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Obey God, Not People

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

See verses 27-33 for a brief and comprehensive guide to angering both secular and religious leaders.

Categories: Acts of the Apostles

Good Friday IV: Annual Reflections

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Good Friday, I wrote:

My goal ought to be pleasing God first, people second.  I’m not sure how to measure how well I’m pleasing God, but just because it can’t be measured quantitatively doesn’t mean that it’s not a valuable goal.  I’ll reflect upon this idea more next Good Friday.

This is intriguing, because I’ve felt major concern about this idea of targeting measurables.

Distilling success into measurables eliminates those things most important in life.  Who can measure love and loyalty and compassion?

My goal for the upcoming year is to reject measurables as an evaluative tool in lieu of qualitative measures like self-reflection and the Golden Rule.

I will create and submit to measurable evaluations when necessary, but I will strive to avoid the temptation to base my satisfaction on the success of meeting these goals.

Doing the right thing is different than meeting a goal.  This year, I will choose the right thing over the measurable thing as often as possible.

Please pray for me!  This will be hard.

Categories: annual goals, good friday
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