Short notes for weekend reflection.

I accumulate notes that could become posts. These won’t. They are mine unless otherwise attributed.

  • “Tiny stuff. We’re going to do the tiny stuff, the details that look surface, but aren’t.” – refocusing an approach to some work.
  • “Don’t try to be big, try to be great.” – after hearing a little too much about growth.
  • “A rhetoric of desperation does not develop stamina” -. Eugene Peterson in a workshop.
  • “I can’t change the world until I’m willing to change my world. Until I’m willing to have my world changed.” – I love the idea of talking about changing the world, but we need to start small.
  • “Jesus doesn’t make your life perfect. Jesus is perfect with your life.” Needs some sharpening, but it shifts the perspective. .
  • “May the peace of God and the love of Jesus and the strength of the Holy Spirit be upon you.” – One of the protestant pastors working at Ground Zero heard a Benedictine monk working there offering this blessing. I wrote it down. I need to memorize it’s powerful simplicity.
  • “How can we have a clearer picture of who Jesus is? Read the Gospels looking at character, not just actions. Why is he doing these things, not just what.” – It’s a different perspective on familiar texts.
  • “Simplicity is not the removal of complexity. It is the removal of duplicity.” – Mindy Caliguire talks a lot about spiritual formation. This was in a workshop from several years ago. Her point? We buy things that let us pretend to be someone else. We make commitments to things that aren’t us.
  • “Does a parables – principles – practicals model reflect how Jesus communicated? Parables to the larger crowds, Principles to the followers, practical steps to the inner circle.” This needs more reflection. It does make me wonder about it as a model fr others.

3 thoughts on “Short notes for weekend reflection.

  1. joseph ruiz

    Jon, thank you I love these. Reminds me of Bill Hybel’s book Axioms perhaps you should create an ebook valuable resource nice principles and thoughts easy to digest and carry along.

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  2. Rich Dixon

    Simplicity/duplicity–I get her point. I believe simplicity and complexity go together–simple ideas, designs, speeches are usually the most difficult to create or comprehend. I’d say simplicity is the removal of complications–not at all the same as complexity. And that’s enough for a weekend.

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