What This Dog Knows How To Do Better Than You

A viral video is floating around now with a dog that’s mastered something that a lot of humans don’t know how to do: Say No. 

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This dog has figured out a way to say no to his owners. The dog knows what he doesn’t want.

The dog hates being put in his kennel. After being dragged into it against his better wishes too many times, the dog stands his ground.

This dog says no to what sucks the life out of him. We should do the same.

A dog is meant to be free. Dogs are made to run and jump and explore, not be confined to a kennel or a cage.

What were you made to do? Are there things that are stopping you from being who God made you to be? Why not take a lesson from this dog and Say No?

This weekend is your weekend. Instead of getting bogged down by busyness, try saying no this weekend.

Say no the projects, the activities, the relationships which suck the life out of you. Do something you’ve been meaning to do, been wanting to do, been dying to do but haven’t made the time for it.

Here’s my challenge to you this weekend: Say no to at least one opportunity that comes your way. Whether it’s an invitation to hang out, or a call in to cover someone’s shift at work, just say no.

Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person. You need to rest. You need time to do what gives you life.

When God created the world, He took a day off. He took time to rest. How quick we are to forget this!

We think we need to work to feel worth. We think a day off is a day wasted. But your soul needs to recharge. You need to fill up before you can pour yourself out.

Whatever it is that fills you up, do more of that. 

Rest looks different for everyone. For some people it’s staying in bed and bingewatching the first season of “Scandal”. For others it’s getting in the backyard and gardening. For others it might be scouring record stores in downtown Athens.

Take a day of rest. Say no to the things of life that make you feel caged in.

Happy Friday.

What Is The Earth Without Art?

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I found this poster in a children’s art classroom the other day.

I think these kids are getting some great wisdom.

Can we all agree to not be boring today?

Follow the calling God puts upon your heart to create.

Make this world a better place with your art.

Live creatively.

Happy Friday.

Count Your Blessings And Not Your Candy

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It’s Friday.

The Halloween Hangover is looming over your head.

Deadlines are looming.

Your belly is aching.

You spent too much time trick or treating and procrastinating.

Your week may feel like it’s falling apart.

Hey – at least your parents didn’t steal all your candy.

It’s easy to scream and blame the world around you when something you didn’t plan for steals all your joy away.

But try not to have a kneejerk reaction like a kid thinking their parent ate all their peanut butter cups.

After all, the kids didn’t know the whole story. Their parents were just playing a joke.

The problem you’re getting upset about is probably not that bad. By the time twelve o’clock rolls around you’ll have already forgotten about it.

If you’re angry about some stolen Snickers bars today, hold strong. God has a great punchline coming your way to put a smile back on your face. And just when you think your candy bag is empty, you’ll find in it more Milky Ways than you could have dreamed of.

Happy Friday.

 

Celebrate Like A Mascot

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It’s Friday.

There’s a new NBA Season right around the corner.

But who cares about Lebron James or Derrick Rose when there’s inflatable mascots dancing around at halftime? That, my friends, is where the joy is.

I can’t explain to you why mascots make me smile so much. They just do. Hopefully this video of ridiculous inflatable NBA Mascots wobbling around the court will make you smile too.

Celebrate the weekend, the fall weather, basketball, and all your many blessings with the same abandonment to joy as a mascot.

Happy Friday.

Sing Like A Second Grader

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It’s Friday.

Whatever you’ve been through this week, it’s time to sing.

You may be afraid to let your voice be heard. You may be ashamed of how you sound. You may think you have no musical ability.

You need to go back. Go back to elementary school. Go back to the place where sunny days sweep the clouds away. Go back to a world where cookie monsters and people coexist. Go back to a time where you couldn’t get kicked out of chorus no matter what noises came out of your mouth.

Let the doubts and voices in your head drift away. Abandon yourself to childlike joy.

Take a page out of Jimmy Fallon’s book. Grab a kazoo and let it all out. Roll down the windows and sing like a second grader today.

Happy Friday.

(If Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and the Sesame Street cast can’t put a smile on your face, here’s a couple of other classroom renditions from “Late Night” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen and Robin Thicke.) Continue reading

A Lesson On Being Joyful From Grover and Dave Matthews

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Are you feeling a feeling that’s not a very good feeling?

Do you have a friend who’s also feeling a feeling that’s not a very good feeling?

You can’t always be happy. Even if you live on Sesame Street.

That’s ok. God never asked us to be happy always.

Instead He calls us to be joyful in Him always.

There’s a huge difference.

Like Grover and Dave Matthews, we won’t always get what we wish for. 

Sometimes that make us sad. Sometimes we need a friend to come by and remind us even though we don’t have a rocket ship, we’re still living on Sesame Street, and that in itself is pretty amazing. 

It’s Friday. Your weekend may not have gone like you wanted. You’re not the superhero you want to be. But look around. Take just 60 seconds to count your blessings. You’ll be overwhelmed. 

Find a friend who’s feeling the same feeling as you. Call them. Text them. Sit with them. Sing with them. Rejoice with them. 

Happy Friday.

Ahem. I mean Joyful Friday. 

 

Fail Like A Comedian

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It’s Friday.

You may think you’ve made it through the week safely.

You may stand up before the world with the best of intentions, trying to make your audience laugh.

But watch out. Haters don’t take a day off.

Even with the best intentions and preparation you will still be booed. You will still be heckled. You may even fail completely.

If you fail today, take a lesson from great comedians like Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt and fail spectacularly. Go ahead and bomb. Let yourself be knocked down a few pegs and rise up stronger.

And when it all falls apart, smile and remember you’re gonna make some great material out of this failure in the future.

Happy Friday.

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Get Out Of The Shower

It’s Friday.

You need all the help you can to make it to the weekend.

You take a few extra breaks. Watch a few more funny videos than usual. Stalk a few more people on Facebook than normal.

Before you know it, it’s 5:00. The day is gone. Nothing got done.

I’ve been there. Trust me. So has Wes Welker:

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Here’s the new plan: don’t waste your day in the shower. Make Friday count. Don’t spend too much time relaxing today that you miss out on opportunities to really get stuff done.

The weekend is coming in just a few hours. You deserve your weekend after all you’ve done this week. Enjoy it. Rest.

But you have just a little bit more to do. Go do it. Level up before you head home today.

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Laugh Out Loud

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It’s Friday.

You need to laugh out loud today.

It doesn’t matter what type of laugh you have. God made you with that laugh in your DNA.

Don’t be ashamed of it. Let it out in all it’s glory.

You may have a lot on your plate today. You may be hurting. You may be devastated. You may be bored. You may be stressed.

Wherever you are, take 5 minutes to just laugh a little bit. Find the funniest video you can on Youtube. Put on your favorite episode of Parks and Recreation. Find a classic comedy on Netflix or at a Redbox. Let the healing power of laughter cover over your hurt.

Laugh big and strong and silly today.

Happy Friday.

Keep Going, Keep Going, Keep Going

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It’s Friday.

Here’s a tiny poem of inspiration from Kid President. He’s a kid who, with the help of his family and a video camera, is changing the world.

You could slack off today knowing the weekend is just a few hours away.

Or you could make the world a better place.

Whatever you’re going through, keep going.

Today may be the day the walls come down.

Happy Friday.

(And as a bonus bit of wisdom, here’s Kid President reminding us every important meeting should end with a dance.)

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