STOP acronym

I like acronyms because they are simple and help us apply and remember. Check this one out which is designed to study the Bible and I think applicable beyond the Good Book too.



What’s the historical situation? What do you need to know about the people and events in the story? What’s the larger context?


What’s the type of literature? Is it historical narrative? Poetry? Prophecy? Law? Wisdom? Epistle? What literary devices are being used: Hyperbole? Parable? Metaphor? Apocalyptic Imagery?


Who is the object of the text? Everyone? Specific people? Ancient Israel? Is it the Old or New Covenant?


Is this passage prescriptive for us today or merely descriptive of a historical event?

Turek, Frank. Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case (p. 124). NavPress. Kindle Edition.

My Top Ten recipe for success in life.

Here is my top ten list:

First, discover what’s available and possible by being a life long learner,

Second, realize what resonates with you. Know thyself.

Third, learn from other people’s mistakes so you make less and yours, when you make them yet be bold and courageous realizing there is a silver lining behind every dark cloud.

Fourth, know that your soul is built for eternity while your physical body is temporary. Get and stay right with God because forever is a long time. Be in the world but not of it while always hoping for the best and being mostly prepared for the worst.

Fifth, look at everything holistically and wholistically. Discern, embrace, and balance the paradoxical dichotomies of life.

Sixth, Embrace the hard stuff. You know, good yucky ‘sucks’ of life.

Seventh, Avoid the bad, unfruitful ‘sucks’ of life and make sure you get the BIG rocks, important stuff in first. Priorities!

Eighth, Eat at lot of natural, whole, colorful and fresh stuff. Drink tons of water.

Ninth, Enjoy the finer things of life including food and drink. Life is fragile. Beer 🍺 is proof that God loves man. Everything in moderation and in season.

Tenth, I am not God and neither are you so love God and love others with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength (when you have done that well for the day, you will sleep like a baby).

P.S. I hope you found at least one good thing in my list. I encourage YOU to write and share your own right now and paste it the comments section. It’s your list so no right or wrongs per se.

The Performance Zone Matrix

I thought I would share this with you all and hope to get some feedback.
The Zone or State of Hi-Sustained Performance Combination of these 4 elements.

This can apply to a variety of events such as sports, sales, business, politics, and a whole host of things.

Think of something you do and how this matrix applies.

Strength is power, pop, horsepower, energy and passion.

Balance consists of the inclusion of diversity, harmonizing the dichotomy of life, peace in paradox, and stability in chaos and calmness.

Speed is rhythm, quickness, timing, and acceleration.

Endurance is discipline, consistently, long-standing, energy, and efficiency.

Do you agree? If not, why not?

Do you prefer the colorful design or the more simple one?