I have no doubt the people in this room are going to succeed. The question is: Are you going to matter?”
— Seth Godin
Die from street violence and you may be remembered by a wooden cross and a few teddy bears set to rest on the sidewalk by your neighbors. You may get a t-shirt printed with your name. Die in a terror attack and there will be stone, marble and speeches to remember you with.”
When Does Street Violence Become Domestic Terrorism?
I would love to get in on this conversation.
What is this greatness that I’ve been missing? Lord, grant me this man or a least a man with this spirit/swag/vibe/whatever you call it
An extremely successful niche.
We all have different ways of working. Some make lists of their day ahead, others charge right in and see where that takes them. Benjamin Franklin, inventor of the lighting rod and the odometer to name a couple, not to mention his work as a author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat, was a list man. How he managed to get everything done in 24 hours still seems like a miracle, but clues to his productivity lie in looking at his daily schedule.
Might give Carlitta Durand some competition in my underrated soul playlist…get em gul!
“My times are in Your hand…” (Psalm 31:15, NASB)
You may be going through some difficulty today, but be encouraged because your times are in God’s hands. Trust that He has your best interest at heart. He wants to pour out His favor. He wants to take you further than you dreamed possible and work in your life in ways beyond what you have ever imagined.
You must think only of loving Me! I will think of everything else, even to the smallest details!”
— Jesus to the Servant of God Sr. Consolata Betrone (via littlethingsaboutgod)
Today was ridiculousness transformatively beautiful.
Today, I saw myself how God wants me to see myself, how I want to see myself, and how I truly am.
Today, I was cheerful. Today, I was smart. Today, I was funny and enthusiastic about life and sweet and loving and genuine and vulnerable and a comforter and a caretaker. Today, I gained people’s trust, I made people laugh, and I encouraged others. Today I could not stop thinking about how many times I had tried to hide who I was and who God made me to be to make others more comfortable. And today God told me that’s why I had been hurting.
“God wants us to be whole, the enemy wants us to be fractured and compartmentalized.”
NCC Sermon 2.10.2013
Basically, we can make three general statements about modern dating vs. biblical dating in terms of their respective philosophies:
- Modern dating seems to be about “finding” the right person for me (as my friend Michael Lawrence has written on this site, “Stop Test-Driving Your Girlfriend”); biblical dating is more about “being” the right person to serve my future spouse’s needs and be a God-glorifying husband or wife.
- In modern dating, intimacy precedes commitment. In biblical dating, commitment precedes intimacy.
- The modern dating approach tells us that the way to figure out whether I want to marry someone is to act like we are married. If we like it, we make it official. If we don’t, then we go through something emotionally — and probably physically — like a divorce. In biblical dating, Scripture guides us as to how to find a mate and marry, and the Bible teaches, among other things, that we should act in such a way so as not to imply a marriage-level commitment until that commitment exists before the Lord.
Jam of the Night: Raphael Saadiq, “I Love Her”