It’s Okay to Run

Remember, sometimes it’s okay to run

when the building is burning down,

you don’t say, “I’m gonna stare this fire down,”

you get the heck outta there.

Be brave but be sensible.

The Spirit is wise and kind,

if He wants you facing down giants, you’ll take them down

If He wants you gone, just go.

No shame in that.

In the Midst of Waves

Frustrated and feeling alone,

yet not alone

I say, “I’ve had enough,” and God hears me.

He sends a sparrow that sings into my state,

calming me, assuring me, letting me know

everything will be okay.

 

o but the tempest comes!

the thunder roars!

And I am nearly drowned

in the tsunami’s rage.

 

But I do not drown,

I do not die.

Indeed all is well.

 

The sparrow comes

and performs,

it always delivers;

it never leaves.

 

And I am calm and joyful, even

in the midst of waves.

The Global Village, or Bolstering Success through Community

In this Age of Individuality, it is important to understand that we are not alone.

There are hotshots and there are heroes, people lifted up onto podiums for the rest of us to “ooh” and “ahh” at. You may be one of them. Bravo! You may hope to be one of them. Keep going! But, wherever you are at in your journey, know that there are others you can count on in the process.

Brilliant men and women have come before us. They have shared their wisdom with the world. Innovative individuals are blazing new and exciting paths into the future.

Are you willing to reach out to them to better yourself, to help them, to strengthen the community as a whole?

The Trouble with Type: The Problem with Pidgeonholed Relationships

Type

Summary: Variety is the spice of life.* Garnish well!

*William Cowper’s “The Task”

We all have preferences in the social, emotional, and physical profiles of the people we interact with on a daily basis. We are a very tribal people after all. Like attracts like, whether that likeness comes in the form of sex, color, religion, social status, club affiliation, etc. Even if you are a die-hard individualist, you will inevitably find yourself in good company. (Non-conformists conforming to non-conformity.)

This pull towards sameness is understandable. There is comfort and security in. The group protects its own, defends its own, and offers up an identifiable flagpole to rally around. This is all well and good, but there is also a certain danger to it.

1. Variety Strengthens

As the Irish found out during the Potato Blight or Johnny One-Note discovers as his career flounders, homogeneity is convenient, but still not a safe bet. An unexpected attack or sudden change can rattle an entire sub-culture. If that culture is not willing or able to adapt, it can often fall into obscurity or be wiped out altogether.

We must be willing to let outsiders in, not to assimilate them Borg-style, but to appreciate the insights they may have to offer.

Of course, this thought is not mere social theory.

It is good dating advice too.

2. Variety Frees

We have all heard the phrase before: “he/she just isn’t my type.”

Everyone has a preference. There are a wide range of personality types, physical features, fetishes we pick and chose from when it comes to pursuing a partner. You may even have biases and not even realize it unless you really spend time putting two and two together.

On the other hand, this idea of type can also be a self-defeating one. You may be interested in a person but not think of you are their type or they are yours. So, you walk away and maybe miss out on a golden opportunity.

Take my wife and I, for example. On the surface, we are very different people: I am big city, she is small town; I am impetuous, she is analytical; I am active, she is mellow. Rather than this being a hindrance in our relationship, it has been quite a blessing. I bring the wonder, she brings the foresight. We complement each other well.

So, don’t be afraid of mixing things up.

Side note: I think we could all take a lesson from Brazil. Their culture is the most heterogenous in the world, and it also produces the most beautiful people. Just food for thought.

Blessings to you in Christ,

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