Quotes I Am Pondering

Here is a selection of quotes for this week. Enjoy, consider, and find some of your own.

Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else. (Fred Rogers, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood)

We are not afraid of change. We are afraid of what we perceive we may lose when change happens. And we do lose something when change takes place, but we gain something as well. So, when something you enjoy is coming to an end, certainly sit with that loss and process it as you need. But then, look for the fresh start and new beginning that is emerging. Live with vital optimism.

I not only use all the dreams that I have, but all that I can borrow. (Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United Staes and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize)

Yes, yes, YES! Isn’t this just an example of “It’s not about you”? Certainly your dreams matter. Your vision matters. But it is not all that matters. And it is probably severely limited. You need others. Others need you. You need the vision of others. Others need your vision.

So, instead of vision casting, I encourage people to start vision collecting. Discover the dreams and visions of others. Explore collaboration. Enjoy synergy as dreams collide and release energy. That is what we are doing at Living Word in 2018.

Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public. (Krista Tippett)

When I hear myself sounding angry I ask, where do I hurt? When I hear anger from others I ask, where do they hurt? Certainly, if someone’s anger is violent, you immediately do what you must for protection. But if it is not violent, then you move into empathy and discernment. They hurt—find out where.

Which leads to a bonus quote: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. (Ian Maclaren)

We seek to be kind, even when the others’ hard battles lead to anger.

If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, you must go together. (African Proverb)

So true. There are times when I need to go fast, and I can go very fast (and efficiently) alone. But, we are on the long journey of life, love, and leadership as missional friends of Jesus. We will go much further as we go together.

Who are you walking with on that long love in the same direction?

Talk less, listen more. (Brene Brown)

Be sure to notice how much poor listening goes on every day. Listening seems to be a lost art for many. Be sure it is not a lost art for you. So, I’ll stop talking (writing) and start listening with this question:

What are you considering this week?

Pastor Brian

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