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In order to have others understand where you are coming from you have to take time to understand them.  To make the effort to understand someone is a hig compliment when more often we are prone to judge.

Our focus is key in guiding our efforts in the church.

To become like someone you have to become a student of their ways

Heb 12:14  Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no-one will see the Lord.

1 Cor. 9: 19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20  To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21  To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. 22  To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.

Ph. 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

What are the great tensions that truth exists between.

To live in the world without being of it.  Aliens

Grace is held in tension between justice & mercy.  Who shall bring anything against  - is it not God that justifies

I know both how to be abased and how to abound

Truth exists at it’s finest in tension with extremes.

What are the things that tend to create imbalance in a person’s life?

q       Refusal to try to understand other people.  Greates way to influence people is to seek to understand them.  People are influenced by us to the same degree that they perceive that we are influenced by them.

q       Comfort zones.  We seek to find places where we will not be pulled in other directions.

A loss of romance in the relationship with God.  He doesn’t turn us into slaves for the kingdom but heirs.  We serve because we love.

Can't we talk about something besides religion for a change?

Why is it important to be balanced individuals?

I’ve Learned

I've learned. . .that a kindness done is never lost. It may take a while, but like a suitcase on a luggage carousel, it will return again.

I've learned. . .that when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned. . .that just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day.

I've learned. . .that I feel better about myself when I make others feel better about themselves.

I've learned. . .That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned. . .that what we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

I've learned. . .that people will remember you as being a great conversationalist if you mostly listen.

I've learned. . .that one sincere apology is worth more than all the roses money can buy.

I've learned. . .that words harshly spoken are as difficult to retrieve as feathers in a gale.

I've learned. . .that being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned. . .that I need to let my friends comfort me and hold me up, to let them know I need support, that I'm not always as strong as I look or act.

I've learned. . .that you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned. . .that I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned. . .that the more mistakes I make, the smarter I get.

I've learned. . .that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned. . .that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned. . .that when my spouse has failed to fulfill my needs, it's highly likely I've also neglected his.

I've learned. . .that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned. . .that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned. . .that we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned. . .that it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned. . .that under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned. . .never to humiliate another person. Always give him an honorable way to back down or out of something and still save face.

I've learned. . .that the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

I've learned. . .that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I've learned. . .that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned. . .that you view other people's children in a whole different light when you have some of your own.

I've learned. . .that the older I get, the smarter my parents become.

I've learned. . .that when your wife simply answers "nothing" when you ask her what's wrong, you're in deep trouble.

I've learned. . .that love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned. . .that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned. . .that I always think of the right thing to say when it's too late.

I've learned. . .that even at the age of forty-nine, you can still feel like a twelve year old child when your mother is talking to you.

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