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High Wire

I forgot about the big tight rope walk last night and turn on the Discovery channel just after the dude had finished and was talking with the morning show crew.  However, I thought I should write about it, since it was so popular last night!  It’s pretty impressive that someone can focus so intently and ignore all the distractions to do something like that – something that seems impossible.  I think that’s very inspirational and should help you work towards the goals that are in front of you.  Interestingly enough, he credits his faultless concentration to the Creator, and in the interview last night he mentioned this verse when he asked about how peaceful he was on the wire.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 King James Version (KJV)

That’s great advice for us as we walk the high wire of our lives – keep the peace of God with you and you can do anything!


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Breaking the Boredom

Sometimes my brain is bored, and today is one of those days.

However, here is a great little story to break the boredom and maybe it will encourage you.  My seventh grader told me last night that they were painting their favorite bible verses on canvas in his art class.  I asked him which verse he was going to use and he replied either

Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.”  Joshua 1:9  (NCV)

or  Phillipians 4:13

13 I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13 (NCV)

That’s pretty awesome!

Well, the truth be told, I told him, maybe he should use Genesis 2:25.  Now, that’s being a  great parent! 🙂


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Let’s Be Irrational

Today is ‘e’-day, February 7 or 2/7 or 2.718281828459…

That’s right today on the seventh of February some mathematicians decided to honor the irrational number ‘e’, which if you want to know, is explained quite well here.  For those not so daring, just suffice it to say it’s a number that is the backbone for lots of logarithms and usually has its own key on advanced calculators.  So that alone tells you it’s right up there with zero thru nine!

So today, in honor of this dubious number, let’s be irrational. Maybe like this

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21022 (NIV)

or  like this

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

or maybe by being like on irrational number and never stopping!

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Look to Others

Maybe you saw in the last few days there has been an online campaign called #20Acts of Random Kindness.  This is a way that some are honoring those killed in the incident in Newtown last week.  The idea is to practice an act of kindness to honor each victim.  When I first saw this I was sort of ho-hum about it.  This is a great idea, and I have seen lots of online feedback from people doing great things for others.  And, as you know, I write about acts of kindness quite often.  My reaction, however, was founded in the idea that this is how we should be treating each other all the time, not only in a period of strong reaction.  My prayer is that regular readers of this blog are already attempting to live a life where you are always on the look out to find ways where you can practice acts of kindness.  If not, this is a good time to jump on the bandwagon, just don’t stop, make this a habit.

not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:4 New International Version (NIV)

Look to others today.

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Step Down

Sometimes I think that I think it’s all about me.  And that frustrates me to no end.   As much as I like myself, I find that when it’s all about me, it usually ends up in the ditch.  So I  have really been thinking about the “your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”  stuff from Philippians, and man, when you spend some time in that chapter, it really is quite condemning and positively motivating at the same time.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 New International Version (NIV)


I tell Alex all the time that high school is the time in most teenagers lives where kids have to tear down others to build themselves up, and of course I challenge him to reverse that trend. Today, I challenge you as well. Step down and life others up. Spend some time today thinking how you value yourself compared to others, and see what you can do to make others better by lowering yourself.