Visiting the capital

I was in Stockholm today.

We left Hjo at 6:03 and came back at 22:18. Oh, it was such a blast for me to actually come to a real big smoky busy city, after spending four months in a little town of not many people after 18:00 around.

We arrived in Stockholm at about 10:30 and went to the Riksdag – the Parliament of Sweden. Holy flippin’ cow! I never thought anything connected with politics could be so exciting!

Image:Visiting the capital, 1No, serious! After walking out of the building, I felt I could actually work there some day. I know it sounds crazy, but I also know that I do not have any plans for after I am done with my school in Latvia. Who ever knows what God has in store for my future?

Javid, Kristina, Barbara and I had a lunch at a place that looked and sounded like a market, a bazar. Many fast food restaurants were situated there and the “Kebab Plate” I got was spicy and delicious.

Image:Visiting the capital, 2Then we just walked around Stockholm, had an ice-cream each in the park, went into the National Museum, saw paintings and sculptures and china and tables and tapestries and chairs and beds of old (some even from the 1400s), got exhausted and headed back to the bus.

I loved every part of the trip and made a bunch of pictures. Oh, yeah! On our way to Stockholm it was cloudy and raining a little. The whole time we were in Stockholm, though, the sun was shining as if to say, “I’m so glad you came! Here! Let me cuddle you with my warm rays. You like it? Get some more!” The minute we were back in the bus it was cloudy and dark again. Coincidence? Who knows…

Our planet day

It is a matter of common knowledge, that today is the so-called Earth day. So I decided to take part in it, by completing a two-minute test and making myself aware of how big my ecological footprint is (which is, for your information, measured in global hectares).

This Ecological Footprint Quiz estimates how much productive land and water you need to support what you use and what you discard. After answering 15 easy questions you’ll be able to compare your Ecological Footprint to what other people use and to what is available on this planet.

CAUTION: THIS QUIZ MAY SURPRISE YOU, SHOCK YOU, OR MAKE YOU THINK. PLEASE REMAIN CALM…BUT NOT TOO CALM!!

Here’s what I found out today:

  1. My ecological footprint (here in Sweden) is 4.7 global hectares
  2. World-wide, there are only 1.8 global hectares per person
  3. If everyone lived like I do, we would need 2.5 planets

Well, nothing incredibly stunning or shocking to me. All I know is that we all going to die one day. Of age or of pollution – I don’t really care that much. Death is inevitable. But there is a way to make sure you do not evaporate into eternal void of meaninglessness after your last breath. Jesus is the answer!

Have a nice day!

Wrong semantics

Again, flipping through the channels on my TV, I came across a two-year-old program called Life of Luxury, where a guy was telling the viewers how many squillions Mr. So-and-So has spent on his new watch or house or golf club membership and how much Ms. So-and-So is spending shopping and partying and moisturizing her skin.

Quite honestly I could not believe my ears and eyes. No! I wasn’t stunned by the sums of money spent. I was shocked by the very idea of people using money to please their bodies that in 50 or so years are going to be rotting in a grave; and shocked by the very idea of other people finding it amusing to watch the latter do it.

Seriously, though, what great use of charity of different sorts is there, when the poor and hungry are getting more numerous and the rich and pompous are getting richer with every passing second?

I think the makers of such programs should think about changing the titles of their creations. My first suggestion: move around those words a little and try to see the very Luxury of Life some people are granted, because Life is, really, the only thing they might have for all of their existence!

What a waste!

Flipping through the channels on my TV, I heard a phrase that got me thinking. There are a lot of phrases that get me thinking, but a lot of them would leave me indifferent later. But this one does not leave me alone. It is bugging me still. It is bugging me, because I know that unfortunately I often have the same thought running through my own head.

Among different things this guy was told was that this girl was a virgin. When he finally got to see her he said, “Whoa! And she is a virgin? What a waste!”

Why? Why do we treat them like that? Why as soon as we see a pretty girl do we float up high into the sexual heaven of our fantasies? Is there a way to avoid objectizing the girls? Somebody give me the eyes to see that there is a beauty outside of my own self!

I can see my home

Image:I can see my homeI’ve found my home! Goodness, I didn’t even know this was possible. Most of my hometown is on the Internet. Look at that! I’ve spent like an hour or so just playing around with this thing. Zooming in and zooming out. Moving left and right. Up and down. This is great. Check it out, by clicking on the image to the left!

January pictures are here

Image:January pictures are hereMy January gallery is open for viewing. For all of my galleries, I am using Lightbox JS v2.02 graciously provided by the amazing L. Dhakar. That thing is awesome! Even though it took me a while to sort the photos that I have (I have not put up even a fifth part of all my pics yet!) I know that that script is something I would never regret having started using on this site.

Accidental Impropriety

Image:Accidental ImproprietyAccidental Impropriety is the my new short story. It is about two people who do not at first realize they are more than friends – that they are soul-mates. Why ice cream? Read till the end of the story to find out! =) The story is available for download in my Writings. Comments, feedback and/or suggestions of any type are more than welcome.

Work or worship?

About the Ten Commandments given to Moses, from a radio program Desiring God Radio by John Piper:

The only kind of being you can worship is a being who does not need you and is completely full and satisfied in himself.

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All God is saying here is “Have no other gods before Me. Worship Me alone.” The reason He says to tear down the pagan altars is to guard their hearts for Yahweh alone. And the reason he says don’t make any covenants with those peoples is to escape the snare that might lure their hearts into divided loyalties.

So the commands of the covenant are not a job description, describing services that God needs from this people. They are wedding vows, the kind of vows He expects from a faithful wife. It’s as though He were to say to his wife, “After you marry me, don’t make any dates with other men, and please, take the pictures of your old boyfriends off your dresser and throw them away.”

My testimony

Today I got to play the guitar at church. I also told the congregation my testimony. I did it in Swedish (!) with excellence =P At the end I read Apostle Paul’s words from Romans 12:

33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”

36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Inside man

Image:Inside ManToday I saw Inside Man with some of the guys from the church in Skövde that I attend. Though based on a known scenario, the film was good. I think D. Washington, J. Foster and C. Owen are really good actors, so I was not disappointed with the movie. Oh, and no, even though it is the Pranks’ Day, I have not been lured or cheated even once. The main reason for that is that no one actually tried to make fun of me. And believe me that is the surest way to stay smart and not played a prank on 😉