user.
I had a conversation with a staff member in my Christian fellowship this afternoon that got me thinking about my faith more than ever.
I don’t like to discuss my faith, but I think about it all the time.
I did not grow up Christian. I did not come from a Christian home, I did not grow up in the church. My friends are not all Christians—and as much as I hate to admit this, I like it that way.
But I’ve always innately believed that there is, indeed, a God.
In the beginning of this school year, I made a very conscious choice to pursue Christianity. I felt I shouldn’t even be at Davis because my grades were so terrible, but God placed me here. I felt like I owed God.
Unfortunately, I didn’t know anyone who was willing to help me out. Then a miracle happened.
God reached out to me. It truly moved me—I wanted to cry. After experiencing God’s impact on my life—something that one can argue as a happy coincidence or pretty insignificant—I realize that there is no turning back. There is a God. I felt his presence in my life. He wanted me to follow Him. He provided me the means for me to follow Him.
I made a conscious decision to pursue the Christian faith.
To me, that’s a very important aspect of being a Christian. I feel that it’s important to pursue Christianity because you made a choice—not because your parents are, not because it’s the convenient thing to do, not because someone shoved it down your throat—it’s because you wanted to.
It’s a strictly personal choice.
This is why I don’t feel the need to convert people. I know this sounds terrible, but I truly don’t care whether or not a person is Christian. It doesn’t affect anything about how I feel about them. It doesn’t diminish anything about them. As long as I can openly and appropriately share about how my faith has personally helped me as an individual, I don’t feel the need to force anything upon them. They know it exists—it’s up to them to explore it. It’s their choice.
And honestly, I don’t feel comfortable converting people at this point in my journey. Yes, I’m fine with sharing my own experiences, but if I can’t sufficiently answer the questions and the skepticism, I don’t see myself converting anyone soon. That’s where I am in my life.
The staff member asked me about my “non-Christian friends.” I’ve never labeled my friends as “Christian” or “non-Christian.” I simply don’t think of the world that way. I realize that both “types” of those people have flaws and just because someone is Christian doesn’t mean they are better friends or, duh, better people than non-Christians.
I’ve met many hypocritical, awful Christians. I’ve also met many kind, wonderful non-Christians.
My father is not Christian. I don’t love him any less. Sure, he is flawed, but who isn’t? Christians, just like everyone else, aren’t perfect. And people (both Christians and non-Christians) shouldn’t expect them to be.
So then, why did I choose to be Christian?
I don’t like to define myself as merely a Christian. I don’t want to be labeled a Christian. Yes, true, I believe in God and I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, but I don’t want it to define who I am.
In fact, I want my relationship with God to empower me, so I can use my God-given talents to serve Him. I want my faith to be more than just a label. I want it to be more than just expectations I give myself and others to give me. I don’t want to be Christian for the sake of being Christian. I want my faith to be more than just an excuse on why I don’t booze up or smoke up.
I became interested in Christianity because I loved storytelling. I love the Bible’s influence on literature because I am, at heart, an English nerd.
However, a pastor once said that, when C.S. Lewis was asked how Christianity was different from other religions, Lewis simply responded with “grace.” Since then, I’ve always associated Christianity with the word “grace.” I love how Christianity—at its best—promotes a way of life of tolerance and self-control. And these are the reasons why I have continued to explore, pursue, and believe in Christianity.
God gives me the hope and comfort that transcend worldly wonders.
I can’t imagine Blair choosing anyone but Dan, for obvious reasons.
The Dan and Blair relationship is the most well-written, well-developed story line in Gossip Girl history. As much as I love the intriguing drama of season one, there has never been something so sweet, thoughtful, and endearing than the Dan and Blair story line. I don’t even think writing of this calibre deserves to be sandwiched between those drastically inferior story lines that accompany every episode. I can’t believe that these things are being conceived by the same people.
During the creatively bankrupt nightmare that is season three, I complained that I could not believe that Gossip Girl was being conceived by paid adult writers. That complaint continues, but the Dan and Blair story line is kindly exempted from that complaint.
I want to see where this all boils down to. We know that there is no way that Blair will choose Prince Louis in the end. That leaves us with Chuck and Dan.
I am fascinated with Chuck as a character. He is complex, twisted, confused, and insecure. I love Chuck Bass and Ed Westwick’s excellent portrayal of him. Chuck is a television writer’s dream, but as of late, his story lines have been boring, repetitive, and inconsistent. Sure, I don’t mind seeing him fight for Blair—why not? However, there are so many other facets of Chuck that the writers could have explored, such as his relationships with the Van der Woodsen and Humphrey clan.
Unlike Chuck, Dan Humphrey is not a fascinating character, nor a writer’s dream, but he complements Blair’s character well and that’s all that matters at this point.
Just because it’s another opposites-attract kind of a deal doesn’t mean it’s unoriginal or trite. Cliches and formulas exist for a reason. It’s what a writer does with these things that is important.
I realized I haven’t said anything that hasn’t been said before, but whatever.
“Millions of books written on every conceivable subject by all these great minds and in the end, none of them knows anything more about the big questions of life than I do … I read Socrates. This guy knocked off little Greek boys. What the Hell’s he got to teach me? And Nietzsche, with his theory of eternal recurrence. He said that the life we lived we’re gonna live over again the exact same way for eternity. Great. That means I’ll have to sit through the Ice Capades again. It’s not worth it. And Freud, another great pessimist. I was in analysis for years and nothing happened. My poor analyst got so frustrated, the guy finally put in a salad bar. Maybe the poets are right. Maybe love is the only answer.”—Mickey Sachs - Hannah and Her Sisters (via ellenflagg)