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I’m About to Raise…Cain! ! !

Genesis 4-5

This is my first new post since I’ve started this blog. Anyway, no real need for an introduction, so Let’s a Go!

Today, we arrive at the aftermath of the big boot of Adam and Eve out of Eden. Adam and Eve birthed their first child Cain and soon after Abel.  Now Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd. I believe back then, there weren’t any ranking over such job titles, especially since there were apparently only four humans alive at the time.  I don’t know exactly how it works though.  Because of how the Bible is read, one would assume only four people, but I’m not exactly set on that. I feel it could possibly be more than just Adam and Eve’s people, but I’m not set on one side. For writing purposes, we will go along with only four people, though.

Now is the time to give an offering to God. Since they were aware to do this, I’m sure their parents thought Adam and Eve(or God) about offerings to God, else why would they do it? Abel gave the firstborn of his flock, which was very meaty(yum), and Cain gave some crops to God. God honored Abel for his worthy sacrifice, but was disappointed in Cain’s. But why? Abel’s offering was a great sacrifice as the firstborn of anything in the past was probably the most important. They’d probably have better breeding and it is more than likely a leader. It was also very meaty, let’s not forget that. God honors sacrifices more than anything. The best way to show Him love is by giving up something you really care about. That’s one reason some people(including me) give up other things on Lent besides food, meat, etc. I once gave up chips and soda at the same time. That was rough… Anyway, Cain only gave God some crops. It wasn’t his first harvest or his most plump, but just part of his everyday supply.  God was not pleased. Cain got mad because God did not honor his offering, but greatly honored his little brother Abel.

God asks Cain what is his problem and Cain really doesn’t give a good answer, nor does he realize why God didn’t appreciate what he gave.  Thus birthed the first hater and murderer. Cain killed his little brother because of rage and jealousy.  When God asks where is Abel, Cain tries to play it off like he didn’t know what was going on. The infamous line “Am I my brother’s keeper” was said and I’m sure that angered God. Abel’s soul cried out to God and God cursed Cain. Cain is exiled and I don’t really understand the “earth shall not yield to your strength” part, but it may mean that this is the birth of farming being considered actual hard work. I read somewhere that this is the first curse in the Bible, but I always thought of what happened to Adam, Eve, and the snake to be the first curse. But then I thought about it; curses can be broken, but God completely reformatted the bodies and lives of the Adam, Even, and the snake, so it really can’t be considered a curse. So, God exiles Cain, but did not kill him. The Old Testament is sometimes dubbed as the Wrath of God era, where God does not play those games and if you go against him, you shall surely die. God still has sympathy as this point in time and allows Cain to live. Even after Cain cries and beg selfishly after receiving his curse (My punishment is more than I can bear), because he didn’t want to die after killing his little brother, God is lenient and protects him from anyone that may come after his head and they will be punished sevenfold if they dare(another reason why I feel there are more people on the Earth, but then again, maybe Adam and Eve had more children by this point. Who is to say?).

Now, Cain leaves and starts his own village in Nod. So either Cain married one of the unmentioned humans or he married his little sister or niece. Now comes one of the “boring” parts of the Bible where they just state the lineage of certain people. Begot…begot…begot.  I used to think these were unimportant parts of the Bible, but now I feel something different. These parts state a time-skip of sorts; just showing how time has passed and fast forwarding to the next important storyline hero. Aside from that, we can also infer about things, depending on how the passages were worded. This particular part at the end of Genesis 4 tells how although Cain left the protection of the Lord, he still was allowed to produce a civilization which had farms, music, technology, and more. At the end, we see Lamech who is a jerk like his ancestor Cain and feels that God will just protect anyone who does wrong, so he killed, has two wives(which is only frowned upon back then), and hurts anyone he pleases. No sir, you shall pay…hopefully.

So we go back to Adam and Eve, they have another son named Seth and Eve is so happy that she has been blessed with another son, since her other two have left. It also seems like she doesn’t claim Cain anymore. Now heres the begot part again going from Seth all the way down to Noah. Please note the difference in this lineage vs Cain’s. This one has the amount of time they lived and when they died, Cain’s just continued from one man to the next. To me, it seems like Seth’s lineage is actually thought to be important, while Cain’s is just an addition to the world. One other thing to note is that some people in Seth’s lineage are told to have “walked with the Lord.” Pretty important, right?  So at the end of chapter 5, we get to Lamech… Wait, again? This comparison is pretty strange. At the end of both, there was a Lamech. One who had two wives and hurt people and another on Seth’s side that walked with God. I don’t know the deal with this, but I personally think it’s pretty cool. We find out that good Lamech birthed Noah and Noah birthed his 3 sons and that is the end of Cain and Abel.

A few things I want to state that I didn’t earlier is the part with Cain and Abel.  Many people go through life just giving God what he asks. “Oh he wants money, 10%? Ok, I’ll give him 10% of what I got in my bank account or 10% of what I allotted myself to spend and not save. Oh be nice to one another? Ok, I’ll be nice to my family and people who I want to be around, but that kid with no direction that I see everyday? He’ll be ok. Go to church? Sure I’ll go on important days or when I feel like it.  All of these are basically the same thing as giving God any fruit you get out of the ground. We as a people should really start giving sacrifices to show God we really care.  Not everyone will be able to reach the same levels in life and no one expects you to start instantly, but you and God know when you’re actually trying and when you’re just putting up face.

Another thing I want to mention is how caring God is and how He gives us so many chances to turn around and fix our mistakes. God informs Cain why his offering was not appreciated to the highest and the only thing Cain cared about was that it was not accepted.  God also did not be angry with Cain until he killed Abel.  Cain talked back to God, complained, and even lied to His face.  Yet, God still showed his love and kept calm. Even when He finally exiled Cain, He still has pity for him and allowed him to live the rest of his days without worry. A lot of us take God for granted and I wish for everyone to just rethink your ways. Remember, God gives us many chances, so use them wisely and just work hard to improve daily.

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The Gift

I wrote this in my second year of college(at Georgia Southern).  I rushed it because I didn’t know we had to turn it in and I was just online looking at stuff.  She apparently loved it and said I should consider taking a creative writing class(which I didn’t, because that was my last semester there).  This is one of the few poems that made it out of my brain. I don’t really do poetry, only when I was asked by teachers or whatever. I’m pretty much just wasting time while I don’t post anything new, lol. I’ll post something new eventually, so just eat this for now.

The Gift

Hand-picked for that special someone

A binding agreement it seems to be

Wonderful ‘cause only you and He

Can know and share this special treat

To bear the burden, one given by God

To choose your path, make your own creed

Wonderful ‘cause you choose it not me

It is for you, this special treat

How to use it, for good or evil

The path you choose determines your feat

Wonderful ‘cause your freedom is free

A gift from God, your special treat

Twice beneath a space, out of a close sky, there died an alien who…

So, I wrote this story for this one girl that was like “Make me an improve story, please :D” so, I did. I’ve only ever done this one other time, but that time was with AIM smileys. The largest difference between this and any other thing I write is it is completely off the top of my head and they have to give me the first line/topic. Most other things I at least thing about beforehand, even though I write without notes or anything like that. So, without further ado…

had a story that was written all over her body. It was a peculiar tale that involves phenomenon possibly unaware to humans at their age, but who can properly calculate with this particular distance of light years. Aside from the endless battles of wits, esprit, and laser battles, there’s also bouts of…tree climbing. Yes, tree climbing…but you’re probably thinking about the boring episodes of a young boy and his friend, climbing to the top of his parents tree and sitting together on a branch, endlessly assessing the afternoon landscape. No, my friend. Here in htraEtenalP, we do things slightly different. Yes, yes, cultivated in carefully constructed gardens, as you call it, in a vacuum sealed, zero gravity chamber, we have created Deciduous Levities. These trees are some of the most resilient foliage known to this Universe!

The Battle of Levity…This is what htraEtenalP’s renowned sport is called. People from all over train from the day they are able to don a htraEtenalP Levity Gravity Suit, or simply hLGS. Wait, you say that’s a strange acronym? Ha ha, what planet are you from? hLGS, while it may seem like it would be quite expensive, actually are given to each family member from the day of their birth. They are able to equip them at the age of three human years and they grow along with the owner. Inhabitants are able to participate in The Battle of Levity at the tender age of 15 human years. The Battle of Levity consists of climbing a Deciduous Levity with only your arms and using your arms to swing to the next Deciduous Levity, landing on your feet and climbing down using only your legs. Sure, the concept is simple, but remember, this is inside our specialized zero gravity chambers. Our current champion is 79 human years, so of course there is no age limit.

And this fulfills the history of The Battle of Levity and the legendary Deciduous Levities. Hmm? What does this have to do with the dead alien? Well, that human girl was the last of her kind to survive at htraEtenalP. She challenged our champion, climbed our Deciduous Levities at an astonishing rate, and crashed into the canopy. We couldn’t get her down, so we just left her there. It’ll be ok.

Well…You see…

I haven’t posted anything in a fairly long time and I apologize. As I told another, “bad habits run deep,” and this has been a reoccurring theme since freakin’ MySpace. I’m going to try to end that now, since this is my first completely public blog.

Now, a “what am I doing” post is going to be rarely seen in this blog, but I should fill this post with something, so it won’t be completely naked with nothing. Well, as of late, I graduated. I barely told anyone, pretty much just my mom voluntarily and everyone else that knew basically asked about it. So yes, that includes siblings, my best friends, my dad, Mojo Jojo, and Bailey. Aside from that, I found a new job. From the job description, I figured it would basically be help desk support, but I was wrong. It’s a call center job for IT support. I prefer hands-on, so I really didn’t want to go to the interview, since it’s only slightly in my field(Anyone can do it basically). But with persuasion from my mom, some of the voices in my head, and God/Jesus, I realized that there was a reason this job appeared and it’s still a big step in the right direction. So, I went to the interview and had to take some super easy intro quiz. Next, I got interviewed and one question she asked was also super easy and she said “You’re the first person I’ve ever interview that correctly answered that.” I really didn’t like that response, because that proved to me that it doesn’t really require an IT background.

But I took the job and started training today. It was freezing in that place; the sadness was real. Decent benefits and 120 hrs PTO per year; 40 per trimester. So, a week per trimester that stacks until the end of the year, plus two floating holidays, so 23 days per year. Health, dental, eye, life insurance, and all the other stuff that most jobs get. I’ll have to check with my mom or some other knowledgeable person to see which of my health insurance options are better, but I’ll take the others.

Aside from that, my older sister birthed my niece named Ava Rose. Umm, I went to a family reunion this weekend for my mom’s side. It was pretty cool. I actually talked to my 2nd/3rd cousins when normally I don’t. Usually only I first cousins, but luckily, none of them was there :D. Well, except my little cousin; she was there. I actually got pretty close to her also.

My younger cousins don’t really play much at family reunions, so we started a relay race at the picnic. Teams A and B had an older person, a younger, but still old person, and 2 younger ones. Team OMEGA, with SUPREME captain, ME, was just me and 3 young ones. “We don’t care what people say” I kept them hype and excited and for the most part they stayed as competitive as I am. First race we won. It ended up in a foot race between me and my younger cousin who’s a running back in high school. He’s faster than me, but I had a headstart cause my team is boss. I actually kept up with him pretty well, though, despite my supreme out-of-shapeness. We got second in the second race, same circumstances, but this time he had a head start. Standard footrace first time, slide feet side to side second time. I could have sworn I won, but the “officials” said he won. Whatever. 3rd time, was a weird race. Backwards run, then bear crawl back. I ace, my baby cousin, ditched me for another team, so we didn’t have our prime. But it still ended up between me and him AGAIN. I got smoked that time, because I can’t bear crawl for crap. Needless to say, I got second place, but we could have gotten first if I didn’t have that traitor leave me.

Short story shorter, the rest of Friday, we went swimming, and I can’t swim anymore apparently(Though I was never a strong swimmer). Saturday, I went skating and I suck at skating now. But, I got used to it, but was wondering why it took so long…my left skate was defective. It just wouldn’t turn around turns. I also fell, because of some little white boy that stopped skating literally right in front of me. Anyway, story is over. I’ll post a real one later tonight. Deuce!