Several years ago, a writing teacher instructed us to fill our notebooks and journals with seeds of other people’s words and phrases. She said, sometimes other people’s voices can inspire us to create, and challenge our way of thinking. I have found gathering seeds of other people’s words and phrases, and sometimes sentences, forces me to pay attention when reading or listening, and then a brings on change or affirms truth. Here is a list of seeds that motivated, challenged, and reshaped my thinking.
When you’re an insecure teenager, you build walls and defenses and masks…
Only confident people are comfortable wearing their vulnerabilities on their sleeve.
Take a moment to unplug. Leave your device in one place or refuse to carry it around all day.
When on vacation for a week, a weekend, or a day, endure the boredom. Do nothing.
Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets.
Just once make some excuse and get out of the classroom, the cubicle, the office, the house, the office, and go outside and play.
Theories and grand idea are important. But they seldom unfold as planned. People—it is all about people. Colin Powell on David Halberstam’s book “The Best and Brightest”
I’ll take the hand of those who don’t know the way, who can’t see where they’re going. I’ll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I’ll be right there to show them what roads to take, make sure they don’t fall into the ditch. These are the things I’ll be doing for them— sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute (Isaiah 42:16 The Message).
When we want to know God’s will, here’s the checklist of three occurrences: 1) the inward impulse 2) the Word of God 3) the trend of circumstances.
Stop snacking on bits of God’s Word, eat the Word!