Saying a Lot in a Little
By Ed Delph
October 10, 2022
This article is designed to fuel your mental motor so that you can head out on the highway. So let's start with this.
Ten Fun Facts
1. You can’t see your ears without a mirror.
2. You can't count your strands of hair.
3. You can't breathe through your nose with your tongue out.
4. You just tried number 3.
6. When you tried number 3, you realized that it is possible, only now you look like a dog.
7. You are smiling right now because the question fooled you.
8. You skipped number 5.
9. You just checked to see if there was a number 5.
10. Share this with your friends so they can have some fun too.
I just applied number 10 because I shared these Ten Fun Facts with you.
Here’s an important fact from a study about those who like my articles: Those who like my articles are happier, more intelligent, and better-looking than those who don't, according to a study I made up. Aha!
It's good to read what others are saying and thinking in today's world about various subjects, whether they're wise, cheeky, or reveal something that equips us for life. So I'll mix a bit of me into this compilation of insights.
Cheeky Snippets about Life
Here’s someone like me. ‘I don’t have a train of thought. I have seven trains, on four tracks, that narrowly avoid each other when their paths cross and all the conductors are screaming.’ Does this sound familiar?
My kid before dinner: I’m starving, I need a snack. My kid during dinner: I’m full, I can’t eat. My kid after dinner: I’m starving, I need a snack. Repeat forever.
Women, consider this vow, “Wedding vows should include, “Do you promise to always help him find his stuff that is right in front of him?” because you will be doing that forever.
I like this thought. 'I don't always go the extra mile, but when I do, it's because I missed my exit.'
'Our family is just one tent away from a full-blown circus.'
Oh yeh! A final thought as we enter the 'Ber' months. When someone says, "It's too soon for pumpkin spice," please realize you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
‘Everyone wants to reach the top of the mountain but remember: The real growth and change happens on the climb.’ In other words, difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Bob Costas offers this insight. "Champions don't become champions on the field – they are merely recognized there.' What you put into something often determines what you get out of it.
D. L. Moody said, "Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody; forty years learning he was nobody, and then forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody." Sometimes we need to be depowered to be empowered.
Intellectual and Societal Humility
Here's an actual event (I fact-checked it) that changed two lives.
‘In 1981, a pediatrician saved the life of a 3.2-pound premature baby boy by working around the clock and beating the odds to stabilize him. In 2011, the same pediatrician was pinned inside a burning vehicle after a car collision but then saved by a paramedic who turned out to be the premature baby he saved 30 years earlier.’
Most times, the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train.
Here’s an inspiring snippet. ‘Please understand this: Bad chapters can still create great stories. Wrong paths can still lead to the right places. Failed dreams can still create successful people. Sometimes it takes losing yourself to find yourself.’ Note this pastor/church snippet. 'Don't be mad at the pastor. He didn't know what you did before he preached the sermon.’ Bev from The Philippines says, ‘Some people are so poor…all they have is money.’
Lastly, ‘Unity does not mean sameness. It means oneness of purpose. There’s a difference between conformity and destiny.’
Here’s a powerful observation. ‘Addiction is a special kind of hell. It takes the soul of the addict and breaks the hearts of everyone who loves them.’ I like this idea. ‘When the devil keeps asking you to look at your past, there’s something in your future he doesn’t want you to see.’
Consider this. 'The woman at the well was divorced five times, and Jesus still used her. Don't let people count you out because you have a complicated past. Jesus preserves your future.' In other words, if you think you’ve blown God’s plan for your life, God has news for you. You’re not that powerful. Consider this possibility: ‘What happens to a person is often less significant than what happens within them. The hardest prison to escape is in our own mind.”
Prayers and Praying
Everyone can pray this prayer. 'Heavenly Father, thank you for pursuing me relentlessly. Thank you for your grace that allows us to come back to you time and again. Forgive us for the ways we run and hide from you. Give us the courage to turn toward you and accept your love.’
Consider this insight about prayer. ‘Sometimes we need to pray for the answer, but sometimes we need to pray to be the answer.’
A. W. Tozer said, “I don’t want the world to define God for me. I want the Holy Spirit to reveal God to me.”
Max Lucado offers this truth about prayer. "Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears prayers and not in the One who says the prayer, our prayers do make a difference." Just think, if God can make a bug's rear end light up, think of what God can do for you.
Somebody needed this today. I hear your mental motor running, so head out on the highway to a higher way.
Ed Delph is a leader in church-community connections.
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