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Choosing to Read

Just finished a very interesting read by Daniel Pink called, Drive. The focus of his book is surrounded by what “drives” our motivation to do something. Are we intrinsic (Type I’s) or extrinsic (Type X’s). I would like to evaluate three key thoughts in his book over the next three post. These thoughts center around those things Type I individuals seek in the work place and life in general. Daniel states there are three key factors which motivate type I’s. Autonomy to complete the task, Mastery of the task, and that there is a greater Purpose to the task.

Choosing to Examine Our Lives

Human beings are poor self examiners, subject to superstition, bias, prejudice, and a profound tendency to see what they want to see rather than what is really there. – M. Scott Peck

Choosing Simplicity

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to go in the opposite direction.”

– E.F. Schumacher

Is Anger a Choice?

As we set on the precipice of a beautiful celebration of Christ-mas, I’m continually reminded all is not well in the world. While I’ve noticed an unusual amount on “good will toward man” this season, there is still a great amount of anger bubbling under the surface. Whether in Rome, GA, Ferguson, MO, or all the way over in Europe, the Middle East, India or China, we see and read about the actions of angry people everywhere.

If I’m honest with myself, I struggle with anger. I get angry when someone in front of me doesn’t know how to drive, or when things just simply don’t happen in the time frame I expect it should.

Do we really have a choice in how we respond to our environment and those individuals around us? Absolutely! While being angry is not an overall bad thing, it really boils down to what we choose to do with the anger, when we realize it’s there. If we hold on to it and feed on it like sharks in a feeding frenzy, it begins to fester in our lives and becomes infected. This is not good. It not only impacts us, but those around us.

While reading Andy Andrews, “Island of Saints,” I was reminded of these choices we make every day of our lives. I’ve heard this statement before, but Andy reminded me that, “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and waiting for those around us to die.” While this is a very morbid analogy, it is so true.

If one understands anger as typically a result of pain, whether it’s emotional or physical, we are allowed a better understanding of how our choices matter. How we choose to, or not to, work through pain, ultimately rests on us. Do we allow the baby born in a manger an opportunity to heal our pain, or will we choose to allow it to fester in our lives and ultimately “kill” all relationships around us. The choice after all, is ours.

Merry Christmas

Choosing not to fear…

So we are free from the fear of death.
This is a great segment from John Piper’s advent book – Good News of Great Joy

God has justified us. Satan cannot overturn that decree. And God means for our ultimate safety to have an immediate effect on our lives. He means for the happy ending to take away the slavery and fear of the Now.

If we do not need to fear our last and greatest enemy, death, then we do not need to fear anything. We can be free. Free for joy. Free for others.

What a great Christmas present from God to us! And from us to the world!

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. (Hebrews 2:14–15)

Choosing to Pursue

Found this great thought on choosing to pursue in Peter B. Kyne’s 1921 classic. “The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How to be One.”

Lampo Press has republished this book with a forward by Dave Ramsey, he sums up the premiss of the story by stating this about the go-getters of the world;

“But the key is, they don’t quit. No matter how hard things get, no matter how many times they fall or fail, they always get back up and keep moving toward the goal. They are relentless in their pursuit of whatever it is that God’s put in front of them.”

What has God placed in front of you?

Excerpt From: Peter B. Kyne. “The Go-Getter: The Timeless Classic that Tells you How to be One.” Lampo Press, 2011. iBooks.
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Choosing to Lead Well

Read a great segment from Mark Miller this morning –

The best leaders don’t make everyone happy. This may sound harsh to you – it may even sound wrong. It’s not intended to be rude or mean-spirited, and it doesn’t mean that great leaders try to make people unhappy. It’s just a byproduct of leading well.

To read the rest of his thoughts on this, go to The Happy Trap

Choices of the Heart

What shall I do with you my love? Your faithfulness to me is like the morning dew, which fades with the break of each new day. You keep bringing me your works and sacrifices, in an attempt to ease your mind. My child, all I desire is your heart. No pieces or parts, but a whole surrender, just as it is, bruised and hurt, a whole heart.

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Choosing to Remember

Soren Kierkegaard stated, “Life is lived forward and understood backward.”

While we are never able to change the outcome of a poor choice, we always have the ability choose how it impacts our future. Choosing to remember the positive aspects, what we learned, shapes who we become.

Justifying Our Behavior

We often justify our behavior by claiming, “my choices concern no one but myself.” However, that’s not how life works. No one makes choices in a vacuum. Our wrong attitudes and actions do affect others. We may never realize the extent of the effects our choices have on the people around us and even on future generations! God wants us to avoid the multiplying effects of poor choices. He wants us to live by a godly standard, so that the good choices we make, and not the poor, will ripple through time for years to come.

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