Just Because…

Gravity didn’t disappear just because man wanted to fly and it won’t disappear just because your 5-year old wants to dunk the basketball.

What’s right and what’s wrong does not change just because some people cheat and don’t get caught.

Manners don’t become unnecessary just because some people are impolite.

Wrong doesn’t become right just because some movies glorify crooks, killers and liars.

Just because technology gives us more choices doesn’t mean we’ll be happier.

The laws of leadership, the ones that once built great leaders, have not changed just because bad leaders manipulate and bully their way to power.

Just because collective knowledge grows exponentially doesn’t automatically make any person today one bit smarter than the ancient Greeks, Romans or Hebrews.  We all start at zero and grow according to our intellectual capacity and effort (and we know not everyone puts in the effort.)

Just because we have more opportunities than ever before doesn’t mean they are all worthy of our time, money or reputation.

Reality doesn’t change just because we give something a new name.

The Ten Commandments don’t become unconstitutional just because a few people are offended and 9 people in robes decided to reinterpret our Constitution.

People of Biblical times are not to be classified as stupid just because they didn’t have today’s technology.

One is not a bigot simply because he or she has different opinions about how to solve social issues.

The Bible is not to be considered useless just because it was written thousands of years ago.

What was once right does not become wrong just because pop culture says so.

However, the world does change for the worse just because too many people have become intellectually lazy, emotionally numb, physically sick and spiritually apathetic.

The physical and spiritual laws of the universe do not change just because.

Just because some change is imaginary and other change is real, but morally wrong, does not mean that all change is wrong.   The right change is right and the wrong change is wrong.  Can you tell the difference?

Sometimes right and sometimes wrong – signing off,

— CC

Small Things Still Matter

While reading another chapter in Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” I was reminded that it’s the small things that matter most.  I’m not sure if it’s ADD or the consequences of a culture that bombards us with advice to look for big opportunities, dream big, and shoot for the moon, but this is a lesson I have to constantly rediscover.  While big thoughts and dreams are not inherently wrong, thinking totally on the big stuff is self-limiting.  Big and small are both important and here’s why.

  • Reality – Life is made up of an unimaginable number of small matters.  If we miss the small, we miss life itself.
  • Process – Big outcomes are the sum total of small achievements.  Whether or not we do something big depends on what we do, one small step at a time.
  • Perspective – Without small things, big things would seem small.  What is big is big only by comparison.  Small things create perspective.
  • Preparation – Small things prepare us for big things.  Mastery of small skills leads to mastery of great capabilities.
  • Trust – Being faithful with little matters is evidence that we can be trusted with larger ones.  Conversely, if we are untrustworthy about the small, why would anyone trust us with something huge?
  • Significance – Small things make a bigger impact than we realize.  How we perform with small matters shows how much or how little we care.  Being intentional and  consistent about doing the small things is better evidence that we care than a one-time big act.

Meaning Trumps Magnitude

You might be surprised that it was Warren’s chapter entitled, “Planned for God’s Pleasure” that inspired these thoughts.  I certainly was.  I think it was his examples of the different acts of worship, which include serving others, and how these seemingly routine and minor acts can be pleasing to God.  I realized that if we treat these small behaviors with the reverence they deserve, God will find favor with us.  And if these so-called “small things” are significant to God, shouldn’t they be to us as well?  Yes, small things do matter!

Quotes Plus 4/2/2012

“Most, I fancy, have discovered that to be born
is to be exposed to delights and miseries
greater than imagination could have anticipated;
that the choice of ways at any cross-road
may be more important than we think; and
that short cuts may lead to very nasty places.”
– “The Vision of John Bunyan”, by C.S. Lewis, 1962.

From the pen of CSL we are reminded that life can be boiled
down to the following realities about cause and effect:

1) Every thought and action has consequences.
2) By choosing our thoughts and actions we indirectly
     choose our consequences.
3) Small things matter, too.  In fact, maybe they’re
     not so small after all.


“Free will is the modus operandi of destiny.”
– “On Stories, by C.S. Lewis, 1947.

Quotes Plus 3/1/2012

“Suspicion often creates what it suspects.”
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, p. 164.

The longer and harder I imagine a negative thought, the more
real it becomes and the more I fret over something that has
not and may not ever happen. This, I believe, is the essence of pessimism. Optimism is the opposite—a preference for creating
positive realities. To get from pessimism to optimism, I’ve
learned to change the tone of my “self-talk” to suspect a more
pleasant reality. By the words I say to myself, Dreary Lane
becomes a momentary detour, not my permanent residence.

“For myself I am an optimist—
it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”
– Sir Winston Churchill