Friday, August 18, 2017

THE OOPS FACTOR (No 4)


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Daniel Webster had a mind that had a love affair going with words and their impact on circumstances when properly used.,  This lawyer and statesman thought so fast on his feet that someone once said, “If he could run as fast he thinks he would set a world’s record no alter the distance.,”

One day Webster’s father before he left the house, gave Daniel and his brother Ezekiel specific instructions for a work project. 

However, on his return he found none of the work accomplished.

Questioning his two sons about their idleness he asked “What have you been doing, Ezekiel?”

Nothing,” came back the reply.

 And what have you been doing Daniel?”

“Helping Zeke, Sir…Helping Zeke.”

Who have you been helping to pursue idleness by your example and what excuses have you used to excuse your lack of proper action or behavior?  Or have you made no or few excuses because you have been making a life.

The practice of oopism (excuses) is the easy out of many if not most problems/

It is inconvenient to care.
It is inconvenient to accept blame.
It is inconvenient to have to do something about something.

Saying oops is easier and often much more convenient.  And “Oops! I made a boo boo,” really doesn’t sound nearly as bad as, “I just committed a sin.”

What if Joseph of Arimathea had not gone to Pontius Pilate and begged the body of Jesus – because of the inconvenience.  And instead had later said, “Oops, there I go again with my procrastination.”

What if Paul had not gone out on his missionary journey because of the inconvenience and had instead later said, “Oops there I go again with my lack of resolve.”

What if Jesus, with all of His humanity side showing, had stayed in Nazareth instead of moving out to preach and had later said, “Oops, there I go again ignoring God’s will.”

Remember the Priest and the Levite who passed by the wounded man because, after all, it was inconvenient to stop and help him?

I always tell new Christians that if they are looking for a convenient faith, then look somewhere else besides Christianity.  There is nothing convenient about a faith that tells us to love our enemies, to control our anger, to give our money, to practice humility and perform the inconvenient.

The word of the cross is folly to those that are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Corinthians 1:18)  It is the book of Corinthians speaking to Oopsism, because the word of the cross does not offer an easy way out.  It cries out for conversion and repentance.  It accepts blame, rather than throwing it in the general direction of ones fellowman.  It denounces Oops.  It abhors Oops.  It demands that the Lord be taken seriously and His teachings seriously and life seriously.

 
QUOTES FROM
SIXTY PLUS AND NOT HOLDING
 
(Serialization of One of Neil’s book that can be found on his other blog Wyrick’s Writings)

I almost drowned once. It is a terrifying experience. One gets very used to breathing. I had taught swimming in summer camp. Passed the Red Cross Life Saving course. Water-skied 50 miles an hour. Now I found I could not even stand to have the water flow over my face when I took a shower. 

So I had two choices. Give in to my fear or fight it.

I fought it. Stuck my head in a few inches of water in a basin for five seconds, then ten and finally a minute. I kept working on my private demon until one day, six month later, I was behind a ski boat with ski rope in hand. I was filled with panic, not just fear. I skied anyway. I fell and did not drown. I began to overcome the anxiety.

I refused to have a love affair with fear that could have become a permanent downer. Did I completely conquer my fear? No. Was I better off than if I had given in? Definitely.

----- ------ ---------- A number of years ago two scientists conducted an experiment with a sheep. They tied a piece of wire around the leg of a normal sheep in the midst of other sheep. Then at regular intervals they would send an electric shock through the wire making the leg twitch. The sheep’s behavior remained normal. He ate well, slept well, acted quite nicely, twitching appendage and all. Then the scientists added another factor.

They began to ring a bell ten seconds before they administered the shock. Within a very short period of time the sheep began to demonstrate all the symptoms of severe anxiety neurosis. His eating habits went from bad to worse. He couldn't sleep. He took to avoiding the other sheep. He became highly nervous and agitated.

It is the same with all the people who every day promise themselves it is going to be a bad day, and then work very hard at making their prophecy come true.

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A  Quote FROM Rev. Wyrick’s 9TH BOOK “THE SPIRITUAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN”

It is one thing to know what should be done.  It is always something else to do it.  Surmise then that his Bible knowledge offered motivation-thoughts such as “Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”2
 
          Part of his education would today be called survival school.  As in all pioneer families, the possibility of disaster was never far away.  There were no guarantees when a farmer walked out his door come morning time that he would come back through that same door when dusk arrived.  Abe once killed a hundred snakes no more than a hoot and a holler from the family doorstep.
 
The thick, dark woods held bears ready to attack and Indians to scalp.  Homesteaders early learned to sometimes walk backwards rather than forwards.  That way, an Indian up to no good, coming upon footprints on the forest floor, would be confused as to which way his intended victim might be going.  Even in church every man had a rifle by his side while others outside stood guard. 
 
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

THE OOPS FACTOR (No 3)


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After discussing how students must at least be competent in reading, writing, listening, analyzing and computing before they will be graduated from high school in 1978, one administrator contacted provided the the following list. The excuses it contains were actually turned in by parents to one school district (outside of Tillamook County).

 

1. Dear school: Please excuse John for bring absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33.
2. Chris has an acre in his side.
3. Mary could not come to school because she is bothered by very close veins.
4. John has been absent because he had two teeth taken off his face.
5. I kept Billie Home because he had to go Christmas shopping because I didn't know what size she wear.
6. My son is under the doctors care and should not take P.E. Please execute him.
7. Please excuse Joyce from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday she fell out of a tree and misplaced her hip.
8. Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father's fault.
Becoming a victim of oops (EXCUSES) can lead us to dilute ourselves.

When my daughter, Joy, was still a child, she had a playmate who was always changing the rules of whatever games they were playing.  And she always changed the rules to her advantage so, of course, she always won.  She’s a grown woman today, and I imagine she’s still doing the same. 

Oopsism people do that. Oops, they think, I don’t like the way this is working out so I think I’ll change the rules.  Moral rules.  Financial rules.  Political rules.  Any rules.  That way, the person doesn’t have to change, the rules have been changed instead.

If there is a cure for Oopsism it is taking God seriously.  It is not casually thinking after an accident or an incident, Well, there’s nothing I can do about it.  And besides it wasn’t my fault.  Fate is against me…. My fellowman is against me…. My human nature is against me. . . People just don’t understand me.

No, if there is a cure for Oopsism it is seeking God with the same intensity that the unbeliever denies Him.  It is certainly not committing the ultimate sin of indifference.  It is rather letting Christ make a difference.

It is admitting with heart, mind and soul that Christianity needs moral giants, not pygmies who squirm a little and then go on their merry way.

A governor named Felix once said to the Apostle Paul, “When I have a convenient season I will call for thee.”  But it never was convenient to call for Paul.  It never was convenient to learn more about Christ and then put Christ’s teaching into practice.  “Oops,” said Felix, “I meant to do something about it, but I never got around to it.”

The devil loves that kind of response.  When human beings use the excuse that something was inconvenient and that’s why they didn’t do it, the devil literally dances a jig.  Indeed, more good deeds and noble ideas have died on the vine because of this one excuse than almost any other reason that can be named.


QUOTES FROM SIXTY PLUS AND NOT HOLDING (Serialization of One of Neil’s book that can be found on his other blog Wyrick’s Writings)

I almost drowned once. It is a terrifying experience. One gets very used to breathing. I had taught swimming in summer camp. Passed the Red Cross Life Saving course. Water-skied 50 miles an hour. Now I found I could not even stand to have the water flow over my face when I took a shower. 

So I had two choices. Give in to my fear or fight it.

I fought it. Stuck my head in a few inches of water in a basin for five seconds, then ten and finally a minute. I kept working on my private demon until one day, six month later, I was behind a ski boat with ski rope in hand. I was filled with panic, not just fear. I skied anyway. I fell and did not drown. I began to overcome the anxiety.

I refused to have a love affair with fear that could have become a permanent downer. Did I completely conquer my fear? No. Was I better off than if I had given in? Definitely.

----- ------ ---------- A number of years ago two scientists conducted an experiment with a sheep. They tied a piece of wire around the leg of a normal sheep in the midst of other sheep. Then at regular intervals they would send an electric shock through the wire making the leg twitch. The sheep’s behavior remained normal. He ate well, slept well, acted quite nicely, twitching appendage and all. Then the scientists added another factor.

They began to ring a bell ten seconds before they administered the shock. Within a very short period of time the sheep began to demonstrate all the symptoms of severe anxiety neurosis. His eating habits went from bad to worse. He couldn't sleep. He took to avoiding the other sheep. He became highly nervous and agitated.

It is the same with all the people who every day promise themselves it is going to be a bad day, and then work very hard at making their prophecy come true.

Click below to go to the blog
 


 
Christianity by Reflex…new series began
Wyrick’s Writings..and will continue each week until finished.
 
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Some recent topic titles on his other blog, Wyrick’s Writings are:ONE LOG ON A FIRE, TWO JOLLY GREEN GIANTS; LOVE AND FORGIVENESS, WISDOM IS.WHAT IS HAPPY,60 PLUS AND NOT HOLDING
 
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A  Quote FROM Rev. Wyrick’s 9TH BOOK “THE SPIRITUAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN”

It is one thing to know what should be done.  It is always something else to do it.  Surmise then that his Bible knowledge offered motivation-thoughts such as “Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”2
          Part of his education would today be called survival school.  As in all pioneer families, the possibility of disaster was never far away.  There were no guarantees when a farmer walked out his door come morning time that he would come back through that same door when dusk arrived.  Abe once killed a hundred snakes no more than a hoot and a holler from the family doorstep.
The thick, dark woods held bears ready to attack and Indians to scalp.  Homesteaders early learned to sometimes walk backwards rather than forwards.  That way, an Indian up to no good, coming upon footprints on the forest floor, would be confused as to which way his intended victim might be going.  Even in church every man had a rifle by his side while others outside stood guard.
Visit Magnus Press to order this book or some of their other unusual and inspiring books.
 
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 BOUNDARIES UNLIMITED, RUST ON MY SOUL, POOR RICHARD’S ALMANAC, I AM SIXTY PLUS AND NOT HOLDING, THE ABC’S OF PARENTING AND GRANDPARENTING, LETTERS TO AMERICA…
         
V. Neil Wyrick’s ninth book THE SPIRITUAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN and is available at MAGNUS PRESS. (For some unusual books visit their Web Site)

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THE OOPS FACTOR (No 2)


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Becoming a victim of oops can lead us to delude ourselves.

Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, is the only athlete to have hit a Major League home run and scored an NFL touchdown in the same week. Sanders grew up on the mean streets of Fort Myers, Fla., where exposure to some would-be athletes spurred him to make a success of himself. He explains: "I call them Idas. 'If I'da done this, I'd be making three million today...If I'da practiced a little harder, I'd be a superstar.' They were as fast as me when they were kids, but instead of working for their dreams they chose drugs and a life of street corners. When I was young, I had practice; my friends who didn't went straight to the streets and never left. That moment after school is the moment we need to grab. We don't need any more Idas. 

We can claim to be honest when in reality we are hurting rather than helping an individual; compassion should never go out of style no matter what the reason given.

But then we can claim to be a master of tact when in reality we are a master of waffling.

Confidence can easily become arrogance.  Humility can lead to servitude. 

And when we with honesty see our weaknesses we need to be sure we do not fall back on oopism.
 
Today, circa 2001, too many don’t even say oops, they are too busy blaming everyone else for being the oopser. 

Accept responsibility for wrong actions?  Not on your life.  “I’m sorry, it was my fault.”  Not in an America that is on a suing binge. 

 Indeed, it’s become almost un-American not to sue at the drop of a hat, or the crunch of a fender. We’ve become a nation of professionals at the game called blame.  And yes, it’s a national crisis.  Or worse than that, it’s amoral, because far too many no longer even think it’s wrong. 

And worse still, if this refusal to accept personal responsibility doesn’t stop, we’ll lose the very freedoms our forefathers fought for.   If it doesn’t stop, we’ll have to change the words on the Statue of Liberty to read, Give me your tired, your poor, your about to be sued huddled masses.

            “Love they neighbor as thyself,” proclaimed Christ.  And too many reply, “I will – just as soon as I sue them for all they’re worth.”

            “Oops,” cries the pregnant teenager.  “I should have had a mother who loved me better and taught me more.”

            “Oops,” explains the high school dropout, “I should have been provided with better teachers.”

“Oops,” cries the businessperson who had just stretched the truth to make an extra buck.

Oops is an after thought.  An inner lying machine that lets us recycle and rewrite an event that we would prefer to forget.  And every time it happens I think I hear Jesus saying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

The problem with oopsism is that it corrupts the soul.  It is dehumanizing.  It reduces moral conflict to no conflict at all.  Men and women who practice the not-so-royal art of oopsism walk over people and ignore people.  Of course, they do so because they think they are never wrong and therefore act as if they are never wrong.

 QUOTES FROM
SIXTY PLUS AND NOT HOLDING
(Serialization of One of Neil’s book that can be found on his other blog Wyrick’s Writings)

COMES TO CALL?
I almost drowned once. It is a terrifying experience. One gets very used to breathing. I had taught swimming in summer camp. Passed the Red Cross Life Saving course. Water-skied 50 miles an hour. Now I found I could not even stand to have the water flow over my face when I took a shower. 

So I had two choices. Give in to my fear or fight it.

I fought it. Stuck my head in a few inches of water in a basin for five seconds, then ten and finally a minute. I kept working on my private demon until one day, six month later, I was behind a ski boat with ski rope in hand. I was filled with panic, not just fear. I skied anyway. I fell and did not drown. I began to overcome the anxiety.

I refused to have a love affair with fear that could have become a permanent downer. Did I completely conquer my fear? No. Was I better off than if I had given in? Definitely.

----- ------ ---------- A number of years ago two scientists conducted an experiment with a sheep. They tied a piece of wire around the leg of a normal sheep in the midst of other sheep. Then at regular intervals they would send an electric shock through the wire making the leg twitch. The sheep’s behavior remained normal. He ate well, slept well, acted quite nicely, twitching appendage and all. Then the scientists added another factor.

They began to ring a bell ten seconds before they administered the shock. Within a very short period of time the sheep began to demonstrate all the symptoms of severe anxiety neurosis. His eating habits went from bad to worse. He couldn't sleep. He took to avoiding the other sheep. He became highly nervous and agitated.

It is the same with all the people who every day promise themselves it is going to be a bad day, and then work very hard at making their prophecy come true.


Click below to go to the blog
 


Christianity by Reflex…new series began
Wyrick’S Writings..and will continue each WEEK until finished.
 
CLICK BELOW TO GO TO NEIL’S OTHER BLOG
 


Some recent topic titles on his other blog, Wyrick’s Writings are:ONE LOG ON A FIRE, TWO JOLLY GREEN GIANTS; LOVE AND FORGIVENESS, WISDOM IS.WHAT IS HAPPY,60 PLUS AND NOT HOLDING
 
CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING URL
 

A  Quote FROM Rev. Wyrick’s 9TH BOOK “THE SPIRITUAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN”

It is one thing to know what should be done.  It is always something else to do it.  Surmise then that his Bible knowledge offered motivation-thoughts such as “Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”2
         
      Part of his education would today be called survival school.  As in all pioneer families, the possibility of disaster was never far away.  There were no guarantees when a farmer walked out his door come morning time that he would come back through that same door when dusk arrived.  Abe once killed a hundred snakes no more than a hoot and a holler from the family doorstep.
 
The thick, dark woods held bears ready to attack and Indians to scalp.  Homesteaders early learned to sometimes walk backwards rather than forwards.  That way, an Indian up to no good, coming upon footprints on the forest floor, would be confused as to which way his intended victim might be going.  Even in church every man had a rifle by his side while others outside stood guard.
 
Visit Magnus Press to order this book or some of their other unusual and inspiring books.
 
CLICK ON THE URL BELOW

 
DO YOU HAVE A SUBJECT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE NEIL WRITE ON; EXAMPLES: COURAGE, LOVE, DETERMINATION, ETC.  JUST GO TO THE BOTTOM AND CLICK ON COMMENT AND SEND US YOUR IDEA.

To view his One Man Dramas on film (see by millions, live and on film and on video)(Martin Luther, Ben Franklin, Charles Wesley, Abraham Lincoln)

 
CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING
 


********************************
To access info his other book’s and get some great used book prices, go to Amazon.com (books) and type in Neil Wyrick.

 BOUNDARIES UNLIMITED, RUST ON MY SOUL, POOR RICHARD’S ALMANAC, I AM SIXTY PLUS AND NOT HOLDING, THE ABC’S OF PARENTING AND GRANDPARENTING, LETTERS TO AMERICA…
         
V. Neil Wyrick’s ninth book THE SPIRITUAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN and is available at MAGNUS PRESS. (For some unusual books visit their Web Site)

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM’S Kindle

To visit their Web Page click on the URL below