posted ago by CaptainQirk ago by CaptainQirk +109 / -1

These last few years, I would say I identify as Christian. However, with that comes the knowledge that I'm not really an example of what Christ wants me to be.

Among the shitposting and memeing, the worldly politics and mind-bending comms games, and the gradual dissipation and breaking down of an entire fake media matrix, how does everyone manage to stay uplifted?

I get hopium fixes from the usual crew we tend to listen to, but that really only covers geopolitical matrix games. It can be hard to maintain faith in one plan, let alone God's ultimate plan.

How do we navigate this in a Christian way?

Do you guys have any preachers or pastors, or biblical decoders you listen to? Any podcasts, audiobooks, videos?

I don't want to hyperfocus as much on the deceptive war games and get lost in a mental fog of war.

I guess I just get a bit terrified sometimes, that the earthly things are distracting me from really getting to a good place spiritually.

I know we all generally share similar values, and I respect the opinions of those able to see past at least some of the curtains of the show.

I guess I just wish I knew how to do more to bring Jesus into my life.

Any advice from wiser crazies than I?

Love ya, you nimble navigators.

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NobodyLikesSplatter 14 points ago +15 / -1

I’ll keep this simple, stayed up too late last night.

Try reading a little from the Bible once a day. You don’t have to start anywhere in particular. Just randomly choose a spot and read a little. Few minutes will grow to longer and it will guide you.

Try meditating. There are a lot of guides on YT or online. Personally, the Hail Mary prayer helps me a lot to start a meditating session. That prayer and the Lord’s Prayer repeated many times has helped me through the most stress I’ve ever had a had. I just try to do them every day regardless. I’m not assuming you’re Catholic, that’s just what helps me and eases me into a meditation period.

There was a hymn played at my brother’s funeral. I’ll post a link but it’s always stuck with me. It’s so powerful. Listen to something that floods your mind with hope and love. It doesn’t have to be a hymn. Consider checking out some classical music. This is an example of that hymn. Trust me on this. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_H_kgDXcKIw

Walks, runs and hikes outside with nature connect me to God better than most things. Try that if you don’t. We chat a lot then.

Create things for others. Build something, make something or do something to help another. It can be small like sending a card to your grandma or as simple as donating some stuff. Just try to do that more often. I live with this mantra - “Always make things better.” That applies to my own home, the outdoors, others. Whether it’s cleaning up, fixing things, helping someone else- it’s just good.

Plant some things. Nurture the outdoors.

Try a musical instrument of you don’t.

God is always with you. You have to clear away the noise and chaos to hear him.

CaptainQirk [S] 9 points ago +9 / -0

Thank you for the suggestions! I'm not Catholic, and I don't know if I know enough to identify as a denomination outside of just knowing Christ is real. I suppose it's kinda raw faith in that regard.

I like to listen to the Lord's Prayer in Jewish Aramaic and Syrian Aramaic. There are some very nice renditions of that online if you wanted to hear.

I appreciate you linking the hymn for me. My deepest condolences and love regarding your brother. I shall listen to it tonight.

As for instruments, I play keyboard and ukulele.

I think you're right that I need to manifest it with good works helping others. Social anxiety and health issues can impede that, but I'm probably putting up roadblocks for myself.

Thank you, fren.

NobodyLikesSplatter 6 points ago +6 / -0

Thanks for the suggestion and about my brother. That means a lot.

I get it, regarding the anxiety and health stuff. Sorry you’re having challenges as well. Small things. Think of small things to help. Doing random things like... letting someone go ahead of you in line at the store. I’m always surprised at their reaction- like “omg, someone is being NICE to me???” One thing leads to another. Or donating some things. You don’t really have to interact with anyone very much. If you have a craft, you can donate some of what you make. I know a guy who makes beautiful cutting boards and donates them (leftover wood projects.) Just some ideas. But with meditating- just anything that you can say in your head repetitively helps get you in that zone. It doesn’t specifically have to be a prayer. Hang in there!

AngelCole 2 points ago +2 / -0

I talk to God too when I walk my buddy (pup). I walk at day break. The quiet that early is peaceful too. I love being outside.🙏🌳🌷

NobodyLikesSplatter 1 point ago +1 / -0

I always get up early to have that time outside. Birds just waking up. It’s nice being the only one seemingly awake with nature in the morning.