10 Ways To Annoy A Graphic Designer

This is sadly all too true of too many clients (and sometimes supervisor/managerial types if you’re working within an entity that is not a design firm itself)…

Are you a design client looking for ways to de-stress? Do you believe people perform best under pressure? Is your designer producing top quality work with too much ease? Here’s a handy infographic by UK printing company Print-Print that shows you how to play havoc with your designer’s mind and show him/her who’s boss. Check it out below. Designers, […]

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And Now, An Uncomfortable Word from Our Sponsor…

C H A N G E

It is a word which has split generations, churches, and businesses throughout history. Yet, it is at the very core of what Christ calls each and every one of us to do daily. As the saying goes, "Life is change; and if you’re not changing, then you’re dead!"

Someone sent me an excerpt from Rick Bundschuh’s book "Don’t Rock the Boat, Capsize It" from NavPress a few years back. It’s content has sadly remained true to this day in the majority of situations. In the excerpt, he spoke about how humans are creatures of habit and hate to deal with anything too uncomfortable inasmuch as it is asking them to do or think something different. We still see this even in the secular realm when people still cling to the thought that the reason something is bad in my life is because of some external enemy – rather than looking at changing the internal causes.

He mentions that we sometimes don’t even notice our resistance to change when we first start out, but nonetheless, it does happen because it ends up being easier and we can go on "auto-pilot".

Mr. Bundschuh suggests making change a tradition in life. I have been in ministries on both ends of this, where tradition is above all else, and where change is the norm. While the tradition is easier to get a grasp on, it is by far less effective in reaching others for Christ. It used to be said that every 5-10 years, a new method needs to be implemented to remain relevant, but with the ever-changing world we live in now, sometimes it only takes a year or two before things are outmoded. Overhead projectors, hymnals, and organs are considered relics of a time gone by in many churches, and yet even now things like PowerPoint, paper music, and Sunday morning services are becoming more and more a thing of the past because of changing technology and societal needs. Churches need to consider this when trying to follow Christ’s mandate of reaching their cities and beyond.

In our personal life, it is also suggested that we find ways to "change things up" to keep our brains stimulated and from atrophying. There has been some evidence that even something as simple as changing your route home occasionally helps stave off what we usually consider "old age" mentality, dementia, and feeling run-down.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy change! Don’t get me wrong, there are some creature comforts that I enjoy in my personal and church life. But if these things were to disappear as I knew them, it would not stop me from enjoying life…I wouldn’t leave my community of believers over it. I am always trying to discover new ways of cooking, new music, new books, movies, friends, etc. because it is a fun challenge to master or grasp the innovation that is God given creativity in humanity. Even God shakes things up daily – why else would we all look so different, and not one person have the exact same fingerprint, iris pattern, or personality? Why else would we have so many varieties of plants, animals, and habitats? If God is that into change and diversity, shouldn’t we give it a try as well?

I’m adding this book to my wish list for future reading – may I suggest you try it too? 🙂

This Caught me…

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

How often do we as people, or especially Christians, seek the approval of others? How often do we live our lives like those around us? How often do we take an honest look at what influences us?

Jesus fit this statement. He was not interested in what the leaders of the day claimed was RC (religiously correct) – he was interested in setting the captive free, releasing people to their destinies, changing the course of culture and history for all time. He was interested in showing Godly love that can penetrate the deepest, darkest, untouchable areas and molding them into a new creation, a new thought, an new love. Jesus had a clear, Godly vision and worked to spread that vision – regardless of it’s popularity at that time.

I don’t know about you, but this encourages me as a person, a leader, and a Christian to take good look at the fruit of my life. Am I searching for consensus, or do I mold consensus? Do I live in a way that is pleasing to man, or live in a way that causes man to live pleasing to God? Am I comfortable with the status quo or being politically/religiously correct, or do I feel uncomfortable enough to constantly want heaven to touch earth and be Godly correct?

Does anyone even give a rip that you or I do what we’re doing? I hope the final tally will be “yes”; but that the final tally brings a smile to God’s face when He says it. I choose to not merely be, but to do.

See James 2:14-26 (especially in the Message Version) and Proverbs 29:18.

Are You a Fool or a Coward?

I came across this blog entry and thought I’d share it here, as much as to let anyone else read it as to remind myself from time to time.

http://www.whereverministries.org/blog/_archives/2009/9/24/4331283.html

It gets people thinking where they fall in this line of statements…I really do like what it has to say, and I pray that I will ALWAYS be thought the fool as long as it’s for the cause of Christ! As the words of Nichole Nordeman’s Song “Fool For You” state:

I would be a fool for you all because you asked me to.
A simpleton who’s seemingly naive,
I do believe You came and made Yourself a fool for me.

And in the words of Paul:

Because of Christ we are thought of as fools, but Christ has made you wise. We are weak and hated, but you are powerful and respected.

1 Corinthians 4:10 (CEV)

Be blessed and foolish – be daring and daft – be a force to be reckoned with that “confounds the ways of the wise” and storms the gates of hell and makes them tremble with the power of the LORD! Let’s not retreat but move forward in grace and power and love!

Grammar Quirks

Now, you may be asking why I’d be putting up an entry on grammar in a ministry blog. Patience, and I will enlighten you.

This basically stems from the musical, or rather, lyrical aspect of ministry; but can be applied to any ministry that utilizes the written word. I’m talking about swapped or warped spellings for words. Now, I’m not speaking of international English vs. American English spellings or the occasional typo; I’m speaking of words that sound the same but have different meanings. One of the most common swapped spellings I see is when we write the word “till” in reference to an action occuring in wait of something else. For example:

“She sang till she was hoarse.”

I even cringe writing that in the example. Here’s why. The word “till” means to turn the soil, as in prep for planting seed. The use above should have been spelled “’til”. “Why?” you ask. I answer, “Because in this context, we are using a contracted form of the word “until”.”

The contracted form of “until” needs to represent the original word. The apostrophe replaces the missing letters in the word… “un” – just like in some of the older lyrical spellings like “ne’er” for “never”, or “tho’ ” for “though”, or even “e’en” for “even”.

So what does this have to do with ministry? Well, it may be forgiven by others who are well familiar with the English language, but for those still learning, or reading a mechanical translation of your statement, it could be quite confusing. The above phrase no longer means that the singer had to refrain from song when her voice became tired; it would, instead, read something along the lines of this:

She sang, turning up the soil; her voice was sore.

This is not exactly what was intended by the writer. But still, we see many examples of this in song lyrics, blogs, and other written communications. There are, sadly, many instances not just of this one example throughout English-based literature and song; but quite a few others occur as well.

I would encourage you to double check your grammar check when writing so there will be less confusion amongst those on the recieving end of your communications. It saves frustration on the part of those who don’t understand, and on the part of those who (like me) are a little uptight when it comes to bad grammar!

Another example that was brought to my attention by a friend is found here…I found it quite humorous!

Enjoy your day!