Life Posts

Do You Have Truth Blinders?

John F Kennedy“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” John F. Kennedy

Consider the above quote from John F. Kennedy about the significance of young people. There is something intrinsically true we know about it even if we don’t personally know a lot of young people. It’s the kind of statement that you hear and then it resonates with your own life experiences and observations. Young people are the future.

Now consider that John F. Kennedy never said that.

But you know the person who did.

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How Walmart Can Make You Better

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According to these statistics, Walmart has more than $400 billion dollars in sales each year. They employ more than 2 million people. They make more than $34,000 every MINUTE.

Yet that isn’t what impresses me most.

I recently read that 90% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Walmart!

Regardless of your view of Walmart as a company, they are shockingly efficient at spreading their brand. Imagine if you set out today to get a new store within just 50% of people in America. How daunting of a challenge! Yet Walmart has done this for almost everyone in America. Imagine what it takes to pull this off. How much success, how much strategic planning, and how many years of execution. It’s a daunting accomplishment.

I wonder how we’d live and work more deliberately if we set out to accomplish something this audacious. Maybe you aren’t launching new storefronts. But I bet there is some crazy dream inside you that you feel embarrassed even to say out loud.

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What Is God’s Role in the Oklahoma Tornado?

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As of this writing, the confirmed death count for the recent tornado in Oklahoma is twenty four people killed. Our hearts break for the families and communities affected by disasters like this. We stagger to make sense out of the destruction that they leave behind.

These moments also provide opportunities for our discussions of God to take center stage as each one of us wonders what His involvement is, or lack thereof, in moments such as this. In moments like these you’ll hear hellfire preachers declare God’s wrath on the gay community or some other group of declared sinners. In moments like these you’ll hear some people say that God must be cruel if He allows things like this but does not stop them. And in moments like these you’ll hear people talk about how this shows us that there is no God since a good God would not allow such heartache.

We all need to make sense out of moments like these.

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God Can Move Mountains (and Trash Cans)

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“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20b

Have you ever wondered if certain things are off limits to pray about? Maybe not off limits, but are there inappropriate things to ask God? Or maybe you’ve wondered if some things are a waste of God’s time or attention to get involved with? I can understand this tension and I have a tendency to over-think much of my own prayer life.

About a year ago we moved into a new neighborhood. While the house has worked tremendously for our family, the problem has been one of our neighbors. Let’s just say they have a tendency to over-extend themselves. The picture above shows a regular trash day in our neighborhood. If you look closely you’ll realize that there are two bins on our side of the property. While this certainly isn’t a big deal, there have been times where I don’t have room to put my trash bin out, or we can’t get our vehicles out of the driveway, or our trash collector has commented to us that there isn’t enough space to collect our trash. This is the norm, not the exception.

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You Need to Time Travel

futureme.org 6I wrote a couple of emails to myself today… in the future. Let me explain.

I know I’ve written about time travel before and expressed my love for how it can affect a good story in books like this. But I’m talking about a practical way that you can do it yourself.

There is a great website called FutureMe.org that allows you to send an email to yourself at any specified time in the future. This can be a couple of months from now or decades from now. The purpose is to check in with yourself to see how you are following through with goals or ideas that you have currently. What better gut-check could there be than hearing from a younger version of you?

I’ll be honest, it is more of an odd experience than I thought. It feels a bit schizophrenic to talk to yourself this way. Regardless, I pushed through this awkwardness and checked in on myself with a few goals that I’ve set for the future. Hopefully I forget about the emails (they are a few years from now) and that they have the desired effect when the older version of myself finds them in my inbox, or maybe they’ll appear on my retina lens contacts…

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