Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day 388 ~ I Am Second Challenge Day 11 of 22

This is Day 11 of my challenge... {and} my eleventh video...

... Shannon Culpepper's father moved out of Shannon's family home when she was seven, leaving her and her mother behind.  As she grew into a young woman she did not stop seeking the approval of her father all those years... eventually she found herself in a relationship with an older man when she was a senior in high school.  For as much as she loved her fiance, she learned with time that Christ is first.

Shannon Culpepper: I am Second

I too experienced exactly the same as Shannon... a few differences though... I was nine when my father left; while being only ten miles away, might as well have been 600; and my 'fiance' was only a year older than me and I did marry him.

Another difference Shannon and I have is that It has taken me much longer to realize the importance of God in my life, and putting Him first.

I am starting to get the hang of it [putting Him first that is]... however leading a Christian life or rather 'Jesus' like (as in What would Jesus do?} behavior isn't all that easy.  You'd have to be perfect.

As an example... living by the golden rule {treat others as you would want to be treated}, loving your neighbor, for another... being kind and non-judgmental... and of course being forgiving.

NOW... If that's the case... then I have broken every rule this week.

I allowed everything and everyone get to me this week.  Not only that... but I reacted to it all... and nastily!

What I can say for myself is... I do not regret what points I was trying to make ('trying' being the operative word) ... however it was how I reacted and said things.  I was an ass as far as that is concerned. 

Maybe it was a test to see if I could control myself? HA! If that's the case... then I failed!  LOL!  At this point all I can do is laugh.  It is what it is.  Just a reminder that I most definitely am not perfect.

BUT... I do respect myself enough to stand up how I want to be treated... I just have to be nicer about it {that's all}.

{and} as Shannon learned, Christ is the only one that will always love you... always be there for you... always pick you up.

Because, He is First... I am Second.

We are Second when we put Jesus First. Seconds are bold to lift up Jesus and tell others. Are you ready to become a stronger Second?

I challenge YOU to take the I Am Second [22] Day Challenge... Can you spare maybe fifteen minutes in a day?
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.  ~Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

[here's to you finding your... ]


... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  

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Im A Silly Mami said...

To succeed, one must fail - I believe that. we are always hardest on ourselves. I think it's ok to have a bad day and loose it once in a while. We are only human. It is good that you can laugh about it. Humor is great therapy.

Claire Jennings said...

I am glad Shannon found what she needed to realize she is loved, and doesn't need to stay in a bad situation. No one is perfect, and it is important to remember that.

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Thank you for always being an inspiration to me, Carla! :)
I may not be able to comment as often as I used to, but I try to stay updated with your blog posts.

Have a great week ahead! :)

Lisa Gradess Weinstein said...

I am glad you have found such strength in your faith

Amber said...

It's so hard to put others ahead of ourselves, especially when we get hurt in the process.......

Addicted to Recipes said...

I always appreciate your honest posts. You have a great way of saying how you feel and what you believe, and I trust that you will find success in all that you put your mind to. You should be very proud - even with the hiccups, you are working towards being a better version of the already wonderful you!

Anne | Living Life Smarter said...

We're all trying to find our way in life. We never stop. :) The good part is there are many opportunities to make our lives better, we just need to see them!