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Respond or React???

September 26, 2016 Leave a comment

I’ve wanted to write this post for a week, but I keep getting stuck to the point that I would just have to put my computer up.  Finally, I think, I am able to push through and do it.

Someone I know wrote a rant on Facebook this week.  I’m not judging.  I’ve done it before and I’m afraid that I will again.

What happened was that this person felt wronged in business situation.  They wanted to make sure that all of their family and friends knew about it so that they would not patronize this business.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for me.  I’m the guy who wants to jump on the grass when I see a keep off the grass sign.  I see a wet paint sign?  I’m touching.  However, that isn’t really what this post is about.

The big problem I see is that this person reacted to their wrong or, perhaps, their perceived wrong.  They went off on the internet to make sure that the one who wronged them felt their wrath.

What if, instead, they had responded?

What’s the difference?

Reacting seems to always involve negative feelings.  It’s a defensive situation.  It make you feel good in the short time, but eventually that feeling fails to really satisfy.

Responding, however, tries to make a bad situation into the best one possible.  It doesn’t seek the demise or worst for the others in the situation.

Really, when it comes down to it, it’s the difference in following what we call the Golden Rule or not.  Seeking what you want for others what you would want for yourself is tough.  It isn’t natural.  It isn’t what we want to do.  Trust me, I’ve failed it more often than not.

There’s another way of looking at it that I think can be applied.  Zig Ziglar says that if you help enough other people get what they want, you will get everything you want.  I think that is one of the best applications of what Jesus said.

Instead of reacting negatively, let’s respond positively.

Instead of doing unto others as they have done, do as you want to be done.

Treat others as you want to be treated, not as you have been.

Help others get what they want.  You will end up getting what you want.

Sow sparingly and you will reap sparingly.  Sow bountifully and you reap bountifully.

Let’s seek out the positive in all situations instead of seeking out the negative.  I think we will find that life will be a lot happier and more joyful as we go.

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How To Have An Effective Prayer Life

September 7, 2016 2 comments

I think all of us who follow Christ want an effective prayer life.  We want it to be consistent and powerful.  We long to see prayers answered.  We desire a sweet fellowship with our God as we communicate with Him.  Yet, there’s the rub.  How do we do that?

I think the answer is much easier than we think.  In fact, I think that is part of the problem.  We make it harder than it has to be.  LIke many things, to really have the prayer life we want, we just need one thing.

A system.

Now, I expect some push back here.  Some will want to avoid the very semblance of there being a system.  They want to just pray when the Spirit hits them.  They just want to almost fly by the seat of their pants.  They are afraid that their prayer life might become too regimented and legalistic.  I think there is a Greek work that addresses that.

Baloney.

Look at the world that God created and maintains.  Does it just float around any which way?  Does God just seem to fly by the seat of His pants when it comes to the universe?  I don’t think so.  God is a God of order.  He creates these wonderful systems we live in and then sometimes he overrules His own rules and does something out of the ordinary.

Look at the life of Daniel.  In Daniel 6, prayer was outlawed for thirty days.  When Daniel knew this happened, he went to his house to pray.  He did this three times each day.  Daniel ended up in the lion’s den because of this.  The point, though, is that Daniel had a system for praying.  He prayed three times each day.  Evidently it was so regular than people knew when it took place.  His enemies certainly did.

Now, what system should you choose?  Sometimes I get asked a question about what Bible people should read.  I always say they should read the one they will read.  I don’t try to complicate it.  I think it should be the same with prayer.  Find a system that works for you.  If that means you turn off the radio and pray on the way to work, do it.  If it means that you prayer for five minutes seven times a day, do it.  I don’t care.  And I don’t think God cares either.  I think that if you develop a system for prayer that is regular, you’ll find yourself praying during those spontaneous, fly by the seat of your pants moments too.  It will actually free you up to pray.

Create yourself a system for prayer.  Start out simple and expand it.  Eventually you will pray without ceasing.

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This Isn’t Easy

September 2, 2016 Leave a comment

Have you ever returned to some sort of exercise program after a long layoff? I have. I’ve started running again several times in my life.

Often when I get started, the first run back is easy. The second one may even even be so. The third and fourth? Not so much. The daily consistent grind? Easy, yet tough.

It’s that way with writing a blog. Yesterday’s post was easy. Today? Tough. Doing it daily? Real hard.

How about prayer? Reading the Bible? Easy to do until you try to do it on a daily basis.

What good comes from running daily? Better health and physical fitness.

Writing a blog daily? Discipline and relationships built. How would I know Bill, Rob, Jon and Phil(and many others) without blogging in my life?

What good is daily prayer and Bible reading? The benefits are immeasurable.

None of these things are easy. Nothing worthwhile is. But worth it? Absolutely.

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Glad To Be Back

September 1, 2016 6 comments

It’s been ten days since I said that I would be starting back doing, well, Deuceology.  I thought I would ease back in by giving a little more explanation of what happened this summer.

A few months ago there was a transition at work.  My boss moved to a new position.  A new boss arrived.  I would be lying if I said that I have enjoyed the newness of the past three months or so.  However, there was a downside.

With the new boss came a different expectation.  More work was delegated my way.  That doesn’t even take into account an increase in our normal work.  Plus there was a discovery.

I simply couldn’t do it all.

This summer I’ve been preaching/teaching through the Gospel of Mark.  The first three chapters go at a breakneck pace.  Tucked in there in Chapter 1 is an interesting thing that Jesus does.

Jesus got up early and went to a desolate place to get alone.  He got away from every one and every thing.  He prayed.

I would like to say that I spent all of my time away from here like Jesus did.  You know, praying.  I can’t honestly say that.  I did, some.  Hopefully enough that it will show up in what I write.

I’m going to do my best to get back to doing what I love to do here.  Pray for me.  I’ll pray for you.

 

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I’ve Been Gone A While, But….

August 22, 2016 1 comment

Hey friends. It’s been a while since I’ve shown up. As a matter of fact, it was July 4 when I posted last. That’s pretty bad when it’s your own blog you aren’t showing up to.

This wasn’t intentional. I planned to get back in a rhythm, but life has just been busy. Work. Personal. You name it. Something was going to get crowded out. This blog was it. 

The good news is that I do want to make it make. My plan now is to get started on September 1. Of course, that’s just in time for college football season.

Hang in there with me. I’ll be back soon.

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Happy 4th Of July

I wish you a wonderful Independence Day!!! Please have a safe one in all your activities.

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Semi-Back

If you haven’t noticed, I have been absent from these here parts for a bit now. What can I say? Life happens. Work. Stuff. I keep thinking life will calm down. After all, my kids are grown, with one engaged and the other about to start college. Hasn’t worked out that way, though.

I’ll have a brief July 4 post, and then plan to have a real post on Tuesday. 

See you guys soon.

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