Choices

From Seth Godin

“I had no choice,” actually means, “I had only one path that was easy in the moment.”

The agenda we invent and act on defines our organizations, our work, and the people we choose to become.

Non-obvious actions taken in obvious moments, difficult decisions that might be easier to avoid, responses instead of reactions, and most of all, the choices we make when it doesn’t even seem like we have a choice–all of these, taken together, define who we are and the impact we make.

Feelings…

It is sometimes difficult to know if we are in fellowship with the Lord. We erroneously tend to rely on our feelings to gauge our relationship with Him. If we “feel” spiritual one day, we think we are in fellowship with Him. If on another day we do not “feel” spiritual, we assume we are not in fellowship. John helps us with this dilemma; he describes fellowship for us. If we are keeping the LordÕs commandments and loving others, we are in fellowship whether we “feel” in fellowship or not. Do not let your feelings deceive you and encourage you to sin.

From Quiet Walk (Walk Thru the BIBLE)

Reading. Do it again

Man Reading Book and Sitting on Bookshelf in LibraryDue to the tragic problem of ignorance and passivity in our world today, Some have been extolling the benefits of reading. Reading sweeps the cobwebs away; it expands us. here are three benefits of reading.

1. Reading increases our power of concentration. 

Through this discipline, the mind is programmed to observe and absorb. It replaces the “Entertain Me” mentality with “Challenge Me.” The eye of a reader is keen, alert, probing, questioning.

2. Reading makes us more interesting to be around. Being a reader adds oil to the friction in conversation.

3. Reading strengthens our ability to glean truth.

I would say, “Either read or get out of the business!

Can’t find the time? Come on, now . . . not even fifteen minutes? Don’t know where to start? How about the library? Most every town has one. So do many churches. Why not surprise the librarian and drop by on Sunday.

They probably even have books with pictures in ’em. (For your kids, right?)

 Adopted from Chuck Swinoll

When to stop talking…

FDRA story is told about FDR when he was a young lawyer. He heard his opponent summarize a case before the jury in eloquent, emotional, but lengthy appeal.

Sensing the jury was restless, FDR is reported to have said, “You have heard the evidence. You have also listened to a brilliant orator. If you believe him, and disbelieve the evidence, you will decide in his favor. That’s all I have to say.”

He won. Overstate and bore. Understate and score.

When a baseball umpire says, “Strike three!” he doesn’t have to add “Yer out.” That’s what strike three means.

When’s the best time to stop talking? Probably now.

From Chuck Swindoll