Tag: Inspiration

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My heart wants to immerse into writing a detailed post—perhaps a deep dive through vivid memories, or exploration of five new ways to see an issue , or preferably a light-hearted foray into a stranger-than-fiction experience. But my brain disagrees. It doesn’t object to re-reading old posts, perhaps even taking the risk of publishing on […]

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My larger church organization publishes a magazine called Daily Word which uses a short inspirational format. I write in the same format for my specific church to provide daily inspiration postings. Awhile back, @garyrobbins challenged folks to up their memberships. I was unable to comply with the challenge, but since we belong to the same […]

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A Large Project Stalled and Restarted

 

I write short inspirational readings for my church. My main focus in writing them has been to have content for our website. As I have told my church’s board members, you have to give people a reason to come back to a website and that reason is content. Design and navigation are only important as negatives if they take away from the content by making it difficult to find or read.

There are two strategies for content. The first is to have frequently changing information, such as is done by The Drudge Report. The second strategy is to build a huge database of useful information as a resource, such that people cannot consume it all in one sitting and have a reason to come back. Our church calendar and schedule sort of pursue the first strategy of change, although it’s slow enough change to bring people back only once per week or once per month. My inspirational readings pursue the second strategy. The goal is to build up hundreds of them to address different situations and emotional needs. We currently have 128 on our website.

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Ok, let’s not go that far. Baby steps…..It all started back on the Ranch…..just kidding. It really all started one innocent evening when I tuned the channel to Austin City Limits. Willie Nelson was crooning away with that distinctively low, gravel voice and unique acoustic guitar sound. A classical and jazz snob, typically I’d run […]

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The Modern Moses

 

Billy Graham passed from this world into the next at the amazing age of 99. I heard a quote by him today that is even inspiring amidst news of his passing. It was adapted from someone Rev. Graham admired, a 19th-century evangelist named Dwight L. Moody:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive that I am now. I will have just changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

His legacy inspired and brought hope to presidents, and those of every race, creed and gender, even Dr. Martin Luther King, who told him, “You take the stadiums, I’ll take the streets.”

Gary’s Inspiration Series: Love and Eternal Life

 

Note: @garyrobbins issued a challenge to match his upgrade of level on Ricochet. While I could not upgrade to meet his challenge, I proposed to meet his challenge in another way. I would provide uplifting spiritual fodder in our mutual Unity tradition to give him a reason to see Ricochet as a place of spiritual, as well as mental, good and growth. Unity has long produced a daily inspirational magazine called Daily Word, and my messages will mostly conform to that format with an affirmation, a short (120 word) message, and a Bible verse.

These messages will come from a Unity perspective. They are not intended to provoke theological arguments, only to fulfill an obligation in Gary’s challenge. If you also find them spiritually uplifting, perhaps you will also consider upgrading your membership level to help support Ricochet and keep it as a going concern.

The Not So Quiet Legacy of Sir Nicholas Winton

 

On the heels of a recent post by @Jon about legacy, I read a story about a man who, at the tender age of 29, began to create a legacy that would not be revealed for 50 more years. Jon asked the question, “How do you want to be remembered? Sometimes fate answers that question for us. Even in the midst of the darkest of times, a light was shining brightly, illuminated from a quiet soul with no thoughts of legacy, who rose to the challenge of his day.

In 1938-1939, Nicholas Winton single-handedly began to rescue Jewish children from the Holocaust. He brought 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia to Great Britain, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport, helping them to find new families who gave them a home.  Most of the children’s parents would perish in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. He never mentioned the children he rescued to anyone.

One day, some 50 years later, his wife, Grete, found a notebook in the attic containing the names and pictures of all the children that her husband had saved.  Grete gave the notebook to a journalist and Winton was invited to appear on a television program. He didn’t know the audience was comprised of all the people whose lives he had saved. Now adults, they came to express their profound thankfulness. When counting the 669 children that he saved, along with their offspring of children and grandchildren, Nicholas Winton saved the lives of over 15,000 people.

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You all need to get me out of the doldrums. I’ve been reading about “people of color” having mixed feelings about living in this country; how pro-life people kill people in abortion clinics; and I swear if I read one more article about Donald Trump’s tweets you’re going to have to put me in handcuffs! […]

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If you missed the National Prayer Breakfast, our nation’s Chaplain, Barry Black, gave an extraordinary testimony that will inspire you. If there is any doubt that our country’s Judeo-Christian roots are not strong, firmly planted in good soil, think again.  To hear a part of this powerful service, in an age of political correctness, with […]

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Do you take pride in your work? I mean not only your occupation but all of your labors, around the home and beyond it.  From what does that pride stem? Is it the effort or a successful result? Do you give yourself “an A for effort” even if the endeavor fails? Perhaps your answer depends […]

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