Opinions Are Not Truths

IMHO – In my humble opinion …Opinions are not truths.

Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception–do not confuse them with “facts” or “truth”. —Unknown

Patterning your life around other’s opinions is nothing more than slavery. —Lawana Blackwell

Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint. —John Moore

The greatest deception which men incur proceeds from their opinions. —Leonardo Da Vinci

The world is changed by your example-not by your opinions. —Paulo Coelho

We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be. —George Bernard Shaw

Opinions are like buttholes, everybody has one. —Charles “PoPo” Cosby (aka My Daddy)

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Opinions

Anyone else sometimes feel like the lead image when seeing so many opinions, opinions, opinions?

Here are some of my favorite quotes on opinions.

Patterning your life around other’s opinions is nothing more than slavery. ~Lawana Blackwell

Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception–do not confuse them with “facts” or “truth”. ~Unknown

Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint. ~John Moore

The greatest deception which men incur proceeds from their opinions.~Leoardo Da Vinci

We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be. ~George Bernard Shaw

Opinions are like buttholes-everybody has one. ~Charles “PoPo” Cosby aka-My Daddy

#QuotesToLiveBy #QuotesOfTheDay

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The Less Said 

When we feel moved to express our opinions or give a knee jerk response to someone we must weigh the impact of our words and keep this in mind…. 

“Sometimes the less said is the best said.” 

          ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

In the multitude of words there is no lack of rebellion, but he that refrains his lips is wise. ~ Proverbs 10:19 JUB 

Soapbox


Worthy Thought:  If your messages and life are truly being Holy Spirit led- it will have no room for fleshly Soapbox rants

Soapboxes never encourage anyone.

Soapboxes never produce breakthrough.

Soapboxes never bring hope.

Soapboxes never unite- they actually divide.

Soapboxes never point to Jesus- they only point to your own pet-peeves convictions and opinions.

May we all check our platforms and pulpits and step off our soapboxes if needed and not be so easily swayed or tempted to climb back upon them. 
                  ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Reputation 

WORTHY THOUGHT:  God is patient and specializes in finding ways to change even the important people we consider out of reach. 

The story about Nicodemus a Jewish religious leader, a teacher also a member of the sect Pharisees group that did not like Jesus because he undermined their authority and challenged their views. Nicodemus was curious about Jesus character and wanted to learn more about his miracles. However, Nicodemus did not want to be seen by other pharisee as a hypocrite, so he snuck in after dark and later finds Jesus. 

Jesus reveals in his own words to Nicodemus that Jesus himself truly is the Messiah! and why he has come. “For only I, the messiah, have come to earth and return to heaven again. John 3:13 .

Jesus also reveals to Nicodemus how much God truly loves us. God had paid dearly for the life of His son. The entire gospel comes down to this one verse “God so loved the world He sent His one and only son and anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. 

The Bible tells us Nicodemus knew the kingdom would be restored on earth one day and it would be incorporated by God’s people. But, what Nicodemus did not know, Jesus explained to him the eternal life to the heavenly kingdom will come to the whole earth but to be part of it was to be born again by spiritual rebirth. Jesus said “what I am telling you so earnestly is this: Unless one is born of the water and spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” -John 3:5 


“Men can only produce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven.” -John 3:6  

We know Nicodemus left that evening a changed man and came away with a whole new understanding of both God and himself.

 According to the Bible when the Pharisees met in court to decide how to eliminate Jesus, Nicodemus risked his reputation and was the one who made the bold move and stood against the pharisees. “Then Nicodemus spoke up. “Is it legal to convict a man before he is even tried?” He asked. -John 7:50-51. 
And again after Jesus was crucified it was Nicodemus who joined Joseph of Arimathea both secret followers came out of hiding in burying Jesus. John 19:30-40
We should all be changed like Nicodemus to believe, proclaim, and act even if it involves risking our reputation or high position.

   ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Ebola-Who Is To Blame?

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In our society today it seems everyone wants to blame someone.  People seem to take joy in seeing someone be the “Fall Guy”.  People demand resignations and picket and protest and organizations get involved that have no business being involved.  The media circus starts, and Facebook and Twitter feeds fill up with so much hate, fear, speculation, and some out right lies and hoax stories that people just keep resharing over and over filling Social Media sites full of …”Crap”
Yep the whole “Shitteree” is full of Crapola and crazyness some days.
(My mom used that word “shitteree” lately and it cracked me up but it is an excellent and funny way to say) -the whole kit n kaboodle, nothing left out, yep that’s right the Ebola stuff and all the crazy judgmental fear filled worry stricken cold hard bitter people opinions media circus frenzy crazy social media sharing stuff,  ( big breath ) exhale-
 The Whole Shitteree!
My friend said this recently and  I believe that it should be everyone’s reminder before they answer the question on who is to “blame” for Ebola.
We live within the blameless One, therefore let us not accuse or blame others.~ Donna Reiners
It is not our place to accuse, blame or judge.
When my kiddos come home and they tell me all the opinions they hear their peers say.  I am shocked! I think who are those kids hearing all this from and where are the parents? 
But I see it for myself when I go to my Facebook feed and many there have warped views and harsh opinions about the latest big news topics. Sadly, many people who claim to be Christians are some of the worst offenders spreading fear and judgement. 
I try to explain to my kiddos that usually it is just opinions and don’t pay attention to it.
I even throw their Popo’s (my Dad’s) wonderful wisdom at them-
Remember-
“Opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one” 
 
and then I use it as a deeper teaching moment to remind them that because we choose to live by a Biblical world view, and Love Jesus and love others as ourselves, then sometimes (most of the time) our opinions will go against the crowd or be different from the “popular opinion” on things.
If our thoughts and opinions don’t line up with Jesus, we better check ourselves because our opinions may not matter to everyone but they do matter to God.
Peoples negative opinions and junk can easily jump on us if we aren’t careful.  We should not align ourselves with others opinions, even with those in authority if it doesn’t line up with God.
Our opinions and most importantly our hearts always need to line up with God & His Word. 
I always tell my kiddos-
The right side to be on is always Jesus’ side. 
Recently I had one of those, “do as you have been teaching your kids moments”.  I went against “popular opinion” and replied to a post from a friend who asked if people thought the head of the CDC should be fired over this Ebola hoopla. 
Here was my reply: 
“Actually I don’t agree that the CDC head should be fired. I think that they are all human and had no idea how to treat or prevent Ebola. So this is a learning curve for all the CDC the doctors and the nurses …everyone. I’m sure enough people protesting for the firing of the CDC head, and it will happen. That is how our society is with always needing someone to blame and someone to set an example with. Unfortunately I think it leaves no room to demonstrate to our children or others compassion, mercy, forgiveness, gentleness, or kindness. Those are true examples of character missing today. If they were modeled and displayed more, our society would be a much better place.” 
Those are my thoughts not only on this, but for all situations, whether it is the CDC head, reporters, television celebrities, NFL players, lawyers, judges, Joe Shmoe next door, you, me….everyone.
We are all capable of mistakes.  We are all human.  We don’t know everything.  We are not to blame, accuse or judge.
God is still in control! 
No matter who is president Jesus is still The King! 
I don’t have all the answers, and my opinions may not matter to you, but I will tell you what I do have that makes me not buy into all the opinions and fear and crazy Crapola circulating social media these days.
I have the TriFecta of all TriFecta’s- 
I have The Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.   
The Prince of Peace lives inside of me.  I am in Christ, so that means so does all my circumstances too. 
I could care less who is responsible or who is to blame for Ebola, or gas prices or Global warming, or if Obama was playing golf, or anything else that doesn’t build people up and make the world a better place.
I am not worried or scared or fearful about any of it.
I have His Peace, Prayer & Promises!

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. ~ Romans 8:26 – 28

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.~ Romans  8:38-39
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
~ Romans 12:2
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. ~
Ephesians 4:31-32
If we are True Believers and followers of Christ, we should love others as ourselves, stop blaming and judging people and start to demonstrate love and peace to others amidst all this worlds chaos and confusion. 
Let’s all do our part to change the whole Shitteree with only Godly opinions shall we?  XXOO Michelle Bollom
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