While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success (Portfolio; Reprint edition, 2012), Kindle Location 773.
As we look around at our world, it’s easy to feel like the wheels are coming off. Morality is optional. Truth is relative. Disease runs rampant. And God stands by and allows it all.
Critics of Christianity point to the problems in the world as proof of God’s absence or apathy. On the other hand, some Christians get in the game and point to God’s judgment as the reason for terrorism, Isis, and hurricanes.
The problem is, we want God’s acts of judgment to stop at property lines (usually ours). We prefer clear delineations, just as God made in the plagues on the land of Egypt in the book of Exodus.
But it doesn’t work that way. Those plagues are a picture of God’s plan for tomorrow.
Jesus performed more miracles in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee than any other place in His ministry. Standing on its shores, one can easily see across the shallow lake.
The hills to the east and west tower above the water. As cool air from these heights rushes down the slopes into the lake’s warmer basin, winds can whip up the surface of the water to deadly proportions.
A small craft, such as the one Matthew reported the disciples clung to during a stormy night, could find itself foundering in an instant.
In one day, Christ taught His disciples a simple truth we should never forget.
Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success (Portfolio; Reprint edition, 2013)
Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success has some super ideas and inspiring principles on working hard to keep products, communication and innovation simple. The summary section at the end is worth the book. It’s even worth wading through all the apologetics about Steve Jobs’ genius superseding his impatience with people.
Of course, the value of the bottom line should never overshadow the value of people—not just the value of customers but also employees and affiliates.
All glorification of Steve Jobs aside, Insanely Simple had some great leadership and marketing principles.
You can see good quotes I highlighted in the book here.
Sometimes it seems the Lord leads us into a life that can’t possibly be His will. What started with such promise has become such a challenge. It’s tough to know what to do next.
What do you do when the life God has promised you looks nothing like the life God has given you?
God had promised a son to Sarai and her husband, Abram. And yet at the same time, God prevented conception. This is the will of God? Go figure.
What God said is a lesson we need to hear.
[God give kids] to us for the same reason he confused language at the Tower of Babel, to create chaos and deter us from investing too much energy in the gluttonous idols of self-absorption.
Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy (Thomas Nelson, 2015), page 90.
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Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy (Thomas Nelson, 2015), page 127.