Oct 25, 2011

Random Thoughts and Stuff

* Everything in us calls out for permanence. Salvation is the only possibility for this to occur.
* It's the natural inclination for humans to destroy the good of organizations, businesses, and churches. This is fueled by the delusional madness of self-centered thoughts, unquestioned elitism, and Pharasaical hierarchies of greed, anger, jealousy, apathy, and impotent forgiveness.
* The greatest spiritual growth program available to any person is simple suffering. Small groups, worship services, and the like, fail in comparison to a person whose faith is being challenged in the desert of trials, temptations, and tribulations. Growth hurts.
* We lead from our heart. If our hearts are not monitored, then how are we to lead fair, honorably, and faithfully? Even though our hearts' true motives are unsearchable, if we are not confiding, as best we can, with counselors, friends, and confidants, then we chance leading from a place of extreme selfishness, fear, and blindness. Keep in mind how the writer of Proverbs puts it: "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
* Leaders incapable of reconciliation with others hinder the great joys of life that the Lord wants to bring their way.
* If you are surrounded by people you cannot trust, then, perhaps, you should ask yourself why you live in such a way that you surround yourself with people you cannot trust.
* There are many litmus tests we may administer to ourselves to see how we are living the life God called us to. Here's some I use:
* Have I asked for forgiveness lately?
* Am I living in a loving way toward others where those who do not know the Lord would recognize it?
* What words and names do I find difficult to say during my prayer time? Why?
* What themes keep popping up when I read Scripture, hear a message, or receive some sort of spiritual insight? Am I purposely doing what I can to respond to those words, and promptings, from the Lord? How can I prove that to someone who knows me and doesn't know me?
* Where am I not content? Why?

I've got more to say, but Panera is packing out and I gotta go!