To follow rules or not to follow rules

Why are people so hung up on rules? I have a theory that if we followed every rule we were ever given, that it would not cause Christ to smile at us and let us in to Heaven based on that alone. So what is the real catch then? What is their true purpose? I’m convinced that people worry so much about following the letter of the law they handicap themselves. Thoughts?

Do you think maybe it would be wise to follow the intention of the rule rather than the rule itself?

 

Oh oh…and it’s my birthday. So give me some good discussion…you know as a birthday present 🙂

Little brother thoughts

‪My adopted brother asked me if I ever get scared of being broken again. He came to us as a foster and my mom adopted him and some of his siblings a few years ago. ‬He’s been broken. My throat kind of constricted. And I said, “Like I was last year? I’ve been broken a few times. Last year was another. But I know by now that being broken isn’t the end. It’s the BEGINNING. But if my life has shown you anything, it’s that we all get broken no matter how hard we try to make everything perfect and make the right decisions. That’s inevitable. There’s no way to avoid it. Every one, even me, will let you down at some point. But being stronger inside and willing to let yourself lie down for a few before you pick yourselves back up is what counts.” He asked…is it worth it? A year and a half into losing my joy and I had a hard time answering right away. But I finally said “Twenty years ahead of you …yes. It’s worth it. There’s people you can go see and talk to that spent years learning how to show you how to be less broken. It always gets better. It always turns around. The real trick is finding the people and resources who can help you find a new normal. I’m your circle. We are your family. I promise we will get you through anything.”

Take a step back…or forward?

What if the reality you are in…isn’t reality. What if the situation you are in is not what you think it is…but your perception is telling you something completely different because you are actually IN the situation. It’s all you know. Something different seems immoral…seems wrong…because in this reality you have all the answers you need to survive.

But something happens…and you are forced out…left cold and bewildered until you look around. What is this? How did you not see what was really going on? How could you not see the tears of those you affected? You catch yourself wondering just as you get comfortable…is this reality either?

Take another step back.

This isn’t about you or him anymore, it isn’t personal. Your perception is shattered…it’s about them too. Could one trivial word change their lives as well? What about a few hours of your time? Does what you do affect more than what you can see? Could your words inspire change here? Better their lives? Now you start to wonder…did I ever really know what right or wrong was? Have I been handicapping myself all along by what I “think” I can do?

Take another step back.

What do I really know? For that matter, who, do I really know. What am I really doing here? How am I affecting the world? What am I doing that will matter for eternity? Eternity. A scary thought. Every one dies…everyone…but not everyone truly lives. What am I doing to truly live.

Then you realize…these weren’t steps back…they were steps forward all along.

Maybe that’s when I realized that you can do and think whatever you want. You can pretend this all is a big deal…and that this drama matters…or even that you matter. You can keep pretending about whatever it is that is important…after all…it’s your funeral you are betting on to lose…and then it’s too late to take back all those years you wasted over nothing.

Tell the truth.
Get your good clothes dirty.
If you want to fight…fight yourself…and when you get tired…start fighting for someone else.
Quit lying to yourself and get on your knees before you miss the whole point to life.

Biz tip #1

I’m constantly surprised when I run into business owners who are still figuring out really simple tips and tricks to reducing their overhead or just plain old doing things a little simpler. It’s why these Mastermind groups are so popular though. Tons of people coming together and sharing a pool of knowledge so that everyone can get on the same page FASTER instead of wasting money and time working harder instead of smarter.

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What have I learned?

Here’s a few things I realized I had learned since my bygone days…feel free to add to it…as I will be adding to it as I think of them!

I have learned…

that you live through HS…no matter how awful it is, it doesn’t define who you are.

that taking God’s name in vain is more than just words. We are made in His image, and God is love, and when our actions are unkind and unloving, THAT is taking His name in vain.

that you have to find yourself before you expect anyone else to.

that you should be passionate about something in your life.

that you should love someone with everything that you have, even if you fall flat on your face and breaks your heart into pieces…loving so selflessly will change your life forever.

that giving away is the best way to receive.

that just because I disagree with someone, or because they have done something wrong, is not a good reason to toss them from my life or expect others to do the same.

that you need to choose in a relationship whether you would like to be right, or be happy.

that children learn much more from your actions and how you talk about other authority figures then they do about what you ask them to learn.

that you teach someone how to treat you.

that you need to know yourself, and love yourself, and realize that there is no one out there that can do it for you other than God.

that believing in God enriches your life…in more ways than you can count.

that talking to yourself doesn’t make you crazy…

that there is something completely freeing about telling the truth.

that you cannot please everyone, and the harder you try, the more miserable you and everyone else is.

that you can only be yourself…trying to pretend you are someone else only makes for WWIII eventually.

that hitting someone hurts you more than it does them inside.

that some people will never change, and that’s ok, but it still means I need to love them through it anyway for their own good.