A dream about The Dream.

Woke up with a dream at being at a YL Celebration. The joy of being with people who knew that they had changed the world that they lived in. It’s like we are a boat plowing through the water and we leave behind us this wake of people who lives will never be the same. And yet we move on to the next class, and those behind are left bobbing in the wake that was your life’s purpose effecting their future, including their eternal future. In this dream, I met Tom and Kathy Temple at the YL celebration. They were so happy to see me, but more, I was so happy to catch up with them. For once they had graduated from SM WEST, I have never seen them again. At this celebration, I was suppose to meet a staff person from across the country that I didn’t know, and I missed that appointment because it was so important to me to be with the Temples. They were the reason that I was put on earth. I took time to apologize to the staff person, but this is an analogy. The people that I disappoint because I am with the Temples, will just have to get over it. What joy to see the rest of the life that God had planned for people that we touch. The point is that we don’t get to see the rest of the story. Only in heaven do we see the rest of the story. Jesus calls us to touch the life that is in front of us, and be Jesus to them, and then we are off to the next thing. Oh, the joy when we get to stay in touch and know the rest of the story. And you get this if you are lucky enough to get to stay in the same town or city. But some are asked to move on like Abraham and we follow the call of God. And the wake goes on and we are joyful because we know that we are making an eternal difference. In the dream, Tom and Kathy and I were climbing stairs to go spend time together, and even there we got separated, because she had to stop for a call that said her kids were awakened. And there was just a glimpse, and I was on the ground playing with their kids for just a short space of time, and then whoosh it was all gone and I woke up. Find the GOOD: sure there are the bumps in the road, but know and enjoy the big picture.

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Contentment

“Content makes poor men rich. Discontent makes rich men poor.” Ben Franklin
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” I Timothy 6:6-10
I wish I were more content. I am not content with my lack of contentment. I have watched my Mom teach me contentment. Every time that I visit her in her retirement home, she exclaims, “This is the perfect place for me. I am so happy here.” She has been saying the same thing for 104 years. She has trained herself to find the good. When she lost her husband, when she lost her ability to drive, and play bridge, she kept her contentment. She looks for the sunny side of the street and finds it.
Comparing is one sure way of destroying your ability to be satisfied. When we compare ourselves to others, we ALWAYS compare the trait that we are weak in to someone that has that trait as a strength. ALWAYS. When someone compliments you on your strong characteristic, you simple laugh it off and say, “That is really easy and simple.” It is not simple to the person who does not have that quality!
But you can get better at anything that you set your mind and attitude to improve. For contentment, I have started to look for the good in things. I try to write for ten minutes on anything that I find beautiful and excellent. This draws out of me a strength that has lain dormant for lack of use. I believe we each have hidden qualities that only come out when we take on a task that is beyond our abilities. God seems to stretch me when I step out in faith to attempt the impossible. When I sit in my comfort zone, and only do what I am good at, then these dormant qualities sleep quietly below the surface. But take on a battle of David and Goliath proportions, and (1) God shows up and (2) hidden powers rise to the surface. Live in the comfort zone and you never develop these sleepy powers.
Be content in what God has given you and also work towards widening those skill sets you need to make the world different.

Spy Hunter 2, Podbean Subscription, and X-Box Live. Canceling subscriptions
My grandson got ahold of my PayPal account and bought some subscriptions that are self-renewing. They keep charging you in 6 month or 12 month cycles. These must be canceled by you or they keep charging your cc or your Pay Pal or sometimes your bank account. Here’s how to stop the pain:
In order to stop a subscription to Spy Hunter 2, follow these instructions
If you require assistance with your purchased product(s), please visit the Enigma Software Group Support Center at http://www.enigmasoftware.com/support or contact Enigma Software Group at support@enigmasoftware.com.

They will be able to help you with the following:
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If you have problems DOWNLOADING SpyHunter, please call 1-800-999-2734 (+1-952-646-5288 if outside of the United States and Canada). Please have your order number ready when you call. Enigma Software Group USA, LLC
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If you have a subscription payments on your Pay Pal account and want to cancel them, follow these instructions:
You can cancel a billing agreement at any time. Here’s how:
1. Log in to your PayPal account.
2. Click Profile.
3. Click My Money.
4. Click Update beside “My pre-approved payments.”
5. Click the merchant name for the billing agreement you want to cancel.
6. Click Cancel.

Hope this helps you. Please add anything that you have learned about this as a comment, and we can learn from each other.

Spy Hunter 2, Podbean Subscription, and X-Box Live. Canceling subscriptions

The Solution (for me) to the Problems of Prayer

There are certainly problems with prayer: Why pray when God already knows all about that situation? “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Why thank God when He doesn’t need the affirmation? If prayer is a conversation with a friend, how come I seldom have a two way dialogue? How about unanswered prayer? There are many problems, but I watch how Jesus would pray and that Jesus did pray to His Father, and that is enough for me.

The following passage from Phillip Yancey’s book Prayer really helped me: “God already cares for the things we pray about…He has simply been waiting for us to care about them with Him. When we pray, we stand by God and look with Him towards those people and problems.”

This analogy of standing by God’s side and looking at the situations of our life side by side is revolutionary for me. Before, I saw myself praying at some altar and God was above me. In my mind, we were separated. Another analogy that I have used, is that of sitting in the Father’s lap. There is no separation in this calming view, but it’s a very dependent view of our relationship with God, much like a baby or child being comforted. There are times where this works.

Yancey’s prose has God and I together looking at a person or problem that God already cares about. I am not trying to get a reluctant God to make a cosmic change in Gaza or in my next jumpstart. Together, we are caring about this situation, and I have moved from a servant to a friend. Together, God and I face this day, walking arm in arm.

The Me, Me, Me Generation

This article was so instructive that I decided to type notes for myself to refer to. I thought that you might enjoy a quick overview of this new generation in our world. I have also included the web site to cut and paste if you want to read the whole article.

The Me Me Me Generation

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2143001,00.html

Time Magazine, May 20, 2013

1. The list of Generations:

  • Missionary Gen – 1860-82 The Civil War ended during their childhood, and they reached early adulthood with passion for social causes. They hit middle age with the passage of Prohibition; late in life, they were the architects of the New Deal
  • The Lost Gen – 1883-1900 This generation arrived during waves of immigration and rampant urban poverty. As young adults, they were doughboys and flappers of the Roaring ’20’s. Crunched by the Great Depression in midlife, they paid high taxes in their later years to help fund WW2.
  • The Greatest Gen – 1901-24 As children they gained access to education and the protection of child-labor laws. They came of age during the Depression and fought in WW2. Postwar, they built suburbs and highways, cured polio and gave birth to the baby boomers.
  • The Silent Gen – 1925-42 Children of the Depression, they have been referred to as the “the lucky few”, a generation smaller than the one before it and which suffered fewer causalities of war. Later, many of them moved into white collar jobs and led society toward the idea of early retirement.
  • The Baby Boomers – 1943-60  They were suburban children who came of age in the Summer of Love. In midlife, they became yuppies, who lost fortunes in the stock-market crash of 1987. Many have had their savings dented by the Great Recession and will postpone retirement.
  • Generation X – 1961-1980  Many were latchkey kids of working moms and divorced parents; they grew into young adults marked by a sense of ennui. Studies have shown that members of this generation may have reversed the historical trend of earning more in real dollars than their parents.
  • The Millennials 1980-2000  Also known as Generation Y, they came of age in the shadow of 9/11 and amid the rise of new media. First-wave Millennials are now in their early careers amid a slow global economic recovery, with high unemployment and concerns about future national debt.

2. Calls them entitled, lazy, selfish and shallow. Narcissistic. They were so catered to in MS and at home that they think they should be promoted every 2 years regardless of performance. And they point to all their participation trophies that they got growing up as proof.

3. The information age has empowered them to compete against huge organizations: hackers vs. corporations, bloggers vs. newspapers, terrorists vs. nation-states, You Tube directors vs. studio, app makers vs. entire industries. Millennials don’t need us. That scares us.

4. The average American kid walks around home with 85 (average) pictures of themselves, whereas we had 2 or 3.   They got this way partly because, in the 1970’s people wanted to improve kids’ chances of success by instilling self-esteem. It turns out that self-esteem is great for getting a job or hooking up at a bar but not so great for keeping a job or a relationship. They grow up being told that they are a rock star, or princess, and they have to live thru the unmet expectations when the world refuses to affirm how great they know they are.

5. Look at David McCullough’s graduation speech “You are not special.” On YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lfxYhtf8o4 – 2 million hits.

6. Though they are cocky about their place in the world, Millennials are also stunted. They receive and send 88 texts a day, and are therefore living under the constant influence of their friends. “Peer pressure is anti-intellectual. It is anti-historical. It is anti-eloquence.” To develop intelletually you’ve got to relate to older people, older things. They interact all day but always thru a screen.  70% of them check their phones every hour. They are deeply anxious that they might miss out on something better. FOMO

7. There is a constant search for a hit of dopamine (“Someone liked my status update!”) This reduces creativity. Tests of empathy have fallen over the last 13 years, likely due to lack of face to face time and to higher degrees of narcissism.

8. But they understand how to turn themselves into brands with friend and follower tallies that serve as sales figures. “People are inflating themselves like balloons on Facebook.” When everyone is telling you about their vacations, parties and promotions, you start to embellish your own life to keep up. They grew up watching reality TV shows, most of which are basically documentaries about narcissists.

9. The Me generation is more a continuation of a trend than a revolutionary break from previous generations. They are not a new species, but they have mutated to adapt to their environment.

10. Lot of what counts as typical millennial behavior is how rich kids have always behaved. The Internet has democratized opportunity for many young people, giving them access and information that once belonged mostly to the wealthy.

11. Because Millennials don’t respect authority, they also don’t resent  it. That’s why they’re the first teens who aren’t rebelling.  They’re not even sullen. A 2012 Google ad shows a college student video-chatting all the details of her life to her dad. Most students have their parents as friends, and share things with them on social media. It’s hard to hate your parents when they also listen to rap and watch Jon Stewart.

12. M. are able to use their leverage to negotiate much better contracts with the traditional institutions they do still join. An army recruiter says that the Me generation is the most impressive. The last generation was do, do, do. This generation is think, think about it before you do it. They are 3 steps ahead, coming in and saying I want to do this, then when I’m done with this, I want to do that.

13. M’s are nice. They are positive. They are more accepting of differences. Not just among gays, women and minorities, but in everyone. There is not the us vs. them thing, and maybe that’s why they don’t rebel.

14. Tom Brokaw loves M. He calls them  the Wary Generation, and thinks that their cautiousness in life decisions is a smart response to their world. They say: challenge convention. Find new and better ways of doing things. They are pragmatic idealists, tinkerers more than dreamers, life hackers. Their world is so flat that they have no leaders. They need constant approval. They post pictures from the dressing room as they try on clothes.

15. They are not going to church even though they believe in God, because they don’t identify with big institutions. One third of adults under 30 are unaffiliated. This is the highest percentage ever. Our future is in their hands, and they are absolutely great about being able to adapt and change. They are probably just what we need in this new world.

5 WAYS YOU CAN SEE IT – AND TAKE ACTION

This is well worth your time to read. Eric Scofield is a master at telling stories to prove his point!

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Leaders see it, AND do something.  It doesn’t seem to matter if it is a TSA line in an airport or candles at a wedding – leaders see it, AND do something.  I have to be honest – sometimes I wish I didn’t see things, because then I wouldn’t have to do anything.

A few weeks ago I was traveling through Denver.  I was in the TSA security line awaiting my ticket and identification check.  The line was very similar to the line for Space Mountain.  It had a switch-back that made it appear you were closer than you actually were.

I noticed that there was a third place for people to go, but no one was living up there.   As the line I was in reached the front – it dispersed into two, but in actuality, it could have been three.  The two lines would need to make room…

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Bad Things, Good People

 

“The first responsibility of the leader is to define reality.” Max DePree

“Bad things do happen to good people.”

The best piece of theology that I ever read was this: “When a hurricane hits land, it damages both the brothel and the church of God.” This fits my reality.

There is a philosophy about God going around that I don’t buy, and actively resist whenever I have the chance. It is the concept that we call the Prosperity Gospel. It believes that God will bless your life if you put him first. It believes that God actively prevents bad things from happening to you, and in the extreme, the Prosperity Gospel states that God wants you to be rich with money. This gospel could only be believed in America. This gospel is based on several verses: “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you.”(Matthew 6:33), “God honors those who honor Him.” (I Samuel 2:30) and several others.

What God really wants is for his people to put Him first without regard to rewards. My reality is that bad things happen to good people, and bad things happen to bad people. The common phrase is that stuff happens. Life is not fair. This is NOT to say that God doesn’t at times protect and cover his people. He does hear and answer prayers that are in His will.

There is a couple in my town who has given their lives to service of the poor and the down and out. Their family runs the Union Gospel Mission, and every person that they have helped, they have shared the good news of Jesus Christ. They have combined compassion and evangelism in a beautiful symphony. They are in their 80’s and are heroes to the town. They announced recently that they both have come down with cancer. They will one day be with the King that they love, and they will be satisfied. However, the reality remains that God does not give us what we deserve but what we need. We deserve judgment and He gives us grace and mercy.