Posts Tagged ‘Authenticity’

Bad selfie

Maybe you’ve used the phrase “defining moment.” It is a point in your life when you experience something that fundamentally changes you. A “defining event” is similar. It is an incident that decides everything that happens afterward. Speaking of definitions, I heard a quote recently that literally stopped me in my tracks. I was reading something by Earl…

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Invisible people

Proverbs 28:5 “Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.” Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.  Benjamin Franklin One of the things my wife and I have done for our children as they were growing up…

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The Mask

By now you know I’m a movie nut. I mean, I even like bad, low-budget, B movies. Speaking of those, Jim Carrey starred in “The Mask” back in 1994. Crazy comedy with some animation thrown in. Here’s the premise. Carrey’s character finds an ancient green mask. When he puts it on, he changes and becomes…

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Wearing masks

During the current COVID-19 crisis, I wear a mask when I’m indoors in a public place. I’d love to show you a picture of me with sunglasses, mask, and hat. There is nothing that is recognizable or that identifies me…other than the poor choices that I make for my wardrobe (but that’s another story for…

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What’s your button?

Everybody’s got a button. You know, that one thing that really sets them off. We often talk in terms of “that guy really knows how to push my buttons.” The Free Dictionary defines this idiom as “drawing a strong emotional reaction from someone, especially anger or frustration. For example, My mother-in-law really knows how to push my buttons.…

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Counter-culture

Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even the Messiah did not please Himself. Romans 15:1-2 Jesus turned the world upside-down concerning the “strong” and…

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Wake up!

Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments ” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.    Joel 2:12-13            …

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A high calling

I’m not sure when it happened, but it is pretty much understood that pleasing someone else is a negative thing. You know, “doing the will” of another. US News recently said this about the practice. “It can erode your sense of integrity — and you can start feeling bad about yourself.”  If your motivation for…

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Know the culture

I was in Montreal Canada this week. What a beautiful city. If you’ve never been there, google the “old city of Montreal” to see some incredible architecture. The streets are much like Europe. The language of Montreal and most of Quebec is French, not English. Here’s what surprised me. Montreal is just a very short…

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My red beetle

I drive a Volkswagen Beetle. It’s red. Definitely a throw-back to my college days. As I look out my office window I can see the parking lot where my VW sits. I look at all the cars, I can’t see another red VW. I can see over 100 cars, but none like mine. I know…

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A simple view of friendship

I’d like to suggest a simple view of relationships that has served me well. Years ago I attended a seminar in Colorado. I still remember hearing an explanation that there are basically four levels of friendships that become deeper and more significant as you grow. Level one is what is called an “acquaintance” friendship. This…

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I wish he didn’t say that!

When you hang with people for any time at all, you eventually get in a conversation or overhear a conversation where you say to yourself, “I wish they hadn’t said that.” Maybe you heard a spouse say in the midst of pain, “I married the wrong person.” Maybe they say something the seems out of…

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Mentors

I’m a chemistry minor from Northern Arizona University. I remember one professor who was delighted to share with his students his chemical analysis of human beings. He would say, “do you know that 99% of the mass of the human body consists of six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. They are worth…

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New

Who doesn’t like new things? I mean, it doesn’t matter if it’s expensive or economical, if it’s new, then it’s cool. But there is an interesting fact surrounding the word “new.” It can mean new to you…like a brand new pencil. It’s new to you, but there are also a million other pencils that look…

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Just Do It

Rajon Rhondo is a National Basketball league player since 2006. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. I came across several inspirational things he has said or written in that past few years. One, in particular, stands out. “Talk is cheap, but when you go out there and prove it – you’re the first…

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When expectations don’t match reality

When somebody doesn’t do what they should do or what they’re expected to do, it can cause a lot of pain. I have found that the distance between expectations and reality has a direct relationship to stress in life. The more distance, the more stress. If it’s you who says one thing but doesn’t really…

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They’ll Never Be the Same

I love this picture from the Bible. Jesus being pressed by people wanting to hear a word from God. Luke 5:1 Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God,   Eric Liddell was the character the movie, Chariots of Fire, was based on. He was an Olympic Gold…

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RESPONDING TO MISTAKES – Relationships

I’m not sure where it was originally said, but people generally don’t disagree with the following statement: “Errors, miscalculations, and blunders are the “unforgivable sin” in today’s society.” You’ve grown up with it and your kids live it in our world today. Failure is not an option. I think it was Vince Lombardi who said…

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