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2 Samuel 22:33-34

“God is my strong fortress”- God kept me safe for years even tho my faith in God was nearly absent. I am so blessed today. I walked thru life angry, disgruntled, and feeling confused. Kind of like roaming the desert for 31 years in a constant state of confusion. I always asked why me? Why did God give me such a self-destructive disease? I was asking the wrong why or looking at it from the wrong perspective. God gave me this disease because God knew I could handle it. We all have the inner strength to pursue greatness, I had to find God and put The Lord first in all my affairs.

-Striving to become a better version of myself!

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Isaiah 41:10

Fear was my driving force to not do something. I had fear of rejection, failure, scrutiny. I had so much fear because I didn’t have faith in myself. God gave me the faith I needed until I could love myself using radical acceptance, prayer, and meditation.

-Striving to become a better version of myself!

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Daily Reflections 01/17

AA 01/17 Daily Reflection

Take the first step to recovery!
HAPPINESS COMES QUIETLY
“The trouble with us alcoholics was this: We demanded that the world give us happiness and peace of mind in just the particular order we wanted to get it-by the alcohol route. And we weren’t successful. But when we take time to find out some of the spiritual laws, and familiarize ourselves with them, and put them into practice, then we do get happiness and peace of mind. . . . There seem to be some rules that we have to follow, but happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone.”
— DR. BOB AND THE GOOD OLDTIMERS, p. 308
The simplicity of the A.A. program teaches me that happiness isn’t something I can “demand.” It comes upon me quietly, while I serve others. In offering my hand to the newcomer or to someone who has relapsed, I find that my own sobriety has been recharged with indescribable gratitude and happiness.
Happiness comes from within you. Treat others with respect and work on your defects for happiness and wholeness.
Striving to become a better version of myself!
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Step One Continued….

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As I sat down and opened up my folder of homework, it was a bit overwhelming. It felt like the first day of school again. I hated doing assignments in school, it gave me anxiety, and I would rush through projects to stamp them complete, and move onto the next. I was told in recovery it’s a marathon, not a sprint, but I love sprinting! So, before I started answering any questions on step one I told myself I have all the time in the world. No phone, no work, and limited TV. There was no excuse why I couldn’t take my time and do it thoroughly. The step one questions were primarily about my relationship with alcohol and how it affected my life. After doing the step one packet and rereading it I came to the conclusion that I was living to drink and drinking to die…….. There has to be a better way! Stay tuned for more.

The State of Free Speech on a College Campus

The State of Free Speech on a College Campus

The author’s identity is being withheld to protect his security

Thanks for my guest column on the state of free speech on a college campus. That issue has received a lot of attention in the media recently, so it should definitely be a good topic to discuss. If you want to read more of my thoughts (other than this article series), check out my website- www.genzconservative.com

GenZ Conservative

 

Introduction: 

First, I think an introduction would be appropriate. I am originally from Atlanta, GA, but I now go to school in Virginia. For my degree, I am currently working towards a double major in politics and accounting. I think that those two subject areas will help set me up for success in life, no matter what career path I pursue. In addition to classes and social activities, I am heavily involved in campus politics. Because I think it is every student’s responsibility to make their campus a better place, I have tried to do my best to lobby for conservative causes that matter to me and would be good for the campus. That political involvement has made me a well-known campus conservative.

Like I just said, I am known on my campus for being very conservative. People that meet me know that due to my involvement in clubs and campus journalism. Not that that’s a bad thing, it just makes my experience a bit different. It shouldn’t, we should all be able to get along with people outside our political sphere, but it does. That experience has been super valuable. I have learned how to get along with all types of people, disagree and debate in a respectful way even when the other side isn’t being civil, and how to stand up for myself in a strong manner. Hopefully I can educate others on how to do the same through this column and my personal website. Navigating a college campus as a conservative can be tough; there are lots of obstacles. But maybe this advice can make it a little less difficult for all of the other Gen Z conservatives!

Is Free Speech Disappearing on College Campuses?

In this first column, I would like to describe the problem of free speech on college campuses. Or, in better words, the problem that liberals seem to have with allowing free speech.

America has traditionally been known as a haven for free speech. Yes, you can’t scream “fire” in a crowded theater and cause a panic, but you can always stand up for what you believe in. Students, for better or worse, stood up against the government to protest the war in Vietnam. African-Americansmarched for Civil Rights. Conservatives advocate for reduced taxes and less gun control. Our system has been strengthened by that free speech because it brings debates into the public sphere. Once a topic is debated by free people, it is hard to hide the truth. Americans have always believed in that and treasured their right to free speech. 

Or at least that used to be the case. A recent phenomenon is that many liberal students, professors, and administrators refuse to accept the concept of free speech. When presented with an idea that they disagree with, they don’t debate it. Instead, they shut down all conversation. Students start crying and run off to their safe space. Professors scream that you’re wrong, shut down all conversation, and harass you for expressing beliefs different than theirs. Administrators refuse to allow conservative speakers to come visit. 

For a conservative student, that atmosphere and environment can be extremely hard to navigate. We should be able to express our ideas openly and freely. But, we can’t. The radical leftists on campus freak out. So, instead of having thoughtful debates on pro-choice versus pro-life, or low taxes versus an increased welfare state, capitalism versus socialism or any other social or political issue, we are forced to just listen to the party line on a wide variety of subjects. There is little to no thoughtful debate of the important subjects currently bedeviling American society. Instead, there is just one line of thought expressed; the thoughts of the most radical edges of the Democratic party. On many college campuses, conservative students have no voice.

To me, that is incredibly sad and troubling. It is sad because it goes against everything that America once stood for. Like I described earlier, we used to be a country known for supporting freedom of speech. Now, we aren’t. Disagreement is termed hate speech and shut down completely. How saying that lowering taxes is a good policy idea is “spreading hate speech” is beyond me. But it all seems to make sense to the radical left. And that is why it is so troubling. 

It would be one thing if these people didn’t really believe in what they’re advocating for. If they were just cynically using terms like “hate speech” to stifle their political opponents. That would be bad, but combatable. It wouldn’t be in line with past American thinking, but it makes sense in a realpolitik sort of way. And I’m sure some are using their “sensitivity” and calling opposing arguments “hate speech” to do just that. But, the problem is that most aren’t just being Machiavellian. Instead, they actually seem to believe their own propaganda. And that is impossible to combat. If they really do think the way they say they do, they all hope may be lost. 

I don’t like being a pessimist, but I have trouble seeing how we can recover from a situation where tens of thousands of the intellectual elite seem to believe that the opposing views are both evil and not to be discussed. If the views of the other side are bad, you debate those views and use facts and logic to poke holes in the other side’s argument. That is the right way to handle disagreements. Yet, liberal students, professors, and administrators on college campuses can’t seem to do that. They are completely unable to handle the idea of the other side disagreeing with them, so they just shut down all debate. They aren’t emotionally mature enough to have debates, so they prevent those debates from happening in the first place. It is a very sad state of affairs.

So, what can a conservative college student do to push back on the current shut down of free speech? Two things. If you master these two ways to push back, we might be able to turn the tide.

The first is to always be prepared for a debate. Don’t seek those debates out but be ready to have them if the other side voices a political opinion that you disagree with. Know your facts, keep your emotions tucked away, and just debate logically. Ask questions about the other side’s point of view to both better understand it and poke holes in it. Bring up your opinions, and make sure to use indisputable and well-researched facts to support them. Know your sources, and make sure those sources are reliable. It is also preferable to have unbiased sources. Fox News and Breitbart won’t change minds. The Wall Street Journal or Politico might. And be willing to debate thoughtfully for however long it takes. Don’t be the first to give in, even if you know that you are right. They will count that as a victory. Instead, be the one that will debate till the end. They will give in first.

The second thing is that you need to always remain respectful and keep your emotions under control. The other side can do neither of those things, so they always look ridiculous. Be the bigger man. Instead of making fun of one of them for calling your ideas “hate speech,” instead explain thoughtfully why it is a mainstream and ethically acceptable opinion. Doing so may seem ridiculous. But it will help keep the debate going in a respectful manner so that you can change minds. Because always remember, the other side has authority figures in their corner. As soon as you start lashing out in the same manner that they do, the debate will be shut down and you might even be punished. It is a ridiculous double standard, but it exists. Maybe one day we can overturn it, but for now we just need to deal with it. Finally, keep your emotions in check. That relates to always being respectful, but is worth saying. You will be much more likely to change minds and effectively get your point across if you don’t get angry. What the other side will be defending might make your blood boil. As I talked about in my “The Democratic Party has Changed” post, the current Democratic party supports some pretty nasty policies like late-term abortion. I used to get so angry about those things. But, because I was angry, I couldn’t convince anyone that my point of view was the rational and right one. I looked just as emotional and irrational as the left. Now, I do my best to remain calm. That has been a much better strategy for convincing people. Stick to it, it works.

I hope you enjoyed this post! It should be helpful for those seeking to understand why and how liberals have shut down free speech and how we can fight back against it. Check in next week for another update on what it’s like to be a conservative on a college campus! In the meantime, check out my website to better understand my views on topics like these. The link is– www.genzconservative.com. Enjoy!

Thank you to @genzconservative for writing this article.Please check out his website listed above. He speaks the truth and is a patriot! 🇺🇸 God Bless!

 

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Proverbs 24:27

The foundation of my metaphorical house was built on lies, self-sabotage, judgement, and avoidance. I didn’t love myself when I looked in the mirror. I wasn’t proud with myself. Will I ever? Yes! God willing I am in the process of rebuilding my foundation. One way I was able to stop drinking was through faith and radical acceptance. I am blessed to be given favor by my Higher Power and faith in myself. If you don’t believe you can then you are probably right. If your struggling don’t give up! Today could be the day your life changes for the better! No better day then The National Day of Prayer to start rebuilding your life. Prayer continues to strengthen my relationship with God and others. Thank you to everyone who never gave up on me, and saw something in me I couldn’t see in myself. 🙏

-Striving to become a better version of myself.

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for·ti·tude
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noun

  1. courage in pain or adversity.

Proverbs 24:27

I was never pragmatic when making decisions. No planning or preparation needed, there was no time for that. With that thinking I was ill prepared and made decisions based on emotions rather than the facts. I needed to prepare everyday by praying and meditating. I had to make sure my foundation was solid, because if I build my life on a weak or false foundation the entire house will fall down. I have been blessed with favor from God. I was given a second chance to rebuild my life’s foundation based on faith, love, and wisdom.

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ac·co·lade
/ˈakəˌlād/
noun
  1. an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit.

1 Peter 5:10

I suffered for far to long. I allowed my pain to turn into suffering. Then the suffering turned into self-pity and self-sabotage. I was lost in addiction and I couldn’t find a way out. I use to hear of people finding faith and completing the impossible. Back then I didn’t have much faith, it was hard for me to be an active addict and believe in God simultaneously. I had to remove the alcohol and sugar to simplify my life. About a year and a half into recovery my Higher Power granted me understanding. He restored, supported, and strengthened my belief in Him and for that I am forever grateful.

Striving to become a better version of myself!

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res·o·lute
/ˈrezəˌl(y)o͞ot/
adjective
  1. admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

Philippians 4:6

It’s easier said then done to not worry about anything, but it is possible. I now understand there are areas of my life that I have full power over to fix and change. There are also parts of my life I can’t fix and that’s what I pray on. I ask God to give me the courage to change what I can, serenity to accept things I can’t change and the wisdom to know the difference. I don’t pray for material objects or money. I ask for serenity, courage, wisdom, empathy and understanding. We all have the willpower to change we just need to find our why. Also, don’t forget to say thank you!

Striving to become a better version of myself!

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o·pine
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verb

FORMAL
  1. hold and state as one’s opinion.

Galatians 6:9

Patience does not come easy to me. I’ve always embraced instant gratification and if I didn’t get it I would quit what I was doing. From losing weight to stop drinking I gave up to early. I’ve tried to lose weight and stop drinking before. What is different this time? Why am I finally getting it? This time I have faith in my Higher Power and most importantly faith in myself to continue this arduous, but well worth it path to contentment. Fix what you can and what you can’t fix pray on it and give it to your Higher Power. Don’t give up! Your blessings maybe right around the corner!

Striving to become a better version of myself!

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pos·it
/ˈpäzət/
verb
  1. assume as a fact; put forward as a basis of argument.

Romans 5:8

Even though we are sinners God still loves us. He sacrificed his only Son for our sins. I am not perfect and I am a sinner, but I can always do more to sin less and praise more. The power of love, wisdom, and self-improvement brings me closer to Jesus. He saved me and I am extremely grateful for being given favor. Now it’s time to pass the message on to others.

-Striving to become a better version of myself!

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re·sur·gence
/rəˈsərjəns/
noun
  1. an increase or revival after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence