Taylor Swift on Beauty

Tim Schmover of http://www.studentministry.org/ posted this video and invited discussion on it on his blog a few weeks ago. I really liked this and figured I would throw down a few thoughts here.

I really like this idea at 39min 31sec. The idea that sincerity is beauty… Or living into the fullness of who you are is what makes you beautiful.

I had never really thought about this. I definitely get caught up in shallow measures of beauty and I need to start looking a bit deeper.

I also know that I fail at this. I am often paralyzed by self-consciousness, cynicism, and fear. Too often I allow a façade to take charge rather than my sincere self.

This thought has been echoed by my boss http://www.natestratman.com as he has recently been saying things like: “When you don’t live into the fullness of who you are, you are robbing the Kingdom of who God created you to be.”

My prayer right now is that Taylor Swift would think I am beautiful :), also that I can fully live into the person that God has created me to be…


Quotes pt 2

Most of these are from Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit last month…


“I can only receive someone on the level that I perceive them.”  ~Steven Furtick

“If the vision you have isn’t intimidating to you, there is a good chance that it is insulting to God.”
~Steven Furtick

“We feel insecure because we’re comparing our ‘behind-the-scenes’ with someone elses’ highlight reel.”
~Steven Furtick

“There is no map for being an artist.”  ~Godin

“We can’t do something about everything, but we can do something about something.”  ~Salter McNeil

“Each of us is born an original, but sadly most people die a copy”.  ~Abraham Lincoln

“Just because the tide is out doesn’t mean there is less water”.  ~Seth Godin

“To be elegant comes from inside.”  ~Maggi Gobran

“In silence you leave many to be with the One.”  ~Maggi Gobran

“The most believable person in the world is the person who has your best interests at heart.” ~John Dickson


Some Quotes I’ve Been Sitting On

“The Church must be a place where a few somebodies and mostly nobodies feel safe, no matter how unsafe it is outside the Church.”   ~Mike Yaconelli

“The spiritual authority of Jesus is an authority not found in a position or a title, but in a towel.” ~Foster

“A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who is not.”  ~Spurgeon

“Trials are the crucible in which our character is purified.”  ~Wilkes

“This world will never take God seriously until the Church does first.” ~Mark Moore

“What God needs from us is not moral perfection, but a persistent, tenacious faith.  That when we get knocked up we will GET BACK UP!”  ~Mark Moore

“Character is who a man is alone in the dark.”  ~D.L. Moody

“What unites Christians should be far more significant than what divides them.”

“God needs our weakness more than He needs our strength.”

“Play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.”

“It’s awfully difficult to lead a calvary charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”

“To reach the people that no one else is reaching, we must be doing things that no one else is doing.”

“The last part of a man to convert is his wallet.”  ~Luther

“… Desperation that would fuel either depression or intercession.” ~McManus