This list was initially published in the blog 'Play with the World' by Shannon Kaiser, an inspirational travel writer, author, motivational speaker, life experience coach, and adventure junkie. Shannon writes: "I'm here to ignite a spark that lives within us all. To follow our hearts and love our life to the fullest. Visit me often for your awesome hit of inspiration. We live in a beautiful world, let's go play with it." (www.playwiththeworld.com)
So what are these 20 things you won't learn in school (and equally seminary) - these might be the best 2013 Christmas gift you'll receive this year – having said that, these can also be found in bible exposition.
Shannon initiates her list of 20 with this: Most of life's lessons aren't taught in textbooks or the classroom. Here's a master list of rules to fully love your life:
What I say is that be a little imaginative with this list as to Christian ministry's applications in real life.
1. You cannot influence the world by trying to be like it.
2. Wisdom comes from life experience, not textbooks.
3. Imagination is more valuable than knowledge.
4. Do the opposite of what you are taught in school.
5. Put yourself wholeheartedly into everything you do.
6. You can train your brain to see the good in everybody and everything
7. Never doubt your instincts.
8. The more you play, the better your work will be.
9. People will forget what you say, but they'll never forget how you make them feel.
10. Question everything, and settle for nothing.
11. Don't make excuses or complain; it keeps you from accessing your true potential.
12. If you feel stuck, ask for help.
13. It's never too late to start over.
14. Don't be attached to anything.
15. If you believe you can, you will.
16. Trust the process.
17. You are right where you need to be.
18. Your focus determines your reality.
19. The magic happens outside of your comfort zone; go there daily.
20. There is no destination; the journey is the reward.
Apply these 20 to theological applications and you have a New Year message for those to whom you minister.
I rather like No 20 - how many times have any of us been so focused on the destination of a holiday that the journey itself has been completely ignored as part of the holiday and that is often so filled with fun we can hardly control our excitement.
So too in the presentation of the Gospel message. Didn't Jesus say in John 10 that he came to bring and life and bring it life with a fullness that we can hardly control our joy. Otherwise as our teenagers say - "Get a life!"
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children.
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