Last week, I started jotting down ideas for 2018 in my green-colored pen. Within a short time, twelve ideas, large and small, appeared. From those, new pages were needed to fill out some of the more appealing or practical ideas. (One of them is to finish some outstanding projects.)

Amazingly, some of those ideas, after being written down, began to seep their way into my routine and actions were taken to make them happen. They’re just ideas for now, mind you. Still, the thought and the writing influenced the mind, and the mind began working toward putting them into action.

It wasn’t that the mind saw the color green as a go sign. That small action of creating a picture of the future and of writing it down made the difference.

James Clear cites a study that showed that “Simply by writing down a plan that said exactly when and where they intended to exercise, the participants in Group 3 were much more likely to actually follow through.” More than twice as likely.

My little exercise demonstrates that the mind is a powerful tool. It works with the thoughts that we feed into it. It appreciates specific plans and positive thoughts. Continue reading

I like to read devotionals. I’m often charged and changed by them. They frequently stimulate my thought processes.

But it’s hard to find good ones. Sometimes they get basic facts wrong. Today, one devotional writer said Job had lost his wife. Really? Where does the text say that?

Other devotionals ignore the context of a verse or make problematic applications that the original writer would probably protest. Continue reading

It is my belief that passions as strong as his are more likely to be countered by the unexpected force of poetry, which can ambush the human heart at any time.

via The Unexpected Force of Poetry

This is not why I write poetry. I write it because I must. I always have, since a child.

But Steven Lloyd’s point is valid, that the form of poetry and the content of Scripture as Story may gain a better hearing today. Poetry may be that sneaky approach that surprises and captures the reader.

I pray my poetry might have that capacity and that effect.

 

Ye ole personal site has been quiet of late, much work on several Brazilian projects. But you may assuage your grief with my newest Corollaries segment here, highlighting items about the letter to the Philippians, among other subjects.

The Fellowship Room may get moved off the WordPress hosting service, to our own. Advantages are no ads, plus use of plugins (like a Bible highlighter). The big disadvantage is getting the Fellows moved over. Continue reading

The morning is well along, and I’m still at home working from my 5.30 am awakening. We might get some rain today, and temps ought to be lower than yesterday, but still warm.

Good moment for tea and muffins, to the sound of some Hawaiian music, out on the back porch.

Posts that came online since I laid my head down last night are the daughter’s OK-corralling and my BNC editorial on embracing the risk of mission. Continue reading

Bom dia, amigos! Good morning, friends!

Stomach feels a bit heavy after a great Brazilian cookout last night, but we’re good to go today on this Lord’s Day. We’ll lunch with friends out of town, in Tremembé, invited so we can encourage some folks who lost their father suddenly. Then on to regular commitments today in Taubaté and SJCampos.  I pray your day holds as much opportunity! Continue reading