Mon, 21 August 2017
Have you ever felt guilty about the amount of stuff you have? This is something Christian entrepreneurs deal with all the time. It goes something like this, “If you were a real Christian you would sell your stuff and give the money to the poor.” This mindset has led to some really messed up thinking like affluenza…the “sickness” of having too much stuff.
This week I’m going to introduce my own term…Maximalism…and show you not only why this is a good thing, but why it may be the very thing that saves us from ourselves.
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I recently took a trip to Hong Kong and suffered some awful jet lag in the process. I figured that because I only sleep a few hours a night as it is and because I was there to do God’s work I could just struggle through the time difference and be right as rain.
That got me thinking about this whole issue of, “What does God cause, what does He allow, and is there a difference?”
One of the verses in the Bible that gets brought up to point out that God does cause bad things to happen to people for His own glory, is the story of the blind man who was blind from birth. The disciples come to Jesus and they say, “Who sinned that this man is blind? Was it him or was it his parents?” That was their belief system in that culture. If you were born with a handicap, it was because of somebody’s sin. You get punished for someone else’s sin…man that is twisted!
In this episode I’ll share the answer Jesus gave and reveal to you the proper context so you’ll finally be able to understand what He was really saying.
This will set you free.
Tip of the Week
I just got a drone, the DJI Mavic Pro. Right away I discovered two things about owning a drone. First of all, when you set the thing on the ground and you turn the engines on, the props spin up, and you realize you’re about to send a lot of money hurtling into the sky. That’s a little scary. The second thing I discovered is there are a lot of places you're not allowed to fly your drone. Funny thing is they don’t mention that when you buy it.
The FAA, municipalities, state and federal parks, and even private property owners all have something to say about where you can fly your magical new device. It’s all very confusing…or at least it was.
Now there’s an app for that. It's called airmap.io and it incorporates all the available information and it marries it together with Google Maps. You pop up a map on your iOS or Android device and it shows you all the different airspaces, and who controls them.
By using this app all drone owners, or Droners as they’re called, can now safely and responsibly fly without fear.
Feature Presentation: “Is Affluenza A Thing? In Defense of Maximalism”
I was recently listening to a Cliff Ravencraft podcast episode entitled, “Do I really need all this stuff?” In this podcast he was discussing an email he received from a listener chiding him for buying all the expensive podcast equipment he uses when, in their opinion, he should have given that money to the poor.
Cliff made a very impassioned argument about how that was not true, and I think he is right. It makes me want to spend a little more time on this topic this week because Cliff touched on something that I think is really important to understand.
Conventional wisdom says that either you have affluenza, the disease of accumulating too much stuff, or you are a minimalist. This week I would like to present a third option, Maximalism.
Here are a few snippets from our conversation:
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