There is a huge expectation for artists today to be original and innovative in reaching today's culture with the message of Christ. As we attempt this, what happens if we fail? It is OK?
In Phil Cooke's "Change Revolution," he answers a resounding YES. In fact, he encouraged his team to fail big. "I want my team to fail because they dreamed big, stretched too far, over-reached, or tried something new that no one has tried before."
Creativity requires risk. "A wide door for effective work has opened," the
Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, "and there are many
adversaries" (I Cor. 16:19). The potential for failure is certainly one of
Leonard Sweet writes that
because Jesus “…expects us to fail, and has provided us with a
sacrament of failure, we can shake off the shackles that fetter us to
success and be free to fail without guilt, without embarrassment, without
The day didn't start out very well. This is what happens when your Starbucks Grande Skinny, triple shot, 1 pump Surgar-Free Cinnamon Dolce, 1 Splenda LATTE SPILLS on the hood of your 1994, Hunter Green, Fading Paint, Paid-For, just spent $1200.00 on A/C repairs, dented Honda Accord. It's not a pretty sight.
We're having new floors installed in our house. It's part of the package deal with the house. Needs new floors. Our previous owners were found of cats...A nice house warming gift that has lingered for the past 2 months. I guess we didn't realize that we literally would be moving out of the 1st floor to make this happen.
Petco is hosting an audition for pets with a special trick or talent today at 2 p.m. at the Prestonwood Petco, 5301 Belt Line Road.
The first place winner gets a Petco gift card and a chance to submit a
video to Petco judges, who will pick 12 finalists from across the
Then the public will pick America's Most Talented Pet here. The pet with the most votes will get a trip for two to Los Angeles and will be featured in Petco ads.
Too bad Stitch is still in Cajun Country. Soon we'll be reunited.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. Bill Cosby
Ninety percent of the art of living consists of getting along with people you cannot stand. Samuel Goldwyn
Natural talent, intelligence, a wonderful education -- none of these guarantees success. Something else is needed: The sensitivity to understand what other people want and the willingness to give it to them. John Luther
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. John Maxwell
There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being -- to help someone succeed. Alan Loy McGinnis
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. Winston Churchill
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. Joseph F. Newton
Between friends there is no need of justice. Aristotle
Do to others as you would have them do to you Jesus (Luke 6:31)
I was born and raised in North Louisiana. But my wife of 12 years is from Avoyelles Parish, South Louisiana which is much, much different than my neck of the woods. Brandi was born and raised in what is affectionately called the "Cajun Crossroads" of Louisiana. A Cajun would say, "Anyone north of the crossroad would be a redneck." Talk about culture shock, I remember my first visit with her kin. I needed a translator to understand the Cajun conversation - a mix of English and French. The volume of speech in South Louisiana always seems many decibels louder than any conversation in Ouachita parish. And the food - quite different but good. South Louisiana is predominately Catholic. North Louisiana is Baptist.
Now that you know a little about the cultural chasm in Louisiana, you will laugh with me at the following story..
Boudreaux the Baptist Boudreaux, a Cajun highlander from Rapides Parish in central Louisiana, was an older, single gentleman, who was born and raised a Baptist, living in South Louisiana. Each Friday night after work, he would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak.
Now, all of Boudreaux's neighbors were Catholic... And since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Fridays. The strong delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest. The priest came to visit Boudreaux, and suggested that Boudreaux convert to Catholicism. After several classes and much study, Boudreaux attended Mass and as the priest sprinkled holy water over him, he said, "You were born a Baptist and raised a Baptist, but now you are Catholic."
Boudreaux's neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived, and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood. The priest was called immediately by the neighbors and, as he rushed into Boudreaux's yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped in amazement and watched.
There stood Boudreaux, clutching a small bottle of water which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat, and chanted: "You wuz born a deer, and you wuz raised a deer, but now you a catfish."
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, a day that each year puts fear into the hearts of men. Every year, you promise yourself that next year; you are going to do something different. If you still do not have any creative ideas for a special surprise, do not panic. Here are some Valentine's Day gift ideas (many inexpensive) that are sure to please your love on that special day.
Recreate Your First Date Unless it was just a total disaster, your first date probably holds a lot of sentimental value for both you and your loved one. What better Valentine's Day surprise could there be than to recreate the first date, a time when you first fell in love? Go to the same restaurant, rent the first movie you watched together, take her dancing to the same bar - whatever you did on that first date, make it happen again. Even if it was a disaster, you can recreate it, making it better the second time.
Balloon Surprise This one will require handwritten notes to your Valentine. Phrases like "I love you", "Thanks for being you", or "You mean more to me than anything" are good as well as sayings that have special meaning only to the two of you. You can write short memories of fun things you did together, a memorable vacation or a special moment you shared, like the birth of a child. Once you get the notes written, cut them into small sections. Make sure each note is small enough to be folded and placed in a balloon. You can purchase a small helium tank and balloons at most party stores. Take a balloon, insert a note into it, and then blow it up. When your Valentine comes home, have her pop each balloon to read your message of love.