Does it Really Matter?

November 19, 2015 — Leave a comment

recycleYears ago I had an intriguing conversation with a recent Engineering graduate. Well, come to think of it I’ve had several intriguing conversations with engineers!

She told me that she had worked on a project for one of her classes – the outcome was simple: answer the question you were then asked at the local grocery store as you checked out – paper or plastic?

The project was to determine which really was the best answer for the planet. As she shared her findings, I have to admit they were a bit unsettling though they make perfect sense.

The answer: plastic! Shocked? At first I was as well. Ah, but there’s a catch – there’s always a catch. Plastic is the best answer ONLY if people will actually recycle those bags. So there’s a moral decision attached to even that simple question.

In reality it takes far less resources and energy to produce and recycle plastic bags than it does to create and recycle paper bags. But we don’t like that answer, because then it places the decision squarely back on our shoulders.

If we, as a people, are not going to recycle – then we might as well just continue to harvest trees and produce paper bags. An internal decision is required along with a change in our thinking.

And we don’t always like it when we need to change the way we think.

So what changes to your thinking are you facing?

Why can’t we encourage more people to recycle sending less to the landfills?

 

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We All Worship!

November 18, 2015 — Leave a comment

worship2On a recent trip to Europe, we visited several old cathedrals, cemeteries, art galleries, museums, and other old buildings. For thousands of years people of different races and nationalities across many countries and continents have been worshipping God as they understood him in ways that seemed right in their culture and held meaning for them.

There is something within each of us that longs to know something greater than ourselves. That longing within is a desire/need/bent to worship.

Long ago, young Josh led his people into the land of inheritance they had been promised long before. When they began to settle in, he challenged those people to not forget the One who had led them during their travels and many conquests. And told them, as well, to choose who they were going to worship.

That’s key in all this worship talk – we get to choose who/what we are going to worship.

Choose wisely, young student!

 

New Ventures

November 17, 2015 — Leave a comment

 

Start UpsIn the 1980s we helped launch several unique ministries that were focused on helping people in need. In the 1990’s we helped launch two new churches and later in that same decade helped launch a media/web company.

Early in the 2000’s we continued to help launch another church start-up along with various ministries aligned with that launch.

A few years ago we helped launch another media company that produces video-based Bible studies. And just last month we launched another new start-up that manages, purchases and sells rental real estate – helping people find a great place to live or work.

Not sharing this to brag about us, just sharing a bit about us. So I guess new ventures are just a part of who we are and what we do.

What great idea are you working on? How will it change our world or your world?

 

Jesus LightCheck out these words from the famous philosopher, Rene Descartes.

“Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.”Rene Descartes 1596-1650, Philosopher and Scientist

Could you “raise your soul so high” that the offenses thrown at you could not reach you? What would that look like for you?

Begin this week determined not to allow offenders to get the best of you – not y getting even or thinking about revenge, but by doing those things that will set your soul to flight!

Friday Leadership Quote

November 13, 2015 — Leave a comment

Zigler“Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You’re the only one who can do it permanently.” ~ Zig Ziglar

 

WorldWith apologies to the Walt Disney theme park ride of a similar name.

We spend much of our time convincing others of just how important we are – of how the world revolves around us. When in reality we are a very small part of the larger world around us.

All one needs do is look at the stars on a clear, moon-less night, or to gaze into the eyes of a newborn baby as she takes her first looks at the world around her, or trek to the higher peaks and observe the valleys below. Soon you will understand that there is much more to this world than just those objects that revolve around us.

Think about that for a moment.

Not saying you are not important – you are very important! Without your ideas, without your poems, your songs, and your musings, we are somehow less than what we could be.

But every now and again we need to pause and see the bigger picture. We are all parts of something WAY bigger than we can think or imagine.

How can you help one of us other small parts become more than we ever dreamed?

 

Veterans’ Day

November 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

Veterans DayToday is one of the days we have set aside, in the U. S., to honor and remember those who have served our country by their service in a branch of the U. S. military.

Schools will host assemblies, churches and various veterans’ organizations will host dinners, and cemeteries will host tributes to those men and women who have served.

So today, as you run around tending to all the things you need to tend to, take a moment to just say “thanks” to a veteran, or someone currently serving so that you can enjoy the freedoms you now have and can run around tending to those who need you.

Thanks fellow veterans on this day when we celebrate you and your willingness to put your life on the line so that we might enjoy life a bit more!

We salute you!