“Do you know why people are prone to make such foolish moral decisions? Because something always whispers to us that our situations are unique: Nobody has ever felt this way before.” ~ Andy Stanley
10 Things I’ve Decided I’ll No Longer Do:
1. Watch any form of cable news.
2. Care about sports aside from pure entertainment.
3. Eat junk.
4. Use social media to babysit my boredom.
5. Debate issues of conflict such as guns, immigration, sexual orientation, or the candidacy of any political figure.
6. Care about any political figure.
7. Worry whether my socks match the rest of my “outfit.” Seriously. I don’t need that stress in my life.
8. Engage in conversations where we’re discussing, or saying things that simply aren’t true, and you and I both know it, so why are we doing it? (i.e. “I’ve missed you SO much.” … well, why haven’t you come to see me, then?)
9. Plan almost anything. And go more places on a whim. Many more.
10. Discuss how much I care about something unless I’m actively committed to make a difference or do something about it.
10 Things I’ve Decided I’ll Do More Frequently:
1. Hold my wife’s hand, and hug her more.
2. Do more things for my mom.
3. Enjoy a hot shower and warm blanket.
4. Enjoy sweating and do it purposefully each day.
5. Grow more of my own food and cook with natural ingredients.
6. Acts of random, anonymous kindness. And then stay quiet about it.
7. Watch and care for the birds in my backyard.
8. Write with transparency. And be a better listener. And pray with greater intention and expectation. And use this phrase more in everyday conversation: “Suck it up, buttercup.”
9. Read with an open heart and mind.
10. Go completely out of my way to help and love people from other cultures. We’re kinda in all this together, right?