‘Nuff Said: Improving Your “Do,” Things to pray for your kids, 20 things you shouldn’t do if you’re over 20, 30 things you may already be doing that impress others, when a cult repents, too much phone? and Star Trek

As always, “Nuff said” posts are a conglomeration of things I’ve collected from the inter webs, usually via Pocket. I’ve been using nuff said in my writings since I wrote a humor column for the OBU Signal while in college. It’s a nod to Stan Lee in Marvel Comics, who used the phrase in many Spidey issues.

Improving Your “Do”

Bradley Wright points to a famous social experiment in the 1990s by sociologist Peter Gollwitzer who wanted to find out when someone’s intentions to do something actually resulted in them doing it. Randy Travis had already observed that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Your case may not be that drastic, but you may have neglected to do something that you intended to do, and it’s a result of “implementation intentions,” according to Gollwitzer.

What he discovered is that if you nail down when you intend to do something, you’re much more likely to do it.

For example, my intention is that “I will write this blog post.” My corresponding implementation intentions are “I will write this blog post about 12:30, when the Hokie game kicks off, and only after I finish my sermon review for the morning.

Wright points out that many Christians struggle with obedience issues and wonders whether it might be the result of poor implementation intentions:

Sometimes I wonder if we Christians are unsure of detailed planning because it feels unspiritual. For example, James 4:13 warns against being sure about what will happen in the future, for we don’t “even know what will happen tomorrow.” For many Christians, a key feature of the faith is following God’s direction and doing his will. “Not my will but yours,” or some variation of it, has got to be in the top 10 of prayers uttered by Christians.
What does it mean, then, to follow God’s leading and still also make detailed, effective plans for the future?

7 Things to Pray for Your Children

Jon Bloom over at the Desiring God blog offers some great ways to pray for your kids, but he also points out that what we pray for needs to be informed by what God wants for our kids:

“…prayers are not magic spells. It’s not a matter of just saying the right things and our children will be blessed with success… We must not too quickly assess God’s purposes because they can be opposite of our perceptions. God measures success differently than we do, which is why he often answers our prayers in ways we don’t expect. So pray for your children.”

Here’s a nice printable version of the seven things to pray.

20 things people over 20 should stop doing

Jarrid Wilson offers a list that is humorous at times but mostly just sad. If you’re over 20, and you’re doing these things, do the human race a favor and stop. Here’s a few that caught my eye:

  • Using the term “YOLO.”
  • Only going to church to find a relationship.
  • Thinking minimum wage is worse than no job at all.
  • Getting in arguments over social media.
  • Dating with no vision.

What caught your eye, or what would you add to the list?

A similar article was Things That 20 Year-Olds Don’t Get that I wrote about here (back when I was using the phrase “a la carte” for my conglomeration posts).

30 Simple Things You Can Do that Will Impress Everyone Around You

Lifehack.org has some of the best, most helpful and even fascinating articles. Kathyrn Mott collects a rather long list (30) of things that you can do to impress folks, and it doesn’t take much effort.

Here’s a few that I completely agree with (and try to do intentionally):

  • Say, “Please,” and, “Thank you,” often
  • Don’t be constantly using your phone (see below)
  • Listen to others
  • Keep a clean car
  • Know what’s going on in the world

What are simple things that others do that impress you? I’d add to the above list:

  • Spelling things correctly
  • Transparency in relationships, even when tough or awkward
  • Knowing how to laugh and doing it often
  • Personal growth after hardship or trial
  • Putting Milk Duds in popcorn and being willing to share

When a Cult Repents

I agree with Wade Burleson in his post about “much of what passes as orthodox Christianity in evangelical circles is as cultic in behavior as unorthodox, Trinitarian-denying cults.” The story of the inner transformation of a former cult, The Worldwide Church of God, to doctrinally sound movement is worth being aware of. Never write anyone off…

Over the past twenty years, leaders in the WCG have renounced the beliefs of their founder Herbert Ted Armstrong, adopted a Trinitarian view of God, emphasized the grace of God in delivering sinners (instead of obedience to God’s law), and changed their name to Grace Communion International.

7 Signs You’re Looking at Your Phone Too Much

From Relevant Magazine article

You know the feeling. That uncomfortable realization that one or more of the friends in your social circle are on the phone too much. You don’t know what to say. Then your own usage begins to change – for the better – when you resolve to NOT be like your friend.

I’d encourage you to read, evaluate and share this article for a sober assessment of whether your phone is a relational hindrance in your life. You may not realize it, but your reputation and character are taking a huge hit every time you take out your phone. Call it social erosion. People are frustrated with you.

You may be high tech, but you’re truly out of touch. As Barney Fife urges, “Nip it in the bud.”

21 Star Trek Memes That Will Make You Shatner Yourself

And this was shared on my Facebook wall this week. I also saw this article: 25 Facts Even Trekkies Probably Didn’t Know About Star Trek. The first one? Captain Kirk never said, “Beam me up, Scotty.” Mind blown.

Also in Nuff Said

  1. ‘Nuff said: Surviving Christmas Shoes, Sexy Christianity, Strange Fire, War on Christians
  2. ‘Nuff said: Fake friends, wrecking friends, loss of interaction, Hello-my name is Church
  3. Nuff said: Extroversion vs Introversion, Are you naked?, Christian resolutions, Recommending books.. and more
  4. Nuff said: Majestic Hotel, smartphones and sleep, church signs, church history, imperialist Christian missionaries
  5. Nuff said: Noah and Tim Tebow, Repenters, Driscoll’s apology, Let it go-please, abortion speech, Urkaine, and help for those who don’t want to raise their hands in worship
  6. Nuff said: Social media help, smart phones and dumb people, ministry to youth on social media
  7. Nuff said: Bad news believers, hashtag diplomacy, silver bullet of discipleship, single and satisfied?, kids sports, Kid President
  8. Nuff said: 10 commitments, the power of definitions, leaving your church well, ways you’re doing Twitter wrong, NO!, and more
  9. Nuff said: Trusting scripture, a Gospel without words, a Trader or a Christian?, Does Powerpoint help?, Be a people person, Selfies Anonymous
  10. Nuff Said: Son of Hamas, Elders as Disciple Makers, Hipster Quitter, Caveats to the #IceBucketChallenge, the new face of the IMB,
  11. ‘Nuff Said: Improving Your “Do,” Things to pray for your kids, 20 things you shouldn’t do if you’re over 20, 30 things you may already be doing that impress others, when a cult repents, too much phone? and Star Trek
  12. Nuff said: Fix annoying iOS 8 tidbits, charts!, the world’s largest religion, why working from a coffee shop may not be a good idea
  13. Nuff said: Saving Daylight, the church “stand and greet time,” the iPhone cone, why go to church and more
  14. Nuff said: #1 Bible translations, Cause of Divorce, Donald Miller spirituality, coffee mugs, trusted professions
  15. Nuff said: Cool air, on the wrong side of history, iPhone history, utilitarianism, Gmail helps, a heavenly visit?
  16. Nuff Said: Demise of blog commenting, Small Groups make a BIG difference, Questions for sleepy Christians, & 11 books we lie about reading
  17. Nuff said: A week later with the same-sex ruling
  18. Nuff Said: Why Churches Should Stay Home on Halloween, Photoshop Alternatives, Dumb Ideas About Jesus, The Power of Next, Discipleship DNA, What Ben Carson would do first if elected President
  19. Nuff Said: Bonhoeffer too popular? When $17.38 changes a life.. Churches & communication… The death of cultural Christianity… A college president stands up… Star Wars cast acapella
  20. Nuff said: Impractical Jokers save the day, Watch Pompeii get destroyed, How to deal with crisis, How to reach millennials, Blacksburg Winter Storm aerial footage, 9 reasons the church need to reach college students
  21. Nuff said: Pastor ponderings
  22. Nuff said: A tribute to millennials as college starts again
  23. Nuff Said: Tech companies trumping Trump, Helping authors, Pastors who ignore phone calls, ways for busy moms to be in the Bible, Frankfurter Sandwiches and more

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