walled city

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. - Proverbs 25:28
When you feel yourself falling apart, when you feel yourself losing control, remember that is it the Lord that holds you together! Don’t let the walls of the city come crumbling down because of that one thing that went wrong this morning or on your lunch break. Don’t let it completely alter your attitude today. Don’t let the situations at work, at school, at home, or even in your heart cloud your vision to the point that you give up instead of giving it to the Lord. Let the Lord hold you together!
Think about something that you’ve worked really hard on in your life. Whether it be obtaining a college degree, a job, a driver’s license, passing a big exam—whatever it is, think about all of the time you put in and the sacrifices you had to make in order to get there. Imagine now that right after you built yourself up to the point of taking that final exam or completing the final step, you had to start over. Imagine that you suddenly lost all of your credibility and you couldn’t remember a single thing you learned along the way and you had to start from the beginning. If this were to happen, it would likely devastate you beyond measure.
But this is what happens when we lose our self-control. This is what happens when we let situations get the best of us instead of giving it to the Lord. However, it doesn’t matter how hard we work or how much we do in this life, if we plan to move forward and not backward, we have to allow God to work through us to hold us together! We have to remember that self control is a fruit of the spirit, and it is in Him alone that we can truly begin to embrace that. It is in Him alone that we can truly stop letting every little thing get under our skin.
So don’t let the walls of the city come tumbling down. Know in your heart that God is 100% in control and through Him you can exercise self control. Don’t let the little things break you down. Stop and pray and ask the Lord to take full control over your life today!
Written by @morganhnichols for #QWCDevos


Sunset and evening commute, New York City

“how could anyone
who plays with you
ever be sad?

how could anyone
whom your light turns
into the sun ever be gloomy?

how could the secrets of
the world stay secret from
anyone who becomes your
best friend?” -Rumi

Shrine Shah Gardez.
Multan, Pakistan. (Instagram: aabbiidd)


Ok, let me explain why this scene is so e brilliant. Yeah, there’s the way we switch back and forth between the Gaang, and Jet getting brainwashed and it’s super creepy and well done.

But, I don’t want to talk about that.

What I actually want to talk about is Long Feng’s line:

In silencing talk of conflict Ba Sing Se remains a peaceful, orderly utopia. 

Yeah, there’s idea of utopia, and the lengths that Long Feng goes to to maintain this twisted idea of what a utopias is. But, here’s the thing: by definition, a utopia  cannot itself exist.

Utopia literally means “no place.” It is impossible. It is imaginary,. It is a figment of our imagination

And I really like those sorts of stories that ask “what mechanisms keep a utopia ‘utopia’?”

I guess it’s why I really like Section 31 in DS9, and the darker vision it had of that world. 

And I think the fact that the writing team decided to ask itself that very question, and to actually give it to us, was pretty cool.