2 Observations

Here are two of the things I’ve been thinking about lately. I don’t think they have anything in common.

1. More positive feedback usually comes with more negative.

I preached at Central the last two weekends and have thought about the responses I’ve received. The first weekend I had a handful of nice comments from people. Last weekend I had quite a bit more nice comments from people… and also a few negative ones. The ratio is usually about 1 to 5. Luckily for me it’s 5 nice comments for every 1 critique. It’s made me ponder an interesting question though: would I want to get more positive feedback if I knew that meant more negative as well? The problem is that we always hear the negative louder, so even though in reality it’s 1 to 5 it feels like 3 to 1, with the 3 being negative.

2. The better my finances are, the more I check my bank account.

This one doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. Michelle and I were able to pay off some of our debt recently and I noticed that I was checking my bank account all the time to see the status of what things had posted and when. Conversely, when we’ve gone through tight times financially I usually have to make myself stare at the numbers even though I know those are the times when I need to give it the most thought.

What have you been thinking about lately?

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan. Husband to Michelle and father to Gavin, Madsen, Adelyn, Aiden, and Abel. Author of Redeeming Pleasure and Lead Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Portland.

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