Must Read Monday: Maria Shriver’s Positive Thinking, Senator Tim Scott, and New Generational ResearchMarch 19, 2018
The goal here is to get us thinking about what we’re thinking about. Lots of people are trying to get us to stop thinking, to avoid over-thinking, or to agree with the way they think. I’m trying to get you to stop long enough to think about your mindset. Literally ask yourself, “What’s on my mind?”
Maria Shriver on Positive Change
Maria Shriver has a New York Times best-selling book about thinking. She’s been thinking, and she’s trying to get other people to think in a particular way about things. If you read her Sunday Paper your first thought may be, “How nice to have someone thinking about changing the world in positive ways!” But I want you to re-read what’s she’s written and the voices she’s elevating and ask yourself, “Does this align with what I know to be true from God’s Word?” Her inspiration quote is from the now dead atheist, Stephen Hawking. The pastor she chooses to highlight is well-known for his non-biblical views on a raft of things. Yes, Maria Shriver is advocating that people become positive change-makers, but if you really think about what she’s actually saying you will see the secular humanistic worldview.
Senator Tim Scott
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is one of my favorite public servants. He’s the real deal. As you read this, ask yourself, “Do I trust that God made me on purpose and for a purpose? How am I living into the divine purpose for my life?”
Pray with me today for Tim Scott and every other person in a position to influence the forward-going course of our nation. Proverbs 2:1-8 reads:
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
May we be informed and thoughtful as we pray for those in authority. May we be careful when talking with others about the politics of our day, asking always for God’s wisdom to be the Way of our leaders. And may those leaders know they are followers of a greater King and servants of a greater Lord.
Pastor Andrew Brunson Update
Pray the news with me today out of Turkey. This is a very troubling development in the story we’ve been following about the arrest of Presbyterian pastor Andrew Brunson in October 2016. As you read this, please pray – and if you know anyone in a position to influence his situation, please advocate with them on his behalf.
Pro-life Pregnancy Centers Under Threat in California
Can the state (a U.S. state in this case) compel an organization to proclaim a message that is the complete antithesis of its mission? Can the state of California require pro-life pregnancy centers – under threat of punitive fines – to inform pregnant women where they could go to get a free or low-cost abortion? It’s already the law in the most populous state in the nation.
Research on Generational Differences
Understanding those around us is an essential part of equipping ourselves for the conversations of the day. If you don’t know where a person is coming from, how they’re thinking about things, how they see the world and what they hope for the future, you’re hard-pressed to engage in meaningful conversation that changes the way they think. In establishing the common ground for conversation we look for points of commonality. So, how is this person like me – and how is this person not like me?
New research from Pew helps us understand one another generation to generation. In this particular study revealing how those currently 22-37 (Millennials) differ from those in their 70’s and 80’s. Yes, that means there’s already an entire generation (GenZ) younger than Millennials who are now all adults – just not getting married or doing life by the patterns established by older Americans.