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Peers and Judges

Judging is a technical skill. Like anything else, it requires study and practice.

Parents, teachers, supervisors, even police, landlords, waitresses, and pizza delivery guys operate as judges from time to time. The rest of the time, among peers, we don’t judge; we only have an “opinion”.

If we do well in smaller courts of life and have good opinions among our peers eventually, other people will ask us to judge them. Some call this “job promotions”, others call it “getting the girl”, “respect from children”, or “winning elections”.

It starts with being serious in whatever small things we may judge.  · · · →

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The Problem of Sovereignty

Among many, one trait fails to set Christians apart from all others: blame-shifting. We all like to blame our problems on someone else—our obstacles, our challenges, our injuries. But, for Christians, we have one bigger problem that forbids us, supposedly, from doing so: The Doctrine of Sovereignty.

God is “sovereign”. He has power over everything—everything! Nothing happens to me which has not first passed through the approving hands of my Father. No matter how painful, unfair, inconvenient—all things that happen to me are for my own good if I am truly a Christian.

That’s hard to accept.  · · · →

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Why Say What You Do

Walking your talk isn’t easy. Best to just make your walk first, then talk from it. Never make any commitment until you’ve determined that you can and will do whatever it takes to keep that commitment.

But, why is it so important to keep every commitment?

What promises are most important—promises that promise the greatest return? The most important promises to keep are whatever the most difficult are to keep. Keeping challenging promises, makes us challenging promise keepers.

Only God keeps every promise. He reserves the most promising promises for people who keep theirs, especially the small and difficult.  · · · →

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Go Until it Feels like too Much

To most people, the work necessary to finish and succeed feels like too much.

As you progress, as you advance and move forward, you start to sweat. You get tired. You get exhausted. You get hungry for food so much that you can easily forget about your hunger to finish.

It even looks like too much.

People watching see neither results nor your vision, they only see your exhaustion. If you’re running a race they have not run themselves, they think you’re just abusing yourself.

So, they’ll tell you to quit. “Love yourself,” they’ll say. But, they just can’t know.  · · · →

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Hard, Unfair Work

The amount of hard work needed to survive is unfair. But, so are the payoffs.

Every victor, every winner, every success story did an unfair amount of hard, smart work—too much, in fact. That’s why they make victory look so easy.

Don’t be distracted by fairness. Nothing is fair, even  your strengths. Everyone has an unfair advantage and an unfair disadvantage. Often times they are the same. What makes it fair is hard work and self honesty about why hard work fails.

Keep going. Once you’ve done more work than you need, you’ll be rewarded more than you deserve.  · · · →

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Gravity’s Life Story

Some people would bend rules of gravity—with friend or enemy, to reward or punish—all as they see fit. Others give justice even to enemies.

We prove which type of people we are in the small things. As such, gravity, being both jealous and powerful, takes note and agrees with us. Those who would bend gravity become the objects of “chronic bad luck”, while “chronic good luck” finds those who respect universal justice.

There are two ways to create good and bad luck: One is agreement with gravity, the other is work ethic. That is most everyone’s life story.  · · · →

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Welcome Thy Friends

Jesus warned that a prophet is never welcome in his hometown. Even his mother and brothers treated him like he was crazy at times.

But, this was not a rule that a prophet must conform to. It was a warning to the hometown and family.

We have a natural tendency to think less of people in our close circles. Think about the logic of that…

“No one close to me could ever be brilliant. So, anyone I know who talks big—I’ll put him in his place.”

Don’t do that. Strange as it sounds: Heed good ideas, even from friends.  · · · →

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Boss Your Decision

Many times, people’s decisions are wrong, but they have the authority to decide. Maybe they should change, but arguing with them won’t help once their decision is final. You can’t change others, but don’t quit.

Be a boss, fix problems under your control—everyone has some. Start new things, inspire people, or publish your dissenting opinion somewhere useful. Just, accomplish something.

Music lessons for pigs are annoying and achieve little. If you try to teach pigs to sing, consider that you might be wrong and your boss has accepted it and already moved on, which is why he’s the boss.  · · · →

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What to Do

Half of society has decided that they don’t want to be told what to do.

It’s not that they don’t want to be bossed or controlled. It’s not that they want freedom. Though, they tell themselves such. Actually, they just want everything to be their own idea.

They don’t ask whether their actions will succeed or fail. They don’t ask if something is good or bad, desirable, healthy, painful, useful, wise, or quite the opposite of all these. They only ask whether someone is “telling them”.

If you tell such people, “Go, thrive, and succeed,” they will fail on purpose.  · · · →

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Two Types of Futurism

There are two types of reasons people predict the future.

The first type is common to everyone—we try to predict the future to see how well we know the past to guide us to accurately anticipate what will happen next.

The second reason is more of the psychopathic reason, and unfortunately is the hidden reason for many of us; the second reason for predicting the future is because we prefer our prediction to become the future. Sometimes, this is called “wishful thinking”.

Believing something will happen and agreeing that something should happen are two different things. Don’t be confused.  · · · →

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Two Views of Strength

Whether brain or brawn—there are two worldviews about where strength comes from.

Some believe strength is arbitrarily bestowed from above. We are on the earth are mere objects of favor and misfortune. Those with more stole it from others in this grand, zero sum game called Life. Only the poor understand wealth.

Others believe strength comes from hard work and choosing battles wisely. Working people are strong in mind or body or both. Peaceful people don’t deplete themselves of their energies and are fierce when roused to arms.

Both have unfair advantages to exploit and hard choices to make.  · · · →

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Mass Futurism

We would think that someone who accurately predicted a future event should be the talk of the press. All the pundits should want to pick his brain. All the major media anchors should want him as a guest on their shows. Right?

But, the dirty little secret of the news industry’s intoxicating power is its power to create news, not report it. If you predicted an outcome different from the mainstream, you don’t know more about events than the pundits; you are their enemy who shaped events how you wanted them, rather than letting them shape events how they wanted.  · · · →

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Brotherly Justice

Brothers can’t give each other justice. They just can’t, no matter how much they try, no matter how much they want to.

Brothers may be slightly older or younger, slightly bigger or smaller, but they come from the same stock, the same species, the same branch. They are very much alike—so much alike that what helps or hurts one brother has a similar effect on the other brother.

Justice must come from above. It can’t traverse brothers.

For punishment or reward, opportunity or confinement, brothers can’t find justice between each other separately. Brotherly justice can only be achieved together.  · · · →

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The Bad Samaritans

Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan as an irony. Originally, like busybodies, the Samaritans complained when King Cyrus ordered Jerusalem’s temple to be rebuilt. King Darius, who came a few years later, ordered the temple to be completed anyway and for the Samaritans to pay for it.

The Samaritans brought trouble on themselves. Had they not tried to have a “better” idea than the king and just gone about their business, they wouldn’t have had to pay for Israel’s temple. In the end, they only lost.

Be a Good Samaritan. Help the injured, then mind your own business.  · · · →

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