Walking the line between nerd and cool.

There Be Weather Ahead!

There are finally some dark clouds heading our way.  We were able to spend the morning on the beach with some great waves and even got my Nephew into the water to ride waves with us.  It clouded up around noon, sending us back to the house for lunch and to regroup.  Jaime and I went down to the shops near Jockey’s Ridge with Mom H, Justin and Nephew.  Ate some ice cream, then headed over to Sonic for a Strawberry Limeaid, one of my favorite goodies from our time in Texas.  If the weather holds off, we’ll be heading out for some putt-putt at Professor Hacker’s Putt-Putt.  It’s a gold-mine themed Putt-Putt place.  I love mini-golf.  🙂

Finished 2 more chapters in my book as well.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Don’t accumulate possessions; accumulate experiences!
  • Don’t let mental lions keep you from experiencing everything God has to offer.
  • Faith is unlearning the senseless worries and misguided beliefs that keep us captive.
  • What’s interesting is that psychiatrists posit that we’re born with only two innate fears:  the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises.  That means that every other fear is learned.  And more importantly, that means that every other fear can be unlearned.
  • One of my sacred duties as a parent is to help my children unlearn their fears.
  • Faith is the process of unlearning your irrational fears.
  • Lion chasers don’t hide from the things they fear.  They chase lions into pits.  They expose themselves to the sources of their terror because they know it is the only way to overcome them.
  • The cure for the fear of failure is not success.  It’s failure.  The cure for the fear of rejection is not acceptance.  It’s rejection.  You’ve got to be exposed to small quantities ot whatever you’re afraid of.  That’s how you build up immunity.
  • Satan has two primary tactics when it comes to neutralizing you spiritually: discouragement and fear.
  • Jesus never ran away from his detractors or persecutors.  He chased them.
  • Benaiah must have been scared spitless when he was chasing the lion.  But he was never more alive.  And it was the fear he felt that made his “in a pit with a lion on a snowy day” story all the more fun to tell ex post facto.  The scariest experiences make the best stories, don’t they?  So here is my questions: Are you living your life in a way that is worth telling stories about?
  • Too many of us pray as if God’s primary objective is to keep us from getting scared.  But the goal of life is not the eliminating of fear.  The goal is to muster the moral courage to chase lions.
  • I’m concerned that the church has turned into a bunker where we seek shelter when we’re actually called to storm the gates of hell.  Does that sound safe?  I can’t imagine a more daring or dangerous mission.
  • Sometimes the biggest problems present the greatest opportunities for God to reveal His glory and work His purposes.
  • Maybe we should stop asking God to get us out of difficult circumstances and start asking Him what he wants us to get out of those difficult circumstances.
  • Maybe our problem isn’t our circumstances.  Maybe our problem is our perspective.
  • If we could see what God sees, we would pray very different prayers.
  • Sometimes an unanswered prayer is God, in His sovereign wisdom, sparing us the pain of unintended consequences.
  • Maybe we need to quit praying safe prayers.
  • Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.
  • Joy is mind over matter.
  • I think there are basically two types of people in the world: complainers and worshipers.  And there isn’t much circumstantial difference between the two.  Complainers will always find something to complain about.  Worshipers will always find something to praise God about.  They simply have different default settings.
  • That is what worship does.  It changes the spiritual atmosphere. It charges the spiritual atmosphere.
  • The circumstances you complain about become chains that imprison you.  And worship is the way out.
  • Adversity is often the seedbed of opportunity.
  • The more problems you have, the more potential you have to help people.
  • Almost like a broken bone that needs to be reset, God breaks us where we need to be broken.  He fractures the pride and lust and anger in our lives, but He does it to remodel us into His image.
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9 responses

  1. Chuck Whited

    I love putt-putt too. Glad y’all are having a good time.

    July 9, 2008 at 8:46 am

  2. Tim

    I putt-putt about as good as I golf, which has not been in 27 years – Yikes. I’m actually better at P-P.
    Love your book review/summary – thought provoking for sure! So with the beach, the shopping, the snack bars and book reviewing, when do you sleep 🙂

    July 9, 2008 at 10:35 am

  3. Janet Christ

    Hearing about your vacation is fun Jason.
    glad you are having a good time.
    The book sounds packed full of gems.
    Might have to look that book up.
    See you in a few days.

    July 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm

  4. Eric F

    Sounds like he talks a lot about worship in that chapter. So, if worship changes and charges the spiritual atmosphere – and is the way out of the complaining chains binding you – why don’t we focus more on worship in the church? Hmm…

    Glad you’re having a great time! Enjoy and don’t rush to come home. We all need these breaks!

    July 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm

  5. Chris Hartnett

    Jason,
    It sounds like you guys are having a good vacation. And I am very intrigued by the book you are reading. I’ll catch up with you soon. Enjoy your time off.
    Chris

    July 9, 2008 at 8:17 pm

  6. Jason,

    I’m glad you’re having a good time! However, I’m a little worried about that first bullet point and your constant “me wants one” postings about the iPhone. 😉

    Does this indicate a “sea change” in your desires for telephonic nirvana? (get it?)

    July 10, 2008 at 9:40 am

  7. That’s the thing though, the iPhone generates experiences. 🙂

    July 10, 2008 at 11:16 am

  8. Ooo I smell the sweet smell of rationalization… Works for me though!

    July 10, 2008 at 11:18 am

  9. Alicia Z

    Sometimes an unanswered prayer is God, in His sovereign wisdom, sparing us the pain of unintended consequences. I believe that it’s either this OR that we have to wait for the answer for some reason.

    July 10, 2008 at 11:44 am

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