Mary Poppins said it best. Well, I suppose she didn’t really say it. She sang it instead.
Eliminate the negative. Accentuate the positive.
I have had to do that lately. My team has lost two of its first four games by blowing fourth quarter leads. Both losses have been heart breaking.
The inevitable has happened. Fans are in an uproar. Some media, who are more fan than journalist, have allowed their emotions to spill over into their work.
Social media has been a mess. Is there criticism to make? Sure, but much of it goes beyond that and demonizes people in ways that exceeds reason.
So what has this guy done? I’ve eliminated the negative. I have reduced the outside clutter from my life that is just going to bring me down, make me mad or stir me up.
Honestly, it isn’t much different than the current presidential race. One candidate zoomed out to a lead by yelling and screaming louder than others in a negative tone.
Jim Rohn said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If those people are negative, you are going to be negative.
If you spend your time soaking in the negativity of others, whether that be in reality or virtually, you are going to be negative.
If you find yourself in this situation, do something about it. Find yourself a positive friend. Then another and another.
Instead of reading and listening to negativity, fill up on positive messages.
Guess what? Your life will change. You will be happier. The world will be brighter. Life will be more fun.
Eliminate the negative. Accentuate the positive.
A week or so ago I did something unusual. I woke up early on a Saturday morning, got ready and left the house just before 9:00 a.m.
I arrived shortly after the others. They had already started. I joined in and soon we were ready to leave.
We followed each other and soon were ready to begin again. We did this two or three more times before we were done for the day.
What did we do?
We helped a couple in our church move.
I’m not saying this to brag. I don’t have anything to brag about. I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but for some reason felt compelled this day.
It felt good to help, but that isn’t what this post is about.
It’s about how we come to know each other in our churches.
It isn’t enough to simply show up every Sunday and expect to really get to know anyone.
You have spend some time with each other outside the four walls of the local church building.
You have to serve together.
Have a Coke or a coffee together.
Share your heart with each other.
Love each other.
That’s how you really get to know each other. You have to actually do life together.
How have you gotten to know the people in your church?
I was reading the Bible the other. That shouldn’t be a surprise since I’m a Christian. However, as I read it, I wondered why other people read it. Or I should say other Christians. I know why I was reading it, but I sometimes wonder if all of us are reading it for the right reasons. Here are some reasons why you may be reading it.
You might read the Bible to complete a year-long Bible reading plan. Of course the prevalence of these will increase as we begin to wind down the year and the new year approaches.
You might read the Bible in order to prepare for a Bible study that you are preparing to teach or attend. It is always good to know what you are talking about before you get started.
You might read the Bible to know God’s will. To know this, God’s word is a good place to start.
Perhaps you read the Bible to prove a point. Someone has challenged you on a point and you need back up. God’s word is a tool that is often used for this.
Some people read the Bible to prove science. I don’t think this one is good since the Bible is not a science text. It is a book of narrative history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature and more.
There may be other reasons to read the Bible, but none of these are the best reason at all. What is the best reason to read the Bible?
To know God.
It’s that simple. If you want to know God that is the best reason to read the Bible. Is it the only way? No. We have the Holy Spirit. We can look at the world He has created. We can know Him through the Church. We can minister to others and countless other ways.
But reading His word, we all should begin and end with that.
How have you come to know God throughout your life? What is the best way for you to know God consistently?
An interesting thing haopened at church yesterday. I suppose interesting things happen every Sunday, but this one was specific to me.
A lady, a neighbor, approached me. She started talking to me about my Facebook posts. She told me that she didn’t understand most of them. From there she told me I was weird.
What else do you do other than agree?
I suppose that I could have had my feelings hurt. I could have been offended or gotten mad.
Instead I laughed all afternoon.
There was nothing for me to disagree with. Why?
I am weird. So are you.
I hate the idea of being like everyone else. I like the fact that I am peculiar. In fact, the Bible calls me peculiar, as well as you if you follow Christ.
I don’t want to be like the rest of the world.
Austin, TX has a tag line that says “Keep Austin Weird.” I say the same.
Keep Larry weird. Keep Larry the Deuce on Twitter and Facebook. Keep Deuceology weird.
That’s the only way I know to live.
I missed you guys Monday.
I had every intention of writing a post to share, but alas it didn’t happen. The events of the weekend prevented it.
Friday night was spent at high school football among a couple thousand people.
Saturday was spent in the midst of 102,455 for hours.
Sunday was spent driving for a couple of hours to a family reunion to hang out with around twenty or so people.
I was bushed when I got home. In fact, I still haven’t recovered completely. I’m still worn out and exhausted as I write this.
I’ve been wondering why I just can’t seem to muster up the output that I used to with this blog. I’ve blamed it on a lot of things, but I believe that I have finally gotten to the bottom of it.
I’m an introvert.
Three consecutive days of being in various sized crowds, following my normal days at work, left me completely wiped out. I didn’t get to spend any “me” time like I normally do on the weekends.
I’ve come to realize that this is where my ideas would come from and be fleshed out. I normally get up early on the weekends and spend time by myself before everyone else gets up. I have time to think, ponder and think about what I wanted to write.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t like people. I love them and love spending time with them. As long as I get that time away from them as well. As long as I get some time to myself.
It’s not an introverts world out there. You have to be intentional about spending time the way you need to so that you can survive as an introvert.
Last weekend was the hazards of being an introvert. Sometimes you find yourself in situations that stretch you well past your limits. You have to recover and move on. The positive is that it finally alerted me to how it was affecting this very important writing and blogging part of my life. I can adjust from here.
Introvert or extrovert? Ever find yourself in extended situations that drain your energy?
Fourteen years ago, 9/11 became something different for all of us. Three years before that, it became something special for me.
Seventeen years ago, we welcomed a baby boy into the world.
I got a partner in crime and a Vol fan for life. I also got so much more.
It’s not the fourteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for me.
It’s 9/11 part 17 for me and my main man, Andrew.
Happy birthday, Bud!!!
Andrew, my son, gave me a quiz last night. It was ten questions that were given to him in his government class that he’s taking during his senior year of high school. In my growing attempt to be transparent and get to know everyone better, here are the statements I was asked to agree with, disagree with, or answer maybe to:
- Government should not censor speech, press, media or Internet
- Military should be voluntary. There should be no draft.
- There should be no laws regarding sex for consenting adults.
- Repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs.
- Let peaceful people cross borders freely.
- End corporate welfare. No government handouts for business.
- End government barriers to international free trade.
- Replace government welfare with private charity.
- Let people control their own retirement. Privatize Social Security.
- Cut taxes and government spending by 50% or greater.
- I don’t think the government should censor speech, press, media or Internet. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think there are consequences to these things. I agreed with this one.
- I said maybe on this one. I’m a little conflicted on this one. I think mandatory military service would do many of us a great deal of good. However, most of the time I think it should be voluntary. During times of war? Draft away.
- I agreed with this one. I think the government should stay out of people’s sex lives. This is America, where we should be free to sin away if we want to. I don’t encourage this behavior. I just believe in the freedom to do it.
- I hate drugs and what they do to people. Most drugs should be illegal. However, I gave this one a maybe.
- I believe that America is the land of opportunity and we all come from immigrants. If people can come here and better their lives, I say come on.
- I believe that if a business is going to file bankruptcy or fail, then the government should not intervene. I know that might be tough on the employees, but I don’t think we are entitled to have jobs. The government should not go into debt or tax its citizens to save a business from hard times.
- I don’t think there should be any barriers to free international trade. In either direction.
- I think that the government is terribly inefficient with anything they touch. This includes helping the needy. Looking forward to cutting my taxes and government spending, I would rather give my money to private organizations that operated locally.
- I made my grandmother mad a few years ago with my answer to this one. I told her if I had the choice I would opt out of Social Security and put that money in my own private retirement. She asked who would pay for her Social Security. I think she thought I wanted hers to dry up.
- Yes, yes, yes. Do this at every level. I think that the federal government should be involved in few things. A military to protect for the common defense. The interstate highway system. Not much else. Everything else should be handled as locally as possible.
Does this have anything to do with my faith? I have no idea. I can’t point to any verses that support this. We often hear about separation of church and state. I believe in that. I think the government should stay out of our faith. For the most part, I think the government should stay out of our lives as much as possible. Evidently this makes me a Libertarian.
How would you answer these questions?