Joshua Street's Blog

Life’s Anti-dote

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Life’s Anti-dote: Stop trying to calculate for everything. Stop trying to control everything. Just work to your problems, stay humble, stay positive, and enjoy the ride.

Yeah, I stink at it too…

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June 15th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Posted in Journey,Just Life

Everyone is all about change…

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until it involves them.

There are only a few things that really stress me out. Probably ranking near the top are things that interfere with my “system” of doing things. That can be people, circumstances, and yes even at times, God Almighty.

But how do I know when my system needs to change? Do I wait for it to break? Do I just walk away from the things that cause confusion in it? I think I should, if I feel it will bring a character failure in my life…but then again why isn’t my system built around preventing them and notating red flags? If life is really less about what I accomplish than about how I live it, then perhaps the only system I should care about is the more facilitating change in me. What system do you have in place for personal change?

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June 7th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Self-Control is Exhausting…

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Maybe it’s the psychologist part of me, but this video makes a ton of sense. Spiritually, however, I’m not so sure.

I think a few reasons are:

1. People can only change so quickly – I don’t think it is God’s intention to hold us back from change, but I do think there is something about lasting change when it takes place over time. If I would have been given a list of things I needed to do once I became a Christian, I surely do not think I would still be one today. I would have given up. Not due to the lack of desire, but do to the lack of ability to live up to a standard. I think this is a constant battle, at least for me.

2. A reward system – While I don’t think we are righted anything in this life, I do think that we have to lay off every once and a while. I don’t have a whole lot of Jesus quotes for this one, but I think that was built strongly into Jewish culture…I mean who else has 12 crazy Christmas Nights?

3. Like it or not we are human and flawed – We best have a time to release mental stress or we are going to fry our brain. I feel like there are some days that you can see the stream rising from my scalp. On those days, I need the extra trip around the block to unwind and release. And yes, we need to establish planned times during our days to release…even when we don’t think we need it. After all, you don’t know what mental energy tomorrow will require until it gets here.

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June 2nd, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Figuring things out

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I love watching my kids learn. From the progression of excitement to frustration, they try and try. It makes me think though how quickly we formulate that we have “figured it out”. That’s just not the case. Let’s face it, we all are still trying. The wisdom is in knowing you don’t have it figured out. The truth is you are probably wrong. When’s the last time you got angry and frustrated, looked in the mirror, and said to yourself, “you’re wrong”?

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May 28th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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