I know your mom told you that everyone loves you and that you are the cutest person in the world. Your dad probably told you that your singing was better than Celine and Mariah put together. Maybe you were the one the other kids called too slow or too fat. What if you were too short or not smart enough?
The point is you are not very good and will not get acknowledged by the “important” people. There is a closed group of people in the world that control everything. Yes I am a member so I am allowed to tell you all the details. We have regular meetings where we look at photos to decide who sits with the cool kids or gets the best jobs. We pick the ones that get to be beautiful actresses and big time singing stars. Of course we picked Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan to dominate the NBA. We put Kate Upton on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Koch brothers are rich because we decided they were worthy.
I am sorry this makes all the things you believed were possible in life seem incredibly unfair but that is how the world works. If you really want to achieve anything in life you have to earn our approval. If we don’t give you that stamp of approval then you will forever be locked in a state of mediocre living.
Now assuming you have read this far and your head is not exploding you no doubt understand this is completely not true. There is no audition. There is no approval process where you get a card that says you now belong and have made it in life.
Sometimes you will be picked, applauded, cheered, accepted and maybe even loved for an accomplishment. You may be yelled at, hated, stalked and even rejected for something you do in life. The question is what do you do with this information. You have to decide if you want the world’s approval which is temporary and based on works or you want the one that has already been given before you even took a breath.
I am not trying to get preachy on this subject but I believe it applies to business, leadership, family, high school, middle school and probably even in retirement homes. You need to accept that God approved of you before you did anything so clearly it is not something you can earn. Stop trying to get picked or earn some sort of approval and accept that you are meant for great things even when you fail daily.
You don’t measure up to the world’s standard but that’s okay you were never meant to be here very long. To not believe you are approved is unbiblical. Just read Jeremiah and you see a story of God’s approval completely overwhelming the world’s.
If you have been awake over the last few weeks and months you probably know a lot of people have died in plane crashes. First thing you need to remember is there are about 28,500 commercial flights a day or 10 million a year in the US. Worldwide you are talking about 20 million flights a year. Less than 0.00001% of commercial flights crashed a year. Yes it is tragic when someone loses their life but you have to pay attention to media reporting and not forget their goal in life.
Media outlets make money on advertising and nothing sells better than fear when it comes to news. Yes I know you hate when someone puts this stuff in perspective but seriously more people died in cow related incidents than died in commercial plane crashes in the US over the last 5 years. More people die from regularly eating at McDonald’s
, smoking, alcohol and yes even riding bicycle’s than commercial plane crashes every year. So clearly smoking a cigarette while riding your bike to McDonald’s drunk is about the worst thing you can do in life.
The point is I constantly get asked if I worry about my bride flying so much. My bride flies on average about 3-4 times a month. She has a very important job and it requires her to travel around the country. I am immensely proud of the work she does and the value it brings to our country. I tell her no when she has too much to drink and wants to ride her bike but that is another story.
Yes I worry about her traveling but not crashing in a plane. I worry the plane will be hot and she will punch someone and get thrown in GTMO
. I worry they lose her luggage and she buys a whole new wardrobe. I worry the hotel doesn’t treat her like the platinum super VIP she is supposed to be and she burns the hotel down. I worry she will be over exposed to stupid and fire people which will result in more travel because the job will have to be done by her now.
The fact is she is safe flying, staying in hotels and working in government buildings. The point is live your life and stop worrying about safety so much. If you do ride your bike to McDonald’s after a few too many and just insist on smoking, please wear a helmet.
I love a good headline but to purposely mislead people to get them to read your article is annoying. I record the news every morning in order to watch the weather and major headlines. It takes me about 20 minutes to watch 90 minute news broadcast. I admit I do it mostly to avoid the commercials but also because they tease every story with a horrific headline to get you to come back.
Will most things kill your kids? NO! More people were killed by cows than sharks last year so really the chances of you dying in the middle of Oklahoma
are better than the Florida
Is there a chance you will die from the plague or lead poisoning? Probably not.
Will missing the latest government warning cause your kids to miss out on college money? Doubt it!
Did your parents let you drink from the water hose? Did you know the water hose has a warning label on it that says, “Not for human consumption?”
Did you ride a bike without a helmet? Well then based recent voting results most of you should sue your parents.
I know I am dragging this out but I am about to get to the point. The thing that really could be hurting your kids is a disease called LAZY. We read just the headlines and think we got the whole story and move on so we never get the full story. We are raising a generation of people that only read the newsfeed on Facebook. We read the scroll at the bottom of the television. If you are like me you spend 45 seconds on a website skimming for anything you think matters and forming an opinion.
An actual headline recently read, “Obama cancels fundraisers due to tragedy”. The problem is that is not what happened at all. He moved them to later in the day to be able to have a press conference and then went to the events. Most people never read that far into the article. I don’t care what you think of the press or even the current administration but you have to admit that is dishonest.
Another recent headline read, “Are vegetables actually deadly?” The story was really about a store clerk that stacked the pallets too high and it fell on him. He didn’t die or even eat the vegetables but unless you read the whole story you would never have known.
My point is read things
you may not automatically find appealing just in case they have a good point or a valid argument for another point of view.