Unleash your living room!
“Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app that showed you all of the cool parties, bars and restaurants that you could be hitting tonight? Of course it would. But you know what would be even better? A social application that will lie and say you are already doing those things while you sit at home in your pajamas.”Some tag lines from the site; “Life, without the hassle of Living”, also, “ I can finally be who I want you to think I am. ” and last but not least, “ I spent hours researching fun things to do, but I got too tired to actually do them. ”
Seriously? Who wants to live life without living? Well, this app allows you to be somewhere you’re not, Live life to the least and make everyone else think you’re living it to the fullest,
Is this really how people want to live? I for one, am GOING to live life to the fullest… I’m GOING to spend time with my wife, kids & grandkids… I’m GOING to develop healthy relationships… I’m GOING to go on adventures… I’m GOING to love God and love others…
What are you GOING to do?
(I wonder if this will catch on in Church?)
My Point: Be who you are, and be WHERE you are…
MORE HIM, less me
We have witnessed a worldwide event over the past few days, more than 100,000 people from all over the world gathering in Rome to take part in a historic event… Flags from all over the world as people crowded into St. Peter’s square to be part of something bigger than themselves.. Sanding for hours in the wet, cold weather… All eyes on a smoke stack, waiting for the sign of white smoke to billow out signifying the election of the new leader of nearly 1.2 million Catholics all around the world…
We need to allow people to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves… Something that can and will change their lives forever…
Here is one Catholic commentators Job Description for the Pope: “Well, of course what we’re looking for is someone who’s holy, someone’s who’s intelligent, that knows theology, that knows the teachings of the church. But also somebody who can communicate. You know, can communicate to the average person, not just the scholars. And finally, there’s been a lot of talk about the need for someone who can re-organize and (get) the Vatican under control because bishops are upset about the leaks, about allegations of corruption and everything else and they don’t like that so you put all that together and it looks like Jesus Christ with an MBA..
That’s a pretty tough job description for anybody and there’s obviously nobody who fits it perfectly so I think we have to be realistic in terms of whoever gets elected Pope, He’s NOT PERFECT, there was only one person who was and we killed him!!
My Point: People are looking for a leader, they are looking for someone who can be holy, someone’s who’s intelligent, someone who knows theology, somebody who can communicate to the average person, not just the scholars, someone who looks like Jesus Christ with an MBA
Lets be that somebody!!!
MORE HIM, less me
“Discipline Reveals Character…” Over the last week, my wife and I have been blessed to have both of our grandsons here at our home… It’s been, lets say, challenging at times… We’re NOT used to having little ones around the house, & we ARE used to being able to understand them when something’s wrong… My youngest grandson (Isaiah – 6mths old) has been difficult at times, we know he’s eaten, he’s clean & he’s safe…SO WHY ARE YOU CRYING???!?!?!? We don’t know if his tummy hurts, he doesn’t like the way were holding him, or not holding him, if he’s too warm, or too cold… WHAT IS IT??? I can understand when a baby who can’t communicate any other way but to make a noise, but a two year old, who understands most of what you say? OH NO HE DIDN’T just throw a fit…”ain’t nobody got time fo dat”
My Point: When we are disciplined by our boss, reminded of who we are by a friend, reminded who we are NOT by our parents, what is revealed in our reaction? What oozes out when we’re squeezed?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
MORE HIM, less me
We have started a new series at CapCity called “Modern Family” – we are discussing issues in the family… We’re really excited about this series… You see, Family is the very first institution created, and it remains the foundational institution for mankind. The reason society is in a falling apart is because the foundation of the family is crumbling.
Pastor Shane shared some stats this morning that REALLY hit me hard and challenged me… I want to share those with you..
// Young men who grow up in homes without fathers are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families…
// 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
// 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes
// 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
// Kids living in single-parent homes or in step-families report lower educational expectations on the part of their parents, less parental monitoring of school work, and less overall social supervision than children from intact families.
// 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes
// Boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely that those in father-present homes to have gender identity troubles and more likely to mistreat women.
// Researchers observed “greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households.”
// Children from low-income, two-parent families outperform students from high-income, single-parent homes. Almost twice as many high achievers come from two-parent homes as one-parent homes.
// Only 13 percent of juvenile delinquents come from families in which the biological mother and father are married to each other. By contract, 33 percent have parents who are either divorced or separated and 44 percent have parents who were never married.
My Point: God has a plan for YOUR family, but YOU have a responsibility… based on the above stats, YOU have to do YOUR part… Be who God has called you to be!!
“Everybody has an Opinion…” Have you ever heard that said? NOW, have you ever added the rest of that statement??? sayings like, “opinions are like elbows”, or “opinions are like ears”, or “opinions are like armpits”. Or, you fill in the blank… When you say that, are you responding to someone else’s opinion about a topic? or are you preempting a comment that you are about to make?… First off, what makes you think that people need to hear YOUR opinion? Is it because you feel that you need to say something because everyone else needs to hear it, or do you have a legitimate comment to ADD to the conversation?
I attended a mtg with a lot of leaders yesterday, they were leaders of all different size churches and ministries from different types of cultures… During the breaks, they talked, asked questions and mingled with each other… I intently listened to many of those conversation (not like stalking, or in a creepy way). I was in the conversations, but CHOSE not to add my input… I wanted to see who added there own input and why…
My Point: when you decide to add your two cents to a conversation, think about why you’re going to say what you are going to say, and WHY are you going to say WHAT you’re going to say? Go ahead and comment on what you have heard or said…”Opinion are like _______”