What is a fanatic?

My Pondering

Its great to be a fan of someone or something decent…

…but it’s not to be a fanatic.

It’s great to be zealous toward a noble cause…

…but not it’s nit to be a zealot.

It’s great to enjoy a fine meal…

…but it’s not to be a glutton.

The obvious point here is that when most good things are carried to the extreme, they become bad.

They are usually okay in moderation and best at the proper dosage and timing.

This is an essential of excellence in life: harmonic balance.

Yes, there are times when we should jet and other times we are best to rest. A time to push and other to relax. Times to pull and times to rest.

But foremost, we need to be wise. To know the truth. To know north is always north. Not to be a feel and double time in the opposite direction. That’s why we need to measure twice and cut once but we need to cut one way or the other before it’s too late. No decision inevitably becomes worse than a so-so decision. So let’s first choose between right and wrong, the good from decent. then great from good so we can be the best we can become.

When we do that well, we will have plenty of fans but won’t be a fanatic, zealot, selfish glutton.

Jesus and the Democrat

“JESUS AND THE DEMOCRAT”

I hope you get a smile out of this one.

A Republican, in a wheelchair, entered a restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. The Republican looked across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus sitting over there?”

The waitress nodded “yes,” so the Republican requested that she give Jesus a cup of coffee, on him.

The next patron to come in was a Libertarian, with a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus, over there?”

The waitress nodded, so the Libertarian asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, “My treat.”

The third patron to come into the restaurant was a Democrat on crutches. He hobbled over to a booth, sat down, and hollered, “Hey there honey! How’s about getting me a cold mug of Miller Light?” He too looked across the restaurant and asked, “Isn’t that God’s boy over there?”

The waitress nodded, so the Democrat directed her to give Jesus a cold beer. “On my bill,” he said loudly.

As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Republican, touched him, and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The Republican felt the strength come back into his legs, got up, and danced a jig out the door.

Jesus passed by the Libertarian, touched him, and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The Libertarian felt his back straightening up, and he raised his hands, praised the Lord, and did a series of back flips out the door.

Then, Jesus walked towards the Democrat, just smiling.

The Democrat jumped up and yelled, “Don’t touch me … I’m on disability.”

My A-Z x3 Power Words

A – Align 🎯 Action 🙌 Attitude ☀️

B – Believe 🧠🫀 Be brave 🎖️ Be still 🧘‍♀️

C – Consider others 🧏‍♂️ Care self & others 🪢 Conquer self 🫵

D – Dream big 💭 Discipline 🏆 Do it 🎰

E – Engage 🫱 Encourage 🌠 Empower 🔑

F – Focus 🧿 Forgive 🏳️ Forever 🌌

G – Give first 🫴 Go fast 🚀 Great God 🌄

H – Hope floats 🚢 Honest always 🛤️ Help out 🫶

I – Instruct 👁️‍🗨️ Inspire 🎁 Indivisible 🔒

J – Joyful always 👍 Jam on 🎸 Judge wisely ⚖️

K – Kindness 🙇‍♂️ Knock 🚪 Know thyself 🪞

L – Love God & people ♥️ Like it, Lump it or Leave it! ✅💹❎

M – Mindful 💡 Meaningful 🗽 Magnetic 🧲

N – Not neglecting 🙆‍♂️ Not now 💁‍♂️ NO! 🙅‍♂️

O – One 🎟️ Onus 👷‍♂️ OnGuard 👮‍♂️

P – Ponder 🔭 Purpose 🛠️ Prepare 🧼

Q – Quick but not hurried 🛩️ Quiet-time 🏝️ Quality 🧰

R – Repeat what works 🏭 Realize reality🔬 Renewal 🎨

S – Seek good 🧩 Steadfast 🚛🏎️ SuperHero in everyone 🦸‍♂️

T – Time Management ⏰📤 Timeless ♾️ Terrific 🎉

U – Understand 📡 Universal 🌌Unusual 🪅

V – Vision 🔭 Values ⛓️ Variety 🤹‍♀️

W – Wonder 💭 Walk-humbly👨‍🦯 Why

X – X-spot 🪚 X-ray vision 🩻 eXtra

Y – Yes! Yearn 🛎️ Yet 🕰️

Z – Zealous 💯 Zorro ⚔️ Z’s rest 💤

My Pondering

I encourage you to make your own A-Z x3 list. Maybe mine will inspire you. Pick one power word per day and put create a pop-up reminder each day 3 or 4x per day.

After all, in large part…we become what we think about

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.”

Proverbs 12:25

My take: We eventually become what we think about. Junk in, junk out and vice versa. We humans, as being created in the image of God, have been imparted with some amazing resources and abilities such as free will, imagination, creativity, eternal longings, mental comprehension, feelings, and much more. Yes we need to be reality based but isnt it wise to focus on the input of positive thoughts and good words? Are we going to allow circumstances to rule us or shall we use these resources for the greater glory of God and the good of others and ourselves?

Action words: Anxiety weighs, good word makes glad

My prayer: Lord, as your prophet Jeremiah tells us, ‘your plans are to help us, not harm’. Help me to help myself by inputing good word consistently, starting with Your Word, the Bible.

By Kirk Booher / PonderingLife.blog