Give Me That Mountain

Memorial Day Weekend

As a departure from the traditional Memorial Day celebration, today I want to honor those men and women of God to whom we all owe so much.

Their names fill the pages of the Bible—Abraham, Moses, David, Ruth, Matthew, Paul, John the Baptist, John, Mark, Luke, Mary… to name just a few.

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An Abundant Life Now

A Change of Mind. Day eight...

Do you have anything you'd like to trade with Jesus beside your sin? Would you be willing to want everything He wants more than anything you want?

Yes, He wants you to have a place in Eternity with him, and He made that possible by paying for your sin on the Cross. But that's the end of the story. The beginning is now—this very moment. He came that you might have an abundant life, beginning right now (if you want it).

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Basing Our Passion on Truth

A Change of Mind. Day seven...

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” – Author Unknown

Sounds beautiful, doesn't it? This sentiment is a staple ingredient of the entertainment world. While it may be a beautiful phrase, it's beautiful like a coral snake is beautiful—and just as deadly.

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A Renewed Mind Has Access to the Things of God

A Change of Mind. Day six...

“The young lady's shoulders are heaving with hysteria as the villains approach. The hero is doing everything he can think of to calm her panic and protect their hiding place. Finally, as he realizes that they are in mortal danger from her out‐of‐control emotions, he reluctantly slaps her across the face with the back of his hand—harsh but effective. Startled, she suddenly comes to her senses and regains her composure—just as the footsteps of the bad guys come within earshot.”

The thoughts from a changed mind are a slap in the face of emotions which are out of control. A changed mind will simply not tolerate behavior that jeopardizes safety and well‐being.

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Connecting Thoughts and Emotions

A Change of Mind. Day five...

My favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream made with the Melin family recipe. This cooked‐custard recipe freezes into an ice cream unequalled by anything else I've ever tasted. Vanilla, just plain old‐fashioned vanilla in a bowl with no toppings—a little bit of heaven on earth.

Sadly, it's not just about the taste. If consumed regularly, it will also show up on one's waistline. So we don't make it very often and when we do it's only when we have company. But what to do with the leftover ice cream? That's always a challenge to my self control.

homemade vanilla ice cream

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Not All Emotions Are Necessary

A Change of Mind. Day four...

I don't like being around a drama king or queen. To me it's like having to walk through an emotional minefield. And emotions should never be given that kind of preferential treatment. When emotions rule a life they ruin a life.

American psychologist Robert Plutchik created the wheel of emotions which is pictured below. I make no claim as to the accuracy of this model because I am looking at emotion from a Biblical perspective, not a scientific perspective. I am certain, however, that each of us has personally experienced most, if not all, of the emotions listed on this wheel.

wheel of emotions

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Sound Thinking at the Head of the Line

A Change of Mind. Day three...

“Nowhere am I so desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.” (Mr. Spock of Star Trek)

Unlike Mr. Spock, I am not disgusted with all human emotion—only the destructive kind. Healthy emotions are critical to our well‐being, but destructive emotions lead to destructive behavior—and we don't need any more destruction.

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Controlling Destructive Emotions

A Change of Mind. Day two...

In reading about some of the famous crimes of passion, one incident really grabbed my attention. The two men involved, who should have been quite levelheaded, showed an incredible lack of judgment. One was an attorney and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The other was U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who was the son of a lawyer and the nephew of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. I would have assumed that men of such stature had enough brain‐power to control their emotions without bloodshed, but such was not the case.

In 1859, right across the street from the White House, Daniel Sickles shot and killed Philip Barton Key II after discovering that Key was having an affair with Sickles' wife. Sickles pled temporary insanity (the first use of this plea) brought on by his wife's infidelity. He was acquitted of the murder charge by a jury.

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Perception is Not the Same as Truth

A Change of Mind. Day one...

“How did you feel about …?” Have you ever asked that question of anybody? Of course you have. You have, I have, we all have. Maybe you were comforting a friend after a death, an accident, an illness, a business failure, or some family drama. Or maybe you were just talking to somebody with an interesting story and wanted to know, “How did that make you feel?”

Here in the United States, we are obsessed with how people “feel” about the unexpected events in their lives. Reporters want to capture the emotion of newsworthy events because emotion sells. But there's little interest in investigating the thinking behind those unexpected events.

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Moving into Position

The Law and Grace. Day sixty-seven...

“Ever since our flight left DFW, if you haven't complained about one business headquartered in Dallas you've complained about another. And that's all fine and good—I've been able to handle it. But I happen to know the CEO, whose policies you're trashing at this very moment. He's my dad. And now you're getting personal!”

As a business traveler, it's one thing to listen to somebody sitting next to you complain about the practices of CEOs you know nothing about. But it's an entirely different matter when that CEO happens to be your father.

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