Going unscripted can be intimidating to a lot of people. Generally speaking, most people operate better within a confined framework. In fact, even though many people say they don’t, most people prefer routine and predictability. This is evidenced by their actions.
Don’t get me wrong, routines are overwhelmingly good, but unshaken routines often become stale tradition and an excuse to do things a certain way because, “that’s how it’s always been done”.
In this Thursday’s Tip of the Day we will be looking at how we can narrow our focus. I must admit that I often spread myself thin because I delve into too many things. Many have pointed out that being a jack of all trades is akin to being a master of none.
When I was a teenager I worked at a retail store. I was well liked because I worked hard and did whatever was necessary to complete the job. After a while, they started training me for other jobs so I could cover if people were on vacation. I worked almost every single job on that store, but when I wanted to apply for an open position that would lock me into one spot, my boss didn’t want to let me go.
Do you like being lied to? I seriously doubt it (if you do, then you have some issues!), but for some reason we all seem to struggle with the truth at times. It’s not that we don’t know it, it’s just that we don’t always like how it sounds, how it makes us look, or how it makes us feel. Our answer… make up something better.
We live in an age where lies are commonplace. It wasn’t that long ago that a Congressman blamed hackers for his own actions. It’s not just politicians though. Athletes such as Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o have had spats with truth-telling as well. Unfortunately, even ministers are not exempt from this plague.
I see it everyday. It started off as being annoying, but it’s honestly more depressing than anything at this point.
It was one of those projects that got started, but never finished. I’ve looked at it so many times and thought, “I really need to finish that.” The problem is that I haven’t done it.
Valentine’s Day may be the most romantic day of the year. In fact, many students will seek to have someone special, just because they want to be with someone on this day.
Togetherness makes us feel special. We desperately want someone to share our deepest secrets and greatest dreams with. This is a natural part of life.
My wife recently told me that for years she never ate syrup on her pancakes. Her only reason was because her dad didn’t. She figured that if her dad didn’t eat, it must not be good. But how wrong she was! Today she enjoys syrup and a number of other foods she never dared to try.
Last night I was reminded of this principle in our youth service. I decided to try something new to us, though I’m sure others have used it. During my message on love and relationships, I displayed a live twitter feed on our screen and asked our students to tweet (we also let students text my wife in case they didn’t have a Twitter account so she could tweet for them) using the hashtag #whatslove. I wasn’t sure if it would be a colossal train wreck or something amazing- thankfully, it was closer to the latter.