Counter culture came up in the Pure Witness retreat presentation last week and many don’t know what it means. Counter culture is a way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm, which means you can be any cultures you want.

Being a Christian is not about keeping rules and regulations, or performing rituals, or even going to church. It’s about a friendship, a friendship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said that knowing him is the doorway to a special relationship with God. It is imortant to have a healthy relationship with God because he can help you throughout life.

The beatitudes are kind of like rules we should follow if we want to have a good life. They let the people know the rewards they get if they follow the beatitudes.


Pure Witness

Monday, February 12 we were lucky to have guest speakers come for a couple hours and talk to us about God. The Pure Witness team sang songs and put on some plays.

They put on a play about this guy named Ian McCormack. Ian was a guy who travelled the world to surf. One day he went surfing and got stung by some jelly fish that once you got stung by them you were pretty much done. He got into the hospital, and he died, and went to hell then God let him into heaven. Then God brought him back to life and he started appritiating God more because he saw hell and he didn’t want to ever go back.


Qualities of Friendship

There are different qualities that people look for when they are looking to be someones friend. Many people this might be understanding or sympathetic. For me the three main qualities I look for in a friend is trust worthy, funny, and supportive.

Being a trust worthy friend is important to me because you got to have someone you can trust in your life. If you do not have a friend you can trust in your life there is no one to keep your secrets. When you tell someone something you know they can help you out because you know you can trust them.

Being a humorous person is a necessity for me. Being funny can present the person to be more likable or just get out of a situation. If you are going to be my friend you got to have a sense of humor to make me laugh on days when I need to laugh. If you can’t make me laugh then I probably won’t  want to be your friend.

A supportive friend is something I always look for. If I am having a rough time with something I know they can be there for me through whatever situation I am going through. I know if they will be there for me I can have their backs and help them out when they need it.

All these characteristics are things I look for in my friends. Being supportive, humorous, and trust worthy are all things my friends have.

Shared Human Experience

This past summer I was at the lake with my grandparents, my mom, brother, and Jessie. In the morning we went out tubing and then came in for lunch, then later we went again. It was me and Jessie on the tube, and my mom and grandpa on the boat. My mom was spotting, and my grandpa was driving. We were making some pretty large waves and so my grandpa and mom on the boat, were watching us because it was hilarious watching us bounce up off the water. Since they were both watching us, they weren’t seeing where we were going and we were getting pretty close to the land so me and Jessie were both screaming and pointing to try and make them look and Jessie looked at me and was like ” if they don’t turn I’m bailing and jumping off, ” and I agreed. Once we were around maybe 20 feet away from the land, Jessie screamed ” GRANDPA ” and he turned around and made the sharpest turn I’ve ever seen and we got whipped around on the tube and we were all freaking out but had a good laugh about it later.

Dream List

Richard Simmons is an American fitness instructor, actor, and comedian. Dancing With The Oldies is a show where Richard Simmons instructs fitness to older people.  I think he good by doing this because some older people aren’t very active.

“Some people think we shouldn’t even play the game,” to me that means that some people don’t want us to try our hardest because they know we won’t do good anyways. I think you should always try your hardest no matter what anyone else thinks.

I could probably listen to “Unchained Melody” for a while, maybe a week until I get bored of it. Such a good song though.


Instructions for a Bad Day

Empathy is the ability to understand another persons feelings and putting yourself in their shoes. I think that empathy is something that is made because you can’t just be born and be able to understand others feelings while they’re around you.

Many people mix up empathy and sympathy, empathy is when your able to understand others feelings, sympathy is when you feel bad for someone. As you get older your brain gets larger and filled with more knowledge. Like your brain, empathy develops and you get to see how other people are feeling as you get older.


Females scientifically tend to be more empathetic than males.  Empathy could be learned but I think that it would take a while to build up to something like that. Nero plasticity is the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience.

Empathy is important because you need to know how you would feel if you were to hurt someones feelings how you would like it if someone did that to you. If we didn’t have empathy life would be very rough and everyone would probably be rude and mean to each other all the time and never knowing how others feel. Empathy is holding everyone together.

Happy Camper

The typical problems facing teens in this generation is technology. Now a days most kids have some type of cellular device. I mean there is really nothing wring with saying ” whats wrong with teens today ” because to be honest I think it is somewhat true. Teens are on their devices way too much nowadays. On the other hand it is kind of offense to teens and might be discouraging them.

People born in our generation are better and brighter, we are more intelligent, more athletic, and according to Mark Shake and bake, better looking. Kids in our parents generation were in way less trouble than kids are today. For example, kids back in the day their parents know exactly who they were hanging out with and when. Now parents don’t have any idea who they talk to or hang out with because of social media. You meet people through the internet more often than you do in real life now.

By 1940 all women over Canada could vote, and 1920 women in the USA could vote.

I have left my campsite cleaner than I left it. Someone was sitting alone at lunch so I invited her over to sit with me and we actually had fun hanging out together. I could tell she was happy when I asked, and it made me happy  because I caused her happiness that lunch.

Connecting the dots to me means that for example if you were struggling on a question in math, or even the whole unit. Then you eventually learn to understand it, means that you connected the dots to figure it out.

I could listen to “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boon all day if I wanted to, such a jazzy song!

I know that my parents believe in me more than I do because they think that I can get my grades way up there and to be honest I don’t think that I could. I don’t really know anyone I believe in more than they do themselves.

A happy camper is someone who is joyful and happy and can always bring up your spirit when you are feeling sad. You’ll know when your a happy camper because the feeling of making someone happy or even smile, is a great reward for just being as simple as a happy camper.