Friday, August 6, 2010

One Question Friday

Every Friday I’m going to ask a question. The questions I choose might be ambiguous on purpose. The goal is to have you answer the question according to your beliefs, where you’re at in life or a circumstance that might have recently impacted you.
The only thing I ask is that you provide an explanation for why you answered the way you did.

It is my hope to understand you better through this and also to gain a greater understanding of humanity and how people make decisions.

What would you change?

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  1. I would change our county's school calendar. School would end before Memorial Day and start after Labor Day.

  2. I would change the injustice in the world (thankfully that's God's job).

  3. Once upon a time I would say I'd like to change the world. Now I think I'd settle for the world not changing me.

  4. I would change my financial situation so I could live closer to my daughter.

  5. Everything. I want heaven. now.

    So glad you're able to enjoy your mother today! Joy to you both!

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  7. Let me try that again.


    My mind is literally spinning with possibilities.

    - No hungry kids
    - No AIDS/HIV
    - No orphans without hands to hold and hug them
    - No angry people who get fired from a job and shoot their coworkers
    - Thicker hair

    But then I realize we live in a fallen world. So maybe I'd change Eve and Adam's decision long ago, to eat the fruit. But then I wouldn't be here right now, aware of the brokenness of our world. Aware of the brokenness in me. Aware of my need of a Savior who died on a cross to cover my sin.

  8. I just love how you put this together and the concept of it! Totally awesome ideas,thoughts, and inspirations flow from your blog! I would change myself....i am continually struggling with how I react to hardships and life's problems...but I think God is a better builder and changer for the good than I will rely on Him to help me with that. :-) Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. I'd like to live closer to my kids and grandkids.

    And not to care so much what ornery people say about me. To grow in security. After all, Jesus likes me. That's enough, right?

  10. There are things in the past I'd like to change, but I can't. So I think I'll settle for God changing me to embrace what is and what can be.

  11. Oh, I would change SO MANY things that I don't know where to start...and so...

    I would change my heart to ALWAYS conform to God's perfect will for my life.

    Deep, girl. Deep.

  12. I'd relocate to St. Augustine to increase my opportunities for networking, friendship, and plenty of other things. We were just there yesterday evening, and I am ready to be there.

  13. You do realize that your questions usually terrify me because they make me think!?

    So I'm going to paint with a broad-stroke brush here:

    I would change me. Less of me (in SO many ways) and more of Jesus.

  14. In my life I wouldn't change a thing, even with all the tragedy and hardships I found that I've grown and become better. Now for the sake of my children I would love to have been more mature when I first became a mother:)

  15. Oh man, these open-ended questions are the hardest! At this moment, I would change the fact that my daughter can't seem to nap without major interventions (The baby monitor is lighting up as I type).

  16. All I know of is what God is currently working on in my heart. The things I would have changed are not the things I would change now, either because those things have been accomplished or because they are changes I no longer find are necessary to make. Like looking a certain way; I don't really care as much now as I did when I was a teen.

    Most of that is all God's doing, of course, as He is in charge of the heart changes. I am currently trying to change the way I listen to his instruction and calling in my life. Instead of pushing for things, I want to give more of myself over to God's plan.

    As for the practicals... more action, less lazy. More reading and thinking, less Facebook. More praying, less worrying.

  17. Sighing aloud. So many things I would like to change. But thankful for a God who cares about the details of our lives. Who "remembers that we are dust." His ways are so far above mine, I rest in the knowledge that He is in control and will bring about change according to His will, His plan and His timing, which are all perfect.

  18. I don't think I could pick something to change. This reminds me of the movie It's a Wonderful Life. One change changes things George Bailey wouldn't want to change, so he changes his mind.
    Have a great weekend. :)

  19. Wow, that could be a long list. But immediately, that my Dad's eye would clear a bit, so he can see. And have all my kids and grandkids closer. Then all the rest of the good comments above.

  20. Hi Wendy -

    I'd change some of the decisions I made in my 20's. Perhaps those years would have been easier.

    Susan :)

  21. Casandra's answer is hard to argue with! But for the sake of originality I would say I would like to actually hear God's response when I pray. How wonderful would that be to have perfect clarity and hear his advice whispered right to your ear?

  22. Shallow? My eating habits, my internal clock (that says I can't function before 10am), my road rage, my toenail polish.

    Deep? Child slavery, world hunger, my superior attitude.

    I heart you. Happy Weekend.

  23. I would change my dear mother-in-law's illness -- cure her cancer and make her healthy and vibrant again.

  24. Living below what God has provided for us.

    Blessings for the weekend,

  25. Nothing. When I first read the question I went through all the vain thoughts: We 'd have more money, I'd be thinner, etc... Then I moved on the hardcore troubles: Hunger, war, etc....

    But after thinking more about it, I wouldn't change anything. Everything happens for a reason, it may not be what I want to happen, but I do believe there is a God and I do believe that he leads us through tough times to help shape our character and morals.

  26. I would change the existence of FEAR. I would wipe it from the earth. I think most of the world's problems would be solved if we were not so afraid. Think of how many wars start because we are afraid... How much racism, classism etc etc starts because of narrow minded fear...
    That's what I would change :)

  27. Fascinating question! When I first read it, my immediate response was "you mean, about me?"

    And I think in the end, that is still my response.

    I posted the Serenity Prayer in my kitchen this year to remind me to discern what things can and cannot be changed. As a lifelong wannabe world-changer, I need to know when to let go. And it was a difficult spring in some ways.

    So my response, not at all flippant, is:

    I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways. No message could been any clearer--if you wanna make the world a better place--take a look at yourself--and make the--change!

  28. My job. It's what's on my mind being a Sunday afternoon, secretly hoping for some freedom and a less boring day job doing something I don't love.

  29. The way history is taught. Many high school and college professors have students memorize date which they forget in a week. I teach themes of history. Students remember that and actually enjoy it much more. What's so big about that? Themes repeat. Much of the social disintegration, crime, hunger, etc. (see Katie's list. She's right about this "fallen world") that we see today has been with us for a long time. Truly learning the themes of the past won't change ALL of this, but it can help us realize how to do better today.


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