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for the Glory of Man or God?

Since writing blogs, i have recently been gettin bummed about, wondering if people actually read these… Ive heard of this, but I check to see if people made comments about me, and nothing there… then I kinda got depressed for a bit, cause I thought I had some ok stuff to share, but I dunno, maybe not, maybe caue im a bad writer.. i dunno… then a couple of minutes later, I felt super convicted….I love it! its like a non physical slap in you face saying wake up eRiC, man up… hah.. love it..

I thought who the heck am I writing this for you(to whom who is reading this) or for me, or for my God….and initially i wanted it to be for you, maybe to help you, where i struggled or uplifted you with cool stories, i dunno.. time to be real though… it was really for my God! I wanted this whole site to be to Glory God and nothing else, cause he is the Greatest and Best thing in my life, and will always be, not even my Wife or my Mother will even come close to how much I love Jesus, nope! sorry future wife! haha.. I will always choose God over anything, but do i? not always blah… i wish I couldnt sin sometimes.. but anyways back…I also do this, cause eric has probably one of the worst memories, ever in the history of mankind, all who know me very well know this.. im not kidding either, whether it cause of my birth(not joking either), or cause im just air-headed, i dunno.. but i will write these and day or two goes by, and ill re-read it, and be blown away.. im like wow who wrote this, this is actually pretty good.. then i laugh sometimes to, cause as I read I dont remeber typing this down at all.. which is also why its my journal…everybody should either journal or blog!

I heard awhile ago, before I believed it, that everything you do needs to be to the Glory of God…i laughed, as I said, I dont go to movies and think how can this glorify God, or I dont play Halo, and wonder how it can Glorify God! but should we? should everything we do, Glorify God, and not outselves? WHO WOULD YOU RATHER HEAR THE APPLAUSE FROM YOUR FRIENDS OR EVEN BETTER PEOPLE YOU DONT KNOW OR GOD? ha that question, easy to answer, but very hard to do… atleast for me.. my whole life i have been known as the funny guy, eric makes us laugh…and I loved it! and still do, I love to make people laugh.. but for the majority of my life, definetly for the wrong reason, not for God, but cause it made me feel good inside…took awhile to realize this, but its true…

when I get recognition from others, the happiness only last for a few brief moments, but when I feel God fill me with his Holy Spirit.. wow does it feel amazing, and lastest 10x longer! I take being full of the Holy Spirit then someone thanking me for a good job I did…..

so im going to bring it up again, before I go to sleep… i want you to rest on this and pray about it, and def ask for conviction in this area! cause I know I will!!!

WHO WOULD YOU RATHER HEAR THE APPLAUSE FROM YOUR FRIENDS OR EVEN BETTER PEOPLE YOU DONT KNOW OR GOD??????????

July 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

ready for A UPRISING!

This past weekend had to have been the most powerful set of days i have ever had in my entire life! this weekend i went to a youth retreat called elevation for all who dont know, with all the youth of SeaCoast, yes middle school and high school… equalling out to 350 students.. yes thats a ton.. i started out when we were doing preplanning 11th grade, which i was totally stoked about, cause i know alot of 11th graders! but opps God has a different plan for me, to put my out of my comfort zone, dont you love when he does that! haha.. i was put 8 days before camp with the 8th graders, ewwww, was my first thought, A. i dont know any of them, o wait i do know my little sister and cousin, haha that makes two out of the biggest age group that went! LONG POINT 8TH GRADERS, more kids then any other group.. sounds like a challenge YES SIR! i wined and complained to myself, and a few friends, and had some 11th grade friends sad and mad at me.. but God is good.. soo i went, and bus ride up there not to bad.. went in my room.. oopps.. some how i got put in a room being the only leader with 20 8th boys.. i started to cry hahah jk.. my first thought was ha.. i will probably get 8hrs of sleep the whole 4 days we are here.. hah.. first day, was ok, until we got to the place where we worshiped, wow to see atleast 200kids raise there hands and dance and worship their God, was amazing! the second night, one of the best nights of my life.. John Bolin was speaking so i knew right away this is going to be powerful, cause that guy is amazing! we started to worship and have message at the same time soo different but amazing! God was 100% there that night! I didnt see a single kid sitting down, everyone was worshiping, the ones sitting down were praying.. i was in the corner singing and praying to God before we the leaders were going to pray over anyone who said yes.. when a little middle school girl, ran to me (I had my eyes closed) and grabbed me so tightly, balling her eyes out, i knew that cry, it was my little sister.  I hugged her as tight as I could,  I knew she just accepted Christ, I knew it was no joke either, cause this girl is very involved in church and small groups… After 2 mintues of hugging, I began to pray to God, as soon as I said Thank YOu Jesus! me and my sister dropped to the floor, we were both soo weak, and full of the holy spirit, I began to weep as well, I was soo soo Happy! I kept praying over her, both of us couldnt move. I stayed there with her for awhile, when a Leader came to me who was a girl, and ask me to pray for this guy that God was tuggin on her heart to do, so I asked her to stay with my sister, and she did. I went over to this guy.. to be honest, this kid had given me the most trouble out of anyone, and he was a leader so he was bringin people down with him, I knew something bigger then what i thought was his problem was happening.. we I went to him while he was singing and tapped on his shoulder while he was singing.. I ask can I pray for you, and he kinda looked at me weird then said yea sure.. I began to pray, I dont even know what was coming out of my mouth, God took of my whole body, the only thing i really remember, as I was praying I felt him began to hug me, and could feel him gettin weaker and weaker, almost like I had to hold him up the hole time, but I didnt hold him up cause I was already weak from before now even more flimsy… at that moment I felt every wall he had up for God shatter, and his heart break, and he began to cry and hug me as tight as possible, after I finished he hugged me and said thank you soo much bro.. i walked away, shaking, still gives me goose bumps..

After that night I thought completely different thoughts about them then before.. They are soo awesome! all the grades had team names and we were the Super Dupers(all the super heros), the kids came up with an amazing cheer, better then anyone else I think…and for the events they gave it there all for all of them, except a few kids thought they were cooler if they mouthed off and didnt do what we asked them to do, and after everyday a team was awarded the spirit stick and they got to write all over it, these kids told me on the last night, we have never won it our “year” every year has never won it.. i told them they needed to make sure nobody was slacking and make sure everyone got involved.. the last day was the mega relays.. during the relay which we won even though we had the biggest class, they came together like glue, it was soo beautiful! every kid was cheering and rooting eachother on.. as I ran up and down the field screaming i was soo impressed about how they were handling themselves. then after we won, they clapped and shook hands for the other kids, wow.. i was blown away.. they were sooo awesome! after the Game we won the spirit stick and I think some of them had tears, I think I did, cause it was a long weekend, and I wanted it for them soo bad!

This Weekend, just makes me realize HOW MUCH THESE KIDS NEED GOOD LEADERS IN THEIR LIVES! and if you arent a youth Leader, you should really consider it!

MAN GOD IS SOO SOO GOOD!

thought of my day…

DONT BE LUKEWARM Christian, cause they arent christians, DIE TO YOURSELF AND CARRYING YOUR CROSS!

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. Matthew 16:24-25

 

WE’RE THE SUPER DUPERS AND WE ARE HERE TO SAY

MESS WITH US AND YOU WILL PAY

YES, WE ARE HERE TO SAVE THE DAY

SMASHING EVIL VILLAINS IN A CHRISITAN WAY

DANANANANAN NANANAN NANAN SUPER….DUPER!

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

growing pains….

Louis ArmstrongAHHHHHHHHHH… why do we have to grow up? haha.. i wish i could just go back to the good days of sitting in the sand box.. My parents always told me when I used to come back from Pre-School, they would ask me how my day went and my answer every day was “Sand Box”, think about it as a parent how proud that made them feel… wow my son is soo smart.. haha.. no.. what the heck kind of answer is that? but it would make them laugh, and makes me laugh everytime I hear that story.

you want to know something weird all who read!!??!! sometimes I picture heaven like pre-school where its just a big sand box…. and me and God are there just playing, I dont know what we are playing but we are laughing and just enjoying eachothers company.

my mentor ask me the other day…. “if you could have all your friends(including future wifey), everything you owned(maybe more), all the movies, all the games, food, everything in heaven, how awesome would that be???” or take all that away and just have Jesus… to be honest.. when we was telling me that my first answer was.. wow that would be a awesome heaven.. then he stopped…I didnt hear God in that one bit.. which made me wonder, whoa, who or what is Eric living for? SLAP! then he said take all that away and just have Jesus…..

My mind wondered to the Sand Box…how awesome would that be.. oooh my goodness.. just playing laughing joking with the God of the Universe.. I cant even fathom that……………

cAn U????? if you think it is stupid.. maybe you should think about that.. its soo simple also deep at the same time.. which is like God…I feel he is soo simple and always the same.. but yet we make him out to be this complicated hard to find God sometimes.. why? but dont think I dont think God is complex and amazing, just look at the Earth or even Outer Space pictures, if you dont see him there then your nuts.. ha.

Man I ramble! BUt I cant stop… hah.

Song of the Day for me

Louis Armstrong: What Wonderful World

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

June 24th what a glorious day

Seabirdthis morning was awesome.. went to prayer group this morning but the guy with the key to get in didnt show up.. being 615am.. i understand sleeping in totally happens hah.. but.. sometimes this like that turn into beautiful things.. instead went to starbucks with  my friend jason, got some coffee and headed out to the beach with our boards to hopefully catch some gnarley waves..

715am.. rolls around.. no waves.. instead jason and I sang worship songs on the beach together, and listened to a message from a church in New York.. pretty powerful stuff.. I love listening to messages and being in what I think is one of the most amazing creations of God, the beach/waves.. soo beautiful.. as glassey waves broke, I listened about how awesome our God really is.. after that took it to the ocean around 830am the waves looked to be gettin better.. and yes they were about thigh to stomach high.. good stuff.. we sang worship songs while surfing together… man .. i love doing that soo much! praising our Lord and Savior while enjoying one of his beautiful creations!

had to leave around 930am.. to go to work for a couple of hrs.. with a guy who is such a blessing in my life for job/financial reasons.. Paul with ENGLISH CUSTOM CLOSETS.. even though sometimes I cant understand his english accent always.. ha.. He is such a man after Gods heart, He has such a giving heart, he rounds up on all my paychecks.. blows me away when i saw rounds up.. not like 5 dollars but a bunch.. and he is such a pleasure to do work with!

Went back to the beach.. waves even higher! oh man.. ps..i just got a new board.. a week ago.. havent riden it yet cause charleston=crappy waves for the most part.. hah.. but today was awesome! thursday is supposed to be the peanut butter and honey! (dont take that from me i just started that now)..btw one of my favorite sandys…

The song what played in my head and my car all day was… IN CHRIST ALONE… to trust in Christ alone.. man I love that song.. its soo simple yet soo huge.. TRUST IN CHRIST ALONE!.. i still lack in that area time and time, i know i trust him.. but its not always 100%.. i wish it was.. and i was thinking when you love someone you trust them completely.. soo then what if i dont trust God 100% that means I dont love him>? thats a good slap in the face! today was a good day for me yell over and over again.. that i trust in Christ alone.. nothing else..man that is awesome! ISNT THAT AWESOME WE SERVE A GOD THAT DOESNT CHANGE HIS MIND!!!!!???!!!!! man that right there how could you not trust someone like that.. who always knew what you were going to do and where you will be in 10 or 15years.. why not trust him? the only reason i can think is you dont believe..

 

CD OF THE WEEK TO BUY!!!!

SEABIRD…CAME OUT TODAY! GET IT NOW.. AMAZING CHRISTIAN BAND!

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

YAY my first BLOG! its OFFICIAL, not facebook official but official enough!

Alright sweet, im stoked about starting this blog, one thing.. im probably going to have horrible grammer and bad spelling and bad punctuation.. but i dont crrr.. cause this is my blog! if you are reading it im stoked!

Im really glad Im starting one of these cause, My brain doesnt remember things very well for some reason, whether because of my birth or im just me. ha..so I need this to remember good thoughts and maybe it will help you with words of encouragment or i dont know ha.. My one hope with this blog, that it doesnt become something that I just write to myself, but other people read it, and that God brings people Ive never met in my life, and read it and maybe help them in any way or help me! I pray that with every blog it isnt me writing, even thought im probably going to use this to vent some real stuff…

I will be posting my everyday experiences and random thoughts throughout the day!

dont really know what to write yet.. but tomorrow will be good hopefully!

June 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment