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“Learning about something new forces your mind out of its natural tendencies.”

A thought by Mark Batterson (2009-12-09) from his book, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity (Kindle Location 1819). Random House, Inc. Kindle Edition.
Do you read?  Well I guess you do, you’re reading this blog and I congratulate you.  Reading is one of the greatest ways to expanding your knowledge and potential.  I love to read and my family loves to read.
One of the main purposes of this blog is to expose people to different writers.  Let me remind you that if you hit the title of the book under the highlighted thought of each post you will be sent to the section in Amazon.com where you can order the book, usually new or used and if you chose you can also get the Kindle edition instantly.  I do this to help you grow in your mind, in your character, in your relationships, in your life.  Learning can be the key and reading is one of the great ways to learn.
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“One way we glorify God is by exploring and educating ourselves about everything He has created.”

A thought by Mark Batterson (2009-12-09) from his book, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity (Kindle Location 1411). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I love the opportunity to explore.  I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to see what other places are like.  I have lived on both coast and in the South and the North.  I was almost born in a car.  The only state I haven’t been to is Alaska.  I love to explore.
Margaret and I are headed into a new experience.  We are moving from Long Island in New York to Seminole, Florida.  I have already lived in Seminole but I have never lived in my own home.  That for us is a new adventure.  I have already explored Home Depot as a homeowner.  That is a different experience than visiting it as renter.  There is more you can do in your own home.
But the wonder of exploring God’s creating is a way to glorify Him.  Psalm 121.1 & 2 is one of my life verses.  The Message interprets it this way, “I look up to the mountains; do…

“I think God loves it when we discover something or experience something that’s new to us, even if those discoveries are common knowledge.”

A thought by Mark Batterson (2009-12-09) from his book, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity(Kindle Locations 1457-1458). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I lived in so many different places in the United States.  I have been to 49 States.  At some point I will make it to Alaska.  But I have loved living and exploring everyplace I have lived.
I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for 15 years and I loved to go to Zion National Park.  Whenever people would come to Vegas to see us if they had a few days we would take the 2 hour drive and go see this beautiful Canyon.  I loved it but there were so many of my friends who had lived in Vegas all their life who had never been there.  What a waste.
I live now on Long Island, a 45 minute train ride from New York City.  I know people who have lived here all their life and have never been to the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  They have never experienced the excitement of those balloons because it is too crowded.  They missed it. 
I lived in Long…

“I wonder if we’re so afraid of doing the wrong thing that we never do the right thing.”

A thought by Mark Batterson,  (2009-12-09). Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity (Kindle Locations 2042-2043). Multnomah Books. Kindle Edition.
Here I am sitting in my Oceanside, NY Starbucks thinking of what I want to write.  Now if I was afraid of saying the wrong thing I wouldn’t even try.  I would just keep reading but never writing.  It is all in the focus.
There are so many people who have unbelievable potential and ability; they have so much to offer but because they are afraid of being wrong or doing the wrong thing they never try.  What a loss. 
What if God had viewed His creation project the same way?  What if He had said, “I know creating humanity is a risky thing to do.   They may reject me, do their own thing.  I’m sure it isn’t going to work so why should I try?  I know it is going to fail.  I’m afraid it is the wrong thing to do.”   What if He hadn’t even tried?   But He did the right thing and we are here today.
As children we all believed we could do anythin…

“If you want to think new thoughts, then read new things, meet new people, and go new places.”

A thought by Mark Batterson (2009-12-09) in his book, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity (Kindle Locations 1818-1819). Multnomah Books. Kindle Edition.
It is so easy in life to get in a rut.  Get up the same time every day, eat the same thing for breakfast, go the same route to work, come home and watch the same TV shows, go to bed so you can get up at the same time to do the same thing.  We even go to the same place for our vacation. 

That may be OK for you but there is more to life for me than being in a rut or as one guy said, “in a grave with the ends knocked out”. 

I saw yesterday at lunch on the Planet Green - Discovery Channel, Discovering Yellowstone with Tom Brokaw.  I watched one segment where 71 year old, Brokaw and two Forrest Rangers took all day to find a water fall.  I said to my wife, Margaret that I think I could do that now.  I could hike all day.  It would be tough for me at 64 but I think I could do it.
Back 2 years ago when I retired and moved to Long I…