Voicemail

I feel like leaving a message is just one of those things. You know… those things that are…um…awkward…

…like when I call someone and they don’t answer, I feel awkward. If their phone was on, they now know that I called (missed calls). Do I leave a message? Do I hang up and try again? How long do I wait before trying again? Do I leave a message the second time? Can I expect them to return my call?

Maybe they left their phone at home. Maybe they can’t hear it buried in their purse (oh man, my sister is totally this one). Maybe they’re busy and they’ll call back later. Maybe they won’t call back unless I leave a message. Maybe they won’t call back unless I ask them too in my message. Maybe….

My solution: always return the call.

And hope that others will do likewise.

Conversations In My Head

I think a lot. I often think more than I talk. Some do the opposite, but I’d say they both have the potential to be put in the “problem” category.

I say it’s a problem because the thought comes at the expense of action. This is not good. I generally want to speak up, but am to afraid to take whatever risk is associated with my words. I’m getting a lot better at this balance.

And guess when this happens the most; when I’m angry. I get really frustrated at someone and walk away (not having said anything). As I walk, I realize “that would have been the perfect comeback!” I then run back to them and shout it in their face. Actually, I don’t do that last bit, but I always wish I would have been thinking on my feet a little better during my argument. Of course, I am ultimately grateful that I’m not the witty slanderer that I imagine myself being, since that is a sin (I could find more).

Other occasions for these conversations to take place are when I want to encourage someone, when I’m waiting to pray in a group, when I am infatuated with a girl, when I am driving, etc. Basically, if I regularly have conversations with you, I’ve probably had a few that you weren’t around for. So the next time you see me, ask what I said. Maybe I’ll actually get it out. 🙂

p.s. I don’t know why I’m all about James tonight.

Why Blog? – Part 2

Why do I blog?

  1. Collect my thoughts.
  2. Express my thoughts.
  3. Be heard.
  4. Share things I’ve found valuable with others.

Lately I’ve only been using this to share others thoughts that I enjoy, as someone pointed out., really neglecting the main reasons that I started this (1 and 2). This is probably because I’m a poorly focused perfectionist (a.k.a. things get started but never get done). I start a lot of posts, but rarely finish them.

Part of this is just an experiment, how will the blog evolve. Of course, in posting this I fall into a trap. I have my own ideas, and at least I’m not being apologetic.

Oh yeah, I love hyperlinks!

It’s interesting to see how some bloggers spit out tons of posts every day, while others only post sporadically. The quality vs quantity issue is quite the dilemma (I was tempted to hyperlink some examples, I restrained myself).

So I guess we’ve discovered that I really enjoy sharing the thoughts and content of others with whoever may read this. I really enjoy this stuff. It’s interesting, fascinating, challenging, hilarious, etc.! But as the title says, this is the Blog of Scott. So going forward, that’s what it’ll be.

What Marketers Actually Sell

From Seth’s Blog:

Not powder or chemicals or rubber or steel or silicon or talk or installations or even sugary water.

What marketers sell is hope.

The reason is simple: people need more. We run out. We need it replenished. Hope is almost always in short supply.

The magical thing about selling hope is that it makes everything else work better, every day get better, every project work better, every relationship feel better. If you can actually deliver on the hope you sell, there will be a line out the door.

Hope cures cynicism. Hope increases productivity. Hope needs no justification.

Read it there.

You Have To See Your Need

From Take Your Vitamin Z:

“One of the great faults of the contemporary church is the tendency to soft-pedal sin and judgment. Like false prophets we ‘heal the wound of God’s people lightly’ (Jer. 6:14, 8:11). This is how Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it: ‘It is only when one submits to the law that one can speak of grace… I don’t think it is Christian to want to get to the New Testament too soon and too directly.’ We must never bypass the law and come straight to the gospel. To do so is to contradict the plan of God in biblical history.

Is this not why the gospel is unappreciated today? Some ignore it, other ridicule it. So in our modern evangelism we cast out pearls (the costliest pearl being the gospel) before swine. People cannot see the beauty of the pearl, because they have no conception of the filth of the pigsty. No man has ever appreciated the gospel until the law has first revealed him to himself. It is only against the inky blackness of the night sky that the stars begin to appear, and it is only against the dark background of sin and judgment that the gospel shines forth.

Not until the law has bruised and smitten us will we admit our need of the gospel to bind up our wounds. Not until the law has arrested and imprisoned us will we pine for the Christ to set us free. Not until the law has condemned and killed us will we call upon Christ for justification and life. Not until the law has driven us to despair of ourselves will we ever believe in Jesus. Not until the law has humbled us even to hell will we turn to the gospel to raise us to heaven.”

– John Stott, Galatians, p. 93

Read it there.