Bottoms Up June 6, 2014
Have you ever coaxed a sweaty, over-heated toddler from their play for a drink of water? One of three results usually occur:
A. They completely ignore you, silently declaring that what they are doing is more important.
B. Begrudgingly they take a swig, making it clear that it is only because they are forced.
C. They grab the cup with both hands, gulp noisily much of the water, and look at you breathlessly for admiration for obedience.
Obviously, you didn’t offer a drink for your own benefit…apart from your concern for their well-being. It was for their own good. Without water they can not function properly, will get sick, and eventually die. Your providing vital life-sustaining is an act of self-less love.
It is healthy growth where a child realizes that water is important, good for them, and a necessary part of life. Hopefully they will learn to quench their own thirst with H2O without someone waving a sippy cup and begging them to partake.
Consequently, we don’t do God any favors by connecting with him. It is a privilege. A vital, life-giving privilege. Enjoy it. Appreciate it.
Winning March 16, 2014
My Dad recently gave me a book by John C. Maxwell to read ~ “25 Ways To Win With People; How To Make Others Feel Like A Million Bucks”. It is quite interesting that Dad would be reading this, since I thought he was the master. He’s always been amazing at making people feel good about themselves.
Pictured here is a family who he has helped in many ways. They now host a weekly Bible club with many neighborhood children. My Dad is constantly winning with people, and here are some ways that you can, too:
1. Start with yourself.
2. Practice the 30-second rule. (Within the first 30 seconds, say something encouraging.)
3. Let people know you need them.
4. Create a memory and visit it often.
5. Compliment people in front of other people.
6. Give others a reputation to uphold.
7. Say the right words at the right time.
8. Encourage the dreams of others.
9. Pass the credit on to others.
10. Offer your very best.
11. Share a secret with someone.
12. Mine the gold of good intentions.
13. Keep your eyes off the mirror.
14. Do for others what they can’t do for themselves.
15. Listen with your heart.
16. Find the keys to their hearts.
17. Be the first to help.
18. Add value to people.
19. Remember a person’s story.
20. Tell a good story.
21. Give with no strings attached.
22. Learn your mailman’s name.
23. Point out people’s strengths.
24. Write notes of encouragement.
25. Help people win.
That’s my Dad, and I love him so much!
Thank you, Mr. Maxwell, for writing this wonderful book!