From the fantastic site, puttylike.com
Here’s a really nice little article on str.org regarding confidence about being right.
In entrepreneurship, failure is almost guaranteed. The idea is to go out and get the failing out of the way so you can get on with real success.
I wonder what would happen if we applied that mindset to evangelism.
What if every Christian just went out and tried and tried, until something worked.
I’m impressed with how much of our financial wealth comes from our mindset. Here’s a sampling:
Mindset 1: I’m a poor person and I ain’t got no skills.
Result: Little motivation to work harder or smarter, keeping the individual consistently poor.
Mindset 2: I’m a cog in the machine. My pay is based on what all the other cogs are getting.
Result: Dependable, hourly wage earning. Steady, and hardworking, any wealth building comes from scrimping and saving.
Mindset 3: I have no idea how much I can make and what I can accomplish in the world but I’m gonna find out.
Result: May work harder, but especially smarter. Creativity and persistence combine to find the big impacts and flush markets.
What’s your mindset? Is it holding you back?
Does God send unpleasant things? Does he dish out cancer and financial setbacks?
In When the Church was a Family, the author points out that rather than explaining Jesus’ words and actions according to what we think to be God’s character, we should rather use the words and actions of Jesus as defining God’s character.
So if Jesus had harsh words for the religious elite, we know that’s how God feels about them. If Jesus had kind words for a repentant sinner, we know that’s how God feels about him.
So now consider, under what circumstances did Jesus inflict illness on people?
When did Jesus inflict financial setbacks?
Is your God like Jesus?
I’m one of those people who doesn’t do so great with small talk. Its like, Greeting, Weather, and then where do we go from here? (to exag slightly).
Its really unnecessary that we at times stand around awkwardly with each other when in reality almost everyone has something they like to talk about.
One of my fave ways of getting on to more interesting things than, “Boy, it sure was hot yesterday” is to ask “What have you been reading recently?”. Usually its not books about the weather, which is cool because we probably got either temperature, precipitation, or both covered already.
I did recently read part of a book that talked about weather prediction, which was mildly interesting. (Free: Despite supposed long term forecasts, currently we cannot predict meaningfully/accurately beyond a week. Too many variables. Check out forecast.io for a to-the-minute forecast on when its going to start raining.)
So here’s some of what I’ve been reading.
Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Contagious by Jonah Berger
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
When the Church was a Family by Joseph Hellerman
Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates
I usually sort of stammer/blather when someone asks me what I read cuz I don’t really know what to say. Mostly non-fiction. And yeah, I definitely enjoy a great fiction book from time to time but… permaculture, farming, business, spiritual life, church issues, leadership, freakanomics, probability, life coach…
So, what are you reading? Is it awesome?
P.S. We’ve been having some really weird weather recently.