press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, enter key, then scroll up or down. Magic circles will appear and the only way to get rid of them is to log off or refresh the page… pretty cool.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”—Mark Twain (submitted by coffeeandclouds) (via quote-book) (via bensooy)
This morning something happened that I don’t think I expected. It’s probably because I wasn’t expecting it that God decided to show Himself through it. This morning I played a song I haven’t played in a long time, Beautiful Creator. I played this song in a Fourth Grade Sunday School class that my mother-in-law (Penny) and father-in-law (Don) teach weekly at their church Jackson Friends in Canton, Ohio. The lesson this morning was on the 3 magi that went to see Jesus after his birth. They followed the star to Bethlehem and brought gifts. They bowed down and worshiped Jesus. This morning we worshiped together. As I played the song Madie and Jason (our 2 students-it’s a low week the Sunday after Christmas) and my mother and father in-law drew pictures as expressions of worship to God. Madie drew a picture with lots of bright colors and flowers and “all the things that God created” and Jason drew a rainbow and “Moses’ mountain where he met God.” Penny drew a sky filled with stars and a heart being held by the hands of God with the word “Hallelujah” written across the front and Don drew a picture of creation with a rather well done tree. I ended up singing “Glory To God Forever” by Fee as well. We ended the time in prayer and Jason and Madie left to go meet their parents. During this small moment together I feel like we really connected with God in worship. I think He was pleased and enjoyed our expression of love to Him. When was the last time you had an unexpected moment of worship with God?
“All we could ever imagine, could ever hope for, He is… He is the Prince of Peace whose first coming has already transformed society but whose second coming will forever establish justice and righteousness. All this, and infinitely more, alive in an impoverished baby in a barn. That is what Christmas means – to find in a place where you would least expect to find anything you want, everything you could ever want.”—Michael Card (via notwithink) (via derekthornton) (via whomshallifear)
A Christmas Eve Service At Jackson Friends With Family
Tonight I had the privilege of worshiping at the Jackson Friends Community with my family here in Ohio. It was a busy evening. The sanctuary was bustling with children screaming and rustling. It was actually so noisy due to the children screaming and rustling and parents hushing that it made it difficult to concentrate on what was going on. Despite the craziness, the service tonight was really good.
There was a beautiful balance of traditional and modern worship. The college band led in the first few songs while a more were later done with some chorale leaders. Instrumental music was later accompanied by one of the coolest black light art shows I’ve ever seen. A few soloists, one singing a modern song in a pop format and one singing in a traditional almost operatic form, and a message out of Luke 2:1-11.
Pastor Dave Tebbs lit the final candle of advent and explained the meaning behind the candles. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it explained quiet as simply or as quickly as he gave it. And the service concluded with a congregational candle lighting to silent night.
Overall the night was good not because of the service or because of the songs or candles or children screaming. The best part of the night was being able to sit with my family together and worship. After the service we all came home and had some amazing Italian Wedding Soup with Crab Dip and Homemade Bread w/ Butter. Oh yes… amazing. Sitting around that table I realized that I am very blessed. Maybe I’m not as thankful as I should be. Maybe I don’t show it the way I should. I am blessed. I’m blessed beyond measure.
“When you lead without compensation, when you sacrifice without guarantees, when you take risks because you believe then you are demonstrating your faith in the tribe and its mission. Of course it’s difficult. But leaders will tell you that it’s worth it.”— #TRIBES @SethGodins
“Faith, as we’ve seen is the cornerstone that keeps our organizations together. Faith is the cornerstone of humanity; we can’t live without it. But religion is very different from faith. Religion is just a set of invented protocols, rules to live by (for now). Heretics challenge a given religion, but do it from a very strong foundation of faith. In order to lead, you must challenge the status quo of the religion you’re living under.”— #TRIBES @SethGodins
“Faith is critical to all innovation. Without faith, it’s suicidal to be a leader, to act like a heretic. Religion, on the other hand, represents a strict set of rules that our fellow humans have overlaid on top of our faith. Religion supports the status quo and encourages us to fit in, to to stand out.”— #TRIBES @SethGodins
The first thing you need to know is that individuals have dar more power than ever before in history. One person can change an industry. One person can declare war. One person can reinvent science or politics or technology.
The second thing you need to know is that the only thing holding you back from becoming the kind of person who changes things is this: lack of faith. Faith that you can do it. Faith that it’s worth doing. Faith that failure won’t destroy you.
“You can worry about most people all day, but I promise you that they’re not worried about you. They can’t her you regardless of how much you yell. Almost all the growth that’s available to you exists when you aren’t like most people and when you work hard to appeal to folks who aren’t like most people.”— #TRIBES @SethGodins
“Ultimately, people are most easily led where they wanted to go all along. While that may seem as if it limits your originality or influence, it’s true. Fox News didn’t persuade millions of people to become conservatives; they just assembled the tribe and led them where they were already headed.”— #TRIBES @SethGodins