“O God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou art glorified in my life. Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth. Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambitious to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream. Rise, O Lord, into Thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health and even my life itself. Let me decrease that Thou mayest increase, let me sink that Thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as Thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, “Hosanna in the highest.”—A.W. Tozer
"we love, because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Life is hard. But Jesus so fully and completely softens the blow. He provides us with the hope of salvation and eternal life. Through Him we have an eternal perspective.
This life is a bad as it’s gonna get.
Heaven is as good as it gets.
It has been brought to my attention as of late that my singleness is a lifestyle. Evidently I have made a major lifestyle choice without realizing, but upon my awareness I have come to embrace it. If you can relate to my thoughts and actions then perhaps you too have fallen into this lifestyle without realizing what path you were straying down.
A few key signs that you might unknowingly be living the single lifestyle (aka spinsterhood). [Please note, spinsterhood is a gender neutral term so men are not immune, but I am primarily an expert in female spinsterhood]
1. Whenever the concept of a ‘cat lady’ comes up in conversation you do not deny this impending doom, rather your thoughts wander to something along the lines of, “but I’m more of a dog person…”
2. You have a few hours to kill. You…
A. Watch Pride & Prejudice
B. Read Pride & Prejudice
D. A & C
If you answered any of the above, you may be living the single lifestyle.
3. It’s Friday night, you are…
B. En route to your home.
C. Thinking of a valid excuse to give one of the few people who asked you to hang out so that you can hang out at home.
4. You ‘hate the bar scene’… in other words you aren’t really satisfied unless you are in the comfort of your own home.
5. People consider you crafty. Pinterest is like porn. Yeah, I said it.
These are just a few symptoms of the ‘single lifestyle’. This is just the beginning dear friends- know that you are not alone. Well, that’s not entirely true. If this indeed is the lifestyle for you, then the whole point is that you are alone. Oops.
satisfaction. fulfillment. peace. and most importantly, Jesus.
A common theme that seems to be popping up quite often in my life is the idea of being satisfied. (actually, more like the idea of never being satisfied) This summer my hair was long, so of course I wanted short hair, now I have spurts of wanting it to be long once again. Last spring all I wanted was for it to be summer. Then, during the summer I just could not wait for school to start up again. Now I’m all… wahoo, I graduate in December. vicious. cycle.
It just seems like, I keep on striving. Keep on seeking all these events to make me feel… something.
Well, here is the conclusion I’ve come to. (Well, it’s a process anyway…)
Sometimes I just need to take a moment when I am in a truly wonderful and enjoyable moment and think to myself- ah, THIS is what life is about. Like when I am laughing about truly ridiculous things with some wonderful friends. Or when a person puts enough trust in you to be real with you. Or when you take a moment to acknowledge how very loved you are.
I have come to realize that the Lord was teaching me something big this summer and that is this - fellowship, and people are super important. I think I was being isolated in a lot of ways and just kind of shutting off from people over the past few months. Definitely believing a lot of lies and trusting in that reality, which was not reality at all.
Well, here I am. On the other side of that little lesson and feeling super blessed for some clarity. I really hope that I can learn from these things and continue taking steps forward rather than moving backward in any way.
So, I decided to make myself a little bucket list. My goal was to think of 30 things that I hope to accomplish by the time I’m 30. That gives me almost 10 years, but I hope they happen. Also, I’m taking suggestions on the last 2. Wish me luck!
1. Run a half marathon. Every year.
2. Compete in a food eating competition.
3. Go to Europe again. Preferably at age 24. Preferably in back-packing fashion.
4. See a musical on Broadway.
5. Witness a flash mob.
6. Go on a US Roadtrip.
7. Go salmon fishing in Alaska.
8. Pray everyday. (preferably get down on your knees and do it)
9. Ride a segway.
10. Take a ghost/haunted something tour.
11. Take classes to learn another language.
12. Take a class to learn something artsy: flowers, quilting, dancing
13. Go on a cave tour. A legit one that has you crawling and whatnot.
14. Try to surf.
15. Drink a cup of coffee at the original Starbucks.
16. Learn to make sushi.
17. Make a latte worthy of Starbucks.
18. Weld something great.
19. Stay out of debt.
21. Go on some kind of mission trip/project every year. Even if it is located in the place you live.
22. Witness an engagement.
23. See some whales!
24. Learn to play a song on your guitar. (well)
25. Graduate from college!
26. See an Opera at the Met Opera.
27. Learn to sail.
28. Go to Disneyworld. Go to the Harry Potter park.
The Bible says, He’s the King of the Jews. He’s the King of Israel. He’s the King of righteousness. He’s the King of the ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of glory. He’s the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords. Now that’s my King.
David said the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament show His handiwork. No means of measure can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shore of supplies. No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing. Well, well,
He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s saviour. He’s the centerpiece of civilization. He stands alone in Himself. He’s august. He’s unique. He’s unparalleled. He’s unprecedented. He’s supreme. He’s pre-eminent. Well, He’s the loftiest idea in literature. He’s the highest personality in philosophy. He’s the supreme problem in high criticism. He’s the fundamental doctrine of proved theology. He’s the carnal necessity of spiritual religion. That’s my King.
He’s the miracle of the age. He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him. He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously. He supplies strength for the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He’s God and He guides. He heals the sick. He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharged debtors. He delivers the captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek. Do you know Him?
Well, my King is the key of knowledge. He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway of glory. He’s the master of the mighty. He’s the captain of the conquerors. He’s the head of the heroes. He’s the leader of the legislatures. He’s the overseer of the overcomers. He’s the governor of governors. He’s the prince of princes. He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords. That’s my King.
Yeah. Yeah. That’s my King.
My King, yeah. His office is manifold. His promise is sure. His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Well. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable. He’s indescribable. Yes.
He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s irresistible. I’m coming to tell you, the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explaining Him. You can’t get Him out of your mind. You can’t get Him off of your hands. You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.
Well, Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilot couldn’t find any fault in Him. The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him. That’s my King.
Yeah. He always has been and He always will be. I’m talking about He had no predecessor and He’ll have no successor. There was nobody before Him and there’ll be nobody after Him. You can’t impeach Him and He’s not going to resign. That’s my King!
Thine, Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. The glory is all His, Yes. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory, forever and ever and ever and ever. And when you get through with all of the forevers, then, Amen.
At the end of the day I must say that I consider myself a romantic person. I use romantic at this time not necessarily to describe falling in love, rather, I use it in the sense that I often romanticize things.
For example- I really like summer. Thus, I assume that once summer finally comes I will be the happiest girl in the world. Summer comes and goes and I am left with disappointed hopes and a longing for fall. Then the whole cycle viciously tramps on and on.
This summer has really been a struggle for me. It’s been a struggle that I have made poor attempts to deal with. I just don’t really know what it is going to look like for me to serve the Lord in a place outside of the Northwestern bubble. I find myself frustrated with God, frustrated with Christianity, frustrated with myself and just… frustrated.
Well. As I continue to ponder this post must come to an incomplete end. I hope to come to some resolve, however I truly don’t believe that will ever happen. Alas, the Lord is working on me and teaching me even if I will only be able to know what He’s been up to many years from now… sleep tight my little blog readers.
I have really come to enjoy my life. There is a certain peace and happiness that comes with dwelling in the reality of who you are. There is also a lot of satisfaction in the reality that I am made whole in Christ and through him I am complete. Nothing in this world will make me complete aside from Christ and wahooie, He has already completely accepted me. That’s pretty neat.
As I’ve pondered life lately it seems that the Lord has blessed me with a creative soul that loves to be fed. I eat up creativity like a vegan eats hummus. Alas, it seems that the Lord has given me this creativity for a purpose. How exciting is it that I don’t know exactly what that is going to mean in the grand scheme of things.
Well, that is all really, but I think God is pretty neat and if you haven’t talked to Him lately, I suggest setting aside some time and talking to Him. Actually, I may just do that very same thing myself!
He has been loving me a lot. Well, He always loves me, sometimes I am just too hard headed to see it and embrace it.
Also, He has been answering prayers like crazy. It’s not like its been huge things, but even in the little, minute details, God is working. I love it. Love it.
God has also been super present in that I am reminded of His strength and faithfulness when I am presented with some of my former struggles with sin. But, alas, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:57
Indeed, He has been faithful through my stubbornness and well, it’s pretty awesome.
Also, I’ve been doing the Daniel Fast. OK, I know you are not supposed to talk about fasting. The Bible talks all about it, but basically I fail at not talking about it so I trust that God can use my big mouth to be honored through this fast.
One day at work I was sitting, doing some mindless labor and I realized something significant for me anyway). A lot of times I will fast from things or give things up in order to draw nearer to the Lord. Well, I always end up thinking, ‘I am more distracted by giving this up and this is really just becoming legalism in thinking that I have to do something to please the Lord.’ This is kind of true, maybe. But the truth is, when I give up like that it is just showing how little self control I have. Also, duh, I don’t have to do anything to please the Lord because even my very best action is trash to God. BUT, fasts are purposeful. They give you a little reminder every meal as to what your focus in life is. It just changes your mindset and it is AWESOME.
So many wonderful ponders. So many.
Moral of the story is this. God is faithful to the end. that is a very wonderful statement :)
There are a lot of things I am grateful for in my life. Today reminded me of how grateful I am that I don’t take myself too seriously and that I tend to surround myself with people who feel that way too! Tonight I went to the mall to hit up some sales and ended up landing some serious steals. As I wandered through the mall perusing the clothing options I began to take note of the fact that in some stores I was literally treating the workers better than they were treating me. Excuse my rant that is about to begin… Ok, so I understand that during this wonderful sale season that has taken over many stores of the mall, things may be hectic for these poor minimum wagers, but suck it up. It is your job. You are being paid to interact with customers and smile back at people who smile at you. You are not forced to be there and life working at the mall is not that bad, I promise.
Thanks for drudging through that with me. It is just that I recently had an interview with Macy’s and have an interview coming up at the Gap. Well, this little mall interaction both encouraged and discouraged me. Either I am significantly more qualified to work retail based solely on my ability to smile or the exact opposite is the case. I guess time will tell on that one, but seriously.
Earlier this week my boss said something along the lines of ‘if you smile at someone it is most likely that they’ll smile back at you.’ At the time I agreed with him, but now I would have to beg to differ. Sad.
The point to all of this leads me to my main point. Enjoy life. Enter races on a whim and dress like Rosie the Riveter as you run around downtown Minneapolis. That’s how I spent my day, and it was way fun and just great. We wore strips of a cut up shirt on our heads and ended the day with crickety knees. As in knee pain. Like grandmas. Also, we were helped by a ton of strangers because they were just nice people.
So, to my dear retail workers struggling through this most stressful time. Realize that you are being paid and that it’s your job to be nice. Plus, you are probably making a lot of people feel better about themselves. (Yes, I realize that new clothes is a very surface-y and superficial solution. But an entire post could be on this concept so I must stop.)
To everyone else- realize that a smile does matter and that when you help someone out it restores a little bit of hope back in mankind.
So many rants. Next time I’ll shoot for a little bit more positivity.
I am just breathing in the reality of how exciting life is and how full of promise it is. It’s never to late to be who I want to be and to have purpose in my life. My life has been feeling kind of empty lately. go to work. type. type. file. email. come home. sleep. and repeat. plus the weather has been a major d-bag and I have discontinued my friendship with it.
Anywho, after a night of duty full of mindless entertainment and activity I came to the realization that life should have more of my mind invested in it. so here goes. PURPOSE is making a debut back into my life.
I am going to read more books, smile at more strangers, encourage my creative urges, blog my random thoughts, laugh, and do it all for Jesus. Seriously. He gives me purpose and hope and JOY.
My feet are BURNING right now. Why is this so you ask? Well, tonight a little game of sand volleyball definitely occurred and my feet just weren’t used to the foreign texture of the sand. It should be noted that this sand volleyball game occurred after a cookout. Talk about summer activities. Also, for the most part I didn’t hate work today. I remember thinking at one point, ‘wow, this doesn’t suck.’ About 20 minutes later, once the caffeine overdose was starting to wear off I didn’t really feel the same way, but at least I thought that at one point today! Oh, and one of the law firm’s clients is beginning to franchise their pizza restaurant so my boss brought some pizza back after an appointment today. SCORE!
This weekend I have duty which means I will be stuck in South all weekend. I am actually pretty excited for it. Yes, I am on a 20 foot leash from 12-11 on Saturday and Sunday, but I am excited to be a bum and watch movies and read and cook and bake and sleep. Also, I spend a lot of time at work thinking about life and there are so many things that need to be looked up and plotted out and thought about more!
Do nothing from selfishness of empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Sunshine, warm breezes, dresses, and iced beverages.
Too bad I sit inside all day. Really though, I can’t complain. Life at the law firm is getting better and the days are seeming shorter and more enjoyable. Such a HUGE blessing. Also, today was payday, so that always helps soften the blow of unhappiness. AND I have been taking my lunches outside these past few days and I am convinced that yesterday I got a little sun! I have many things to be grateful for. This gratitude includes wonderful summer evenings with Paige!
Tonight I was able to feel like I was really experiencing summer. Paige and I took a long stroll around Como Lake and then topped things off with a malt at Snuffy’s. If we hadn’t been too exhausted to finish our malts I would have thought the I had not a care in the world.
I just feel refreshed. On memorial day this past weekend I went wedding dress shopping with Paige and I have been pondering a lot lately. (This pondering may be a result of my many hours work that require little thought.) Anyway, I am just very grateful for the friends in my life and getting to be a part of each of their lives. Truly, life is not about accomplishments, but it is about the people. I am grateful for Paige and her ever so hospitable family, for my sister and how our relationship has grown so much, for my wonderful green bay friends who I miss dearly, for my summer roomies who make me laugh, and for my family who pick up the phone and listen to me complain. Most of all, I am grateful that my life has purpose even when it feels kind of lame some times.
This was a lot of ponders, but alas I am tired and my ponder filter is not on. Well, this blog is called won’t you ponder with me after all!
"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land
Roll out the red carpet friends- the weekend has arrived!
Today was a GOOD day. Why? Well, my summer roommate Lauren and I found our way to Apple Valley for a late afternoon manicure. It was a groupon deal, so it was well worth the trek. Also, what is even better, the office closes at 2:00 on Fridays so I stayed sane and had many bright prospects to get me through the day. Ultimately, I am grateful for the job and I am going to make it!
We (the other summer RA’s) had a cookout planned for this evening, but alas, it rained. So, we decided to reschedule. We also decided to have some RA bonding with buckets of chinese food and STAR WARS.
Ok. I have never seen Star Wars. Not a one. Whenever people would ask why this was true, I responded with the truth- It’s just never come up. Well, tonight it just came up. So I watched Star Wars and learned a many great life lesson such as, there’s always a bigger fish.
And now, it is the weekend and I feel blessed and ready for all it has to offer.
"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father- and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are no of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life- only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
I never really take time to dwell in the present because the prospect of the future is just so dang exciting sometimes. This is especially true when the immediate future includes a long weekend and the somewhat distant future includes the wedding of a sister and the future future includes graduating from college and indulging in making dreams become realities.
In the meantime, I sit for hours behind a desk or between file cabinets hoping that the mail might come and free me for a brief time or that I will not be squished between Active files L-Z and Closed files A-R.
Really though, I cannot complain. The people are great and the more I get to know them, the better it is. After all, life is not about what you do, it is about the people and that is one very important lesson. I am grateful too that things seem to be getting better/easier. Now that I have said that I know that I am bound to make a fool of myself tomorrow, but it is only my first week after all. There is a lot of hope in this situation. If nothing else, I have a lot of time for pondering life and death. After all, I am dealing with wills, health care directives, and power of attorneys on a daily basis.
Tonight I was able to spend the evening with a cone of Izzy’s icecream and my roomie Paige. Technically speaking, she is not my roomie right now. But, she will forever be my roomie, even when she is married. :) Libby, this other girl I know, called me for one of the most encouraging conversations of the week I’d say. God is good. He is faithful. And He answers prayer.
This morning I was listening to Fleet Foxes while I was getting ready… these opening lines really struck me today…
I was raised up believing I was somehow unique. Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see. And now after some thinking I’d say I’d rather be a functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me.
psalm 19:14 —
let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer
This weekend I went home for my sister’s shower and bachelorette party. It was a wonderful time of celebration for my lovely sister.
I love being home. I love seeing my family. I love friends. I love laughing. So, naturally, I loved this weekend.
I wish I could successfully recap the entire weekend- but in a nutshell, my sister was celebrated and everything went swimmingly.
On Sunday I was presented with the prospect of driving back to the cities. This prospect is usually somewhat bleak, but even darker (literally) due to the tornado warnings and storms galore. Alas, I was able to make it back to the cities through both sheets of rain and skies of sunshine.
Monday was day number one of my summer at the law firm. What a day it was. It was certainly a case of information overload. This overload included becoming familiar with some new software that reminded me of quickbooks, but for law firm related things. Alas, my arch-nemesis, accounting, strikes again. Moral of the story- I survived and I can’t wait to become a master of the software so that I feel like less of an idiot.
Today is Wednesday which means there are two mere days until the weekend. A long weekend at that. Praise Jesus.
I feel like lately life has been filled with some very shallow days. Wake up, work, come back, eat, sleep, and repeat. Oh, I should toss in either a movie or tv show or both. That is definitely in there somewhere. My only summer goals that are being accomplished at the moment are blogging (not quite up to my standard yet) and becoming a master of accessorizing (also not quite up to my standard yet). Perhaps I will bring a book to read during my half hour for lunch to knock another goal off my list. Maybe it’s just a case of the Wednesday blues, but my summer is beginning to look rather dismal. Looks like it is time to dig deeper and turn things around before they veer in the wrong direction!
This was a long one, but I hope that if you read anything it is this. A popular one, but for goooood reason.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and you staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Today I awoke to the prospect of four hours of solitude in a car as I drove myself home for the weekend. Sometimes I forget how much of an introvert I am until I sit in a car alone for four hours and enjoy every moment of it. Who doesn’t love sipping coffee and jamming out to some great tunes then indulging in the wise words of a great Mark Driscoll podcast. I made it to the wonderful township of Hobart around 1:30 and though it had been overcast in the cities, it was bright and sun-shiny at home. Right when I pulled in the driveway my sister pulled up behind me and she joined me and my mom for a great lunch at Margaritas. (not quite as delicious as my former employer, Caliente, but a satisfying Wisconsin take on mexican cuisine.) Anyway, the purpose of my journey home is for my sisters bridal shower in the morning followed by her bachelorette party in the evening. In other words, tomorrow will be an absolutely wonderful, but exhausting day. All the plans are planned and there is no turning back now! Also, my big surprise of the day is a most beautiful royal wedding-like hat. I’m dropping out of school and starting a business… Coming home for this occasion has also reminded me how I can certainly be rather quirky at times. Oh! I also had the pleasure of tossing around some dirt and putting flowers in pots with my most dear friend Libby who was in a rather zombie-like state of exhaustion. She is a winner and I am blessed to be her friend. God is so good and what’s even better is this- He gave us His word! here are a few of them: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy spirit. romans 15:13
I finished unpacking today. Then later on in the day I packed up to head home tomorrow morning. To be honest, I am not entirely sure what I did today. How unfortunate.
I read some, drank some coffee, watched a movie and an episode of the office, and interfered in the lives of the residents of south for an always enjoyable severe weather drill. Apparently some residents would rather stay in their room and be swept up in an imaginary tornado than be slightly inconvenienced and head down to protection for less than ten minutes. eh. I also experienced my first duty as a summer RA. It’s kind of a funny thing because no one knows where the RA’s live (including the fellow RA’s) so if someone were locked out it would take them forever to track someone down and it probably wouldn’t even be the RA on duty.
But here are the perks to being a summer RA:
you can watch movies!
you don’t freeze
you can sit in the comfort of your own room
master keys (well as long as you get them… eventually)
ability to tell people to go downstairs because there is a severe weather drill and having each of those people automatically without question listen to exactly what you’ve asked of them (ok, that was sarcasm- clarification for you ms kasey manning)
and now for some words that are far greater than my own…
"And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?"
Well, this summer is the first summer I haven’t lived at home. This is like a right of passage or something. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal since I am 21 and all, but apparently I am slow to grow up or something.
This summer I plan on taking up some hobbies. One of said hobbies is blogging, so here I am. Another one was going to be biking, but my bike self-destructed today and is currently sans bike chain. (much thanks go out to random old man walking his dog who stopped to watch me attempt to fix the chain[that was sarcastic thanks]. another thanks to ross who actually did fix my bike though only momentarily [serious thanks]) I also intend to read some books this summer, the first of which will be The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud. I have some pretty high hopes for it. I am also hoping to do some volunteering somewhere fun. In my search I found a place in Eagan called Caponi Art Park and it sounds pretty awesome, so even if it doesn’t work out to volunteer there it would definitely be worth a visit. One of my roommates and I have also set out to develop some summer romances because we are concerned that we may get bored on the weekends. So, if you are a single male with italian heritage and a friend- let me know. hahaha :) I will make sure to stay updated on all my summer happenings.
To end off my blogging for the day, I would like to treat you to a little bit of truth, which is a great way to top off most things.
'But if the wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed and observes all my statutes and practices justice and righteousness, he shall surely live; he shall not die.’ ezekiel 18:21