If It Feels Good…

If It Feels Good…

Luke 7:23

And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.

I made a note about this verse because being offended seems to be such a big deal these days.  Everyone is offended by something.

First I thought I should make sure I understand what offend means, so I looked it up on Merriam-Webster.

Offend as an intransitive verb means:

  1. To transgress the moral or divine law
  2. To violate law or rule; do wrong
  3. To cause difficulty, discomfort or injury
  4. To cause dislike, anger or vexation

Offend as a transitive verb means:

  1. Violate, transgress
  2. To cause pain
  3. To cause a person or group to feel hurt, angry or upset by something said or done.

Let me preface the rest of what I am going to write with this.  You choose to be offended.  What anyone does or says is not offensive.  You decide if it is offense and then you act on that.  It is your decision and you are responsible for your actions. Continue reading

Shut Up and Listen

Shut Up and Listen

James 1:19:20

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Truer words could not be written or spoken.

When I think about any regrets I have in my life it is generally things things I have said.  And the things I regret were statements made without giving pause prior to them leaving my tongue.  They were things said when my filter was turned off.

What caused my filter to shutdown?  Anger. Continue reading

My Favorite Lessons From Proverbs

My Favorite Lessons From Proverbs

This post is from May 23, 2015.

One of my favorite, if not the favorite, books of the Bible is the book of Proverbs.

Every morning as part of my daily ritual I read a chapter or two or more depending on their length, the amount of time I have available and how well my eyes are functioning without my glasses.

Over the past number of years I have done this ritual of reading the Bible from beginning to end.  I am currently on my fourth or fifth time of completely reading it cover to cover.

The one book that I always look forward to reading is Proverbs. Continue reading

Why I Don’t Want To Be A Manager

Why I Don’t Want To Be A Manager

Why I don’t want to manage people.  That is what I decided to write about today.

I was a manager for 17 years and It’s been about three years since I elected to step down from my management position.  The upside of that decision has heavily outweighed the downside.  The only real downside was the cut in pay and not having an office (which I’ll discuss in a later post), but the reduction of stress, frustration, anxiety and anger far exceeds the monetary difference.

It’s been interesting working beside the same people I use to manage.  Some of them I managed for over 15 years.

The old manager in me still wants to come out and teach but I try to just sit back and keep my mouth shut.

I often think to myself that maybe I’d still be a manager if I had another me to count on. Continue reading

My Favorite Lessons From Proverbs

My Favorite Lessons From Proverbs

One of my favorite, if not the favorite, books of the Bible is the book of Proverbs.

Every morning as part of my daily ritual I read a chapter or two or more depending on their length, the amount of time I have available and how well my eyes are functioning without my glasses.

Over the past number of years I have done this ritual of reading the Bible from beginning to end.  I am currently on my fourth or fifth time of completely reading it cover to cover.

The one book that I always look forward to reading is Proverbs. Continue reading