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Rules To Live By

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

What else?

Kingdom Building Entrepreneur Trent Anderson

“Fail early and fail fast.” – Trent Anderson

In this episode of Planting Mars I interview Kingdom building entrepreneur Trent Anderson.

Trent works for the mission organization Praying Pelican Missions which is the largest provider of short term missions in the world.  In this role Trent coordinates short term mission trips to Central America. He has also founded a business to help support his missional lifestyle. Reach International Outfitters is a business that he created to help offset some of the costs associated with being a full time missionary.

Now Trent wants to teach others how to be a Kingdom building entrepreneur. You can find out more at his personal website trentdanderson.com.

In this interview Trent will share:

  • The vision behind Reach International Outfitters
  • His philosophy to make sure he is always moving forward with his dreams.
  • What it is that motivates him each day.
  • His insights into starting a Kingdom Building Business.
  • How he grew his Instagram account to over 14 thousand followers.
  • And so much more.

Trent is only 23 years old but has some great insight and wisdom that I am sure you will find useful.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Trent Anderson.



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Selected Links From the Episode:

Connect with Trent:

Instagram: @trentanderson16      @reach_international_outfitters

Web:    trentdanderson.com     reachinternationaloutfitters.com

prayingpelicanmissions.org

Other Links Mentioned in the episode.

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Books Mentioned:

The Four Hour Work Week

Humility: True Greatness

Show Notes:

[5:45] What is a lifestyle engineer?

[8:10] Introduction to Reach International Outfitters

[10:00] The idea behind Reach International Outfitters

[13:00] How do you go about finding manufacturers?

[15:00] What is a major challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?

[17:00] How do you make sure you are always taking action on your dreams?

[25:00] What is it that motivates you each day?

[27:20] How do you approach you Bible study time?

[29:40] How do you maintain your health?

[31:15] What excites you about your current work?

[34:00] What would you say to someone who wants to do what you are doing?

[36:00] How have you seen God’s provision in your work?

[39:25] What are one or two keys to having a successful Instagram account?

[44:00] What can we learn by thinking big?

[50:00] What is your favorite book of all time?

[51:00] If you could send one tweet that everyone in the world would read what would it say?

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These Statistics Are Mind Blowing!

Praying that the Lord would raise up individuals, families, and churches that will go and serve these people. As painful as these statistics are to see there is an opportunity here to share the Gospel to these who are hurting.

  • Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
  • The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
  • Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
  • 1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).

More statistics can be found here!

How can we send more people to the mission field?

Here is one possible solution! I blogged about it several months ago!

Chaos vs. Order In Life

I am always thinking about ways to better organize my life. Ways I can be more efficient and get more done. For that reason I read a lot of books on the subject.

I have read books like Getting Things Done by David Allen

and The Productive Person by Chandler Bolt and James Roper

as well as Do More Better by Tim Challies

As well as many others on the subject. All of these books have great insights and wisdom that are helpful in ordering and organizing ones life. I have found many useful points that have helped me along the way.

Each of these three books lay out a program for the reader to help the reader be more organized in life and to get more done. Each of these books points toward order in ones life.

The problem is that my life always reverts to chaos. Not chaos in the sense of an out of control life but chaos in the sense of my to-do list didn’t get done and my calendar is out of wack. That is the kind of chaos I am talking about. The “Well things didn’t go as planned” type of chaos.

That is the kind of chaos I experience most of the time. I try out one of these book’s philosophies and it works well for a while but then it all falls apart. I’ve tried and tried and tried but it all falls apart anyways.

So I have resorted to embracing the chaos. That is, I embrace  the surprises that life throws my way. To embrace this chaos I have to learn to adjust. Adjustment is about sacrifice.

So I have to learn to sacrifice my own plans so that I can move forward in life.

But I also have to have some non-negotiables that I will not sacrifice. I will not sacrifice daily time with the Lord. I will not sacrifice time with my family. I will not sacrifice physical activity.

So now I approach each day clinching tightly to my non-negotiables. Embracing the chaos of the day.

I will embrace the chaos from now on. Well at least until the next book on productivity comes along and then I will give it a try for a while.

How do you organize your life? I would love to hear from you.

The Painter

I love the heart of this painter. He has a heart for his craft and he see what that craft can do for his community. I also see it as a great illustration of what the Gospel can do for a community. It brings homes out of darkness and into color (light).

Check it out I would love to hear what you think about it.

Aim High

In 1 Samuel 8 the nation of Israel asks Samuel to appoint a king over them. Their reason for asking this is for the king, “…to judge us like all the nations.” I find it significant in this text that they desire to be like all the other nations.

Up until this point this nation was led by and judged by God himself. Their creator and sustainer was leading them but they rejected that because of their desire to be like everyone around them. Certainly the elders of the nation of Israel were capable of seeing all the problems that these other nations experienced. They could have reasonably concluded that having God as their leader was the best possible situation they could be in. In this case reason and logic did not win out. They rejected The Lord and chose a man to lead them.

So here they are, fighting to be like everyone else. Isn’t that our plight today as well? We work hard and struggle and fight to be like everyone else. We want the same jobs and the same cars and the same clothing styles. The list goes on and on. What does this really mean for us? It means that we are fighting to be average and that average is being lowered by the day.

Our desire to be like those around us has caused us to lower our standards more and more so that we fit in. We could call it a deflation in morality and ethics. We could call it a deflation in work ethic and motivation. We could call it a lot of things but that fact of the matter is that because we have rejected God’s leading in so many areas of our lives our standards continue to deflate over time.

With all the fighting to be in the middle (to just fit in) there are plenty of opportunities to excel and do well just by raising our standards. Just by aiming high. This has application to our spiritual lives for sure but I believe it also has application in all areas of life.

Let me illustrate it like this. Let’s assume a senior class at the local high school has 200 students. All 200 hundred of those students are “just hoping to graduate.” This mentality puts their aim at the lowest grade possible that would allow them to graduate. If that grade is a C then everyone is just aiming to make a C. As everyone aims to make a C all the grades will be lowered overall because the “just hoping to graduate” mentality does not cause anyone to excel and do well. No one is making A’s or B’s. All it would take to raise the average and therefore raise the standard in this situation is for one student to aim to be valedictorian of the class.

In fact, that might be the easiest path to follow because in this scenario there is no competition at the top. Everyone is “just hoping to graduate.”

This is a microcosm of the culture we live in. Instead of the “I just hope to get by” mentality we need a group of people who are committed to doing well and excelling in life. A group of people who raise the standard of conversations they are involved. A group of people who raise the standard of the work they perform. A group of people who strive to raise their family’s well. A group of people who aim high!

This starts with a desire to be different. A desire to be set apart for the Lord. Unlike the Israelites in 1 Samuel 8 we must turn from our desire to “be like the other nations” and desire to be like the Lord.

God Bless and aim high!

 

Simplicity In Blogging Is Best

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.

All Practice No Game

When I was in junior high school I would spend hours in our driveway practicing basketball. I would dribble the ball everywhere on the driveway. I would take a lot of shots. I got to where I was shooting a couple hundred free throws every day. And I was making most of them. I was all about basketball to say the least.

This love for basketball continued when I was in high school. I loved to get out in the driveway and play basketball for hours. In high school I played on the varsity team as a sophomore. It was a tough season for us because we started 4 sophomores that year. It was hard but it was a good learning experience for us all.

By all accounts things should have gone well for me. And for the most part they did but there was one problem. The problem, I was all practice and no game. Meaning, I spent hours in the driveway taking the shot but I was never willing to take the shot when I was in the game. I would shoot the ball on a rebound, under the basket, but rarely ever took the open shot anywhere else on the court.

All practice and no game.

This phrase still defines a lot of my life. I love to read. I love to gather information. But I often fail to put that information to good use. Reading, by itself, doesn’t lead to any positive outcomes.

Therefore, the time used to practice is wasted. Why spend hours preparing for something that I never do? The practice is not the problem. Neither is the time used in practicing.

The problem is the doing. The problem is getting from the knowledge of how to do something to actually doing it. That is the problem.

Does anyone have any solutions? How do you keep going every day to complete tasks and accomplish goals?

I would love to hear from you!

Prayerful Inaction

There are a number of storylines playing out with this year’s presidential election. Storylines about the candidates. Storylines about what the candidates are saying or doing. Storylines about which demographic will vote for which candidate. Some of them are compelling and interesting. Some are frivolous and unhelpful.

One interesting storyline playing out is the way in which the evangelical Christian voter is reacting to the available candidates. There are many reactions I know but one recurring reaction that has now become a theme sounds like this, “If those two are nominated by their respective parties I won’t be voting this year. I’ll just pray and hope for the best.” This is not a direct quote of anyone in particular but a recurring theme I have heard from different sources.

At first glance this statement sounds great. We might even say this statement comes from some super holy people who are trusting God with everything. Which is great! We must trust God! We must pray! But I think it shows a flaw in the way Christians currently view prayer. That flaw is the view that prayer is a one way street. Meaning, we tell God all our problems and He will fix them.

The healthy view of prayer leads to an understanding that prayer is a two way street. It is relational. It is conversational and it demands action on our part. God has called us to go and do and be His hands and feet to a lost and dying world.

We are good at finding the problems of the world. We are good at letting God know of the problems of the world. But we are not so good at understanding that God has called us to be actively involved in His work in the world.

Should we continue to pray about our problems? Absolutely! Should we continue to ask God for miracles? Yes! Yes! Yes! But we must understand, oftentimes God calls out great men and women to carry out His work in the world.

Are you praying God will use you to solve problems and do great things?

Or are you praying and hoping he will use someone else to do it?

 

8 Steps to Learning To Relax Your Body

This post was copied from a little pamphlet I found at a church members home. The pamphlet is called 12 Steps to A Happy and Successful Life. It is an interesting read and I will post some other paragraphs from it in the coming days. In the meantime I hope this helps you relax. I know it did me.

Your body is the nearest thing to you. The body houses your mind, and temporarily your soul. Therefore, all deep relaxation starts at the nearest point, namely, your physical being.
To follow this exercise, first read it, then sit and follow each suggestion. As you practice you will not need to consult the written steps very often
Do these steps while sitting in a chair.
  1. Place both feet squarely on the floor, but do it lightly. Do everything lightly, strain at nothing.,
  2. Imagine you weigh four hundred pounds, and that this enormous weight is resting squarely on the chair. You are not trying to hold it up. You are letting the chair do that.
  3. Raise your right arm high above your head. Make it entirely limp. Then let it fall inertly on your right knee. Repeat three times.
  4. Repeat the process with your left arm.
  5. Take three deep breaths, exhaling each slowly, completely emptying the lungs.
  6. Allow your head to fall forward as though there were no stiffness in your neck, imagining that it would fall off your shoulders unless attached.
  7. Practice relaxing the muscles of your face, letting your face go limp. repeat to yourself, “My face is limp, my face is limp, every muscle is easing itself.”
  8. Open the eyes and imagine that little weights are attached to your eyelids. Let the weights close your eyelids. Lift them and let them shut three times.
At any time during the day that you have even a moment, repeat as much of this process as you can. In other words, learn to relax wherever you are, remembering always that out of relaxation comes driving power.