14
February
2008

Wrote this one last semester–it’s not a poem..

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith,stream of consciousness/random

Matthew 9:2b, “son, be of good cheer…”

This verse hit me today, and I just had to stop because it touched me so deeply. But wait, that’s not even a whole verse–that’s just a little portion of one. It’s not like I haven’t read it before, but still, it stunned me. Jesus is telling someone to “be of good cheer”, in all the confusion, unsurity, and physical sickness enslaving him.

I don’t know whether the masculine or feminine form of the original language is used with this verse, or what, and I don’t really feel like looking it up right now, but I will in the future sometime. But, anyway my eyes moisted up and I had to stop, and just thank God and that’s when I started typing this. So many times in His Word we see parallels between the nature of the love of the Father, and the love that someone we know here on earth has for us. It really is a beautiful thing when the love we have for our fellow human beings is a model of the love Jesus has and shows. Further, it then means so much more when it is heart-felt, and not forced.

I owe so much to my earthly father, and today this little part of a verse helped me remember that. I consider myself fortunate, and I thank God every day for the leadership my earthly father provided for me, and still provides for me. Is our relationship perfect? Probably not. Do I agree 100% with my father on everything? Heh, as I grow older, I’m finding out more little things here and there that I don’t. But so what? His leadership in my life has meant so much to me, and it has been such a part of my physical, spiritual, academic, financial, and social growth, that I could never thank him enough.

I know it’s hard to give parents credit sometimes because sometimes we’re tempted to think of them as authority figures that are just stifling us, or old fogies that “just don’t understand”. We’re like, “IT’S THE MAAAAAAAAAAAAN, man~”

“We’re INDIVIDUALS!!”, we scream; “You gotta let me live my own life!”

True–I’m not doubting that one bit. Whenever a parent tries to hold his child back from becoming a person of their own, that parent is in error because we ARE all individual. I don’t care what the communists, liberals, and super-spiritual-fake-Christians think, we’re not all to be some systemized species of robotic, thoughtless, pseudo-humans. People…are…individuals… It’s beautiful and difficult at the same time. Individuality is how we grow when we interact with others, yet individuality is also how we have difficulties and break things off with others–it’s just one of those ironies of life.

But I’m getting away from my point. It’s true that parents might not always understand 100%, but guess what? WE don’t understand everything about THEM, either.

But you say, “Yeah but, they’re the ADULT, they’re SUPPOSED to be a good example.”

So? You can overcome bad parenting. It sure as HECK doesn’t give you an excuse to quote unquote “be just a lil’ off-track”, or a “bad person” or whatever; that is, unless you’re just too weak to TRY to overcome it. Then yeah, you could take the easy way out. Because you’re an individual, you have the freedom to choose how you live. While you do have freedom to choose, you won’t have true liberty if you make the wrong choices–you’ll just be enslaved to bad thinking, which leads to bad actions (because what’s going on internally really does play out externally). And we all know what bad actions lead to–bad consequences, in a variety of forms.

Now you say, “Oh, easy for you, Travis, you’ve got ‘good parents’, but guess what, we all weren’t so lucky.”
Okay fair enough; but my parents weren’t perfect, either. Amongst their leadership, there were certain good lessons they didn’t teach me, and certain bad lessons they did teach me. Things I had to learn on my own, and forget on my own. But again I say, who or what is stopping us from deciding to live differently, and live in a better way than how they taught us, if they weren’t a good example? And I mean, whether parents are a bad example in just a few ways, or in a LOOOOOT of ways, it’s just a matter of making the decision to be disciplined enough to make good choices, little by little, and you’ll see things start to turn out right–it’s quite simple, really.
It’s how God works in our lives. It’s in the Bible. I’ve heard testimonies. And, strongest point, I’ve seen it work in my life. I’m no more special or beloved of God than you are, reader, so your life and choices can change, too.

As the week draws to an end, I’ve had the life sucked out of me–almost. Taking another 18-hour semester, becoming president of a certain organization on-campus, having a work-study job, working on personal projects, and still trying to hang out with people as much as possible was wearing on me. But that verse in His Word that talks about, “Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”, plussed with 2 Timothy 3:16 that says all Scripture is edifying, and positive for reproof and all that–it’s true, boy. I was at maximum overdrive-level during a couple of spots this week–and I still have to be for the most part today, and this weekend..But my God, it’s amazing how much it helps if you simply take out His Word, and start reading…I’ve read through the Bible twice now, and still, out of all the sections, books, verses, stories (however you wanna divide it) of the Bible, what literally lifts my spirit and brings me to tears, and helps me to push onward with faith is following along the ministry of Jesus while He was on earth (reading Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). So if you dunno what to read, hit those up, man–for real, they’ll change your life.

I’ve got another blog I’ve been wanting to type, and hopefully I will this weekend–but this one was just bursting out of me today, maybe it’ll inspire you. Maybe it won’t. That’s fine if it doesn’t, let God inspire you–things work out better that way, anyway.

Love in Christ,
Travis
September 13, 2007

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Jonathan T Easley Thanks Travis.
February 14, 2008 at 3:00pm · Like
DeAnna Hodge So perfect for my life right now.
February 14, 2008 at 3:11pm · Like
Travis Sammons That’s very good. The things you said reminded me a lot of my relationship with my father, or lack thereof. Keep it up brother!
February 14, 2008 at 4:35pm · Like
Miranda Paige Cole ‎!!!!!! Thanks for tagging me friend! You have no idea! I needed this so much in my life right now. This was so good! Sometimes it is hard to see parents as people too, but I think a lot of people take it for granted. My family was not following God so I very easily could have used that as an excuse, but it really does come down to the individual and whether they listen to God. How beautiful. Thank you!
February 15, 2008 at 1:03am · Like
Miranda Paige Cole oh and I almost forgot- that was some good tea!
February 15, 2008 at 1:04am · Like
Vy Nguyen whoaa tj, your blog is “lucrative” lol. I really enjoy reading it, and I can so relate to it too. I agree with you whole-heartly on this one…”it’s just a matter of making the decision to be disciplined enough to make good choices, little by little”…in other words..no excuses!! 🙂
February 15, 2008 at 4:47am · Like
Kristi Davidson wow i’m loving how well you said all that! It’s so true…wow’s all I can say because I cant think of anything as great as what you wrote! I hope your doing good! also maybe see you around again sometime
December 16, 2008 at 6:55pm · Like
Zach Standley
This reminds me of Josh McDowells testimony on his childhood. He had just about the worst you could have but he chose not to become a victim. It is only in the strength of Christ that we can overcome our circumstances and understand why we had to go through those trials in the first place. My parents showed me much love and gave me a great start but if I were to follow their life examples and not the life example of Jesus Christ I would be in trouble! There comes a point where we must let go of our parents coat tail and stop living off of their faith and find our own relationship with Christ. Just like some of the decsiples left their earthly fathers to follow Christ, so must we. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to read ur next one 🙂
December 18, 2008 at 1:44pm · Like

  • Jonathan T Easley Thanks Travis. 

    February 14, 2008 at 3:00pm ·
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    DeAnna Hodge So perfect for my life right now. 

    February 14, 2008 at 3:11pm ·
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    Travis Sammons That’s very good. The things you said reminded me a lot of my relationship with my father, or lack thereof. Keep it up brother! 

    February 14, 2008 at 4:35pm ·
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    Miranda Paige Cole ‎!!!!!! Thanks for tagging me friend! You have no idea! I needed this so much in my life right now. This was so good! Sometimes it is hard to see parents as people too, but I think a lot of people take it for granted. My family was not following God so I very easily could have used that as an excuse, but it really does come down to the individual and whether they listen to God. How beautiful. Thank you!  

    February 15, 2008 at 1:03am ·
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    Miranda Paige Cole oh and I almost forgot- that was some good tea!  

    February 15, 2008 at 1:04am ·
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    Vy Nguyen whoaa tj, your blog is “lucrative” lol. I really enjoy reading it, and I can so relate to it too. I agree with you whole-heartly on this one…”it’s just a matter of making the decision to be disciplined enough to make good choices, little by little”…in other words..no excuses!! 🙂 

    February 15, 2008 at 4:47am ·
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    Kristi Davidson wow i’m loving how well you said all that! It’s so true…wow’s all I can say because I cant think of anything as great as what you wrote! I hope your doing good! also maybe see you around again sometime 

    December 16, 2008 at 6:55pm ·
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    Zach Standley  

    This reminds me of Josh McDowells testimony on his childhood. He had just about the worst you could have but he chose not to become a victim. It is only in the strength of Christ that we can overcome our circumstances and understand why we had to go through those trials in the first place. My parents showed me much love and gave me a great start but if I were to follow their life examples and not the life example of Jesus Christ I would be in trouble! There comes a point where we must let go of our parents coat tail and stop living off of their faith and find our own relationship with Christ. Just like some of the decsiples left their earthly fathers to follow Christ, so must we. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to read ur next one 🙂

     

    December 18, 2008 at 1:44pm ·


11
February
2008

awkward one..

Posted in : poems

As I venture down this path
forsaking all that I hath,

Crossing every and all means of space
for only just one glimpse of your face,

Though I cannot quite see
What I’ll turn out to be,

Mankind has its “times”
to worship You.

But a continuous perspective
lures my mind to the place of “Just what if…”?

Forgiven though we are,
Forgiven though we’re not,

Evidenced by your scar,
The price with which we’re bought

Shows the love, the goodness, the life
past the hate, the evil, the strife.

A never-ceasing hunger
displayed for all to see,

Aged way past “younger”
Greater than you and me.

–Travis J

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

DeAnna Hodge Shows the love, the goodness, the life
past the hate, the evil, the strife.

I love that line.

Good job.
February 11, 2008 at 1:36am · Like
Jesse Davis Me gusta, Senor!
February 11, 2008 at 1:39am · Like
Raven Minter so…so..deep….(ain’t gon say it…ain’t gon say it….)
February 11, 2008 at 9:48am · Like
Matt Gillum nice…though the hath in the first couplet definitely is awkward…haha
February 11, 2008 at 10:36am · Like
Ashley Briery Wow this is really good!!
I am envious! ha
February 11, 2008 at 1:30pm · Like
Jonathan T Easley you know how i feel about this, good job!
February 11, 2008 at 2:23pm · Like
Jordan Summer Gibson Forgiven are we……… True but hurtful, sad but stupendous….Oh our GOD! he is so amazing!
February 11, 2008 at 3:07pm · Like
Dylan Kearney this is good man!
February 11, 2008 at 5:58pm · Like
Whitney Fuller like it :))
February 12, 2008 at 2:03am · Like
Trevor Armstrong yeah dude. good job
February 13, 2008 at 1:22pm · Like


19
January
2008

Set me free

Posted in : poems

Pressures in human form push from all around–
authorities they claim to be.

Incessantly they come, they hound and hound,
What of my own doing can in fact make me free?

Who’s there to evaluate, when they’re no longer ’round
to keep in check my responsibility?

“They know this for sure..” and “..this and that”–do they in fact know how they sound?
Is what they proclaim the truth to be only in fact a side of th’ story?

From one to another, my mind spins around–
spirit of creativity I beseech thee–from mind to actions–set me free.

–Travis J
1/19/08

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Nick Jones If you call Travis emo again, I’m going to beat you with a steel rake.

Awesome writing, another part of the world the Jones brothers are going to revolutionize.
January 19, 2008 at 4:50pm · Like
Chelsi Pitts This is amazing! You write so well!
January 19, 2008 at 4:52pm · Like
Delona Grace Nichols I think it is time you learned to fly. Ask me sometime and I will explain.
January 19, 2008 at 10:59pm · Like
Jordan Summer Gibson
I dont think its freedom that we shold be asking for.
We are free…. Maybe to Free
Chains are no more. Sometimes we look up to an empty sky and ask why we are stuck to this dirty ground….
Then we realize that the only thing holding us back from being “FREE”

Is ourselves…..

Love you guy!
January 22, 2008 at 1:14pm · Like


05
December
2007

Who gave me this?

Posted in : stream of consciousness/random

*peers around*

So I got some hot chocolate in my mailbox today that says “Merry Christmas”, and other stuff.
If you gave it to me, “thank you”. Who was it? If you, or you know who, message me or something–I can’t read the writing on the hot choco bag.

^_^

Lata..

 

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Austin Guidry it was one of the fraternities, i got one too
December 6, 2007 at 9:11am · Like
Justin Niksich delta pi theta

and its a SORORITY, austin….lol

fraternities are guys, sororities are girls
December 6, 2007 at 10:56am · Like
Travis J neat.
December 6, 2007 at 11:19am · Like
Austin Guidry I know the difference dude, i heard a bunch of frat guys talking about it, so I assumed it was a fraternity
December 6, 2007 at 12:49pm · Like


28
November
2007

Passion

Posted in : stream of consciousness/random

Passion SHOULD be emotional, initially.

Then based upon the foundation of the emotion, one should apply his labor to that passion in order to make it relevant.

Hope this helps you, and I hope you believe it, because it is true ^_^

Lata..

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Julie Templin Hm…Good thought. Thanks for sharing!

Jules
November 28, 2007 at 4:58pm · Like


02
October
2007

Common sense…

Posted in : stream of consciousness/random

My mom sent me this…

..twice. Should that worry me? ~_^

“Common Sense:

My parents told me about Mr. Common Sense early in my life
>and told me I would do well to call on him when making decisions.
>It seems he was always around in my early years but less and less
>as time passed until today I read his obituary. Please join me in
>a moment of silence in remembrance. For Common Sense had
>served us all so well for so many generations.
>
> Obituary
> Common Sense
>
>
>
>Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has
>been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his
>birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
>
>He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as
>knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the
>worm, life isn ‘ t always fair, and maybe it was my fault.
>
>Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don ‘ t spend
>more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not
>children are in charge).
>
>His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but
>over-bearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy
>charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens
>suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a
>teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened
>his condition.
>
>Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job
>they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
>It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
>consent to administer aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky bandage to a student;
>but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted
>to have an abortion.
>
>Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became
>contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better
>treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn ‘ t
>defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you
>for assault.
>
>Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to
>realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her
>lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
>
>Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his
>wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
>He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to
>Blame, and I ‘ m a Victim.
>
>Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you
>still remember him pass this on. If not, join the majority and do
>nothing.
>Author unkown”

Lata..

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Bailey James Morgan wow. true true…
October 2, 2007 at 3:25pm · Like
Delona Grace Nichols funny
October 2, 2007 at 3:32pm · Like
Austin Guidry very true
October 2, 2007 at 3:51pm · Like
Jordan Lusk lawl
October 2, 2007 at 5:01pm · Like


27
September
2007

Ever thought about it? (Bet you’re scared of this note’s length)

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith

The real meat of this note begins with the paragraph starting “As I said before…

So I started typing this as if it was going to be some sort of “treatise to edify and maybe teach”–but uh, yeah, I wasn’t feeling that at all. Maybe it’ll be more interesting the way I ended up typing it, who knows? It’s like, human nature loves to hear gossip, and loves to know everyone else’s stuff, and what’s going on in another person’s mind. That’s what this message is soaked with–stuff from my head and my life. I don’t generally like to talk about myself–my friends around here get mad at me and call me “closed up”, and that I need to “let them in” and know what I am thinking and feeling more often. My life’s an open book, I’m not ashamed of it; and when it comes down to it, I do like to relay my thoughts and feelings at times. I just don’t generally like to talk about myself because it seems to me there are more productive things people could be doing to me than to listen to the adventures and highlights of Travis J–just saying.

HOWEVER, today I just do want to release some things. Hopefully they won’t bore you too much. As I’m now half-way finished with my undergraduate career here at ETBU, maybe this will justify my being here ~_^

I don’t know if you have ever thought about what drives you, but I have. Why you get out of bed and go through the motions of it all?

Maybe surfing to ESPN to get the highlights, or the next big game is what you find yourself constantly waiting for.

Perhaps that’s not you–maybe instead, you just kind of wait around the whole week for the week-END, then just do whatever. And hey when that time comes, maybe some things you do ARE considered “questionable” and “not something I’d want shown on the screen in Chapel” (lawl, don’t you love it when people in authority say that phrase??).

Or maybe not, maybe you just kinda let go and act a fool but not do anything quote unquote “bad”.

I don’t know–whatever the case, it’s not important, I’m just throwing stuff out there. Maybe neither one of those are you–you’re all about something else. Perhaps you’re CLUELESS about your talents, and just kind of sliding through life/ or college or whatever, without much thought. OR, you’ve found something, “Hey, I’m kinda good at that”, so you’re doing it and going after it with your whole heart–but…what’s gonna happen AFTER college..?

You may not believe me when I write these things about myself, and maybe you will. They’re all accurate about me, so I’d encourage you to believe, but whatever, I can’t make you.

As I said before, I’ve given some thought to my ultimate goals for the time I’ll end up being here on earth. Ever since I’ve grown up, I’ve seen the commercials on TV about how the kids in such-and-such country are starving, have AIDS, need Christmas gifts and all this stuff. Then you also get the e-mails and see the commercials about charities, or Christian organizations or whatever taking up collections of gifts, money, food, first aid and sending them to people of bleeding nations. And hey, there’s also the tons of people that are hurting and in need of things in AMERICA, too, it’s not just other nations. My second-grade Sunday school teacher noted that I was a compassionate little kid, and it’s true–I mean, of course my heart went out, and still DOES go out, to people like that. When I was younger, I’d feel guilty because I had so much and these people have so little, and I have so much. As I’ve grown up, I see how illogical that is to feel bad ONLY for that REASON. The way I ~FEEL~ isn’t going to change such situations.

However, from that “feeling of guilt” follow 2 MORE conclusions:

1. I am to feel guilty if I’m not helping them out with what I have

2. Maybe just “givin’ ’em stuff” isn’t the best solution

First of all with that first point, the guilt on our part as the “have’s” in relation to the “have-not’s” (as some people term this situation) is deserved if we that are “wealthy” or “blessed” are not doing what we know we can do, and what we are able to do, in order change the situation. It’s easy to sit back and glide through life–forgive me–it’s easy for human nature to WANT to do that. However, I’ve changed myself to the point where I simply cannot sit back when hurting is going on, or when injustice occurs. I feel like I have a duty to commit everything I have to fixing what is broken, in this regard.

Second with that second point, since I have come to know the Lord, I’ve become more and more convinced that the freedom He brings both internally inside of the individual, and then reaching out externally to the individual’s surroundings and circumstances are relevant. They are real. Simply throwing money at things doesn’t fix them. Proselytizing by throwing out spiritual truth-ONLY by itself doesn’t always suffice, either.

Short-term mission trips are great (heck, I’ve been on them and still LIKE to go on them), but are there any long-term plans to teach and edify a specific target group of people to teach them how to depend on God, and then support themselves (become self-sufficient) with the minds God has given them, for THEMSELVES? This ain’t out of the Bible directly, but it happens to be true: “Give a man a fish you feed ’em for a day, TEACH a man to fish, you feed ’em for life.” That is, you must appeal to people’s minds and TEACH them a <span>spiritual dependence on God</span> and an <span>individuality dependence on themselves and their own God-given abilities</span>. Education is the key. If you ONLY give away things, what incentive do others have to try to learn it for themselves? And also, taking what the “have’s” have earned, and giving it to the “have-not’s” without the have’s’ permission is unjust; dare I say it’s equal to, or more unjust than the poverty that the poor are going through.

(oooooooooooooooooh, Travis J just said we should feel sorry for rich people sometimes, too) Nah not really, it’s just that injustice is by definition “unfair”, and I hate that.

Now, going way back to what I was talking about earlier–“Life goals” and “Life purposes”–mine is that every single individual human being on this planet comes to know the love of Christ.

*sigh* ok, now I may have lost some of you. “Well, Travis went and played the oMg I LoVE JEsUS mISsIONaRy CArd~ Now he’s lost all credibility..” I am sorry you feel that way. I’m not going to spend the rest of this note defending my faith to you.

“Ha!” you say, “You can’t defend your faith, can you? So you’re just as Bible-thumping and illogical as the rest of the Christians who claim to know that ‘God/Goddess’-Idea just because their immediate surrounding society and influences have convinced them, and brainwashed them enough to.”

No, sorry, you can’t get off that easily–‘cuz that’s not it ^_^ . As I said, I don’t want to defend my faith here. If you actually care enough, you can hit up my xanga at https://www.xanga.com/conservativeballa and my MySpace blog at https://blog.myspace.com/conservativeballa . If you go back in those pages’ histories, you can see the track of my life how I came to know God in an intimate way over the past few years as I read through His Word (the Bible) twice, logging everything. I mean look at this analogy:

Spending my whole time in every note defending my faith before I type anything that BUILDS FROM IT would be like a professor spending every day in a college-level math course PROVING, “Ok students now, before we begin, we need to go back and prove how 1 plus 1 is 2 (or other foundations), then we can continue, ONLY after we have proven that can we do so.” There comes a point where you’ve established, “Yeah, I’m a believer in certain foundation(s), I’ve proven it, so I’m going to go after it with my whole heart and build on it now.” You waste time, otherwise.

So for those of you who see me as a Christian not always spouting off the foundational proofs of WHY I believe all the time, that’s the stage I am at in college. I have proven, and I know Him. My college career is dedicated to Him and to the mission I feel that I have. And as I said, mine is that every single individual human being on this planet comes to know the love of Christ*. So if you ever find yourself thinking of me as “that other ‘Christian’ that hasn’t given much thought to his beliefs.” Don’t. It’s not that I do not care enough to defend my faith. It’s not that I don’t think there’s enough mixture of logic, faith, and evidence to make my faith valid–I’m just convinced to the point where I’m now building on it, now. You may not see me at a church every time a door’s open, or at a D-Now every time there’s an opportunity, but does that mean I’m not convinced of my beliefs? Does that mean I don’t care? As Paul says, “God forbid”.

(And by the way, just another side-note fyi, that mini-movement of *real* Christians who are moving away from the “Christian” label because of people who are artificial with/don’t understand their faith tends to attract me. “oMFg MoVEmENtS oF i LoVE JeSUS~~~” tend to annoy me, but this one kind of hits home)

Why am I not a religion major/or currently studying for “full time-ministry/missionary-work”? Well, I almost WAS. Philosophy, Religion, Psychology–I love it…I would have loved to get degrees in those fields. And you know how I said up there that education is the key? Well, yeah, I’ve thought about teaching, too. But I’m not after an Education degree, either. I love to read, write, think, and imagine, but neither English nor Theater my are my focus of study here at ETBU, either. These are much more my passion than what my majors are–Business and Computer Science. (That’s not to say I hate the business world and computers, ‘cuz that’s not true, either–I like them, too) So why did I choose the majors I’m in? That’s simple. Something that’s a foundational truth about this world that, while true, sort of–well–sucks. “Money makes the world go ’round.” So I guess I’m a money-grubbing capitalist pig, yeah

😛 I suppose I’m a bit pragmatic as well, because I consider the wealth I intend to accumulate justified because the end which I hope to accomplish with it is dedicated to spreading the Gospel around the world–here at home and otherwise ^_^ .

(btw, please don’t take it that I am criticizing those majors–scroll down and read the last paragraph, if you think I am trying to do that)

But for the love of God, my money’s not going to be siphoned off ONLY to missions that I don’t know myself, and they’re probably not ONLY going to ministries like “Lottie Moon” which already gets tons and tons of money ANYWAY. My money is going to go towards missions that set up SCHOOLS and do EDUCATION, in nations around the world. The success of a nation depends on the character of the people under it. A nation needs to give its people education about what TRUE freedom is–about how freedom begins with a spiritual freedom from within the individual, then spreads to the outside. The fundamental love and respect that Christ taught us to have for ourselves and for all of the people around us (love for our enemies and love for our friends) is the foundation of that freedom. Once people are convinced of, have, and are free to exercise and practice it within a nation, external, physical freedom flourishes. People will rise up in their governments as JUST and CIVIL and PRINCIPLED leaders, and lead their nations–and more importantly, the PEOPLE of their nations–into prosperity. They will also have incentive to defend freedom and their nation and protect it from being overthrown. Because you know how I said that one of the truths of the world is, “Money makes the world go ’round”? Well, unfortunately, another one is “The world is governed by the use of force.”

The phrase, “The pen is mightier than the sword” is valid in many a case, but when it comes down to it, you’ve got to be strong in order to defend something, here on earth. Which btw, sorta sucks for me because I’ve always been short but I love basketball..but anyways, I digress..

When I speak with this international language, am I talking about colonization, or imperialism, here? NO. What in the heck–like, I have interest in the success of oil companies worldwide?? I don’t care about them–“those people” are too rich (hahaha), so no, I’m not trying to help them out. I want love to flourish in this world. But the love I speak of is not a “no-boundaries, existentialist, everything-is-relevant-and-true-by-nature-of-its-being suggested, just so we can all be <span>equal-for-equal’s-sake</span>”-type of love. I speak of a genuine love for your fellow man. You’re nice to everyone and care about how everyone’s welfare. You are HONEST with people. When someone’s different than you, ya don’t hate ’em.

When they’re rude to you, you don’t return it, but instead love them and pray/care/meditate for them more. You are RESPONSIBLE, with what you have been given. These are all aspects of LOVE. I want political leaders that do not have corrupt secret police TERRORIZING their citizens. I want dictators and tyrannies to fall so that every single individual of every nation in this world–civilized or not–has a chance to know Christ, and to have a chance for an internal (spiritual) and external (“life more abundant”) freedom that is available through Him.

You say, “Ok Travis, the religion stuff is all well and good, but uh, we’re talking about real-life, here.”

You just aren’t understanding my point. The whole purpose of quote unquote “religion” and the rules and stuff God gave is for our own good. It’s not as if there’s a giant scorecard in the sky that God marks, and there’s a certain balance of wrong’s and right’s that “Get you into Heaven” when you die. The Bible says the kingdom of God is here–NOW. The ultimate end of our faith is NOt “OmFgosh WhEN i DIe WIlL i GO tO HeAVEn eR HELL?!”

It’s like the analogy of some Christans that go to lunch after church every Sunday morning, and instead of leaving a tip of money, they leave a stinkin “~SaLvATiON TrACT~” How short-sighted: “Yeah, we’ll proselytize you into Heaven with this tract and it’ll all be good, but we’re not gonna give you any money that YOU HAVE EARNED, and that might make your life better here on earth at all.”

No no no–all wrong. Our physical lives are not invalid or unimportant–if that were the case, God wouldn’t have given them to us. If you believe otherwise, to the point where “anything that feels good is a sin and I can’t know God ‘cuz of it”, you fall into the extremist “asceticism” category. Anyway, that’s already too much theology that I said I wasn’t gonna do..

Those’re my thoughts, folks. If they offended you, I am sorry that you feel that way, but I won’t apologize for my beliefs. And the whole thing where I was talking about what majors I’ve chosen--my intention wasn’t to downplay people that HAVE chosen a different major than I have. <span>You are totally misunderstanding me if you take it that way.</span> I think those majors are all valid, they’re just not the path that I have chosen for myself. Please understand that and don’t take it the wrong way.

*(Regarding the theology of what I marked with an asterisk up there, I’ve got some verses and truths that I hold near and dear to my heart that I’ll let you know, if you ever want to know–just ask me.)

Love in Christ,

Travis J

T-Rave

..whatever

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Travis Sammons Very well written brother!
December 11, 2007 at 5:02pm · Like
DeAnna Hodge That was a serious amount of theology, logic and justification there. Good to know about you though. As you would say… Lata…
December 12, 2007 at 1:21am · Like
Daniel Wilkinson Almost 2 weeks later, I finally read it…

Inspirational and challenging, that’s the Travis I know… good job.
December 22, 2007 at 12:51pm · Like
Lauren Kate Shambeck AW!!!!!!!!!! your such an amazing inspiration!!!
i miss talking to you.. 🙂
September 15, 2008 at 6:58pm · Like
Earl Williams Very honest and challenging Travis.The thing to remember here is that Jesus has called us to live beyond our human nature.Very hard to do.Courage!
August 16, 2009 at 10:23pm · Like
Cindy Hyden Caid I’m not only proud of what you have said here, but also that you wrote it a year and a half ago and have re-posted it which says that you still stand by these convictions. You are a remarkable young man, Travis Jones…
August 16, 2009 at 10:55pm · Like
James Kilkenny Makes me proud to have been your teacher!
March 11, 2010 at 3:51pm · Like
Roger L. Russell I get it. However, infinitely more importantly, “He gets it” and smiles.
December 5, 2010 at 6:29am · Like


26
September
2007

The dif’rence ‘tween you and me…

Posted in : poems

My sights are set not on the here and now–
your eyes piercingly stare and wonder how.

My mind traverses to Kingdom come,
not where I’ve been–nor where I’m from.

Separation of external from eternal–
not merely a fear of out of the internal–

Quite simple, yet complex, can you not you see?
That’s the main dif’rence between you and me.

–Travis Jones
9/25/07

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Kayla Michelle Anderson likes this.

Austin Guidry pretty good man! I like it
September 27, 2007 at 8:58am · Like
Jessica Faith Shaw love it.
September 27, 2007 at 11:04am · Like
Sarah Samuelson that’s beautiful travis! i love it!
September 27, 2007 at 11:34am · Like
Jessica Sewell Weston wow
September 27, 2007 at 11:49am · Like
Elise Barrett i like it.

also there’s another diff’rence between you and me, but i bet you can’t guess what it is…

yep, i’m a brunette.
September 29, 2007 at 10:11am · Like


26
September
2007

Purity Restoration

Posted in : poems

You helped me to see
how this type of love should be.

The words cut into the billows
that long were rolled up.

Status quo is not an option,
interest and truth have been quickened

after so long in the woozy state.
Logic has no place,

but that invalidity fails to stun me.
Surprise? For now my side is.

Faith will guide.
Belief needs restoration.

And it will bring her;
I know it.

–Travis Jones
9/20/07

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Stephen Vaughan awww your so sweet! whats with all the deep stuff all of the sudden?
October 25, 2008 at 8:51pm · Like
Travis J Heh, it’s been up a while.
October 25, 2008 at 8:53pm · Like
Stephen Vaughan oh ok i didnt know u wrote peotry but its pretty good.
October 25, 2008 at 8:54pm · Like
Jamie Johnson Hurt aawwee i like it .
October 26, 2008 at 9:53pm · Like


19
September
2007

HEY ETBU FRESHMEN!!

Posted in : stream of consciousness/random

Hey ETBU freshmen,

Ok, now that I might have got your attention (maybe), just wanted to tell ya something. I don’t even know if any of you are gonna read this at all, but whatever. I WANNA GET TO KNOW YOU! If you come across my page, or this note, or whatever, just send me a message, or friend-add-me or something. I tend to study a lot, so a lot of times, I get to know people over facebook/MySpace, since it’s a bit easier to communicate. Like I was telling my friend Bailey at the beginning of the year, I want to get to know y’all as much as I can–it’s just hard sometimes ‘cuz of my schedule and the insane amount of hours (I choose to) take. And I’m being for real here–I’ve got nothing to prove, I just wanna get to know some of y’all.

So anyway, just saying I wanna get to know some of y’all. Tell your friends, too.

..oh yeah, and this applies to transfer students, too. (does that happen a lot to y’all transfers? People are like, “Oh yeah, and transfer too” ^_^ jw)

Hope everyone has a great week.

Lata..

Ok, like Austin said, this pic ^ is so you know who I am, heh.

 

Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

Austin Guidry i recognize the hair, but not really anything else. you should get a better picture, or no one will recognize you
September 19, 2007 at 8:33pm · Like
Sarah Franks I know you… ish. Not really. Enough to say hi, and oh yeah.. I know him… so hmmm.. friend. How it be?
September 19, 2007 at 10:02pm · Like
Janelle Davis So im not a fish but just wanted to say hello!!! Miss ya bud! And the good times in the library! lol
September 19, 2007 at 10:32pm · Like
Kim Orpin man travis, if i went to etbu, i would be your school friend
i guess i’ll just have to settle with being non-school freinds (whatever you would call that..)
September 19, 2007 at 11:13pm · Like
Heather Michelle Hines hi…oh your name is carl

well hi carl my name is phillis…

hope to see you soon!!
September 19, 2007 at 11:45pm · Like



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