During the stay-at-home orders, it’s easier to see which side of the emotion sharing fence people live on. More than ever, neighbors and friends are calling each other to check in and see how the people in their lives are doing.
This is a divine reset. What you do with it could determine the next ten years of your life. What will you do?
You cannot really know the heart motives of another person. Criticism is often based on faulty assumptions about people who are different than us.
To one person, being cautious is an exercise of stewardship and responsibility.
To another, being cautious is a sign of fear or paranoia.
I saw this retweeted by one of my favorite sports analysts, and it resonated so much I had to share.
Dr. Andreo Spina, whom I’ve never met or heard of before this tweet, shared an idea I wish more people internalized.
100% of the time (literal, not exaggerated), whenever you hear a reporter, an entrepreneur, a pastor, a doctor, or other professional spend any noticeable amount of time talking about what other people in their profession do wrong/poorly that they don’t do, warning bells should go off.
100% of the time.
Some people make a name for themselves by shining light. Others make a name for themselves by differentiating themselves from “dark”.
These are not the same thing.
In the Charismatic Christian community, there are two reasons why people have serious problems: it’s either a character issue or it’s a demon. Those broad sweeping generalizations are clearly inaccurate much of the time. It’s just as foolish as generalizing how women feel or how men react. Life is full of nuance and unique circumstance.
Have you ever felt guilty for pressing towards a career or a ministry or an artistic expression that you enjoy? I’m guilty. It’s almost as if I thought pleasure and enjoyment were signs of disobedience and sin. This is the result of the church’s representation of God in my childhood.
I can be blunt, abrasive, and unapologetic. I clearly can. But more often than not it doesn’t yield the result I want.
It doesn’t matter if people are “too easily offended” these days. I don’t win anything by trying to teach the world a lesson one person at a time.
When I speak, do I want to be understood? If yes, then the burden of learning how to speak in such a way that people will both listen and understand lies with me.
If I take the time and energy to speak but don’t give every effort to be worth hearing, then I’m wasting my own time.
As a parent, both your children’s needs and your adult responsibilities clamor for your attention at the same time. It’s easy to make your own concerns the priority and assume your son or daughter’s issue is really not as big a deal as they make it sound.
We know that babies cry to get attention for every need. There’s a phase kids go through as they learn more advanced and accurate methods of communicating needs.
When I don’t express my gratitude in any given situation, it’s not because I can’t. I’m never forcibly prohibited from thankfulness. It’s a choice. I used to tell myself that I couldn’t be thankful during the bad times. Whether because I feel like it’s not fair, it’s not just, or it’s not kind. Or I tell myself that I’m not glad this is happening. So what?
I don’t HAVE to NOT be thankful. So when I’m not, it’s because I choose to not be. And since thankfulness is ALWAYS within my power, there is no limit to the things I can choose to be thankful for.
It’s up to me.Daniel Dessinger