Thursday, October 23, 2014

Be the Best "You" You Can Be

If you treasure the beauty that shows all around you, and try to add some of your own;
Enjoy the companionship others can give you, yet value your
moments alone.
If you honor opinions that differ from yours; yet stand up for what you believe.
Admire the accomplishments others have made,
But take pride in what YOU can achieve.
If you're a real friend who comes through when it counts,
Who is always worthy of trust?
If you follow your heart anywhere it may lead you, and do what you
feel that you must.
If you love those around you and love yourself too.
If your spirit is eager and free.
Then you know what it means to live life to the fullest, and be the best
--- YOU ---
"You can be."
(author unknown)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Kinds of Clarity

If you find yourself confused and in the dark, there are two ways to find clarity:  use a flashlight or patiently wait until the sun rises.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Difference Between Good Ideas and Bad Ideas

I've figured out the difference between good and bad ideas.  Good ideas are the ones we create.  Bad ideas are the ones other people concoct and expect us to endorse.

In other words, if it's my idea -- it's grand!  If it's your idea, it's bland.  At least, that's what most of us think.  We tend to support what we create.

"Nobdy likes change," said Mark Twin, "except a baby in dirty diapers,"  Maybe we should add, "unless it is their idea."

So, how do we implement change in our family, community, church or workplace?

Start by listening.  Hear other people's good ideas and, if possible, agree wtih them.  Realize you don't have the corner of the insight market.  

If you are the only one who thinks something should (or should not) be done, you are either a visionary or wrong.

If you are a visionary, others will join your bandwagon eventually, and it will be their idea too.  It's amazing what can be accomplished if we don't care who gets the credit.

If you are wrong, you will be trekking up the mountain alone.  As the old Chinese proverb says, "He that thinks he leads but has no one following is only taking a hike."

God's ideas are always good ideas.  Ideas inspired by faith and prayer are beautiful.  Others are inspired by our inspiration.

I once heard leadership guru,John Maxwell say people never change until staying the same is too painful, or if the new idea is too wonderful to pass up.

In other words, we change when hurt enough or dream enough.  I prefer dreaming over hurting.  Sometimes it takes both.

One thing is certain -- you can change without growing, but you cannot grow without changing.

Life is all about change, and it doesn't do much good to resist it.

When the waves of change are rolling and they're headed somewhere near your desired destination, grab a surf board and hang on!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Purpose of Theology is Doxology

"We should never forget that the purpose of theology is doxology; we study in order to praise.  The truest expression of trust in God will always be worship to praise God for being greater than we know."
--  Geneva Study Bible note

Monday, October 13, 2014

No God But Allah Dollars

A friend forwarded an e-mail expressing concern about the emergence of dollars stamped with "No God But Allah."

So far, we have not seen any of those in Hayward.  If one shows up in the collection plate, we will deposit it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Splendid Summer Dance

A poem I wrote a while back blending reflections on the grand finale of summer with my daughter's ballet recital:

Summer danced upon the stage
A slow ballet -- but halting.

The curtain, parting,
whispers hints of happy moments
this summertide may bring


A timid pause, then from the spring
on tip toe pirouetting --
Summer's here!


Magic gliding to the tune of
green grass, and azure sky
A choreography that flows so gracefully from June into July.


Capturing our breath, our hearts, uniting
and soulful happy thoughts begetting
The shorter days of August sadly hinting
that the dance is almost at an end.


And hardly just begun -- September coda.
Our summer dance is over.
How quickly good times fly.


A graceful bow
A glorious end, and then
The lights are dimmed.

The curtain falls
Green fades to autumn tones.
The silent dancer
leaves the stage --
contented, but alone


While the audience rises and wiping an eye,
salutes the glorious coryphee
With grateful hearts, and thundering applause.

"Thank You! Well Done! Bravo!"