Thinking pt. 2

My challenge to you, is to give things some thought. That crazy conspiracy theory, give it some thought. Check it out. Who cares if people think you’re crazy, some of the world’s greatest innovators were considered crazy before they blew the world’s mind. Same goes for religion, politics, and food recipes. Research them, study them. Just don’t be surprised if you find your views changing.

 

Thinking pt. 1

I do a lot of thinking in my spare time. I’m one of those people who constantly thinks and rethinks everything. It doesn’t make me very good at quick decisions, but it does help me make important ones. I love a good philosophical argument just to get the old grey matter working. Because of my love of thinking, it shouldn’t surprise you that one of my pet peeves, is a lack of thinking things through or a flat out refusal to think about something at all.

Have you ever written a “Devil’s Advocate” paper? A paper attacking the school of thought you ascribe to? It is perhaps one of the best ways to understand your oppositions thoughts and ideas. No matter how wrong the other sides ideas seem to you, they still hold onto them for a reason. Would it not benefit you to understand this reason? If your beliefs are the better ones, than surely the other sides’ ideas will not hold up under scrutiny. Unfortunately, many people flat out refuse to see the other sides point of view, or they merely take a quick glance at it and then dismiss it. In Thomas Edison’s words, “Five percent of the people think, ten percent of the people think they think, and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” Seems about right. To put it another way, “ignorance is bliss.” The general public shows an interesting revulsion of critical thought. Most people just seem to be afraid of what they’ll learn.

Ask Questions

So many people come forth claiming to “know” something or to have some piece of truth that you don’t have. I’m guilty of this, and so is just about everyone else. It is really easy to be persuaded by someone’s words into doing something. If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be so many advertisements. The crazy thing about rhetoric, is that it does not discriminate. It can be used to help raise money for a charity organization, or to convince someone to bomb a building. It can include true fact and blatant lies that are so well masked by a person’s speech, that it becomes impossible to tell what is true and what is not. So how do you find out what is legitimate and what is empty words? Ask questions. Break down their words to find the gaps, the lies, the inconsistencies.

Lets use an advertisement as an example. You see an advertisement on TV and you’re considering buying the product but you’re not sure about it. So ask questions. Why was this advertisement made? How was it made? Did it use any special effects? How come? Is it trying to hide something? Is the effectiveness of the product being exaggerated? These are questions you can ask to break through the front that has been presented to you and to gain access to the inner workings.

Pop the hood on your sports car and see what the engine looks like. All the looks in the world aren’t going to do you any good if the engine doesn’t work.

When you ask questions about everything; again everything, you are less likely to get hurt in the long run, you can make informed decisions, and are less likely to get suckered. Asking questions is one of the greatest ways to learn. So ask a few, about things you take for granted and see what comes up.

6 Ways to Bless Someone This Weekend

Blessing someone basically boils down to love and care for someone else. Here are a couple simple ways to bless someone this weekend and get you thinking about what you can do for someone. I also challenge you try and be a blessing to someone you maybe don’t know very well or don’t know at all.

1. Send an encouraging or caring message to someone via texting, Facebook, E-mail, or whatever form of technological communication you prefer. Want to really bless someone? Call them.

2. Get a drink or snack for someone. This simple act of kindness is a splendid blessing.

3. Compliment somebody. It can be a compliment about anything.

4. Inquire to someone about their week. If you sit down with someone for a meal, this a perfect time. Be serious and show genuine concern for them.

These next two are my favorites and take a few more guts and genuine care for someone you’ve never met.

5. Sit down with someone who is sitting alone in the cafeteria. Introduce yourself, ask how they’re doing, get to know them. This can be an incredible blessing for someone who may not be as social as others.

6. If you get a snack from a vending machine, leave enough money for the next person to get a snack. I know we all use our Skycards for this, but if you use cash, this is a great surprise for the next person.

When asking someone about their week, the usual response is, “It was okay.” After this response, ask, “Okay, now how was your week really?” Works well and shows people you’re serious.

An unexpected blessing is an even bigger blessing. Maybe you will even inspire someone else to be a blessing to others.

Hebrews 10:24                                                                                                           And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Hope in a Hopeless World

Lets face it, life can suck. Things never go our way no matter what we do. There is a lot of pain in the world and in our lives. This pain doesn’t go away, it comes back to haunt you in the night and causes you to ask, “why?” I’ve experienced a lot of pain so far in my life, mostly as a result of my own bad decisions. I just kept digging my whole deeper until I hit bottom. Then came the “why?” questions. “Why did I do this? This is only destroying me. Why can’t I stop? Why do I always fail? Why? Why?”

It was at this point that Jesus Christ entered into my life. A certain pastor talked to me at a summer camp about Jesus and everything he had done for me. My mind was blown. “You mean there’s a way out of my own self-destruction?” I asked for mercy that night. And It was given to me. The journey from that night to now was not easy. In fact, I have had some of the worst times of my life during that time. But now, thanks to those trying times, I have an enormous amount of hope in Jesus. My life has purpose, and happiness. I would not rather be anywhere else, doing anything else.

Jesus loves you. He loves you with an overwhelming passion, so much so that he came to Earth to die for you so that you could have a relationship with him. All you have to do, is ask for forgiveness.

Good to Be Alive 

                           Skillet

John 3:16-17                                                                                                 For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.