Quality Assured Sermons

Cartoon of a pastor saying, "I must remind you my sermons are recorded for quality assurance."

I wonder how differently I’d act if I knew every word I said was recorded? Would the quality of my words be assured? I’d like to think I would be fine with all the words I’ve said. Yet I know if someone recorded all the words I said yesterday, I would not be proud. Continue reading “Quality Assured Sermons”

How to watch those words and thoughts

cartoon based on Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable and pleasing unto you

It can be difficult to have a good attitude when things just aren’t going according to our plans. We want things our own way. We think we have things all figured out and if everyone got on the same plan (our plan), life would be so much better.

but life never goes according to our plans, because we have seven billion other individuals with their own ideas of how things should be. Some of their plans are as legitimate as ours. Some of them are evil (and yes, you’ll have disagreements what is and isn’t evil). Some may have nice, if not naïve plans. And yes, some have plans to survive what we may find unimaginable.

Then there’s the plans an omniscient God’s has. We can’t understand why His plans wouldn’t be exactly the same as our own. And we can’t understand when tragedy and frustrations come our way. What should we do when things just don’t go the way we would like them to?

Keep our thoughts and words positive. It is critical to remember we don’t see the whole picture. Things may not be the way we want them now, but hang on. Everything will work out in the end. It never does any good to become bitter.

Help someone else out. Whenever we get self-focusded, we get miserable. Have you ever noticed the most selfish people are the most miserable? They reason being self-centered will bring them happiness when the opposite happens? When we focus on helping others, we end up helping ourselves.

Watch our words. When we talk of the future as if nothing but bad will happen, we end up creating the very things we don’t want. Have faith the future will be brighter. It is worth it to bring words of encouragement into your own life.

Our words, thoughts and actions matter. We matter. You matter! Things may not be the way you would want them to be right now, but hang on, help others, and bring words of hope and peace into your life today.

Build up or tear down?

Cartoon of a girl deciding whether to tear down with words

Cartoon of two kids. One says, “I’m trying to decide whether to build you up today or tear you down.”

Blah, Blah, Blah: the Book

Kudos to Dan Roam’s new book, “Blah, Blah, Blah: What to do when words won’t work.” I read his earlier book, “The Back of the Napkin,” because I wanted to use my pictures while teaching kids. Roam’s new book takes the idea of incorporating pictures and words even further. I bought this book on Friday. it was so good, I devoured it in the last forty-eight hours!

I especially loved in the beginning where he tells how Dr. Seuss made such an impression on him as a child as well as others. Lately, I’ve heard doomsayers announce the death of picture books. This book shows that we need pictures to go with our words more than ever because we need both to really learn something. I highly recommend it for anyone who gives presentations, teaches, or just wants to get an idea across in the most effective way.

You can on the image above to order a copy.

You can also check out his web site at danroam.com.