2007 Lent Reflections – Day 8

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

We are truly creatures of habit. It is amazing how we do so many things in life out of habit. There have been many times when I started driving out of my home and then only to find myself driving in the wrong direction. I start going down a certain road because that is the path that I take daily to go to the office. Strange… but it happens now and then.

This is what kind of happened this week… maybe this is more of a confession. But within this first week, I messed up on my commitment for Lent. I had to confess to my family because we decided we were going to keep each other accountable to our commitment for Lent. They were very gracious, but I will tell you they were firm in making sure that I don’t mess up again.

In fact, even when the boys and I were out for the last couple of days… they made sure that I stuck to my commitment. I realize the power of accountability. I am more motivated as I realized that my kids are staying true to their commitments to God.

Thoughts on “The Big Moo”

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visuals

 
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I really enjoyed reading Seth Godin’s book, The Big Moo. The subtitle of this book is: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable. I think the desire to be remarkable is built in to every human being because it touches on the issue of significance. We all want to make a difference. We all want to know that we have touched a person’s life or that we have made the world a better place.

The interesting thing about this book is that it was written by the top 33 people in their fields, all ranging from bestselling authors to business giants. These people are affectionately known as, “The Group of 33.” They are like the who’s who of the business world.

This book was a fast read. All of the 33 people wrote like a 2 page tidbit of wisdom. It was all from their experience and their expertise. There were some incredible insights and principles. Something that I have always mentioned to people is that many of the business principles that work are biblical principles. If something works in the business world, you will definitely be able to find a biblical principle that correlates to it. It was fun trying to connect some of the insights and principles in this book with a biblical story or a principle.

So many thoughts and ideas came forth from reading this book. In fact, it is a good primer for any organization or individuals who want to start taking steps towards a realized destiny. This is a book worth reading with your leadership team and board to strategize and come up with some fresh ideas to direct the organization into a new future. But like with all things in life, there will always be a cost to bringing forth change – but at the end it will always have great rewards.

One cool thing about this book is that all (100%) proceeds will go directly to charity. You can check out the website: www.thebigmoo.com

Twist of Irony in Parenting

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

There has always been a philosophy when it comes to parenting or shall I say that there is a saying – “If you were wild as a kid, then you will be more strict when you are a parent; and if you were sheltered as a kid, you will be more loose as a parent.”

I guess the rationale goes like this:

1) If you were wild, then you know all that there is out there and you want to NOW protect your children from what you have experienced.

 

2) If you were sheltered, then you know what it feels like to be restricted therefore you want to give your children more freedom compared to what you have experienced.

Either way, a lot of our decisions are made from our experiences, which is sometimes a good thing and a bad thing. Therefore I couldn’t help but to chuckle when I read the Fox News story about Madonna telling her 10 year old daughter to dress LESS sexy.

Hmm… I think Madonna has opted for the other principle of parenting – “Do what I say and not what I do!” Hello, Madonna… as a parent to another parent – THIS NEVER WORKS! As I am struggling to be a good father to my children, I don’t know how many times I have failed in helping my kids do things that I am not wiling to do for myself.

Oh well, hence is the irony of life and it just makes you laugh and keep things real.

Narcissism on the Rise

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

I just received a forwarded CNN article (click here to read it). You will have to read the article in order to make sense of my entry.

Sometimes there are some redeeming factors when a secular news media confirms something that we have been saying for some time now.

This brings us to the issue of the Church today. We, the Church have bought into this self-help and self-esteem mantra for the last 10-15 years and we are now seeing the affects of it. We have more self-centered people in the church today than ever before (myself included).

Please don’t misunderstand me. I think a lot of the struggles of a Christian are rooted in a fault perspective of one’s self. So I am not against people having a healthy perspective of themselves. But I don’t think a health biblical perspective of oneself is the same as the “self-esteem” that the world talks about.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines, “self-esteem” as “pride in oneself; self-respect.” As a Christian, we are constantly told in the Bible to “humble” ourselves. Therefore, any self-respect comes because of knowing who we are in Christ, not because we take pride in ourselves.

But what do we do with college students who have the highest NPI levels in 25 years (1982 is when this test was first introduced). This is the challenge for the church today!

We can cave in to the trends of society and culture or we have to go against the cultural current. In fact, this is how Christianity took off in the 1st century. They had a message that was so counter-cultural. It went against the standard of that time. But there was a cost – martyrdom, persecution, suffering, etc).

I think our narcissistic side would always settle for the path of least resistance – comfortability is the name of the game. Some would say, “it is better not to rock the boat.”

But the Gospel is a boat rocker!

Read through the Gospels and see how many times Jesus rocked the boat. I am wondering if Jesus did it so that we will know if we can really swim or not.