Sixty by Sixty

A few years back I did a blog project called 365 Things I Believe. I later created graphics and even sold some of them on CafePress. In the beginning, I thought I could write 365 statements that I considered to be statements to truth. That turned out to be harder than I thought.

Today, as I turn sixty, that’s right, sixty, I’m posting sixty things that I believe. Some of these are original

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thoughts, some not. Some are snarky, some not.

I post them without commentary and you can draw your own conclusions. But, here they are in no particular order of importance…except for #1 and #60.

  1. I believe that, because of God’s grace, none of us gets what we truly deserve.
  2. I believe in the freedom of speech, even when it makes me uncomfortable.
  3. I believe that good intentions often have unintended consequences.
  4. I believe our government is out of control.
  5. I believe that being a follower of Christ is radically different than anything I was taught as a child, or even as a young man.
  6. I believe life begins at conception.
  7. I believe cancer sux.
  8. I believe Mondays are a direct result of the Fall.
  9. I believe I had a lot more time before I purchased my first computer.
  10. I believe the Gospel involves much more than just going to church and being “good.”
  11. I believe that sometimes prayer changes things, and sometimes it changes me.
  12. I believe as much as aging sux, it still beats not aging.
  13. I believe boycotts aren’t worth the bandwidth they’re e-mailed on.
  14. I believe in the Creator and His creation, even though I don’t know how He did it or how long He took.
  15. I believe He’s not a tame lion.  But He is good.
  16. I believe miracles do happen, usually when you’re least expecting them.
  17. I believe in a good night’s sleep.  Someday, I’ll get one.
  18. I believe in Fridays.
  19. I believe grace doesn’t mean tolerance.
  20. I believe, when you get right down to it, it’s all the small stuff.
  21. I believe in a hill called Mt. Calvary.
  22. I believe there’s nothing quite like a summer evening thunderstorm.
  23. I believe God is in control, even when I don’t like the news.
  24. I believe I am a slave to whomever or whatever I choose to obey at any moment in my life.
  25. I believe I feel closer to God at the beach, even though He’s not the one who moved.
  26. I believe there won’t be any Mondays in Heaven.
  27. I believe that sometimes being a free people means freedom to offend, and freedom to be offended.
  28. I believe that we can miss what life is while we’re trying to make life what we think it should be.
  29. I believe there are many things I can do in life.  Quitting isn’t one of them.
  30. I believe if you have to stop and count at the toll booth, then you DO NOT HAVE “exact change.”
  31. I believe my hope is in the Lord, not in Washington, D.C., or Richmond, Virginia.
  32. I believe if Christopher Columbus hadn’t “discovered” America, you wouldn’t have the right to complain about it.
  33. I believe if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.
  34. I believe people who insist on talking through a movie and/or making what they think are funny comments should be forced to buy everyone in the theater popcorn and soda…on their way out.
  35. I believe there’s only ONE reason for the Christmas season.
  36. I believe DST saves neither daylight nor time and should be abolished.
  37. I believe I wish common sense was more common.
  38. I believe you cannot please everyone. You are not pizza.
  39. I believe nothing worth having comes easy.
  40. I believe when you ask me what I am doing today and I say “nothing,” it does not mean that I am free. It means I am doing nothing.
  41. I believe I write, therefore I rewrite, therefore I am an insecure bundle of nerves.
  42. I believe dreams don’t work unless you do.
  43. I believe nothing makes me more productive than the last minute.
  44. I believe you shouldn’t quit your day dream.
  45. I believe when life shuts a door you should open it again. It’s a door.  That’s how they work.
  46. I believe creative minds are rarely tidy.
  47. I believe life is about using the whole box of crayons.
  48. I believe life is too short to remove USB safely.
  49. I believe things aren’t always #OOOOOO and #FFFFFF.
  50. I believe people who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.
  51. I believe there is no magic pill. No special shake. No secret diet. Just get off your ass.
  52. I believe no matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.
  53. I believe what doesn’t kill you gives you something to write about.
  54. I believe you can make a wish, or you can make it happen.
  55. I believe you can say what you want about the South, but nobody retires and moves up North.
  56. I believe I’ve reached the age where my brain goes from “You probably shouldn’t say that,” to “What the hell? Let’s see what happens.”
  57. I believe we don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.
  58. I believe lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
  59. I believe life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.
  60. I believe I should be writing.

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