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Encourage

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Encouragement never hurts.

Sometimes we need truth, especially when truth is as hard to find as it is to hear.

Sometimes we need correction, all the more when we're going the wrong way.

But, we always need encouragement.

Encouragement is not a blanket claim that any ambition can be achieved by any amount of effort or by any means.

Whether chasing a goal or seeking a goal to chase, remember that success awaits everyone, on the condition that we pursue the right goal in the right way with the right effort. That's encouraging. Remind yourself. Remind everyone you meet. Encourage.

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Negotiate Minimal

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The best method for negotiation is to know your minimal self.

There are many tactics and theories taught by many people. There is the "I don't need you, I want you" tactic—also a truth. Then, the "you owe me" and "that's your problem" tactics, plus the famous "over-aim to get what little you want" tactic.

But, the best method is to know your minimal from the beginning, declare it from the outset, and stick to it.

If you can compromise a point after 20 hours of talk, you never really wanted it in the first place. You should know that.

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Respect and Planning

Things never turn out exactly as we plan them. They don't turn out how we expect for ourselves nor for our friends nor for our enemies.

We can and should plan, prepare, hone our skills, and always be ready.

But, don't go overboard. Don't fear your enemies. They have enough of their own battles and surprises. Instead, give enemies a little more respect, a little less fear, and a little less hate. At the end of the day, we are all pieces on the grand chessboard of the universe, subject to the surprises and strategy of the Grand Chess Master.

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Urgency of Galaxies

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Strange as it seems, try this idea on: God wants us to design galaxies in the afterlife; preparing to design galaxies now is His solution to our problems right now.

Is that "pie in the sky"? We don't want to keep our eyes on the sky so much that we don't keep our eyes on the ball.

Then again, designing galaxies could strengthen creative thinking. Today's challenges may only be overcome creatively. Looking at the sky a little more may keep the ball from getting lost in the sun. It may not seem urgent, but a galactic perspective ain't bad.

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Right or Incompetent

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You can go to anyone and get an opinion about anything. Why do you think your opinion is worth having? What is your basis? Do you go to the deli or gas station to get an opinion about what medical treatment you should take?

Some people are proven right about politics over and over—who would get elected, which problem is a problem, what scandals are real.

The best way to evaluate an opinion is by results: Follow the money. Follow the results. We must treat results as if they were intended because, if they weren't then they were incompetent.

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Capitalism Cap-able

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Eating the bigger fish won't make smaller fish bigger. Putting a glass ceiling above the people above you won't stop you from hitting your head on a glass ceiling. Bringing others down won't help you ascend.

Big fish eat little fish. Little fish don't want to be eaten. By keeping the little fish safe, the big fish starve. All you need to do to make all life fair in the pond is to protect the little fish. Preserve their freedom.

Attacking big fish is only a distraction—such an effective distraction that provoking attack could be a big fish tactic.

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Proven Opinions

Everyone wants an opinion, but not everyone understands. This goes for many topics, politics not the least.

What is the purpose of a political opinion?—To be angry at others? To blame others? To think you have all the answers so you can sleep at night? To make the world a better place? How is your goal going?

What evidence do you have that, if you had to put money on your political opinion being right, you wouldn’t lose everything you own?

When you are proven wrong, do you re-evaluate your opinion-making process? Without reevaluating, opinions won’t ever prove right.  · · · →

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Problems too Big

Christians’ reputation precedes them. They do a terrible job at nearly everything, argue with each other all the time, and look down on the rest of the people who keep the world spinning. Why?

It’s small thinking.

They believe that, in one way or another, meeting Sunday Morning is “more valid”. It’s not that Christians think that Christians are better than others; it’s that they think Sunday Morning is better than others.

But, if God made everything, isn’t every day equally valid? Isn’t all “fellowship” equally “real”? If Jesus is so big, Sunday Morning too small for him to fit.  · · · →

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Border Effort Problems

Expanding your borders won’t solve your problems; expanding your borders while you have problems only expands your problems; solving your problems will effortlessly expand your borders.

Where do you put your effort?

If you focus on how other people are to blame for your problems, you will find the excuse you need. Then, you can have problems and someone to blame for them. But, your own problems will never go away until you can focus on how you yourself are to blame.

So, put all your effort on your own blame, no matter how small your blame borders on being.  · · · →

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Coding Christian

Coders generally have their own styles and preferences that artists don’t understand. So, who is supposed to write art software? Coders actually write it. Artists actually use it.

Coders don’t get along with artists or each other. One guy changes his software, coders who use it spend more time learning his changes than improving their own software. 5% more cooperation would eliminate 95% of software glitches. But, coders don’t cooperate with anyone.

Christians fight more and produce even less. Cooperation is such a struggle in coding, if Christian amateur computer programmers just got along, they could revolutionize the software industry over night.

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Justice, not Money

The problem with the world isn’t money, it’s fairness. Life isn’t fair. It’s extra-kind to rich people and extra-mean to poor people.

What can we do?

Jesus said that the poor would always be among us. He didn’t give them money. He healed them to give them justice. So did his disciples in Acts. Isaiah 11:4 says that Jesus is the judge who gives justice to the poor.

So, don’t love money, don’t hate money either. Just give justice to the poor. Use your money to give justice to the poor and to make other people give justice to the poor.  · · · →

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My Fault, My Idea

There are two great self-realization “epiphany” moments in life:

“I am different from my ideas.”

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“It’s my fault.”

Knowing that you are not one-in-the-same with your ideas liberates you. You can change your ideas like a pair of shoes. Someone criticizing your ideas won’t insult you personally because they are merely criticizing your ideas, not you.

Knowing something is your own fault frees you to do something about it. You can’t change anything or fix any problem unless it’s your own fault. Maybe it’s only your fault for not having improved.

So, try on this idea: It’s your fault.  · · · →

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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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