Saturday, January 07, 2012

Observations on Aging … George Carlin

Observations on Aging … George Carlin

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions. “How old are you?” “I’m four and a half!” You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five!

That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

“How old are you?” “I’m gonna be 16!” You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life… you become 21.

Even the words sound like a ceremony… YOU BECOME 21… YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk. He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re just a sour dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40.

Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50… and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.

And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; “I was JUST 92.”

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. “I’m 100 and a half!”

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

Observations on Aging … George Carlin

Friday, January 06, 2012

They found the guy who killed a park ranger dead. A war vet. A survivalist. Well armed. I don't know how he died. The thing that disturbs me is I know Thousands of these men and many women. Armed, Suspect of government, able to survive under dire conditions, well trained, in shape, angry and if there ever came a need for insurrection against a corrupt government they would take up arms It took 200 law enforcement agents to find this guy. He was already dead. I suspect self inflicted. What this says to me is IF there ever came a day when government went to war with it's citizens, there are many who would not go quietly. There would be significant casualties, on both sides. I suspect that after a very long protracted battle government would win....unless more joined the opposition than the corrupt government. If I were the President or Eric Holder I would be very careful not to awaken this sleeping giant. Not all of them are out in Dakota or Idaho. Some I know are within 10 minutes of my house and they are ready. I don't know if I should be happy or sad about this. Maybe in a soft way the fact they exist serves to ameliorate rampant government intrusion. See More
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Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Power of Failure to Empower Success

The following are some reasons why failure can empower success:

Failure causes us to rethink our current paradigm of ministry

If scientists and innovators in technology treated failure the way leaders in ministry do, then scientific and technological progress would be stifled! Those in fields of research understand that for every failed experiment they are closer to proving or disproving their hypotheses. Failure in ministry or business has the power to get us to recalibrate how we operate and make us more efficient. Even the corrections in the market economy during the past several years are part of a normal cycle of allowing what really works to come to the fore and correct some of the systemic ills regarding our cultural business habits.

Failure can bring greater humility

God has used ministry and relational failure to bring me closer to Him and to rely on Him more for my well-being, identity and success. As a younger leader I could only reach a certain point of humility on my own based on Bible reading and private devotion. God had to use the fiery trials of life experience, that come through time, to work a deeper level of humility in my soul.

Failure can bring more compassion towards others

Struggles with my own children have given me more compassion with Christian parents who have their own family challenges. I have found that I have far more authority to speak and minister to people in the areas I have been the most challenged with, especially because my heart resonates with people who are going through the same battles I have experienced.

Failure can cause us to seek God more earnestly

The longer I am in church ministry, the more I realize that I will never get the results in our local church, network or public life without seeking God earnestly! I have found that when I initiate ministry—based on my own natural gifts and abilities to lead and strategize—then it is up to me to keep it going on my own strength! God is not obligated to empower that which He never willed to exist! The older I get the more I try never to get involved in anything unless it not only fits my purpose and mission but also comes out of a strong witness of God’s leading in the Holy Spirit during prayer and contemplation.

Failure can make us more interdependent with other key leaders

As a young leader I hoped God was going to use me to bring great revival to New York City. But several years into our young ministry I went to hell and back (figuratively) and experienced much suffering do to failures in my own key relationships and ministry. After several years of intense trauma I came out of these trials with an understanding of how much I need other leaders. This resulted in an intense desire to network key leaders and churches from around the city which gave birth to “All City Prayer” initiatives starting in 1991 in which more than 1,000 people and more than 50 churches and leaders would come together for a day of fasting and prayer for our city. That was followed by many other citywide initiatives too numerous to mention (read my book Kingdom Awakening for more on these initiatives). All of this was precipitated by my experiencing failure in multiple areas related to family and ministry.

Failure can make us more self-aware

One of the greatest lessons from failure is that it made me more aware of who I am and what makes me tick, when I am being driven by fleshly personal ambition and when I am being led by the Lord. Every time I experience failure I use it as an opportunity to self-reflect and learn how and why I did what I did.

Read the whole thing

The Power of Failure to Empower Success

Monday, January 02, 2012

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15 faith-based predictions for 2012 – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs

The church is about to go thru some huge changes in the years to come. You will want to consider this.

Some line up with the Word of the Lord for 2012 I just posted.

15 faith-based predictions for 2012 – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs

Sunday, January 01, 2012

When muddling through is the best you can hope for | Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Well, 2012 is here. Looking around, my sense is that most people expect it to be a year about like 2011: Depressing, but not disastrous.

We'll muddle through, with some things getting better, and some things getting worse, but, overall, with no really dramatic change.

Well, maybe. But at the risk of being a New Year's downer, that's probably a best-case scenario. Though we might muddle through, there are a lot of potential game-wreckers out there. Let's look at a few.

Sunday Reflection: When muddling through is the best you can hope for | Glenn Harlan Reynolds | Columnists | Washington Examiner