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Book Review: “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” by Andy Andrews

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“Why the truth matters more than you think.” Andy takes us on an educational journey of how a leader misleads a whole bunch of folks into the gas chamber. Pretty sick thought. But true story. Then he takes this logic a step further… and encourages us to make wise choices when we select our leaders… and how we should accept nothing less than the truth from them.

Andy says… “Have you  ever noticed how we judge the “bad guys” by their actions, and the “good guys” by their intentions?” He then illustrates Andy Stanley’s Principle of the Path, which states “it is direction, not intention, that determines destination” … how good choices lead to good results… and how bad choices lead to… you know.

Andrews says, “The only way we have to know a person who aspires to lead us is to listen to what he says and watch what he does.” Good advice Andy. Another excellent book from a favorite author!

What qualities do you look for when trying to evaluate a leader that you may follow?


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A Thank You, On Golden Pond, And Random Thoughts About Writing

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Breathtaking views... a big cup of joe... and scrambled oatmeal = inspired!!

Today I wanted to say thank you…

It was two years ago this month that I started this gig… so I wanted to say thank you in appreciation to everyone who has followed my journey and offered endless encouragement and support. It has been an interesting and exciting time in my life… and I know that the best is yet to come 🙂

I’m in the midst of “learning the process” on putting together my first book… (you can read more about this book here). Not completely sure that my books are going to be published but really enjoy writing. This is very exciting… the feedback that I’ve received is very encouraging… I’m a little behind my self-imposed schedule (and very much at peace with this)… and at the same time I’ve realized that this writing gig is way more complicated that I thought it would be. I’m not really sure what most others think about authors… my perception was a little off before I dove into this venture… I guess I though of it a little like hanging out all day writing… I am pretty verbose at times so that part is easy (not quite like Tolstoy :-))… then I found out that, as a new author, I have to bring part of the audience with me… to run with the big boys… and that I’ll be using many other business and life skills that I’ve picked up along the way.

Hanging out writing… I mean, why can’t I just take a weekend off from life and shack up in tranquility… On Golden Pond with a big cup of joe and some scrambled oatmeal (my own personal recipe) and hammer out a book or two? Surely that’s what Lucado does, since he is publishing a book a week (or so it seems to me anyway).

There is way too much information on the internet and elsewhere to read and absorb. What makes mine stand out? Why should anyone stop by to read I’m Just Thinkin’? There are lots of folks working the internet right now… my presence, while I am on “learn as you go” mode, is pretty well defined… you can read more about my why here.

I wanted to share with you some of the most important resources / thoughts that I’m picking up on along the way…

This blog thing is sort of the proving ground… where I find out what ideas are going to fly… where I can hone in on them… where I am building an audience… where I’m making important connections… networking…

Two of the most significant resources that I have run across are Michael Hyatt’s blog and Christian Writers. I’m also involved in a new community group, it’s called “My Killer Tribe” … looking very fruitful!! If you are a writer, these are worth checking out.

I’m finding there is a limit to my creativity… that I can keep coming up with new goodness… only because I find material to write about through my daily walk… but there is a limit… when my creative energy is scattered into other areas of my life, my writing here at I’m Just Thinkin’ is scaled back.

If you’re a writer, what are some of the most helpful resources that you have identified on the internet?

What writing projects are you working on at this time?


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A Quite Different Point Of View

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It was one year ago today that the door was opened…

I learned a lot about people…

I learned a lot about life…

I learned a lot about God…

I learned a lot about a lot of stuff that at times I wish I never learned a lot about…

and yet, when it’s all said and done, it was just another experience…

Just another experience?

Yep…

I don’t say that with the intention of belittling what happened…

I accepted responsibility (you can read a little more about that here…)

I really wasn’t there all that long… and re-entered our world with a positive attitude and humbled spirit.

The most resounding points that I will share at this time about this experience are:

  • To God’s glory, I was able to lead 4 men to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  • I gained a tremendous respect for the law enforcement officers who serve our communities.
  • God continues to work wonders in bringing unity to our community.

These three mountainous peaks resonate through me to this day from this experience.

This is a joyous tune that one can only know through the experience of God’s love.

But, as I was saying…

it was just another experience…

you’ll have to understand my story to be able to put that statement into context…

Yes, this experience is worthy of a chapter…

an important chapter…

but only a chapter…

and I keep moving forward…

knowing that God is good, all the time.

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Have you experienced a significant, life-changing event that you can look back on and say that’s what Romans 8:28 is all about?


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The Lion And The Lamb

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A warm, cuddly Lion (:

I watched The Chronicles Of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe for the first time last week.

… it inspired me to write about how Jesus was both the Lion and the Lamb.

Narnia portrayed Jesus as the Lion. Strong and bold. Jesus gave it all for us. We needed that. We still do.

… we need the Lamb too. Soft and Gentle. Caring. Forgiving.

I want to grow to be like Jesus.

We often think of the Lion as masculine and the Lamb as feminine…

this seems natural… just consider the characteristics listed above…

the tendency has been to gravitate the church toward the Lamb…

the tendency has been to gravitate the church toward a warm, fuzzy and lovely place…

I personally love this place…

however, that tends to drive a lot of guys away from the church…

they seem to struggle with their masculinity in this setting…

if you read through the Gospel, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you’ll find Jesus was actually portrayed more as a Lion than a Lamb…

I love that dude.

I don’t really have to be androgynous to be the lion and the lamb…

or maybe that’s just the point, that being the Lion and the Lamb is OK…

Androgynous… having an ambiguous sexual identity…

just OK?

Maybe that’s what we’re striving for…

After all, He is both the Lion…

and the Lamb…

and growing to be more like Jesus is why we’re all here anyway…

Right On Dude?


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Friends For A Season, A Reason, Or A Lifetime…

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Friends... more than just a sitcom... often the central perk in our lives!

Friends are said to come into our lives for a season, reason or for a lifetime…

I wanted to share with you today a poem that I ran across about the people who we cross paths with… very cool…

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty; to provide you with guidance and support; to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Author Unknown

This concept truly amazes me… we never know who will come and stay… or even go… and sometimes they come and go and we don’t really know why… but they surely all arrive and leave with a purpose.

We should cherish each and every person that we encounter and hold on to the good… memories, lessons, love and laughter that we share each step of the way… I’m thinkin’ I’ll make a sticky note reminder for that one… for this and every season!

Who is your best friend… and why?

 


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