Dec 15, 2015
Nov 22, 2015
Choose Life license plate, check.
Keep Christ in Christmas, check.
Catholic radio station magnet, check.
Not one but two bumper stickers calling me stupid and asshole.
Whatever good you might have done, you just blew it. It's not funny. It's offensive, and makes people think you serve some kind of weird perverse god who teaches that you can call people vulgar names and still be a great saint. The Protestants already think Catholics are evil - stop pouring gasoline on the fire!
If you're going to witness your faith, witness it! If you have a Jesus anything on your car, you'd better drive with integrity. And please get rid of those bumper stickers. You embarrass those of us who really do try to witness the faith.
Nov 16, 2015
Do not deny the merit.
"That was a really great somersault, DW!"
"Oh, no! It was terrible! Yours are MUCH better!"
"Thank you, Emily! I appreciate your coaching."
"You were awesome help at our event tonight, Arthur."
Awwww, you're way too kind.
Thanks, I'm happy to help.
Make the giver of the compliment, just as the giver of a gift, feel comfortable.
Nov 12, 2015
However, I read a quote once that said "Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparedness." (I don't know the author.) That quote has stuck with me, because what others attribute to "luck" (something that complainers and excuse-makers lament that everyone else has but them,) is really a result of that person's choices. Not one big choice, but an accumulation of a lifetime of choices.
If you consistently live below your means, don't spend tomorrow's prosperity today by incurring stupid debt and payday loans, do settle for less today (even if it means ramen noodles from time to time,) so that you have something to invest, a seed to plant, you will find that when an opportunity comes along, you are in a position to take advantage of it, because you have invest-able money set aside.
Or, you could just live on borrowed money, complain and make excuses.... and wonder why you're not as lucky as some.
Oct 23, 2015
More of us are street sweepers than Grand Marshals.
Most of us just quietly do our job without recognition.
I want you to do two things:
1. Keep doing your job with excellence, because the excellent God we serve sees what you're doing and, more importantly, knows your heart.
2. When you see a "street sweeper," make it a point to say words of appreciation.
You could change a life.
Or an eternity.
Oct 21, 2015
Like ripples in the pond, when you are kind to one, you are kind to hundreds. Every word, every deed is multiplied.
Joyce Meyer said (paraphrasing) as many people as you can help, that's exactly how many you can hurt.
Choose wisely. Choose well.