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

An Ancient Life-changing Story

Aesop’s fable, The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, teaches an important character lesson — the consequences of impatience and greed.

There once was a farmer who had a special goose that laid an egg of solid gold every day. One day, assuming that his goose was filled with gold, the farmer decided to cut it open to get the gold all at once. Instead, he discovered there was no gold inside and realized there would be no more gold for him.

The powerful lesson of this story has been largely forgotten and replaced with new cultural norms such as the “instant gratification” we seek and the “junk food” we feed our minds.  Such attitudes and their subsequent behaviors go against the wisdom of the ages.  But, even when we know better, we are influenced by the cultural mantra that says, “Give me more gold and give it to me NOW!  I need it and I deserve it”

Our culture is a mess, a downright UGLY MESS!  Zombies, monsters, thugs and other human train-wrecks have become the icons of our culture. Immoral and unprofessional behaviors are cool!  For many, texting, video games and random sniffing about the Internet are today’s engagement addictions.  It gets worse. These addictions spread like a virus and have the power to inspire and empower antisocial and even dangerous behaviors.  Our sick culture is constantly setting traps that kill our geese.  Unfortunately, the geese don’t see the dangers.

“You are what you are and you are where you are
because of what has gone into your mind.

You change what you are and you change where you are
by changing what goes into your mind.”

― Zig Ziglar

Yes, the culture is a mess and it’s time for me to reveal that you don’t have a gooseYou ARE the goose!  You were born with the capacity to produce golden eggs.  The key is to protect yourself and develop your potential by separating yourself from a sick culture that is out to steal your golden eggs and take your life.

The solution is to step away from the culture by making positive changes that restore your values and redefine your priorities accordingly.  You must decide to take care of yourself physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.  Exercise and replace junk food with wholesome food that helps the goose get well physically.  Choose to put “cheap, sleazy” entertainment where it belongs, in the trash can.  Make better use of your calendar.  Schedule time every week to learn and practice.  Each positive choice, put into action, takes you one step closer toward wellness and the golden eggs of your true potential.  But here’s the most important part.  Unless you place God at the heart of this restoration effort, the ugly alternative is for you to remain a sick goose!

“What you feed your mind determines your appetite.” ― Tom Ziglar

Up to this point I’ve pointed mostly toward the geese that need the most help.  Hopefully you have risen above the cultural sickness.  Congratulations!  You are enjoying as more fulfilling life AND are leading others by your example!  Here’s my challenge.  Can you do a little bit more?  Are you willing to learn the art and power of engagement so you can influence others to become healthy golden egg producers?  It’s not as hard as you might think.  There are many small, simple things you can incorporate into your busy routine that will make a dent in our sick culture.  Visit CrossAbilities.com for the next engagement event AND some free resources.  These will help you be a goose that leads others toward a better life.

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