Hello everyone, so some of you might know that I love to ski. I probably love to ski so much because my parents own two ski resorts, one of them used to be a lovely place called Ski Denton (located in a small town in PA.) Recently the past two winters have not been very good for the ski business, causing Denton to have to close down for the upcoming season (and possibly forever.)
Here’s the problem. It was my home. This is where I grew up and where I learned to ski. There were seasons where I was there every single day that it was open (and even some that it wasn’t.) So this hits me hard, even though I haven’t seen a lot of the people there or been skiing there lately, it still is a place I hold very dear. This is everything to me, and I know it means even more to the locals.
That’s another thing as to why Ski Denton is so important, the locals. This place is one of the few things that my hometown used to have. It’s a small place, where the most exciting thing to do in the summer is swim, and the only thing to do in the winter is ski. Our (their, I don’t live there, but its still mine..) town is crumbling. We’ve had so many bad things happen to us (look up the John Rigas/Adelphia scandal.) There’s not many things for the kids to do in the surrounding area, so Denton means a lot to people.
Not only does it mean something to people, but it’s also a substantial part of the area. In the summer two archery festivals are run, which means people from everywhere come and stay in the area (people come from Alaska.) Coming from so far away they need to stay in hotels, and they go out to eat at resteraunts. The money that is brought in by people visiting the ski area actually helps keep local businesses going.
This is where I made my best friends. This is where I have my favorite memories. Please help it stay up in running. Please do anything to help. Share it, reblog it, donate. Please. Just look at the link below… and visit the page to see how much it’s hurting people.
Anything helps. Please.
Save our Resort!
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There’s you and me now. I always had a feeling I would end up alone like this. So there’s you and me now, all alone. That’s it, that’s all there is to it. I’m alone again. Maybe it should stay this way. I’m all out of goodbyes and second chances.
Second chances don’t come easily to me. They used to though, but then that meant I got walked all over. I used to give out chances. That blonde girl from my hometown who I used to be the best of friends with, yeah, she hurt me. She got a lot of chances. She had her second. She had her third. She had her forth. She had her fifth. Then I lost count and she just started to take my chances for granted. That blonde girl from my hometown started to use me. I was her puppet; her toy.
She had a need for control. She had a need to make me feel small.
So I can’t let people do that anymore. No more pointless chances. So maybe for now, it’s just you and me.
Love the sinner, hate the sin. It’s a mantra that’s been heard over and throughout our dealings with sin. The Bible does say to love one another. However, most people use it as an excuse to avoid difficult conversations with people.
No longer is the ideal of loving the sinner and hating the sin what it’s supposed to be, now it has turned into “love the sinner and secretly hate the sin.” Many of us (myself included,) have gotten to the point where we are too afraid of offending people by mentioning something that could imply they made a mistake.
The problem with this? That makes us a fake and selfish friend. Not only are we smiling and saying everything is fine, when it’s really not, but we are also avoiding a topic that could be messy because we don’t want to deal with it. That makes us selfish as well as fake.
True friendship and true love isn’t allowing people to harm themselves by continuing their actions. True love is expressing our concern for our friends. True love is telling your friends that they’re wrong, even if you don’t want to.
Not telling your friends that they’re doing something wrong can be extremely harmful to them. Many times people don’t like to think about the dire effects that sin can have on their life. However, Romans 6:23 is very adamant in the fact that the outcome to sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NIV)
Does this mean we should call people out on their mistakes ruthlessly or shame them for their sins? No. That’s not what love is. Love is making sure they know we care about them, but also that they should take a different path in life. Grace is an important part of loving a person, and so when speaking to a friend about a sin in their life, it should come out of love, never judgement. God is the only one who can pass judgement on people, but loving our friends also means keeping them accountable for their sins, not just ignoring their actions.
So do you know what love the sinner, hate the sin really means?