Where You Can Find God – Mini Post

People look for God in all kinds of places.  Here’s just one uncommon place where you can find God.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:17-18

If we know that God is near to the brokenhearted, doesn’t it make sense that we might find him there? That, perhaps, by serving them and being part of God’s deliverance – actually being the answer to their prayers – we might see God more clearly?

 

Does Facebook Cheapen Your Relationships?

Have you ever wondered if Facebook cheapens your relationships? Seriously, have you thought about whether you’re building relationships or just serving some narcissistic need to feel informed, important, and connected? About whether you really care about people or are simply using social conventions to get ahead in life?

Note: If your approach to Facebook and other social media is just lead generation and selling stuff, you probably won’t care about the rest of this post. But if you value relationships and care about your friends and acquaintances as people, keep reading and then leave your opinions in the comments.

I love Facebook.

I think Facebook (and social media in general) is great. It’s great that I have an easy way to keep up with my friends from high school and church and to meet new people. Sure, there are some things that just can’t be replaced – like being in the same place at the same time – but there are a lot of things that it does really well.

In many ways Facebook is like CRM for my friends and acquaintances. It’s how I can keep up with what’s going on in their lives (or at least what they share). It’s how I remember birthdays and anniversaries. It’s even how I often learn about prayer needs and social events.

And it requires so little effort. I love that.

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Two Steps to Give Your Life More Meaning

Here are two super simple steps to give your life more meaning. If you’re looking for something more complex, so that you can feel better about yourself and not actually living a more meaningful life, keep looking.  But don’t worry –  just because they’re simple doesn’t mean they’re easy.

Practice them over and over in an iterative journey into more and more meaning.

Step 1: Figure out what devalues life and stop doing that.
Step 2: Figure out what adds value to life and do more of that.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat…

That’s it. Simple small changes practiced and compounded over time.

Bonus: Some things seem somewhat neutral. They don’t necessarily add value but they don’t necessarily devalue life. Think long and hard about putting those things in your life, because if you invest your life in things that don’t add value, you still end up devaluing your life’s potential.

Life is valuable. Make the most of it.

Could a “Not to Do” List Change Your Life?

I’m sure that you’ve heard about a “to do” list but have you ever considered a “not to do” list? Seriously, a “not to do” list can change your life.

I suspect that many people don’t consider this but it’s as difficult to stop a negative habit as it is to start a positive habit. And it can be as easy to forget what we don’t want to do as it is to forget what we do want to do when life gets busy and priorities start piling up. It’s good to define what’s most important but sometimes we need a system to remind us of what isn’t important as much as we need a system to remind us what is.

Enter the “not to do” list.

I don’t remember where I first heard about the “not to do” list but I know it wasn’t my idea. That said, I’ve been using one for the last year or so and it can help me regain or retain my focus on what’s most important. It can help me make decisions about how I should (or shouldn’t) spend my time.

Here’s the “not to do” list that I came up with last year. I’m sure it’s not perfect but it’s served me well so far.

How about you?

Do you use a “not to do” list?
Why or why not?

4 Steps to Maximum Effectiveness

Welcome to Monday. No other day so reminds us of how difficult it can be to get it all done.  And, if you’re like me, it’s probably the one day you hope to be the most effective.  There are probably a zillion things on your desk all crying for your attention. People have been emailing and calling over the weekend. And, unless you cleared your desk before you left for the weekend, you probably have something left over from last week.

So, how can you get it all done? How can you answer your email and fleece lemmings and chase gnomes and design leprechaun fashion and invest in your key relationships? Continue reading

Fail Like a Baby to Succeed

Fail Like a Baby to Succeed is a guest post by Aaron Shaver (@shaversrazor), who blogs at aaronshaver.com.  I’ve known Aaron for several years and I think you’ll enjoy what he has to say.  Aaron’s a youth minister, an actor, a new father, and is really passionate about Jesus.  He and his Elaina wife live in Nashville, TN along with their new son.

My 16 month old son, Caius, went fully mobile about 4 months ago. Since he started walking, the adventure of being new parents has shifted gears for me and my wife. We’re now in constant panic/stealth mode. Baby-proofing the house is not enough when your child begins walking and, soon after, graduates to running. Lately, every room in our house suddenly seems to have “Death Trap Awaiting Your Child” marked over it. Needless to say, raising a fully mobile child has tested my reflexes and heightened my ninja/parenting senses.

My boy as also taught me a few things in his 16 months on this planet. Like, when he wants something, he will find a way to get it. And, the word “shame” is not in his vocabulary. Actually, a lot of words are not in his vocabulary…but for the sake this blog… Continue reading

How Great Leaders Succeed

How is it that some people are successful against all odds while others flounder with little or no success even though they have every advantage? Many people would say hard work and that’s sure part of it. But there’s another element in the relentless pursuit of a vision, goal, or cause.

The ability to choose perspective.

Beauty is in how you frame the picture – where you focus and what you ignore.

That might sound silly but it’s true. Think for a moment about photographers; great photographers capture beauty in horrible conditions by carefully framing their shots. And in the same way we can see the world and our situations differently based on how we look at things. We can see the world as it is, yet full of possibilities. Or we can see it as full of difficulties. The choice is ours.

If we see only opportunity and adventure, obstacles become challenges to overcome.  On the other hand, if we see adversity and difficulty, we see no opportunities. Continue reading