Give Me That Mountain

Dead but Alive

A Change of Mind. Day thirteen...

“I can't live without my _____?” What would you put in the blank?

  • Cell phone?
  • Music?
  • Dog?
  • Chocolate?
  • Job?
  • Ice cream?

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A Control Issue

A Change of Mind. Day fourteen...

Do you happen to be an adrenaline junkie? A few months ago, as I was getting a haircut, the barber next to us didn't have anyone in her chair at the time. She joined in the conversation as I was describing my very brief (as in about four seconds) career as a bull rider. I found out that she was truly an adrenaline junkie.

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Thought Ahead of Action

A Change of Mind. Day fifteen...

When it comes to any one of the foolish things of man, if I haven't done it, I've probably thought about doing it. But alcohol is one temptation that's never affected me. Alcohol, however, has been a big problem for some of those in the classes I teach, and I've wanted to better understand the journey from sober to drunk.

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My Thoughts and Ways Committee

A Change of Mind. Day sixteen...

The United States House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Ways and Means committee for short, is supposed to find out all the ways and means government can raise the money necessary to do its business.

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Laying Down Everything

A Change of Mind. Day seventeen...

How much money do we spend here in the United States on self defense? A large corporation will typically spend more than $500,000 a year protecting its CEO. Supposedly, seventeen percent of our 125 million homes have a security system, which amounts to an expenditure of a little over $5 billion a year (based on my rough estimates).

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God Wants More than Bits and Pieces of Our Lives

A Change of Mind. Day eighteen...

Sometimes holding out in professional sports is a good thing.

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Conforming Will Give You a Headache

A Change of Mind. Day nineteen...

When I moved to Chicago to study music I was on my own for the first time—a nineteen‐year old with very big dreams and a very small bank account. So I had to be thrifty. I was so thrifty, in fact, that when I had a hankering to eat out someplace nice, I would first fill up on cheap burgers at a White Castle. Then I would go to a nice restaurant and enjoy the ambience with the least expensive hors d'oeuvre on the menu.

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Transformation Must Be Intentional

A Change of Mind. Day twenty...

When I lived in Chicago as a “starving” musician, three guys assaulted me at gunpoint and stole my trombone—right in front of my apartment building. Did I directly cause these punks to steal my most valuable possession? Of course not. I was the victim of a crime.

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Radical Change by the Renewing of Our Minds

A Change of Mind. Day twenty-one...

When Sherrel and I decided to sell our house out in the country and move into town, we didn't want to build. But we'd never before bought an existing home, and had no idea how frustrating it would be to find something suitable.

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Jesus Already Understands You

A Change of Mind. Day twenty-two...

“You just don't understand!” is the shut‐off switch we use to keep others from messing with our thinking. Adolescents have probably used this phrase since the beginning of time. It effectively shuts us off from any input we just don't want to have to deal with. And as a result, all of our preconceived ideas can remain free from being challenged.

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Isolation Is a Threat

A Change of Mind. Day twenty-three...

In working with people who are homeless and people who live in chronic poverty, I have found that isolation is one of their greatest threats. Isolation leaves men and women alone in their minds—and I've never known this to be a good thing.

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What Else Am I Wrong About?

A Change of Mind. Day twenty-four...

When I started my furniture manufacturing business, sales quickly grew to the point that I needed to hire some employees. I was thirty years old at the time, and didn't know anything about employee relations. I only knew that when I told someone to do something, I expected them to do it.

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