The Beauty of Boundaries

The Beauty of Boundaries

The Point

Orange can’t be purple. This may seem unfair, but any other way would be unfair to everyone because sunsets would not be beautiful.

We look at many activities and ask about our “rights” or “why God is or isn’t angry”. When, in fact, it’s not our actions that matter as much as the results of our actions.

Actions may seem benign in themselves, or harmful. Often, however, the opposite proves true with the results. And it is the results that determine whether actions are good or bad. Being honest with ourselves about our actions is part of growing up.  · · · →

Jesus Loves Fat-Smelly Kids

Jesus Loves Fat-Smelly Kids

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Every school class has the same basic roles: the class clown, the handsome athlete, the rich kid, the nerd, the awkward musician, the fat-smelly kid, etc. Every student has problems and redeeming qualities alike—every student.

I was the awkward musician. And I always liked fat-smelly kids. Because the secret about the fat-smelly kids is, they really are cool. But most people don’t see it until everybody grows up.

Politically, France is the class clown, America the athletic jerk, and China the fat-smelly kid. Everyone has honest potential and we all need to grow up.  · · · →

Why Big Boys don’t Cry

Why Big Boys don’t Cry

Why Big Boys don’t Cry (mp3)

The strength of opposition reveals the strength of character. When your leaders are angry with you, it’s because you’re not living up to the standard they have for you. Many angry leaders don’t realize: The angrier they are, the more they believe in the people they are angry with.

Often times, we don’t respect ourselves as much as our critics do. We don’t think we are as capable as they do. We throw the tomatoes back instead of being thankful for the complement.

Being “macho” is about pretending. Real “big boys” don’t cry because they don’t find a reason to.  · · · →

Patience

Patience

Patience (mp3)

Patience. It can seem a waste of time, irresponsible, lazy, incompetent, out of touch, uncaring. We want to solve problems at their roots, nip them in the buds, and be preemptive to be preventative. Diligence is proactive. Is it different from patience?

Not everything requires us to make the first move. Dodging and blocking punches can lead to a quicker victory by exhausting the opponent.

Without patience, all bread would be flat. Frosting would melt off the cake. We’d never have butter, ice cream, or even cream for that matter.

With more patience, we might have a little less war.  · · · →