Do you have any rules or guiding principles that you live by?
Over the last 2 years I have created a list of rules to live by. They are less rules and more guiding principles for me. I add to the list as I hear, read, learn, or experience something new. I post the current list here and will keep an updated list on this page.
What other guiding principles should I add to the list? I would love to hear from you.
Rules to live by:
1. Always stand for the helpless including women and children.
2. The Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Live by it!
3. Misunderstandings can be overcome by clearly communicating with the other party.
4. Save more than you spend. Especially if you have all daughters.
5. Never take a no from someone who can’t give you a yes.
6. God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.
7. Don’t let mental lions keep you from experiencing everything God has to offer.
8. You gotta do quantity to get to quality.
9. Never again say “I don’t have time!” For people or God directed projects.
10. Pray without ceasing. Continue to knock in prayer at the plans the Lord has given to my heart.
11. Be willing to say no to a contractor if the product is not up to my standards. There is no obligation until it’s right.
12. If I had another crack at my budding entrepreneur, I would take him off to the side and counsel him this way: Business always involves money, people and systems. Learn all you can about each. Consciously build your character. Find a high purpose for your business.
13. Suffering can be a friend who drives you where you didn’t know you needed to go.
14. Life’s detours means God wants you to run right into His arms so He can reconstruct your heart.
15. Images are the language of the 21st century.
16. The mind of the ungodly man is bent upon pleasure, the mind of the godly man in prayer.
17. We need to be reminded, again and again, that telling the message isn’t our ultimate goal. Worship is.
18. Life is pain and you get to choose: either the pain of discipline or the pain of disappointment.
19. Brilliant doesn’t matter if you can’t get out of bed. That goes for ideas too.
20. Talent doesn’t mean a thing if you let fear be some terrorist that takes you hostage.
21. Find the practical money. Don’t gamble.
22. Practicality and patience are key – Gary Vee
I started my first blog about five years ago. I started at the domain rahawthorne.com I still own that site but have ceased writing there. I write all of my posts here on sameshirtyesterday now.
Over the years I have read many articles and watched a lot of videos that explain how to get the most traffic to a blog. Some of those things work and some of them don’t. I have found that if a process for blogging is too elaborate then it is going to fail.
Last year about this time I worked really hard to make this blog look sophisticated. I divided the blog into sections that would scroll and then added moving pictures. It really was pretty neat. The only problem, that was not me. I was trying to appear all sophisticated and I am not sophisticated at all. I am simple.
So last fall I changed the blog back to the simple format that it is today. I just post my thoughts and go on. I know that my grammar and punctuation are terrible but I am not really concerned with that at this point. My only concern is writing and dumping my thoughts onto the blog. Sometimes people read my posts. Like this one I wrote about Peyton Manning. But most of them don’t get read. That is fine.
It is fine because this is just a simple place where I can place my thoughts. Its my little digital corner where I can leave behind some remnants of thought. Maybe it will have impact maybe it wont. But I simply try to remain consistent in my writing.
If you are thinking about starting a blog (or starting anything for that matter) start simply. You will stick with it longer the less sophisticated you make it.
FYI: This blog is hosted on bluehost and I use the wordpress platform (self-hosted). If you want info on starting your own blog leave a comment and I can help you get started.
The name Same Shirt Yesterday comes from a personal experience I had in 2012.
Several years ago I was serving in Ethiopia. I was there to do mission work with the people of Ethiopia. Every morning I would wake up, open my big suitcase and put on a completely clean pair of clothes. As the week went by I realized that the men and women and children I was working with had on the same shirt yesterday.
I realized the truth, I carried more shirts in my suitcase then some of them would ever wear in a year. It was an eye opening experience for me. It was not so much that I thought that they needed more clothes to make them happy, it was that this was an indication of greater problems that they dealt with. Hunger, disease, homelessness, lack of clean water just to name a few. I began thinking of ways to try to do my part. To try and ease some suffering and to give hope to these people.
On the trip home I realized that I was not in a position to share well with these people or anyone else for that matter. We were in debt and wasting our money on interest payments. I wasted my time on meaningless activities. I had never even tried to identify my strong talents so that I could use them effectively. So it was at that point that I decided I would prepare myself and my family in these areas so that we would be prepared to share.
It has not been a perfect plan since that day in 2012 but we have made great strides. I have learned a lot and I hope to share the things I have learned with you.
So that is the shortened story behind Same Shirt Yesterday. Would you join with us as we prepare to give of ourselves like never before? It will be worth it, I promise.
What is your greatest challenge in the area of sharing? I would love to hear from you.