Moana

Moana

This movie really surprised me. God speaks to me a lot in movies. He spoke heaps in this one. From the beginning when as a little girl, the ocean chose her. No sailing experience. No experience in defeating bad guys. No experience in convincing a demi-god to man up and return the heart of te fiti. No true merit to have qualified her. Just chosen. Though she was unaware as she grew up, she continued to stay chosen. The ocean didn’t just change its mind. It waited for her to realize the truth about herself.

As she started accepting the truth, she became bold and fearless. She was willing to risk everything to finish the race that was before her despite the obstacles. She made mistakes. She learned from them. She grew more confident. That zeal seemed unstoppable. Like it does for us when we first start to believe in God. We feel unstoppable. Until we start to doubt in the face of defeat, which is what happened with Moana. When confronted with a battle unwon, she begins to doubt and question why the sea would choose someone like her. I do this often.

To prove that a journey should never be done alone, in comes grandma ray. With a little help from her, courage returns. One of those ridiculous kinds. The kind that makes you throw yourself back into the battle you just lost. The kind that makes you rethink the situation and tackle it differently. The kind that begins to believe that you were chosen for a reason.

When I grow up I want to be like Moana. She is brave. She is adventurous. Willing to take risks. Thoroughly enjoyed watching her journey of courage as she sailed into the unknown waters. She’s my imaginary hero. Man, she’s so cool!

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Where Does It End?

Though I can never agree with 100% with things people say on media, I would have to agree with this lady on this one. I am a conservative by definition in many ways. The general stereotype is that a conservative is quite hard and closed-minded. As such, interacting and conversing with certain liberals has been one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever done. Why? I’d like to argue that liberals are some of the most close-minded people. As a conservative, I am open to discussion, debate and tolerance much like liberals (as most would assume). Though I may not accept their values as my own or agree with them, I can show respect for one’s opinion. I feel that’s being open-minded. However, whenever I find myself speaking against gay marriages or say that I’m pro-life, the liberals I’ve spoken with call me closed-minded. It made me think. Wait, I was just willing to listen to you and say to each their own, but you made a judgment call on me for my own personal beliefs and opinions.

Seeing things like what’s happening in this video makes me upset. The fact that you “feel” a certain way doesn’t change the truth that you are not. There are things in this life that you cannot “fake it till you make it.” I feel that gender, age, and race are some of those things. I’m sorry, but as a 30-year old, 5 foot Korean-American woman, I cannot just claim that I’m a 4 year-old 6 foot Dutch half boy/dog with one leg because “I feel like it” and expect to be viewed as such. It’s unrealistic and not true. Watching this really does beg the question, “Where does it end?”

There is truth and order in this world that’s been established by God. Without God, there would be no truth. People begin to create their own truths. Very dangerous waters. People are trying too hard in pushing the boundaries of the freedoms we’ve been given. This does not bring more “freedom.” Instead, it ushers in greater disarray and chaos in this world. The answer to that question is simple. There will be no end. One day, we might be expected to tolerate a 40-year old saying they feel like they’re supposed to be with a 6-year old romantically. Something to think about as this world continues to unfold.

First Grade Convos

During Bible class, which was right after science class.

Stephen: Miss Lee, when Jesus comes back I’m going to ask him to give me Saturn’s rings for a hula hoop. I think it’ll be fun.
Me: That would be crazy, but you should totally ask for it.
Stephen: Oh yeah, I’m going to.

Anna’s 3-0

Spending time with friends is no easy task. It’s gotten harder, or at least for me. This year, it’s been the distance. Still, I’m glad my friends still involve me and invite to things. For Anna’s big 3-0, we headed out for Gangneung and it was a great decision. Really enjoyed reconnecting and just learning more from my friends. Enjoyed the times of laughter. Most of all, I simply enjoyed being there with them.