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  • J. Randal Matheny 8:17 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: Confess a wasteful habit 


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    Plinky suggested this Nudge today: Confess a wasteful habit of yours.

    Doesn’t matter what’s being wasted, be it time, paper, gas, room heat, you name it. What do you do exactly that causes something to be wasted?

    If confession is good for the soul, who knows but it may also be good for the budget and the environment?

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    • Rick Kelley (@rickkelley365) 8:33 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

      Here goes: I run the water the whole time I brush my teeth. *wiping brow* I feel better. 🙂

    • Eugene Adkins 4:14 pm on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t always clean my plate.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:20 am on 2012-03-09 Permalink | Reply
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    More comfortable with being uncomfortable 

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    People are more comfortable being uncomfortable than being comfortable, if they have been uncomfortable for an extended period of time. It’s simply an ingrained pattern, and familiarity is more comfortable than novelty. Most people have for so long experienced the gnawing sense of anxiety about all the un-captured and un-clarified “work” of their life, that’s what they’re used to. Then no matter how clean and in control they get at some point, they will soon let themselves slide, let things mount up again, unprocessed, sufficiently to get them back to the level of stress they are accustomed to.

    This point seems to offer a spiritual application as well. People are often more comfortable with their old sinful life than with the life of Christ, than with the “feeling of freedom,” as Allen mentioned. We love our burdens and weights too much to lay them down. We want to keep our old familiar prejudices and hates and habits. Along with the context of Galatians, might not this truth give extra meaning to chap. 5, verse 1,

    “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.”

    Christ has given us freedom. That freedom was meant to be exercised and enjoyed, not stifled by the inner or religious need to prove one’s own worth to God. This hopeless effort produces only frustration, but some, who already know only this, prefer it to the freedom of having sins totally forgiven and living in the free obedience to the will of God.

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  • J. Randal Matheny 7:44 am on 2012-02-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: Something you’ve stopped doing recently 

    Hello, friends and TFR Fellows! Here’s a Nudge from nowhere for you to ponder and answer: Tell us about something you’ve stopped doing in recent days or weeks. It could be something as innocent as playing tiddlywinks or watching some dorky TV program (sorry, that was redundant). Or you might want to delve deeper into your psyche to dish up some serious habit or practice that was doing you in. Do give us a why as well. And if there’s a lesson in it somewhere, all the better.

    TFR Fellows are reminded to please place your replies in a new post, unless it’s a one-word answer, which would be a shame. Other friends and visitors can reply in the comments section below.

    • Alice Farough 9:27 am on 2012-02-08 Permalink | Reply

      I have given up eating sweets. I started about 3 weeks ago and it has been relatively easy because I am trying to be example to someone who needs to give up something even more important. I needed to give up sweets anyway because I am gaining more and more weight and I have a real penchant for sweets. This has worked so well that pretty soon I am going to try and give up another bad habit I have – wasting time.

    • Eugene Adkins 9:16 pm on 2012-02-08 Permalink | Reply

      Um, between preaching, working and helping to take care of my new baby girl over the last 3 months…I have stopped sleeping 🙂

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