Category Archives: Examples to Emulate

Coolest Show on TV


I found a really cool TV show.  It’s premise is that everyone has a story.  And, although it calls itself “The Ultimate Reality Show”, I do not think of it as a reality show.  It is actually a great show!

The host travels the country and knocks on people’s doors until he finds someone who will talk to him on camera and tell the story of his or her life.  He tells 3 or 4 people’s stories every episode.

The stories are as diverse as the people who tell them, filled with heart-warming experiences, life-changing events, sometimes great sadness, or incredible joy.  But every one of them has something we can learn from.

Which makes perfect sense.  Every person is of infinite worth, a child of God.  So we all have much more in common than that which separates us.

It’s kind of a fun show, that can tug at our heart-strings, but is always inspirational and uplifting.  It is appropriate for everyone – you do not have to be concerned that anything crude, inappropriate, graphic, or in poor taste will ever be shown.

The name of the show is Story Trek, and it is on KBYU.

And I love it!  🙂

Easter, Christ’s Atonement, and Offenses


Easter is a celebration of Jesus Christ’s atonement.  And through His atonement, we can overcome the offenses others can cause – intentional or unintentional.

When we feel offended by someone it feels as though we were stabbed to the very heart!  We find ourselves re-living it over and over in our minds.  We can’t take our minds off that event.

It eats at us, we picture different responses to it – most of which are very unpleasant, especially towards the other person.

We feel as though we’d fallen into a constricting tunnel, a funnel really, a bottomless one at that.  You may have felt this at one time or another in your life.

But, because of Jesus Christ, the example He set for us, and His atonement where He also suffered for all our pains, we can look to Him and remember that what others do to us does not define us and does not have to affect us in those ways!

Instead, we have a number of options available to us, i.e.:

  • Most offenses were not even meant to offend.  It is simply the way we interpreted them that caused us to become upset.  We can choose to decide that nothing negative was meant and move on with our lives.
  • Even if the offenses were meant to offend, we have choices for how to deal with them.  We can let it go (thus taking their power to hurt us away from them); talk with the offender to see if we can work out something more constructive in our relationship; we can do something nice for them and totally disarm the offender (or do it without letting anyone know and start healing our own spirits immediately); go and do something we find joyful or engrossing to take our minds off it and thus not feel the pain.
  • One of my own favorite things to do is to turn to prayer.  Talking things over with our kind and loving Father in Heaven can help calm us, puts us in a different state of mind, and invites Him to bless us with His tender mercies and all-powerful love.  (It might take a good long talk, or even several good long talks sometimes.)

This is only a few.  But we are invited to move forward in our lives and not let little hiccups stop our progress.

Use this Easter season to remember Christ’s great love for you.  And pass that love along to others.

Truly celebrate Easter this year!  🙂

Oh, Sugar! Progress Report


You may remember the poem I came up with to encourage people to think about the words they use and say “Oh, sugar!” instead of using profanity or obscenities.  And then when people use God’s or Jesus’ name as an exclamation or a curse, I was going to start saying “I’m so glad you brought Him up.  He loves you so very much!”

I printed the poem and put it in a frame and put a pretty bowl of sugar cubes in front of it at my desk about a week before Thanksgiving.  And I still have it up along with some Christmas decorations now.

A good handful of people have noticed the sign or the sugar while I was around, so I invited them to read the poem and explained why the sugar cubes.  Everyone of them left with a smile, and most seemed to agree it was kind of cute.

Then today along came the perfect opportunity to try the 2nd part of my plan.  I was talking one-on-one with someone and as she described a recent painful event, she was suddenly exclaiming God’s name several times.

I couldn’t hold myself back.  I jumped in with, “Yes, God certainly was watching over you!” and as she continued, I went on with “Please don’t say that, God loves you so much!  Please stop saying ‘God’.  Don’t use His name in vain.”

So, I have broken the ice.  I hope to be more courageous now and to speak up in love when people misuse His name.  I want everyone to know that God is real, He loves you, and He knows who you are.  🙂

Here’s the poem again if you want to use it (I’m thinking of substituting Christmas for the word Thanksgiving now on my framed copy):

Thanksgiving is the perfect time

to give up words not sublime.

To drive those words right from your head,

try Grandma Pearson’s words instead:

“Oh, sugar!”

Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Time To Think About Our Words and Language Part 2


Yesterday in church it came to me what I can do when people use the Lord’s name as an exclamation or curse. 

I can say, “I’m so glad you brought Him up!  He really loves you!” 

🙂

(We’ll change this culture yet – one word at a time.  I printed my little poem from my last post, framed it, and put it by my desk at work with a bowl of sugar.  It has already gotten a couple of my co-workers to think about their words and use this one.)

 

Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Time To Think About Our Words and Language


Thanksgiving is the perfect time to think about the language we use and should be using.  Here’s an idea I had:

 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time

to give up words not sublime.

To drive those words right from your head,

try Grandma Pearson’s words instead:

“Oh, sugar!”

🙂