Tuesday, June 9, 2015

35 Years of Life Lessons

I've had 35 free trips around the sun and upon the completion of the most recent cycle I felt a need to share something with you this morning.  Perhaps I'm a bit nostalgic, perhaps I'm a bit outside my comfort zone, but I felt a need to share with you some of what I have learned along the journey.

  1. Life is too short to be a grown up all the time. 
  2. Use your powers for good instead of evil. 
  3. "Eew!!  This is disgusting!!  Here - try it!" is not a good pick up line.
  4. When God opens a door, walk through it. 
  5. You're worth enough as you are - don't try to be 2, 3, 4 or 5 different people. 
  6. Pajamas are the most soul-healing clothing you'll ever own. 
  7. The past exists for learning experience, not a dwelling place. 
  8. Sometimes being "voluntold" can be the best thing that ever happens to you. 
  9. If you're ashamed of your faith, it's time to re-evaluate your commitment to it. 
  10. Some things are part of a universal language: hugs, bubbles, balloons, smiles - use them often. 
  11. There is always more to learn.
  12. The most important thing you can do with your time is serve God.
  13. People's perceptions of you are rarely what you believe them to be. 
  14. Sometimes being "the weird one" has it's advantages.
  15. If you're doing it right, leadership rarely means you get your way. 
  16. Coercion will almost always come back to bite you in the rear. 
  17. Spend as much time outdoors as you possibly can.
  18. Imaginary friends never really die...they make stellar comebacks in the oddest places. 
  19. Sometimes embracing the unknown is the best gift you can give yourself.
  20. Finding people who embrace you for who you are is a rare gift - enjoy them. 
  21. Your greatest strengths are often unearthed by the most unlikely people. 
  22. No matter how hard you try to hide your light, someone will find it.
  23. There is no better sound on earth than the joyous laughter of children. 
  24. It's okay to say no - especially when you don't want to do something.
  25. Be honest about your weaknesses - only then will you learn who you can truly trust.
  26. Your greatest adventures are only a "yes" away.
  27. Be the person who brings out the best in others. 
  28. The only thing stopping you is yourself. 
  29. When the big things are in place, the rest will usually follow. 
  30. Deodorant is priceless when worn by others....especially if you are under 5'2". 
  31. Children are the best investment you will ever make.
  32. Laugh at yourself...everyone else is already doing it. 
  33. Find the humor now....there's no point being miserable while you're waiting for later.
  34. Don't marry someone who knows if you ate the paste in Kindergarten.
  35. Be yourself - everyone else is already taken.

1 comment:

  1. #Reasons to Believe in Jesus

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.
    > Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    > Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    > And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    Sartre speaks of the "passion of man," not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

    From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are "traditional" alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

    If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

    by David Roemer