Sunday, March 26, 2017

When Church Listen Skills Need Improvement...

Also: When you realize you just sang the last words of the chorus, but you don't remember what verse you just sang, so you wait to see what everybody else is going to do,

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thorny Shortcuts

Proverbs 15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

A hedge of thorns in a person's way makes for hard, slow, and painful progress. It seems odd that sloth should create such a thing since slothful people are looking for just the opposite kind of experience in life. 

Apparently, the easier path the path is today, the harder it becomes down the road.

The road the righteous travel might seem to be the long way around, but it avoids the hedges. 

For an easier and less painful journey through life, navigate the way of righteousness with a bit of diligence and patience. It turns out that it is the most pleasant path after all.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Where to Look for that Next Promotion...

Don't walk around, looking around, for that next promotion.

Look up instead.

It is from God that true advancement comes, at least the kind that really matters.

"For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another." Psalm 75:6-7

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Clever, Smart or Wise?

Clever is escaping from the tire boot.

Smart is paying the fine on time.

Wise is not getting the tickets in the first place.

Friday, November 11, 2016

After Election Attitudes

1. The Conan Model

2. The "Now We Can Be Friends" Model

3. The Somewhere in Between Model:

Agree to disagree, and get along with each other as much as possible

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Trophies for All, Hurt All

I know that school officials want all kids to feel good. But, they should know that their efforts to encourage everyone, regardless of merit, discourage students who have done the hard work to succeed.

Knowing how to deal with the bad feelings brought on by failure is actually an important life skill.  Kids who fail and feel bad may try harder to succeed. They may also give up and do something else.

Both are OK.

Succeeding in one endeavor is great, but not every path is for everybody. Failure, as well as success, helps students choose a better life direction. If kids never get any bad news, how will they make any course corrections?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Choose a Path, Choose a Destiny

You may choose a path to travel on, but you can't change the destination that is at the end of that path.

If you want a better destination, turn around and travel the true path that leads to a better place.

Most people fly or drive with a destination in mind before they embark. Somehow, most people are content to travel this life based on the path's appeal rather than where it will lead them.

Big mistake.

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. " John 14:6