Pay It Backward

This morning, I enjoyed my morning ritual of grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks on the way to work. I pulled into the drive thru and got in line with the other cars. Once I got up to the speaker, I ordered my drink along with a scone.  There was nothing out of the ordinary in this process until I got up to the window. The lovely barista stuck her head out and told me the following:

The car ahead of you has paid for your order.

That was so nice. I don’t even think I know them.

Then she said, “They wondered if you would like to pay for the order of the car behind you? Their order is about the same amount as your order.”

I didn’t know the people in the vehicle behind me but I thought…why not?

“You bet!” I responded to the barista. I handed her the money and felt all the great feelings one has when generosity and kindness randomly enter your life for no apparent reason.

But the story doesn’t end there. The barista poked her head back out through the drive thru window and told me one more thing:

How You Say It Makes A Difference

Email. Twitter. Facebook. Texting. Television. Radio. Speaking. Art.
All of these can be used to send a message.

The question is: Do people hear what you’re saying?

Or is your message simply background noise in a busy and message-bombarded world?

Watch and reflect on this video.

In the end, if you’ve got something important to say, it’s important to say it in a way people can hear it.
Thanks to John at Tentblogger for introducing me to the video.

Have You Read Rob Bell’s Newest Book?

Neither has anyone else!

But there are many in the Evangelical Christian community who are quite ready to state how wrong Bell is (or is going to be) in his yet-to-be-released book entitled, Love Wins. While I typically don’t write lengthy posts in regards to theological debate, I find this conversation fascinating. I am intrigued by its substance, as well as the manner in which we argue and debate in an online environment.

7 Ways To Tweak Your Time Management

When it comes to time management, the easiest question is to ask: What time is it? You can go up to most any stranger on the street and ask that question and he or she will have some idea at a good answer.

The harder question is this: What will I do with my time? In response to that people show their knowledge in three different types of responses:

Is Foursquare One Too Many Squares?

I love social networking. I like the connections. I like the conversations. I even like the little “numbers” games that people play with followers and following (although it’s a little awkward to tell someone “I’m following you”).

There are so many social networking options out there. New opportunities to connect with people, with locations, and with great deals show up every day.

My tendency is to try and get in on something early. I know that I’m probably registered on more sites than I can remember. Not necessarily a good thing.

Give A Smile, Get A Smile

There’s probably some scientific evidence to back this up somewhere.

If you smile at someone with a genuine, heartfelt smile – they will smile back.

It works 9 times out of 10. I don’t know if it’s an inborn trait or cultural conditioning. I know there are people out there a lot smarter than me who can answer all the questions about “why” this works. All I have to go on is my daily anecdotal experience.

Oh…and I should mention here – it seems to work with frowns as well.

Martin Luther King, Jr Said…

…the following…

All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.