Posts By: Craig Wagganer

Idea Starters

In honor of one of baseball’s greats, as well as a great character and St. Louis native; the quotes this week are all of Yogi Berra origin.

 

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

This is pretty optimistic, I know a lot of people who give up too soon. CSW

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“It’s deja vu all over again.”

Déjà vu times 2 – I get it. CSW

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“I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”

I’ve done that; fell asleep in Central time woke up on Eastern. CSW

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“Never answer an anonymous letter.”

But I sure have wanted to. CSW

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“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

There have been times in my life where I have even messed up the mistake. CSW

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“You can observe a lot by watching.”

You can hear a lot by listening. CSW

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Do First, Feel Later

DSN9158-2-LI was asked how God can command us to love, isn’t that something we have to feel?

I thought of an important principle in Genesis 4:7. God tells Cain that if he does what is right he will feel good about it. But if he doesn’t the downward spiral of sin will trap him.

Psychologist William James said that if you want a quality in your life then act as if you already have it.

God says love. How I feel doesn’t matter. But the real truth is that if I act in a loving manner, I will then acquire the feeling. It is easier to act your way into feeling than to feel your way into acting.

Nehemiah puts it this way, the joy of the Lord is my strength. At first a difficult saying, but understand that doing what makes the Lord happy will give you strength.

Clearly, especially in spiritual matters, do as commanded and you will acquire the characteristic.

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Idea Starters

“When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.”

George Burns

Getting old happens quickly. CSW

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“Be obscure clearly.”

E.B. White

If the goal is obscurity, then be as precise and accurate as possible in attaining it. CSW

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“I own and operate a ferocious ego.”

Bill Moyers

Large egos make for an easy target. CSW

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O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.

Saint Augustine

Overcoming temptation is simply learning not to do what you want to do; which is not that simple. CSW

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“If you have a secret, people will sit a little bit closer.”

Rob Corddry

The shortest distance between two people is a secret. The farthest distance is when it’s told. CSW

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Leadership Earned

DSN9118-2-MHe had been the president of the company for less than three months. It was his first presentation to the entire company. He began by telling about his first mistake after coming to the position. It was not a huge or costly mistake, but it was a funny story and was quite humbling to him. His humor being in the form of self-deprecation, showed his willingness to be open, honest and vulnerable.

The people seeing, meeting, and hearing him for the first time found him endearing and relatable. As I witnessed the event I was impressed. As I looked around and observed the situation I could see others were impressed as well.

By the end of the presentation this new leader had demonstrated that he was their leader, he had reassured them that he would lead well; not by anything he said, but by being genuine, relaxed and humble. After the initial story, he apologized for that mistake and then told what he hoped to happen and how he would try to lead the company. It was about him trying to take responsibility and being held accountable for their growth.

He was humorous, but asked nothing of the people gathered. He only asked that if they were willing they could join him. He would appreciate their help and would be extremely grateful.

The reception of his message was thunderous applause and ovation. He stood at the platform nearly unable to speak; overcome with emotion. He was in the position of leadership, but more than that, he had now earned it.

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Intimate Ministry

DSN9158-2-LIt’s an honor and privilege to be a part of the Prayer Team at the Church we attend. I am humbled by the experience and believe it’s an important responsibility to intercede for those who ask. It takes a certain strength of character to be vulnerable and request prayer and I consider those highly that trust me with their praises and concerns.

This week’s prayer list was interesting. There were 15 different individual requests, but the fascinating thing is that 10 of those were requesting prayer for someone else.

It made me stop and think.

These people have had the experience with God that proves to them that prayer is effective. So effective that they want to share it with friends and relatives that are in need. They want to see God work in the lives of others; they want others to see God at work in their very own lives.

This little group of prayer warriors is changing the world in a not so silent way. It is humbling and exciting. I’m honored to be a part of this group realizing prayer is the intimate touch with a loving Father through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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