For those insistent on sharing snarky political memes, I have a challenge for you.
25 Tasks to Accomplish Before Sharing Your Next Snarky Political Meme:
- Shut off your computer for an hour and spend it outside: take a walk; rake leaves; go for a run; kayak downriver; stand in your driveway and watch the sun set while singing "How Great Thou Art" at top voice; climb a tree and yodel over the fence at the neighbors.
- Read the entire Bible. (If you've never read the Bible, start with the Book of John.)
- Play a board game with the kids.
- Drive to the nearest ocean and jump in fully clothed.
- Download Overdrive; check out an e-book; read it. (Don't have a library card? Get one. Can't get one? Check out Project Gutenburg.)
- Tour the American Southwest.
- Take up beekeeping. The world needs bees! Also, the world needs selfies of you in a beekeeping suit. Either way, the world wins.
- Donate blood.
- Watch "Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere" (now streaming on Netflix).
- Grab a friend you won't feel like killing and learn to dance the Funky Charleston together. Once you've nailed it, stage a public performance. (Once you've staged a performance, send me video clips.)
- Make a new friend. (If he's single, refer him to me.)
- Read Dickens. All of it.
- Repeat one of your children's made-up knock knock jokes to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. See how many of them pretend to "get it."
- Try to understand why shortalls happened. Then try to understand why they're coming back.
- Learn to Lindy Hop.
- Invite your church small group over to dinner. Reenact Macbeth's dinner party scene ("Banquo's Ghost Appears"). Don't warn your wife in advance.
- See how high you can count in Fibonacci numbers.
- Study the official rules of Cricket.
- Mentor/disciple a child, teen, young adult, or younger believer.
- Memorize the libretto of Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise...in German. Ditto Mozart's Requiem, except in Latin.
- Write a genuine Elizabethan sonnet.
- Immerse yourself in fellowship with a local church. Work together to minister to one another and the community: share the Gospel, feed the hungry, counsel the brokenhearted, care for the sick, and serve the poor.
- Host a backyard barbecue for your friends and neighbors. Discuss how you can all work together for the good of the neighborhood.
- Commit yourself to living a joyful, productive life--a life in which you prayerfully take responsibility the things that you can control and rest in the sovereignty of God for the things that you can't.
- Pray for your elected/appointed leaders: that they grow in wisdom, learn to execute justice, and actively promote peace.
If you've accomplished these challenges and still feel a burning need to share that snarky political meme, go head.
Or share this post instead.
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