A very Good and Handsome Fugo. The colors jive well and are easy on the eyes. A top tier Fugo indeed.
#2 Albino Fugo
The color palette is a bit extreme, but the bold look fits his character, making this Fugo a certified good Fugo. Albino Fugo also scores points for his partially Abbachio-matching color scheme. The young goth imitates its mother.
#3 Haze Fugo
It’s nice that he matches his stand, and purple does suit our boy well, but his hair is a bit off-putting with the purple. A white haired Fugo would work much better in this get up.
#4 Craft Single
Jesus christ this is a discarded piece of cheese you find in the bottom of the crisper weeks after noticing an odd smell wafting from your fridge. Full body pictures of this monstrosity are outlawed in at least 4 countries and 13 states. Araki saw this color palette and immediately dropped Fugo from the story. This fucker unleashed the power of the sun and then forgot to releash it. Everything about this color scheme is a crime against mother nature.
When you get caught up in a stagnant life style, you tend to lose feeling. Everything is just heavy weight, making life dull and meaningless. Even with things that are important to you start to feel more like an annoyance. Waking up every morning to go to class and then to work, becomes a unbearable burden. Every hour that passes by, you just wait for it to be over. For those of us who are practicing followers of Christ, praying everyday becomes more of a chore than a sign of love and legit conversation with Christ. Every bead, every word, every prayer that gets said and lifted up feel heavy and dry. We just look forward to nothing. We look forward to sleep, we look forward to the day to be over. Not making every thing count. That is me, or I hope used to be me. Work has been a drag. Selling phones, or just being a sales person in general, was never my strongest attribute and it is showing that my District Manager has put me on final notice and if I don’t improve my sales by the end of the month I am gone. Prayer has felt immensely dry and I know for certain it is because I haven’t been living my prayers.
This past weekend I did something I never thought of myself doing, become a Singles for Christ. If you don’t know, SFC is the next step up in my faith journey from my previous Christian group, CFC-Youth for Christ. To YFC, reading this, no worries I will still be around, I will ALWAYS be around. But I began to figure out that I need SFC. I need to be nourished. If all you do is give, lead, talk, and do not receive, follow, or listen your spiritual and physical life becomes to wither and become malnourished. SFC has re-affirmed everything for me. Christ’s love, Christ’s sacrifice, why I HAVE/NEED to pray everyday, why prayer is a conversation not a one-way street, why the Church is the most valuable thing in this world, why I MUST trust in Christ, but most importantly that God is REAL. Everything that I have been doing doesn’t need to be changed or spiced up. All those spiritual and religious books, all the rosaries i pray, the devotions i have once a month all have a purpose in building my life and building my foundation. It became dry because I lost purpose in them. I wasn’t nourished, I wasn’t listening. As for work and the possibility of being fired? I trust in Him. I trust that whatever He plans for me, I will stand by it and stand WITH HIM. Everything has become refreshed and re-affirmed. Just like my first YFC camp, when I became dedicated to the family, I was baptized, once more, with the Holy Spirit and the gifts in which He imparts. I still have fear and worry lingering within me but I am better prepared and ready. God, His Son, His Spirit, His angels, and His saints are with me and with all of you. I have been re-affirmed.
Don’t let a man-made consumer Valentine’s Day holiday this week cause you to feel discontent about your relationship status. Anybody can settle & get into a relationship. Anybody can get a ring. So, send yourself some flowers & enjoy your single status. God still has a purpose for you with or without a ring. You’re better off SINGLE & focused on Christ than dating someone that shouldn’t have made it past hello. Cheers to saving yourself unnecessary heartbreak, dysfunctional & confusion by resting.
I was reading an article the other day about how over 95% of all the staff members in the American Churches (and I imagine most of the Churches elsewhere in the world would have similar numbers too) are all married, so it’s not hard to imagine why the Church caters for the married people so much and might overlook the single people.
Paul talks in both 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9 that the leadership of the Church should be comprised of married men with kids. So, it is good for the leaders of the Church to follow the Biblical guidelines for Church leadership, but Paul was only referring to the men who are Church leaders and not everyone else.
It is a shame that so many Churches these days basically make you feel like there’s something wrong with you unless you have a family. Is having a family great? Sure. Are kids a blessing? Scripture says they are a blessing from God. Yet, most people seem to overlook the qualities of the single life.
Our Lord Christ and His apostle Paul were big on the single life. They led single lives and there’s Scriptures which shows us how much of a blessing it is to be single. Being single is a gift, just as being married and having kids is another gift.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 7:7-8: “I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.” Notice that he says some have the gift of singleness and some the gift of marriage. Although it seems that nearly everyone marries, it is not necessarily God’s will for everyone. Paul, for example, did not have to worry about the extra problems and stresses that come with marriage and/or family.
He went on to talk about married people in 1 Corinthians 7:33-34, “But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.”
Some people do better as a team, serving God as a couple and a family like the apostle Peter who managed to handle being married (Matthew 8:14) and being an apostle just fine. Both kinds of people are equally important. It is not a sin to remain single, even for your entire life. The most important thing in life is not finding a mate and having children, but serving God. We should educate ourselves on the Word of God by reading our Bibles and praying. If we ask God to reveal Himself to us, He will respond (Matthew 7:7), and if we ask Him to use us to fulfill His good works, He will do that as well. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
Singleness should not be viewed as a curse or an indication that there is “something wrong” with the single man or woman. While most people marry, and while the Bible seems to indicate that it is God’s will for most people to marry, a single Christian is in no sense a “second class” Christian. As 1 Corinthians 7 indicates, singleness is, if anything, a higher calling. As with everything else in life, we should ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) concerning marriage. Following God’s plan, whether that be marriage or singleness, will result in the productivity and joy that God desires for us.
I remember some time ago, there was this elderly lady who never got married or had kids that said this about her single life: “I rather follow the will of God and have moments of loneliness in my life than to live outside of His will and have a lifetime of chaos.” Sadly, many people choose the latter.
Whatever the case, whether marriage or singleness, we must respect our gifts as Paul talked about when he said, “But each has his own gift from God, one person in this way and another in that way.” If you are called to be single, do not squander your gift. If He has called you to be single, He has called you to be closer to Him as Paul talks later on in 1 Corinthians 7. For Paul, a person who gets married does well but a person who chooses not to get married “does better” according to him.
In Matthew 19 our Lord Jesus Christ talks about how there are some people “… who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it” when He was talking about marriage. Living a single life and dedicating oneself to the kingdom of heaven is an exceptional calling, but it’s not for everyone.
Paul said that the one who is unmarried because of the calling should “be holy both in body and in spirit” (1 Corinthians 7:34). Therefore, the eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake mentioned by our Lord Jesus in Matthew 19:12 should come to peace with their celibacy both physically and spiritually; it should not be a consistent torment to them in either aspect. For people who struggle with lust and the temptation of the flesh in their attempt to live a single life, the apostle Paul had a really good advice found in 1 Corinthians 7:9.
If you are ever bummed out about being single in a married world, read the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 7 and see what the apostle Paul thought about the amazing qualities of being single.
To my girls feeling lonely or waiting for love:
Yesterday we failed to make reservations at our favorite restaurant and got there with empty bellies only to find out there was over an hour wait. Irritated, we opted to check out the restaurant across the street. 45 minute wait there. Extra annoyed and super HANGRY we stormed off. Okay not really, but we were frustrated. We were so hungry that we decided to get dessert first. Just to keep our blood sugar up. As we finished our ice cream, we were still hungry. It helped, but didn’t quite do the trick. Thankfully, our table was ready and we sat down to eat a completely satisfying meal. I fell asleep as he drove me home, so obviously it was good.
So what’s my point? I think sometimes we turn people into ice cream cones. Like our hearts are so hungry as we wait and wait, as place after place we seek satisfaction from fails, that we settle. And that’s just it. Sometimes, we chase after a man, or run into an ice cream shop, for that quick little fix. Funny though, how we still feel hungry, or lonely, still. It’s not quiet enough.
I know because I do it. And I know what you’re thinking as you look at pictures of us grinnin’ & stuff: “big whoop. At least I’ve got a guy.” Well, yes, but that doesn’t just turn off lonely. Because I’m a firm believer that the condition of loneliness has very little to do with a relationship status. But everything to do with God calling us to be alone with Him.
I’ve felt lonely time after time both in and out of a relationship. I get antsy when Matt doesn’t text back. I question if I’m a burden to him. I wonder if he misses me when we’re apart. I spend countless hours shuffling through lies in my head telling me I’m not quite missable or noticeable or love-able enough. Just like you do, girlfriend. Whether your single or madly in love.
So if you’re feeling lonely, look at what you’re filling yourself up with. Is it an ice cream cone, or in other words, a romance? OR is it the real meal? I’ll bet if you wait and seek a little longer, your table will be ready. And He will satisfy your hunger.
Because loneliness doesn’t exist in a place where God’s love dwells. I promise you that.
…Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction…their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven…we eagerly await a Savior from there..who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. - Phil. 3:18-21 (NIV)
1. Your love story should involve someone who is desiring the same things in the areas that matter the most
If you’re single and seeking to live a life that brings glory to God and the guy you’re talking to is only interested in earthly things, the two of you are not headed in the same direction. Yes, there might be physical attraction but it has to go so much deeper than that. You have to see eye to eye on the most important things. The reason why this is important is because in every relationship, there will be disagreements. You might want to live in one part of town and he wants to live in another. You might want your kids in private school and he wants them in public school. But when your relationship is grounded in the areas that matter the most, these issues won’t break the relationship, because you’ll both know in your hearts that Jesus’ love was sacrificial, and that is the example. So as you work through these issues as a couple, you’ll both know that even when these things come up, you’re still headed in the same direction, and earthy things can’t break that!
2. Let your love story be transformed by Jesus
Whether you’re single or in a relationship, you are not alone in what you’re dealing with right now when it comes to who you have feelings for, who you care about, etc. Jesus wants to come into your heart right now and fill that void that you might feel sometimes when you see pictures of cute couples, or when you’re just tired of feeling alone. Don’t let your love story be about always trying to find someone to fill the emptiness or to heal your broken heart. Let Jesus fill the void and let Him be the one who makes you feel complete. There is nothing on earth that can satisfy you like He can, so let His love come first!
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Pr 3:3-4 (NIV)
Wait for the one who is faithful: constant and intentional his actions, as a result, willing and unafraid to pursue. Know that love and faithfulness don’t just apply to being with someone and not cheating. It goes deeper. It’s reflected in the way we interact with friends and family, at work, at school, at church, in difficult situations, and most importantly–our relationship with Jesus! So in case you’ve been wondering why:
1. He’s been flirting with you but won’t commit
2. He’ll randomly send you “what’s up” texts but doesn’t seem to desire real, meaningful conversation
3. Spending time with you one-and-one but isn’t interested in a relationship
4. He’s talking to several girls at the same time and doesn’t seem to have a problem with it, or think no one notices
5. He is expecting you to pursue him
6. Just wants to be “friends” yet consumes all of your time or emotional energy as if you were in a relationship
7. Only interested in you physically and intimately, but not interested in the things of God
8. He’s a little all over the place and has problems committing
9. He changes the subject when the conversation gets serious
10. He doesn’t spend time with people who seem trustworthy
It’s time to ask yourself,
Is he filled with love and faithfulness?
Is he faithful and not afraid to pursue godly things in his life?
Is his relationship with Jesus something he’s committed to?
If the answers’ “no,” or “I’m not sure, it’s time to really pray and seek God about if this is someone who is ready to be faithful and truly intentional about what he pursues in life. And if not, you don’t have to settle for that! Nor do you need to lose hope. The good news is God wants you to focus on being faithful to Him first, and then watch what He does with that! Wait on HIM for the one who’s focusing on being faithful to God in the same way…even when it comes to pursuing a godly relationship!
Biblical context + further reading: Pr 3
How you see yourself determines what you produce, not what others project towards you. And there’s nothing more important than seeing yourself the way God does, because if your eye is single, fixed through Christ, your entire body will shine like a bright lamp shines to every corner of the room.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Luke 16:10-12 (NLT)
When it comes to faithfulness in relationships, it doesn’t start at the altar on the wedding day. It doesn’t start when we get in a relationship. As followers of Jesus Christ, it starts in our hearts. Be faithful right here today, even before your big moment comes.
1. Be faithful while you’re single
I know sometimes you might be feeling like, “what’s the use?” What’s the use of praying and seeking God about your future husband when it’s been months, years, and nothing has happened. Right now I just want to encourage you that God is still preparing you. So maybe your #relationshipgoals didn’t happen in your timeline, or with the person you thought it would happen with, but you can’t let that stop you from being faithful. Don’t let that stop you from being that woman who walks into the room and is so filled Jesus people can’t help see it! When you have Jesus you are fulfilled. You are not missing pieces because you’re single. And besides, you never know what godly man is praying to meet someone just like you! And most importantly, you never know what God is preparing you for–you just need to be faithful over the little things first!
2. Be faithful while you’re in a relationship
So often times we think that being faithful is just not cheating. But for men and women who are followers of Christ, faithfulness digs deeper. We aren’t just faithful in regards to not cheating–we are faithful, constant and consistent in all areas of our lives. As a couple, be faithful in reading God’s word together. Be faithful in establishing boundaries that glorify God and holding one another accountable about being intentional. Be faithful in building each other up. All of these things are seeds you’re sowing, day in and day out, and when you do this, your relationship is getting stronger, but most importantly, your relationship with Jesus gets stronger!
Be faithful in little things! Keep sowing seeds! They WILL grow!
Biblical context + further reading: Luke 16:1-18, Gal 6:9