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Another good word from Rodney this past Sunday:

Have you ever noticed that God is always late?

We never get frustrated with God for being early. When He’s on time, we often don’t notice. But when He’s late, we let Him hear about it.

“An ounce of pretention is worth a pound of manure.”
– Julia Roberts as Shelby Eatenton quoting Drum Eatenton in Steel Magnolias

Knowing my propensity toward pride, I confess to keeping this quote close at hand. Pretention … Pride … Same thing. One is just more obvious than the other. steel_magnolias

Read this article about Dave’s thoughts on the economy. I like this in particular:white_house

The healing of the economy will begin and end with you.

A $1000 check from the government is not going to fix all your problems if you think a $1000 check from the government will fix all your problems.

See also this insightfulness from my one and only.

cellI learned an amazing thing last week. When you were conceived, you spent the first half-hour of your life as a single cell. As my friend Rodney said, “Even God thought it was so amazing that He had to stop and admire it for a full thirty minutes.” Wow.

In last night’s hoopla and this morning’s aftermath, I’ve gotten a song stuck in my head. You probably know it. I’ve added my own emphasis:

MY HOPE is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

Hope is an amazing thing, but I dare not trust anything less than Jesus’ name to fulfill my hope.

Not a lot of obscurity here: Ask for what you want. Gently, respectfully, but firmly ask for what you want. You’ll be surprised by how often you can get it.

And the corollary: Don’t complain when you don’t get what you want if you don’t ask for it.

I finally got around to listening to the special edition Catalyst Podcast with Mike Huckabee (just a couple of weeks late) and there’s some good stuff in there. I was particularly struck by his statements on failure. He said that if you’ve succeeded at everything you’ve ever done, you have set goals that are embarrassingly low.

I have, essentially, succeeded at everything I’ve ever tried. And, upon nearing my twenty-tenth birthday, I’m thinking a lot about accomplishments and what I’ve achieved. There are several projects I’d like to make happen, a few books I’d like to write, and programs I want to begin, but I’m not currently doing much to make those things reality. It’s partially because I don’t take the time to implement a plan, but it’s also because I haven’t set those goals in stone. There are plenty of other goals I’ve written down, and I’ve achieved almost all of them, so why not make these official? And maybe I’ll make them a little loftier than normal.

Now I’m not here to bash anybody’s daddy, but I think most of us can testify to hearing, at least a time or two, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” This usually involved something like a project on Pilgrims and Indians, or the proper Armor-All-ing of leather interior, or the construction of a soapbox car. But I’m afraid it’s just not true. Not everything worth doing is worth doing right. At times, you have to examine the costs and benefits of a particular project: How much time is it going to take to do it right? How much money? What will be the return on my investment of time and money? Is it something I’m well qualified to do? Consider this the next time you set out to accomplish a task and spend an inordinate amount of time on perfectionist details. It might not be worth it.

It’s so overused I’m not even sure they publish it anymore. And truthfully, they don’t even need a catchphrase because their logo is so perfect, so simple, so known.

Just do it.

The name comes from the Greek goddess of victory and triumph, and Nike (the company) makes use of victories across the planet to emphasize the philosophy that we should all just do it. Whatever it is. Just doing it has made injured women run marathons in record time. Just doing it has been the genesis of world-class companies and brands. Just doing it is what Christ did all the way to Jerusalem so that he could be mocked, tortured, and nailed to a cross. And save us all.

You know the good you ought to do. Just do it. You may not have the motivation right now. Do it. You may not have the resources. Do it. You may be afraid it will fail. Do it.

I knew that Paul Young was at 7|22 a few weeks ago because my good friend LV Hanson met with him while he was in town. However, I have only in the last twenty-four hours been told about the content of Young’s message at 7|22. This one point alone astounds me, and begs the question: How did news of this not reach me? How was this not on the Nightly News with Brian Williams? How has every blogger in the country not mentioned this?

The point is this: Young says he does not ask God to bless his efforts. He says he is finished trying to get God to follow him, but rather is committed to identifying where God is working and praying that God will allow him to be involved there. I can barely even respond to that. Wow.