Five Things I’ve Learned This Week – 06/13/13


Five Things I’ve Learned This Week or Was Reminded Of:

1) Just because someone doesn’t believe what you say, doesn’t mean you didn’t speak the truth. They may not be ready to hear it.  Be patient. There was once something(s) we didn’t believe were true, but in fact were and now we can recognize it.

2) Sometimes God shows up in ways we would not have expected. I hope our theology is flexible enough to allow God to reveal new things to us. Pastoral teaching is great unless it limits our ability to see God in how He is speaking to us personally.

3) Enjoying people and needing people are two totally different concepts. It’s ok to need folks in our lives but not to be needy of them.  If that difference is blurry to you, it might help to talk it out with a friend or a counselor. Many people confuse the two and it creates all types of relationship problems.

4) Want to know what is in someone’s heart? Watch what they do without thinking. Do they automatically lend a hand or always have to be asked to help out? Do they automatically compliment or does a snarky remark fly out of their mouth without thinking? Automatic actions illustrate what resides in the heart of people.

5) A small group of trusted companions is of greater value than a crowd of people who don’t authentically care. Let’s not get caught up in the number of friends, but rather the depth of the connections.

What’s on your list? 

Five Things I’ve Learned This Week – 05/01/13


Five Things I’ve Learned This Week or Was Reminded Of:

1) Anxiety isn’t a sign of a weak mind but rather the nervous system expelling extra stress that wasn’t worked off in the gym or through talking it out. Stress is like a balloon filling with air. The air has to come out or the balloon will pop. The “pop” for humans is often anxiety.

2) Mental exhaustion is worse than physical exhaustion

3) God brings sweet reminders of His presence everyday and hopefully we are not rushing so much that we miss them

4) We should keep doing more of whatever makes us feel happy, relaxed and hopeful

5) Good friends always find their way back to each other, even if a little or a lot of time has passed

What’s on your list?

Five Things I’ve Learned This Week – 04/17/13


Five Things I’ve Learned This Week or Was Reminded Of:

1) Right after I was done hagging on multi-level marketing enterprises in my post Jesus Isn’t Amway, my friend starts selling anti-cellulite wraps; through a multi-level marketing opportunity. So I will now eat crow on this topic, but hopefully with less cellulite while I eat. But still, my point was not turning Christianity into a product

2) I should have bought Dunkin Donuts stock before a news article hit the media about their potential American-based growth. I better get that stock order in before it goes up. Procrastination and investing don’t mix; but if you’ve hung around here for any length of time, you will know I am a huge Dunkins fan so why not buy stock?

3) God is a God of second chances. Anyone who tells you otherwise, either in words or actions, is a liar. Get away from them quickly. There’s a snake in the grass

4) My identity isn’t tied to my church. It’s a place to grow, learn and serve but doesn’t give me purpose or define my destiny. That is God’s job only

5) A true friend will challenge you, your actions and the way you think. Let it happen; it’s a good thing

What’s on your list?

Five Things I’ve Learned This Week – 04/03/13

Five Things I’ve Learned This Week or Was Reminded Of:

1) It must stink to be a college student, break your femur into a compound fracture during the NCAA March Madness tournament and on live national TV. On the other hand, I bet it sure beats having your legs blown off anonymously in a war that is no longer popular. Let’s not admire athletes more than our soldiers.

(I challenge everyone to find a member of our military and do something nice for him/her. NOT saying “thank you for your service” but actually go DO SOMETHING to show your appreciation (buying a cup of coffee is at least a starting point)

2) I am ready for the Texas summer heat (remind me I said this when I am complaining about Texas summer heat). I am tired of being cold!

3) People who insist on getting attention by being the loudest in the room are my least favorite people

4) God understands our human messiness better than anyone else could and He loves us right in the middle of our messes. Now that deserves a shout for joy!

5) It’s a great thing to surround ourselves with friends who challenge us and in doing so, make us better people

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Five Things I’ve Learned This Week – 03/20/13

Five Things I’ve Learned This Week or Was Reminded Of:

1)    I ignore almost every single product warning label; I figure they are only there so the product’s legal department is happy.

2)    When I ignore product warning labels,  the outcome is my own fault and I have no one to blame.

3)    Other people like to give unsolicited advice and it’s always based on their life experiences which are different from my own, so I often ignore unsolicited advice (ironic for a counselor, eh? But I only give solicited advice).

4)    When I ignore other people’s unsolicited advice I may be missing out on some really sound wisdom and have to learn by my own mistakes; which could have been avoided if I wasn’t so stubborn.

5)    Eating when I am not hungry, drinking when I am not thirsty, and generally enjoying the wants in life and not just the needs, is sometimes good for the soul. People shouldn’t live on needs alone. To be enjoyed, life is (as Yoda would say).

What’s on your list?