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This here is my simple guidebook to the good life. I guess alot of it is thigs I’ve learned throughout 19 years of my life. I wanted to make this more comprehensive, but I’m going to have to post more later if I get around to it.
If you want to see more, or if you have questions, holler.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but this is the simple guidebook. That means that it is summarized and each solution to something or advice to remember is the easiest or most convenient while still being most effective. Think of it as an optimum mix of fuel and oxygen for the engine avaliable. If you don’t like that analogy you can just be sad, because I’m not coming up with another one.

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General

#1 Go do it yourself.

#2 Don’t be a slave.

#3 Don’t be controlling.

#4 Don’t be uneconomical. This goes for alot of things, but if you can afford to be uneconomical in whatever it is, and you feel like it then go right ahead. Just don’t tee people off while you do it (very much).

#5 Share. This doesn’t go for everything. Be polite. But share your interests, share your stuff. That’s basically it.

#6 Don’t be selfish (see number five for more information)

#7 Loyalty with friends is gold.
Have it, don’t let it go.

#8 Fun. Have it, share it, remember it’s like money, you can’t always have it.

#9 Be happy, and relax. If you’re a Christian that is, if not I would worry and figure out how to get to heaven. If you’re wondering just ask, any Christian knows and any Christian is dying to tell you.

#10 Remember you can’t always be happy, but even when you’re in the dumps, don’t go dumpster diving.

#11 Be crazy, but don’t get in trouble. There’s a million ways to accomplish this, without getting in trouble, trust me.

#12 Remember, your influence reaches alot farther than you probably think. People notice how many times you blink. You are watched and you effect.

#13 Advice is helpful, experience is life-changing. (of course I have to note that the wise learn from Advice, but remember the people who do so have probably learned from experience)

#14 Have real conversations to sift away the silt or you will become shallow.

#15 Always use your time for something productive. (refer to number four)

#16 Sometimes things are the way they are. Keep that in mind and know when to realize that.

#17 Change is good

#18 Change is bad

#19 Paradoxes are everywhere, deal with it.

#20 Too much of something good is often not good.

#21 Collect maturity within yourself, and be patient with those that have less and don’t seem to be trying.

#22 Pray often.

#23 Don’t quit on what is important. Read your Bible everynight no matter what. Don’t fast your eyes from it!

#24 If there is a problem Don’t worry about it, just keep it in mind, and try to fix it most efficiently and

#25 Summarize everything, unless people don’t get it. Worse than not unerstanding something is understanding and not being able to do it, because someone won’t stop explaining it to you.

#26 Don’t take everything too seriously (This includes your self, you can cry if it helps you get over it). See the humor in everything but don’t get hung up on it and miss the big picture.

#27 Bluntness can be a useful tool in communication, just like a hammer is useful. You can’t always use the diplomatic chisel to get your point across, but don’t forget hammers aren’t pretty and they don’t make things pretty. Blunt honesty is just one tool, not your toolbox.

Health

(these are a little longer, the human body is more complex and diverse and that’s just the way it is)

#1 If you want to lose weight, drink lots of water and avoid fatty foods (aka foods with fat in them) and processed sugar (aka anything that doesn’t come out of a fruit or vegetable). The more strictly it is followed the faster you lose weight and the slower and more loosely the harder it will be. Of course some type of excercise must be involved weekly preferrably at a minimum of two times a week.

#2 To stay extra healthy. First of all, lose some extra weight (refer to #1) and follow instruction number one easily. Second, get more and more excercise. This means excercise consistantly at least every other day.

#3 If you want to grow more muscle. The best start is to do a bite size se of pushups every night. Something that pushes you a little beyond your limits. Most important to this tip is to continue faithfully. Try 25 pushups a night or something. You’ll be looking better before you know it. After that you can expand all kinds of ways. Don’t push too hard, but don’t back off.

#4 If you’re having problems with your moods (which is part of your body, do not forget) or any other health problem don’t worry about it, just keep it in mind, and try to fix it by being more healthy in the particular way that directly effects the problem you have.

#5 Don’t forget to relax. That can be very bad for you.

#6 Eating dead animal is never really good for you even if there may be some benefits.

#7 The dairy companies have lied to you, milk is not really that good for you. It’s not worth the benefits they advertise. Just take calcium vitamins or something. Sorry to pop your bubble.

People

#1 Talk to people. No one likes being too shy. It’s boring.

#2 Don’t talk too much. Some people have this problem. Trust me I know some. If you keep saying dumb things or things you wish you hadn’t, try talking less often.

#3 Listen to people. This doesn’t mean stop talking, it means be patient and understanding when people talk to you.

#4 Be easy-going. That is the polar opposite of being anything people don’t like. Don’t forget, too much of a good thing is not a good thing (so to speak) so don’t take anything, including this, too far.

#5 Laugh at people’s jokes even if they’re not always funny.

#6 If someone is never funny or thinks they’re funnier than they are you can cool the polite laugh for a while and give them a chance to go have their fun on their own. If they still like it, good for them. They may find themselves short of people to hang out with.

#7 The opposite sex (boys or girls, whichever you may someday date or marry): Relax. Don’t get so uptight. Their weird, but they’re still human.

#8 Don’t have too few friends, don’t have too many.

#9 Have a good variety of friends. It’s good for you.

#10 Be unselfish. The Bible says alot about this, but this is the simple version, go find it yourself.

#11 Don’t get all uptight about annoying people. Especially if you’re related.

#12 Don’t be a wet noodle around annoying or obnoxious people. If they’re running head on, let them run into you sometimes, but don’t be a roadblock.

#13 Don’t be so shallow you can’t talk to friends about deep things.

#14 Always remember that what you say (or do, or write, etc…) can have unintended consequences no matter what it is.

#15 People are stupid.

#16 Keep in mind you aren’t going to find many unselfish people.

#17 Keep in mind everyone is selfish but how much depends on how mature they are.

#18 Along with 17, people aren’t perfect. Even if you don’t see a thing wrong with them, remember something is there. Everyone has issues. Expect it, deal with it, forgive, forget, heal, help, and be unselfish and loving overall.

#19 Remember everyone is proud of themselves, whether you see it at first or not.

#20 Finesse in communication should be key over all. If you’ve got other problems it can be a cure or point towards what you’re looking for so get some practice and get good at it.

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Till next post.
Your faithful typer,
Yokanchi

PS Hopefully I will be able to add to this. Especially more sections. If you want me to do a particluar section, holler.

Dual post!!

I came up with some more stuff I just wanted to get out there right after I posted that. Just some things I’ve been studying and thinking over throughout life and lately and in my devos.

First about the paradoxes in the Christian life. I’m so amazed all the time about the paradoxes found in the Christian life/faith. It’s amazing. I would have to say it makes the Christian’s life so much more interesting and sometimes complicated.
Like the way that Christ’s death brings us life and not only life, but eternal life!
Or the way that we are supposed to die to self to come alive. Or how in 1 John 4:18 John says;

There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.

And then at the same time we are best off having a fear of God (thus the phrase God fearing folk, or whatever).


Gen 20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place. And they will slay me for my wife's sake.

Psa 61:5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God.

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Another paradox I’ve always found interesting and particularly emphasised specially well is where Paul is talking about the struggle within ourselves against the sin nature.

Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.


Rom 7:15 For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do.

(This is one of my favorite verses depicting what I'm sure many Christians feel all the time, the battle between the will to be righteous and the temptation of the flesh to sin)

Rom 7:16-18 But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good. So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to do that which is good is not.

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Second Section

One thing I really wanted to write about and have everyone read is what I’m going to type about next. I really would hope everyone would read this or pay attention now if nothing else is read or gained in this post.

One thing I’ve been studying lately is the “love passage” as some like to romanticize it up as, 1 Corinthians 13. Specifically the first half and middle especially, emphasizing verses 4, 5, and 6.


1Co 13:1-3 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.


1Co 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1Co 13:8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Doesn’t fail,
didja catch that? It doesn’t. Remember that, you’ll need some of that stuff some day (scratch that, you’ll need it every day!).

This is so very key and important I cannot emphasize it enough through the words I possess and so I will say this:

PAY ATTENTION!!!!

Basically the point I really want to get across is how important it is for every single Christian on this planet needs to read this because it has soo much information about how we need to love every Christian with a “Christian love”

The information is clear, the hard part is remembering it. Problem solved, your assignment, memorize it, NOW. I’m joking, but you really should memorize this if at all possible unless you’ve already got this covered 100% (so basically you better start memorizing)

Numero Uno (number one for those who aren’t as incredibly bilingual as I am):
Love is patient and, is kind. We gotta put up with people, but the sentence doesn’t end there. Don’t be narrow minded! AND is kind! We can’t just put up with people in our church or life. The Christians around us. We have to put up with them KINDLY! Remember that. I forget often.
2. Love does not envy or boast. Not too hard. Don’t be jealous. Only God can do that and we aren’t allowed to take his job. Remember that one angel of light (Lucifer) who tried that? Didn’t turn out so well. But also, remember this; love doesn’t boast. So often I think that’s just that pride that is oh so prevailing in every person I know (so much the more myself). Love doesn’t boast, when you serve or show love in anyway, it is not for boasting. In ANY way.
3. It is not arrogant or rude. This isn’t really hard to grasp. Simple to grasp and hard to do. Easy for you to say, as some people might put it but remember it, always. When you’re interacting in anyway with people you should be showing love, remember to kill the arrogance or rudeness. Just get rid of the hostility. It’s not needed within the Christian family.
4. Does not insist on it’s own way. This is another one that is not so hard for us to grasp. It’s just something that we forget occasionally and we should be on the look out for in everything, not just the little stuff.
5. It is not irritable or resentful. This can come up all the time, especially within family relations. But, of course as a Church is so much like a family problems can arise. Moods, opinions, or disagreements are not to be affecting our love towards others making us irritable or resentful towards them, We are told to put away grudges.
6. It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with truth. Another seemingly no-brainer, but this one needs to be watched out for especially in close friendships. At least for myself. We should look to see that we are not exalting wrongdoings (even small ones, perhaps breaking the speed limit or making fun of people?) between each other and only rejoicing in the truth. Take that along with the first one of course. Tolerate with kindness!

And finally, Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. A great summing up of the feeling of how we should be loving each other. Remember that loyalty towards any other believe or friend. These statements exhibit in all reality a type of naive love that needs to be shown to each other. Don’t be doubting or second-guessing each other. And please keep faith in each other. Every person on this planet has shortcomings and that should be kept in mind even for our fellow Christians. Remember that though they are not perfect they are trying their best, or at least we must have the attitude that they are and love serve and respect them and encourage faithfulness to our great God.

Keeping all this in mind is something that is vital to Christian life, as a good Christian life calls for fellowship with other believers. Show the Godly love to each other all the time. Perpetually. Write these verses in your heart (or on your forehead, whichever is most convenient) and remember to actually DO IT!
This I believe is one thing that is absolutely essential as the eggs in a good cake are to hold a Christian body such as a Church together. And much more to be remembered in interpersonal relations, where this is to be put to use.

Till next post.
Your faithful typer,
Yokanchi

(all quotations unless noted from ASV)

Yep, more ice cream.
Our church gave out tons of free ice cream before fireworks tonight and gave tracts and stuff along with it. I was giving out free otter pops most of the time.
It was fun, but way too short. Pretty much like all of today.

Well, I’m planning on going camping in a couple weeks for a few days and trying to figure out what I want to do this week too. Should be interesting.
If you want to see pictures of the ice cream thing. Check out Chandler’s album on facebook. I’m so freaking tired I don’t even want to think about putting anything up and I don’t have the pictures anyway.
Maybe if you get a chance upload the pictures to a google/picasa web album(the House of Yokanchi standard) let me know so I can link it to my site.

Ok,later all!
Have fun in de summer!

Till next post.
Your faithful typer
Yokanchi

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