Weekly Thought – March 6, 2018
Fred continues to challenge through his prolific production of ideas. Recently 17 pages of quick thoughts he called “daily warm-ups” were uncovered. For the next few weeks we will be using them to help you stretch.
Thank you for your ongoing support of BWFLI in our Spring season. You are certainly appreciated, and needed.
Stretch Before You Run
Everyone knows the importance of warming up. Athletes warm up before a game. We warm up our engines before driving. I personally warm up for breakfast by eating a donut! But how do we warm up our minds? What do we do each day to prepare ourselves mentally for the game of life?
I have found that nothing stimulates me more than good conversation. Scripture says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Ideas strike sparks when they bump into each other, don’t they?
Wouldn’t it be great if we could jump start each day with some good thought provoking talk with a friend? I have put down a few things that you and I might kick around if we had the chance to have breakfast together. For me, they have been thoughts that have stretched the mind. They have loosened me up so that I could run the race more effectively.
1) What’s Your Mood? Think of your moods and attitudes as either freshening or polluting the atmosphere. Some people can only improve a group by leaving it. Our aim should be to become healthy cells, not poisoning one another but radiating health and happiness, seeds being planted which will bring forth much fruit.
2) Humor in the Workplace. I left the office one afternoon during a snow storm, passing several waiting employees. As I walked by I commented on my size 15 shoes by saying, “The Lord gave me skis to walk on.” One of the employees said, “And from where we are looking He gave you a pillow to fall on, too.” I looked back and laughed. Nothing is worse than a stuffy boss.
3) Tombstone Text. Your epitaph should be a guide to your future. Until you know the trip you want to make you can’t select the way. Decide what you want on your tombstone and live toward that end. (Note: Fred decided in his late 20s he wanted “He Stretched Others…” and that is exactly the inscription.)
4) Subcontracting Sin. Anyone in a position of responsibility who enjoys the benefits of someone else’s wrong doing is subcontracting out his sin. In a business if we know bribery is going on and we make no effort to stop it because there is personal benefit, we are subcontracting our sin.
This week think about: 1) What am I doing to get my mind stretched in the morning? 2) Who is the iron in my life? 3) Where did Fred touch a nerve?
Words of Wisdom: “Ideas strike sparks when they bump into each other.”
Wisdom from the Word: “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures,” (Luke 24:45 NET Bible)