Meandering Around In My Thoughts – Feb 2017

Reflections and contemplations on my current path and place in work and life and what I’m learning on and in these pursuits and positions.

For the probably five people who even know about this blog, it’s surely known that this is a very personal and reflective blog for myself. Not always the well formed and polished. I’m clear on that, right? Okay…

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Where I Plan To Create Content In 2017 And Why

I just wrote out this post about my plan for producing content this year on my “personessional” site and blog at RileyAdamVoth.com. It very much affects and relates to this blog and my personal development, so it just seemed fitting to also share it here. It’s a long one, and written mainly just for myself as a reference for the year. This year is going to have a big focus on content production, I believe, and I’m really looking forward to it! Here we go!

Faith And Works In The Christian Life (And My Diagrams To Explain Them)

My speaking slides and helpful diagrams I designed to understand the interplay of faith and works in the Christian life.

I normally post anything and everything about my speaking on RileyAdamVoth.com if I post about it at all, but this one seems a bit too obviously evangelical for what I’m doing with that blog right now. Ha!

So in fitting with the theme of this Elasson site, here, I’ll break down a bit of my thoughts and developments on this as well as simply share the slides and the ideology behind it.

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The discouraging, damaging lie of “working out a muscle” of “spiritual discipline”

I’m not looking to pick a fight, but I will fight on this if I must. I believe the ideology, and more aptly put, theology, of needing to “work out a muscle” of a so-called “spiritual discipline” is a very destructive thing to believe or to teach people.

What do I mean by this?

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Pondering the existence of emotions and the implications of calling them what they actually are

If we are what we believe we are as Christians—intrinsically intertwined physical and spiritual beings—then we must deal with what emotions are as well: spiritual and physical interworkings (and often, problems).

It’s been a few minutes since I’ve posted because I’ve been pretty focused on my work with TheMajestysMen.com and RockHillChur.ch in nearly every second of time that hasn’t gone to merely staying alive. For that matter, I have many thoughts I need to work out in relation to both that would fit nicely on this blog roll.

Yet, today, I have an almost seemingly random idea — or perhaps, question — that doesn’t relate to anything but personal development and understanding. This thought has been brought on by ministry, in part, but also by simply contemplating my own personal health and observing the “health”, or lack thereof, of those in close relations around me.

Now by “health” I must, for now at least, state that I’m really only pondering a specific aspect of our health, as we popularly understand it, and that would be: “emotional health”.

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Ridiculous facades and online “ministry”, plus better metrics

This weekend I fell down a rabbit hole by accident and this Monday morning I feel like I’m climbing back out as I begin my week… and I’m disgusted by it.

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On defined desires versus goals

I have found that with most people, and this includes myself, that when we say “goals” what we really mean is “desires”.

When we say something to the effect of, “Yea it’s a goal of ours this year to [fill in the blank]…” but we have no measurable outcome that I know of which we’ve decided upon so that we’d know this thing were fully achieved, then it’s actually a desire.

I am trying to correct this misspeaking in myself.

I’m not trying to correct this because goals are necessarily better than desires in any way. Many desires have accomplished far more than goals. In fact, I’m not even, yet, trying to turn these desires into goals.

Nope; I’m trying to correct this because meaning what I say and saying what I mean is important.

I think it’s a great start to even clearly just state and define one’s desires. This is farther than most people get.

This is especially true if you have a spouse (or most any partnership). Many unions have struggled because of poorly conceived or poorly communicated desires.

There is much power in a defined desire which becomes capable of being communicated well. If this is accomplished, goals will typically take care of themselves if they’re even needed.

Fit for noble purposes

When you’re actually fit for noble purposes, you care less that you’re seen as such.

Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:20-21

If someone tells you you’re capable of, or even are, being an instrument used for noble purposes, it has to flatter you some. Yet, if it flatters you, then there’s still work to do.

The reality is that the more noble one becomes the less it matters to them that they are viewed as worthy. That’s how God’s kingdom works.

Those closest to the king are the most humble about being there. Knowing they do not deserve it. Knowing that the king they serve is so beyond them it’s incomparable, incomprehensible, and inexplicable.

And, this king, is the type of person that lays down his rights and royalties to be with his people. He even laid down his life to redeem his people who wronged Him. This is the stuff of true nobility.

So am I saying this all just because I know to say it to sound more noble, or because it’s just true and real in me? Well… yes.

“They didn’t pick me” – Not getting the job and moving on in contentment

God is good and we don’t get to understand much more than that…

“Today, I didn’t get picked…”

I wrote that line, on this blog, January 24th, at 8:48 a.m. That was the last I updated it because I was also, already, busy working on not getting picked by another organization that I was super excited about.

I have affectionately labeled the months that followed my “season of rejection”…

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