Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
|Coming from a man who not only talked the talk|
But walked the walk
Seth Godin, the guru who brought us "Linchpin", "Tribes, and" The Purple Cow" talks about the importance of curiosity.
-Sadly, most schools have the goal to churn out standardized drones at graduation.
So if you are imaginative and think outside the box...keep your chin up.
The future belongs to you!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A Story...paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I went.
I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and headed for the
checkout counter, only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man who
waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his
"Mommy, I'm over here."
It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged and also startled as he turned
and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened
and surprise exploded on his face as I said,
"My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly.
"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Steve."
"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle. "You're fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass
I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes
about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with
excitement, because he was the center of someone's attention. He then
abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.
Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time
to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn't even look at him,
much less talk to him.
I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea
where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow, and pink roses in
God's Garden; however,
"Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness.
You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.
She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who are you?"
Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a dandelion, but I sure love living in God's garden."
She reached out, squeezed my hand and said, "God bless you!" and then I had tears in my eyes.
May I suggest, the next time you see a BLUE ROSE, don't turn your head and
walk off. Take the time to smile and say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD, this mother or father could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece or nephew. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.
-A friend of mine emailed this story to me.
It moved me deeply.
No wonder Jesus said, "Let the little children come unto Me."
I get the idea that Jesus was trying to get a message across that was much deeper than what His disciples could actually see. I believe He wanted to teach His followers to stop and acknowledge people. Too often we just hurry through life and miss all kinds of hurting people right around us.
The man in this story was wise enough to give a little of his time to this 15 year old boy...and in doing so, he was giving more than just time, he was giving part of his life away.
He was investing. He was acknowledging something unique.
He took the time to smell the Blue Rose.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
--If you have a special one in your life, share this on your fb page and dedicate it to them!
Keep in mind that even Jesus experienced anger, so getting angry is not necessarily wrong or even sinful. (Anger can be a good thing. It might give you a way to express negative feelings or motivate you to find a solution to problems.)
It is when the emotion controls you -instead of you controlling it -that things often get messy and you start losing friends.
Below are some of the best things ever said about anger.
He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument. -Chinese Proverb
Anger is only one letter short of danger
“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” -Benjamin Franklin
"I'm getting angry...you won't like me when I'm angry" -Hulk
“I know of no more disagreeable sensation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at”
Frank Moore Colby
“The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough.” -Bede Jarrett
"Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret." -Laurence Peter
A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
If you heard someone talking about their passion for football, I bet you would assume that they had a deep love for that game.
But why does the Church refer to Jesus' last days as His Passion?
The “Passion of Jesus Christ” is generally understood to begin with the final meal Jesus had with His twelve disciples (the Last Supper); it continues through His agony and betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane, His trial before Pontius Pilate, His scourging at the pillar, His carrying of the cross, and ends with His crucifixion and death.’
The reason is discovered when you understand the original meaning of the word "Passion"
Jesus experienced agony and suffering for each one of us, and therefore what He did is called The Passion.
The last week of His life, in particular, was a living expression of the original meaning of this word – “Passion”.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Many of us have a "passion" for something.
Whether it is football, cooking, or fixing up old cars...
The amazing thing about Jesus is that He not only spoke of His Passion
-He experienced it-
-He was one with it-
And that my friends, is what separates Him from you, me
And every other person that has walked this earth.
"For our sake he made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (II Corinthians 5:21)
Monday, April 18, 2011
One day in the middle of some class, my slick haired scrawny teacher broke through the thick barrier of my brain and said something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.Did I ever tell you about the time I paid attention in High School?
Follow the 11th Commandment:
I cannot tell you how many times I see families torn apart because of money issues.
-Gals like there expensive spa days
Time to be honest again, I feel guilty when I order something from a fast food restaurant that DOES not come directly from the 1 dollar menu.
-I dare you to take a quick inventory of the unnecessary things you buy. Don't cheat!!
The Quick Math: Average Car payment (monthly) = 300.00
Average Car payment 300.00 X 12 months = $3, 600.
= 3,600 that I keep in my pocket.
Take the above advice.
Follow the 11th Commandment.
If this principal would be taken to heart, most people would be a lot better off.
What about you?
Do you have any guides that help you save money that you would be willing to share?
*Maybe our government should stop by working on a dream and get some lessons too. Anyone want to forward this to the White House?
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him. –Napoleon
No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved. --John Knox
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Working on a Dream: Cheers vs The Church: The battle for The 3rd Place...: "Recently, in our church service, we had a time to meet and greet one another. As the folks were passing the peace, this is what played ..."
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
If you and I were to go back in time, say 25 years ago, and I were to ask you these two questions what would you say.
1. Would you believe that people would be paying 5 dollars for a cup of coffee in the year 2011?
2. Would you believe that this company would be successful?
I know that my answer would have started off with a hearty laugh and then a solid NO.
Fast forward to the year Starbucks. This place is so popular, that it does not even need its name attached to its logo.
There has to be a reason for this hugely successful coffee shop. Right??
Lucky for you, I found it. --It is in the little quote below:
And if this is true, will the Church to wake up and smell the coffee? (pun intended)
I can't help but wonder if The Church would see itself as the 3rd Place in the community ---what other 3rd Places would go out of business.
Don't get me wrong, I like coffee shops, but not all 3rd places are good, some are breeding grounds for very bad things. (A gang is a 3rd place for many of our youth).
So I leave you with this: Starbucks has filled a void in our community around what is basically 90 percent water & they charge a lot of money for it.
Can the Church do better than Starbucks?
Our Leader was raised from the dead.
Healed the sick, gave sight to the blind.
Is Coming again.
His followers gather in is in His Name.
That means we should act, think, and look like our Leader.
And that is way better than a cup of coffee...especially at 5 bucks a pop!
Recently, in our church service, we had a time to meet and greet one another.
As the folks were passing the peace, this is what played over the speakers.
Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go - where everybody knows your name
and they're always glad you came
You wanna be where you can see - our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows your name
You wanna go where people know people are all the same
You wanna go where everybody knows your name
-If you read my last post challenging the Church becoming the 3rd place, then you will see how this fits. Look again at the words to the song.
Now ask yourself the following question:
"Can you say those words about your church?"
If you are wondering why I obsess over this is type of thing, then you need a gentle reminder that The World stays up day and night trying to figure out how to become the "Cheers" for you and your kids.
I will leave you with this:
There was a kinda famous man named Rodney King who after being beat up by police in a kinda famous video said this kinda famous statement.
-Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
The place that has the answer to that question...
Wins the battle for the 3rd Place.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Remember to Whom you are praying.
Remember you don't need fancy words.
Remember to pray like a son to a Father.
Remember God not only hears your words -but also sees your heart.
Remember that although you might have taken 1,000 steps away from God, He is just 1 step behind you.
Remember that in this life, there has only been 1 perfect Person.
Remember that prayer involves 2 things:
-Talking & Listening
Remember that the end result is not for your will to be accomplished...but His.
"The point of prayer is not to get what you want, but to receive what you need."