Monday Picks ~ 4-3-2017

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

Yeah, I didn’t do too well…

George Will’s 2017 Opening Day Quiz
Baseball numbers aren’t difficult. But be precise: As players say after a close play, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” And don’t be discouraged if some questions stump you. As Phillies manager Danny Ozark said in 1976, “Even Napoleon had his Watergate.” And as Brewers manager Harvey Kuenn said after losing the 1982 World Series to the Cardinals, “We’re going to hang our heads high.” Now, name the player or players who…

This older article recently came to my attention. Good stuff…

How To Know Whether You’re Trusting God…or Just Being StupidCarey Nieuwhof
What is a Godly decision?

Is it always wise, prudent, restrained, responsible?
Or is it always risky, edgy, out-there, half-crazed?
Or neither?
Or both?

That’s a tough one, isn’t it?

For the record, I don’t believe there’s an easy way, five step, bullet proof way to resolve the tension between faith and foolishness…

Here are two questions I’ve started asking myself to help when things aren’t clear:

1. Is ‘wisdom’ killing my trust in God?

2. Does my ‘trust’ in God disregard all wisdom?

Church Life: Keep It Two Chevrons ApartStephen McAlpine
keep-apart-2-chevrons-road-signThe mantra among many evangelicals is often “Couldn’t we be doing more?”   And the answer is “Yes”, it’s always “Yes”. Of course you could be doing more, but the question is should you be doing more? …

…Granted some people have more capacity than others, and can juggle much more, but I see no good reason to fill in all of the white space just because it is there.  No reason to drive bumper to bumper.  For a start it gives you very little reflective time spiritually, and that always, always means there’s a bit of wiggle room for the Accuser to get hold of you.  Unthinking fast paced living can be a real danger spiritually and morally.

I wish I had been better at this…

Parents, Be Quick to ListenMichael Kelley
There is a certain humility you must embrace if you are truly going to listen first rather than speak. It’s the humility that acknowledges your own limitations – that you might not know all the information; you might not be privy to all the details; you might not understand all the dynamics. And this is especially hard for us, as parents, because we would like to know that we do indeed know all the dynamics. If we assume a posture of listening, we are admitting that perhaps we don’t know everything our kids are feeling or thinking or believing.

But if we do embrace this humble posture; if we do ask genuine questions of our children; if we do fight assumption and instead try to understand, then we will set the table for communication that follows. And I for one want my children to know that their father is certainly not perfect, but he will always hear them.“The hour is coming when we shall be astonished to think what mere trifles were once capable of discouraging us.’  -John Newton

Opening Day in Cincinnati…
Peanuts – Click image for a larger view.

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