Archive for August, 2015

What Do You Want, Equality Or Freedom?

August 31, 2015 8 comments

Maybe, a few months ago, you heard about the business owner who decided to change the way he paid everyone who worked for him.  He decided to basically pay everyone the same.  He brought everyone up to $70,000 per year in salary.  The way he accomplished this was by reducing his own salary from around $1 million per year to $70,000 as well.

He gained a lot of press by doing this.  Several people lauded him for this, while others criticized him for it.  It is interesting to hear about the results.

I read recently that this CEO was having to rent out space in his house in order to make his own house payments.  His business was also losing people because suddenly they were being paid the same as those who did not do the same level of work they did.  For example, an administrative assistant was making the same as a high level leader in the company.

Why did this happen?  Because you can have equality or you can have freedom, but you can’t have both.

When you force equality on people, they lose the incentive to strive for more.  If you are a mid-level manager making $70,000 and upper-level management makes the same, who wants to become an upper-level manager anymore?

People may give lip service to wanting this kind of equality, but what they really want is freedom.  What is this freedom for?  Freedom for opportunity to better oneself.  Freedom to strive and freedom for more incentive in life.  Freedom of accomplishment.

Equality sounds wonderful on the surface.  However, forcing it does not accomplish what it promises.  Instead, it robs of us of the freedom of accomplishment in life.

I believe we are designed to strive for something greater in life.  You can see it in the stories in the Bible.  Abraham sought a land that God would show him.  Israel sought the Promised Land.  David sought to kill a giant after fighting lions and bears.

Take our ability to achieve away from us and we will seek it elsewhere.

It’s Ok To Be Angry

I haven’t really been angry lately.

Frustrated?  Absolutely.  Perturbed?  Oh yes.  A little mad?  You could say that.

But angry?  Not lately.

Normally we don’t associate anger with being a good emotion.  The few times I have really been angry have not turned out so well.

The reason I think this is so is because most of the time anger is explosive.  It boils up and out and onto whatever and whoever is in our path.

That shouldn’t be so.

Jesus got angry, but I don’t think he exploded in anger.  In fact, I think his anger, which I have to believe was righteous, was anything but explosive.

I think it was deliberate.

I believe that Jesus saw what was going on in the temple and set about his business with deliberate anger.

I think he purposefully turned the tables over.  I think he slowly but surely made the whip to drive the animals out.

Why aren’t we like that?  It’s ok.

The Bible says to be angry, but sin not.  I think that means it’s ok to be angry about the right things.  We just shouldn’t blow up and on others.

Let’s take abortion.   What if we were very deliberate and cool about our anger?  What if our anger was such that people thought we were calm and cool about it?  Would that make a difference when we talked about it with those who hold a different viewpoint?  Not all, but maybe some.

So, let’s be angry.  Find something that is worth being angry about.  Be slow and deliberate, calm, cool and collected about it.

Be angry and sin not.

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Why I’m Not Seeing War Room

August 26, 2015 7 comments

My church is going to see the movie War Room tonight. It is a film produced by the same folks who brought us Fireproof, Courageous, and Facing The Giants.  The church is buying out an advanced showing so that we can go see this movie together. 

I”m not going though.

Oh, I’ll eventually see it when comes to DVD, but there are a few reasons I’m not going to the theater.

Nimber one, I’m not sure I could stay awake through it. Going out on a work night is hard. After waking up at 4:30 everyday, I just want to go home and chill after work. I struggle to stay awake many nights until 9:00. A theater full of folks don’t need to hear me snore.

Another is that, yes, I love movies. If you have been with me a while you know that.  I reserve going out for a movie for something special. What I mean by that is that is has to be something epic or on a grand scale. Otherwise, I wait on my DVD to arrive from Netflix.

The next reason is a more personal, quirky reason. My favorite movies are those where I can get away from everything for a couple of hours. I don’t want to do a lot of thinking. This one is designed to do just that, make me think. I realize that’s shallow and not PC in the church world,’but that’s just how it is for me.

So, I won’t be seeing War Roon tonight. I’ll see it later. When it’s over tonight, I’ll probably be dozing when all my friends are leaving.

Will you be seeing War Roon? Have you heard of it?

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An Unintentional Break

August 24, 2015 2 comments

If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted to my blog in a while.  In fact, I haven’t posted a piece since

This was not entirely intentional.

The first one I missed was.  I was tired.  I didn’t know what to write, so I took a Friday off.

The others were on purpose.

I live in an area where I cannot get cable internet or DSL or anything like that.  I actually have to use my iPhone as my internet connection.

For nearly a week we were at our data limit.  So, I just hit pause on Deuceology until our cycle rolled over.

I found out that this was just what I needed.

I did not realize until then just how badly I needed a break.  The words had not been coming easily.  I didn’t really know what to write about any more.  My energy was depleted.  I was close to pulling the plug on the entire thing.

Here’s the thing.  I started writing some version of this thing nearly seven years ago.  Four of those years have solidly been here at good old Deuceology.  I started out writing because I wanted to say things that I either couldn’t or didn’t have time to say in my old Sunday school class.

Slowly, but surely, it morphed into this thing.  I have gone from writing whenever I had something on my mind to writing seven days a week to the point where I am now normally down to three days a week.

For the past few weeks I’ve wondered if I still had something to say.  I’ve come close to just quitting.  I’ve wondered if I really wanted to keep doing this.

I found out in the interim that I do have something to say.  While my focus for the majority of my time has been on faith, I’m going to open things up a little.  Know, though, that my faith is always the foundation of what I’m thinking, even if you don’t exactly see it.

My plan is to be more consistent, while I am considering, perhaps, moving my base of operations for all things Deuceology.  Not sure about that one yet.  Still contemplating it.

See you guys Wednesday.

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Fantastic Four: A Movie Non-Review

August 10, 2015 3 comments

If you have been around this site for a while then you know that I love superhero/comic book movies.  I try my best not to miss them.  I love the MCU and can’t wait for the DC Cinematic Universe to really crank up.  I have seen Age of Ultron and Ant-Man this summer.  Fantastic Four was the next one up and for much of the past year expected to see it.

So far, I have not.

That’s not to say I won’t.  I may go see it next weekend during a matinee.  However, I’m not hopeful that I will like it.

Once the movie was cast and production began, I have heard nothing good about it.  Of course there were crazy rumors, but those of us who follow these things closely never heard anything positive about it over the last year.

You would think that Josh Trank, who directed a really good movie in Chronicle, would be a great choice to helm Marvel’s first family.  Miles Teller is a hot young actor now.  Michael B. Jordan, whether you agree with his casting as Johnny Storm or not, is an extremely talented young man.  Kate Mara seems like she would make a great Sue Storm.

Alas, critics and the box office both agreed this one was a dud.  It opened up making about half of what the terrible Fantastic Four movies from a decade ago made.  Trank himself tweeted out his dismay about how this movie turned out.  A planned sequel for two-year off is probably being scrapped.  It scored on the level of Catwoman on Rotten Tomatoes.

It breaks my heart when a comic book movie turns out this bad.  The question I ask myself is why?

I wonder if it has to do with the love of these characters.  If it wasn’t for the FF, we wouldn’t have any other Marvel characters on-screen.  That means no X-Men at Fox and certainly no MCU characters at Marvel Studios.  So what happens next?

Fox wants to develop an X-Men TV show.  However, right now they can’t.  They only hold the movie rights.  Marvel Studios holds the TV rights.  I know that’s pretty confusing, but several years ago, Marvel was nearly bankrupt.  They sold the movie right to several characters to several studios.  Sony got Spider-Man.  Universal still holds distribution right to the Hulk.  Fox got X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil.  So far, they have only succeeded with X-men.

Maybe Marvel would work out a trade.  Maybe they will give the TV right to X-Men for the movie rights to the Fantastic Four.  They can let this box office bomb settle for a while.  Then they can introduce the characters in some Marvel Phase 4 movies and redeem them before they send them back out for their own adventures in cinema again.

Let’s hope so.

If I go see this movie next week I’ll post an actual review and give my thoughts on the actual content.  Until then, I will silently weep for the fate of these characters who deserve much better than how they have been treated for the past decade or so.

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Do You Have Limiting Beliefs?

August 6, 2015 4 comments

What do you believe about yourself and your life?

I ask that because of something that I caught myself doing recently.

A possible situation came up and my first thought was, “I can’t do that.”  I thought this to the point that I considered not even pursuing an opportunity.

Guess what?  If I kept that mindset I was right.  I could not do what I was considering.  In fact, I would not do come close to this opportunity.

This situation reminded me of something my boss told me a few years ago.  We were talking about my future and I asked him what I could do beyond my position at the time.  His answer?  “You can do whatever you want to do.”

He did not have a limiting belief in what I could do.  He believed that my ability was far beyond, perhaps, what I believed about myself.

I think sometimes we stop ourselves before we can even start.  We limit ourselves to something far shorter than we are capable of.  We hold ourselves back when we should be like a racehorse entering the gates.

For thirty-seven years, no horse won the Triple Crown.  Several horses won the first two legs only to fail in the Belmont.  This year American Pharoah won all three races of the Triple Crown.

What if everyone from the jockey to the trainers and owners thought that winning the first two races was good enough.  What if they thought that no horse had won in decades so why should they?  I would guess that it would have been much harder to win the race.  They would have limited their outcome and perhaps made a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Let’s not be own worst own enemy.  Let’s eliminate our limiting beliefs.  Let’s accomplish more than we think we are capable of.

Have you ever been guilty of limiting beliefs in your life?

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Technical Difficulties, Part 3

August 5, 2015 1 comment

I had planned to post today, but no such luck. My internet is such that yesterday’s AT&T problems affected my ability to connect to the world. Let’s try for tomorrow.

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