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Hm... I feel like what is potentially more heartbreaking is that the culture that he grew up in, in which he followed and kept all of the rules... to the point that groups of scholars -- Pharisees -- would follow him around for the sole purpose of trying to catch him in the act of tripping up.... Rejected him. And not only is it heartbreaking, because that means that by definition he was rejected for who he was... because who you are is the sum of the place you hold in the relationships you have with the rules that you keep in your heart, isn't it? ... It is heartbreaking because of what he had to endure after that -- “He was arrested on trumped-up charges and brought forth by false witnesses. A mob of angry men beat him severely, and he was stripped in shame and whipped. The soldiers used a flagrum, a torture tool with a handle from which proceeded strips of leather with weights affixed to the ends, in order to tenderize Jesus' back, legs, and buttocks. Its hooks sank deeply into his flesh, ripping off skin, muscles, tendons, and bones. Jesus’ body shook violently from the trauma. His blood loss was severe. His tormentors then pressed a crown of thorns into his brow in mockery. On his back they dropped a heavy, rough-hewn crossbar, which he was forced to carry through a mocking crowd to his place of crucifixion. Jesus fell under the weight of the cross, crushing his chest on the pavement under the perhaps one hundred pounds of weight, possibly puncturing his heart sac. After getting help carrying his cross, Jesus arrived at Golgotha, where the soldiers and crowd disrespectfully pulled out his beard, spat on him, and mocked him in front of his family and friends. The equivalent of railroad spikes were nailed through his hands and feet, containing the most sensitive nerve centers in the human body. As he was lifted up, the mob cursed him as his body convulsed, blood and sweat dripping off him. Soon after, Jesus gave up his spirit and died. To ensure his death, a soldier ran a spear through his side, puncturing his heart, and blood and water poured from his side.” Excerpt From: Driscoll, Mark. “Who Do You Think You Are?.” Thomas Nelson, 2012-11-01. iBooks. But.. You know it is so funny because... Because the way that I look at it... That is what he willingly did for the people he loved... Because he loved them. So the way I see it, it's inspiring. Thats what he was willing to do for the people he loved. And he loved people so much that even when he died he was willing to forgive and he did forgive and that example of love and forgiveness continues to change the world... That's what makes him a leader worth following and imitating. And it's that example of love that was set that ultimately outlasted the example that the Roman Empire was setting, and cultures like the Roman Empire who stop taking care of their people... What I mean to say is that him walking up that hill was only a small snapshot of rejection compared to the larger rejection that he endured and that the larger rejection he endured does a lot more to prove your point than the smaller one... Even though at the end of the day this is still a well written article.... ... I dont know, read the scripture again and I think you'll see what I mean :-)
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2013 on The Story of Jesus and Our Daily Grind at Re:Focus
I like what this has to say. I think people, including me, spend far too much time worrying whether or not we have friends or enemies around us when the question we should be asking ourselves isn't "Do we have friends or enemies around us?". It's "Am I serving?"
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2012 on Without A Vision, We Find An Enemy at Re:Focus
This reminds me of a talk I saw recently about finances -- insofar as it connects :) The guy speaking, Andy, says that the way that you set up your finances and manage your money responsible is, thinking in percentages and not amounts, you follow 3 rules: Give. Save. Live. Give -- don't assume that the money you earn is all for you. The first thing you do when you get a new paycheck is you give and invest in serving other people. Something like 10%. Save -- pay off your debts. Pay your taxes. In more humorous terms, hoard! :P Live -- decide what percentage of your income that you're going to live on -- this is tied to the Save part -- like 33% -- and then live on that. His talk was amaaaaazing. And when you implement this it brings sooo much simplicity and clarity to life. Just have to say. Anyway. That's all :)
Toggle Commented May 23, 2012 on The Bruder Principles at Re:Focus
I love that you write things like this. It's funny because I turned down a job offer today from a company who was doing exactly what you're talking about here. There were some other basic principles of their business that ended up being the reason I turned down the job (more on that later), but that was one thing that stuck with me -- that they mirrored back to me what I said. After a certain point, you start wondering if it's even a conversation...
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2012 on The Definition of an Authentic Brand at Re:Focus
@Justin I think we agree more than we disagree, but let me see if I understand you: I think you mean that people are driven by a need to fulfill their self-interests, or to be fulfilled. I don't dispute that at all -- in fact, I understand that is a major focus in people's lives. But what I was trying to do was give a suggestion for how to go about fulfilling that, and stating that if you simply demand as a group self-fulfillment, that can cause problems -- my comment about showing up to take. The reason why I used the word "right" instead of "desire" is because I believe it very much is a right - something you can choose to do or not to do. I don't mean that everyone will always exercise that right by giving -- sometimes, I think people exercise their right to give by NOT giving -- but by calling it a right, that gives people ownership and responsibility over what they're giving... and this means that there is a better chance for better relationships, because then one has the opportunity to consider all people in a relationship, including themselves. I think understanding that is integral to fulfilling one's own self-interests.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2011 on Fulfillment Is A Right, Not A Luxury at Re:Focus
There are several ideas that came from viewing this and connecting other things I have heard you say before. It is very easy, when writing things like manifestos, to demand something -- and I am first of all concerned by that word -- manifesto. Especially if you couple that with the idea that we should demand fulfillment. I think that by demanding that we have the right to be fulfilled, people who follow the manifesto you come up with will forget to "show up to give". I think that it is to easy, if one adopts a belief that says "I have the right to be fulfilled", to create a culture of people who show up to take. So... I think that, if you were going to put anything into words, it would be important to remember that part of the belief of this movement you are talking about is not that people have the right to BE fulfilled but the right TO fulfill (or, inspire) the people around us (and that fulfills us). What I'm talking about.. it's kind of like when you're playing pool and you aim for one ball to hit another into the hole -- the one you're really aiming for, right? The language doesn't change anything about what you believe... but by shifting the focus to stating that we have the right to fulfill the people around us, then you keep that original goal of inspiring the people around us to inspire others, and create better, fulfilled relationships between people at work. You get the right ball into the hole. ... I believe that I have the right to fulfill the people around me, anyway. ... my thoughts.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2011 on Fulfillment Is A Right, Not A Luxury at Re:Focus
Because you believe in rule #4 ... Today I visited 56-58 Am Großen Wansee (the house where the Wansee Conference took place and the Final Solution was planned). I connected a comment from the tour guide with your 2nd talk; the Milgram experiment example. First, she said 3 million Jews were personally shot by soldiers who were considered psychologically normal. People who said they did not want to be "the coward" who left the group to carry out its "dirty work" alone (for example, in 1 case, 300 soldiers were given the option to leave without consequences and only 12 left). BUT: Zyklon B (the gas chambers) began to be used increasingly because the soldiers who performed the shootings? Couldn't handle it. It began to get to them, and it was EASIER for them to use the gas chambers, where they did not have to see or hear anything... That is all.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2011 on You Are Allowed at Re:Focus
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