Quick Takes – 1/24/2009

Fred Eaton quotes John Owen on the measure of our growth and decay. “If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ’s Kingdom, and of His love.”

Michael Hyatt encourages you to create an annual time block. “Remember: if you don’t have a plan for your life, someone else does. The key is balance. Make sure you schedule time for the things that are important to you. If you don’t, you will find yourself scrambling to find time for the things that are important. If you are not careful, you will wake up one day and discover that you have spent your life living for other people’s priorities.”

Brad Wright shares some observations on life-development and crime. “Lee Robins, a psychologist who studies crime … noted that all antisocial adults were antisocial as children; however, not all antisocial children grow up to be antisocial adults. This observation provided important insight for theories of crime. It holds that very few ‘good’ kids get involved in crime and other forms of antisocial behavior as adults. Once prosocial, always prosocial. In contrast, some ‘bad’ kids grow up to be antisocial, criminal adults, but others do not. In statistical language, being antisocial as a child is a necessary, but not sufficient, predictor that a child will be antisocial as an adult.”

Scot McKnight questions President Obama’s abortion policy. “On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade he has announced what amounts a contradiction: reduce abortions by supporting and funding abortions. This makes no sense to me. What really makes it difficult morally is that such support is offered on the day he was also announcing — rightly — to close down GTMO and speak against the evils of torture. Abortion is also torture. Women have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies, but once there’s a pregnancy, that woman is now carrying someone else’s body — that body is no longer simply her own. Support of abortion and opposition to torture is a moral contradiction, and I call on the Obama Administration to re-think their position of their stance on abortion.”

Greg Scott writes to his Senator. “I’ve read now that Merrill Lynch took $10 billion in TARP money, and paid $15 billion out in bonuses. I cannot even begin to express in writing the rage boiling within me at this iniquitous arrogance. It is nice to know that the Federal taxes I have paid and will pay into the system over my whole lifetime will not even begin to cover the bonus check for just one of these executives. I’m very glad to know that taxes taken from my 60 hour work week checks will help some executive pay for his nice mansion I could never afford, expensive car I’ll never drive, fancy dinners at restaurants I could never see the inside of, and very comfortable retirement that I will not have since I’ll have to work until the day I die. Please tell me what you will do to hold these crooks accountable for these reprehensible deeds done at taxpayer expense and what you will do to prevent future abuses. My great-grandchildren will want to know.”

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  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    I love the quote from Michael Hyatt above:

    If you are not careful, you will wake up one day and discover that you have spent your life living for other people’s priorities.”

    I was advised a long time ago to “live your priorities” and that has changed the amount of time I spend with my husband and God and family a whole lot!! Money-making definitely got shoved aside. No regrets.

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