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Eric Dierker Preaching To The Choir
You should really try this someday it is a load of fun. I used to do it at 9,000 feet on ski runs. Wahoo!
Do not offend anyone
Preaching to the choir requires that you not offend. Preaching to the choir requires that you stay and color between the lines. I lied. This article is about preaching to the lions and tigers in what ever is your passion. Let them flash claws and teeth back at you and then just keep pumping what they do not want to hear here right back at them.
I do not care if you write recipe articles or movie reviews put some umph in that statement and put some grit in your fired up belly. Break that damned mold. Vote for that independent and put on that crazy hat and strut your stuff. Be you above being anything anyone wants you to be. Call up that landlord and tell him you are not paying rent until he fixes that thingamagig doohickie. (okay be careful on that one please ;-)
The bulk here is designed toward faith in something. You need to have faith in your day to day in order to shine like the great light that you are. Apply this liberally and in your own way.
I hope I have your attention because I am fired up and going to tell you what you must know but do not want to hear. I intend to offend in order to get you to open your minds so your hearts can follow.
Put it out there friends, let it shine.
Have you ever done a job where the consequences of failure were really really scary?
What you believe about God is wrong.
Whoa you say. No it is true. You have two choices. Static belief or dynamic belief. Both are wrong tomorrow.
If you chose static and say that you believe the same today as yesterday and tomorrow then you have a real problem. You see, you change. No one among us can claim to be the same today as we were yesterday, and we pray you will grow some by next year. So we are not able to grow like we should if our belief remains back in the last year mode. If it does then at the very least how we feel about that static belief will change. We assume change is for the better although it may be for the worse.
So you see that what you believed right the very moment before you read the above was wrong by this moments' standards. What I just wrote to you changed your perspective ever so much, agree or disagree you now have a different perspective, even ever so slight. So you static belief may be the same but even you view if better than before because you grew simply by giving it some thought. So what you believe right now is wrong by tomorrows standards, at the very least wrong for the new you.
Or you can be a dynamic believer, ever changing and growing and modifying your belief. In which case you will strive to have a better understanding and for sure tomorrow you will have that and what you believed today will be wrong.
There was a preacher man and he was good. But he wrote out a sermon for each Sunday and developed 3 years worth. Then he just repeated them. It seemed odd so I asked him "What the heck are you doing?. You must write new material." He simply and correctly pointed out that by three years the words can remain the same but the message changes as we grow in faith. That is a mind blower so I embarked to reread the Bible, Quran and Dharma's again and sure enough they had changed significantly. I was wrong the first times through.
What these fellows taught in the beginning of their ministries was different that how they taught it at the end of their ministries.
This is used for that one line: "so you can look at others differently"
All the high fluting preaching done wore me out ;-)
So we come to the point of love as is my calling.
Now if just for a second you can accept that just four days ago you were wrong about your beliefs. Now how much more can you accept that what another says may be right for them at the time they are saying it. This is acceptance as it should be and it is a good and wonderful thing.
Aha aha! you exclaim "preacher man you are preaching that we accept his wrongness". And not at all would I suggest that. What we are saying is that we accept that that is where he is at the moment and we respect that. But what we do with it is another story altogether.
We are no longer preaching to the choir that sees things as we do. Hallelujah, we have found a friend that we can offer something to. How cool is that.
We simply share our experience, faith and hope and joy and tribulations. No matter what if the person can think tomorrow she will have a new truth in faith. You did not win or lose, your God did. And so did hers.
Worth the read no matter.
Take it easy, some of us a preachers
Some of us are called to places where there is a whole lot more hate going on than love. Some are called to preach health to those who are sick. It is not for young believers in a faith and it is not for old folks either. It is something we go kicking and screaming into in our lives.
After a bit preaching to the choir is near boring ( not really). So next time you happen by a forum where the preacher man is getting banged about and brutalized, smile a good smile and be happy that is not your calling.
Fighting in Love is doable but it takes a great deal of effort. Admitting we were wrong yesterday because we grew today and learned to love more deeply is hard to do. But we must not preach to ourselves as though we are the choir. We must admonish ourselves to grow and stop sitting there like since we are in the choir we somehow reached a goal. That goal was for yesterday and yesterday is gone.
Really use this away just attribute it so you do not get in trouble.
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