2 Observations

Here are two of the things I’ve been thinking about lately. I don’t think they have anything in common.

1. More positive feedback usually comes with more negative.

I preached at Central the last two weekends and have thought about the responses I’ve received. The first weekend I had a handful of nice comments from people. Last weekend I had quite a bit more nice comments from people… and also a few negative ones. The ratio is usually about 1 to 5. Luckily for me it’s 5 nice comments for every 1 critique. It’s made me ponder an interesting question though: would I want to get more positive feedback if I knew that meant more negative as well? The problem is that we always hear the negative louder, so even though in reality it’s 1 to 5 it feels like 3 to 1, with the 3 being negative.

2. The better my finances are, the more I check my bank account.

This one doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. Michelle and I were able to pay off some of our debt recently and I noticed that I was checking my bank account all the time to see the status of what things had posted and when. Conversely, when we’ve gone through tight times financially I usually have to make myself stare at the numbers even though I know those are the times when I need to give it the most thought.

What have you been thinking about lately?

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan husband, father, executive pastor, and student of truth

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Gomer

about 2 years ago

I've been thinking about trying to find time for writing more. I feel like there's a bunch of thoughts running around in the background of my mind that I need to formalize and get out! Like scampering critters always at the edge of my periphery that need catching. You know?

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jeremy

about 2 years ago

Oh I know! You need to check out http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php if you haven't yet.

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Jim Butler

about 2 years ago

Jeremy, Just wanted to up your percentages for good reviews. I think your last 2 sermons have been 2 of the best ever given. I thoroughly enjoyed both, and I look forward to future sermons. Keep up the great work. God bless.

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Joanne Butler

about 2 years ago

Jeremy, I have to agree with Jim, that you get better each time we hear you speak, and we thoroughly enjoy your insight from your age, because it is a bit different from our point of view. You have helped us become younger! God Bless, Joanne

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jeremy

about 2 years ago

Jim and Joanne: you are two of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met! Thanks for your perpetual encouragement!

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Chris Bisgrove

about 2 years ago

Or perhaps a similar question might be "Can I learn as much from positive feedback/experiences as I can from negative ones"? For me the answer is infortunately "No." I wish I had the fortitude to build up my life muscles without having to tear them down first ... I am still trying to figure that one out. Thanks for the insight Jeremy

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about 2 years ago

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