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raw | unrefined

raw – that sounds like a harsh word. maybe a better word is unrefined. underdeveloped ideas. a place for ideas that need some nurturing. that need some love from the wordsmith.

unrefined is a kinder word

this is a hiding place for the raw and unrefined ideas.

ideas which I believe will help you and others on this journey called life.

as we survive, strive, bloom, flourish. and some days we just trudge the road to happy destiny.

below is a copy from my original, unedited page called “good. god. stuff. that. matters.”

word count: 4,004

good. god. stuff. that. really. matters.

It’s the inner game that controls your outer game. That’s why I need
good. god. stuff. that. matters.”

My friends have asked me to share it with you. It’s stuff that will change your world. From the inside out.

I know because this “good. god. stuff.” works for me. For others. And it will work for you. If you work it.

Before you judge it. Just do it for 30 days. Yes, come here for 30 days. Then decide if it works for you.

gOOd. god. stuFF. that. maTTers

stuFF that will change your outer world by…

… changing your thought life.

  • And then your inner game will change your whole world.
  • It’s the inner game.
  • That controls your outer game.
  • It’s the inner game. That leads to success.
  • Not “three easy steps to success.”
  • Not like some one who is trying to sell you motivational videos.
  • That’s a lie. A BIG lie.
  • Not a 3-day weekend workshop.
  • But DAILY work on your inner game.
  • With intention. With purpose. With focus.

Focus on your inner game.

So let’s begin to change everything. Join me.

You can join me right here. And over here at America’s Grumpiest Grandpa on Facebook. To watch my latest video.

You can change EVERYthing. In just 30 minutes per day. But EVERY day. For at least 30 days.

Change EVERY-thing.

Changing your thought life is not done in 3 easy steps. That’s a lie.

It’s more like 28 challenging processes. This may take 3 years, not just 3 easy steps in 90 days. Changing habits. Changing everything. Accepting a new way of life.

But you can do this in bite-size pieces. On e day at a time.

And you can do it in 30 minutes per day. EVERY day.

gOOd. god. stuFF. that. maTTers

I know that this is a confusing and complication blog. So…

here are some Quick Clicks to stuFF that maTTers

QUICK CLICKS – Here’s how this works. Find a topic you like. Click to it. For a quick 4-minute read. Then [back to the top – to the Quick Clicks] to find your next quick read. Pick one below to start.

Here’s how this works. Find a topic. Click to it. For a quick 3-minute read. Then [back to the top – to the Quick Clicks] to find your next quick read.

I call this stuff…

gOOd. god. stuFF. that. maTTers

Let this stuff ROCK your world. 

  • Read about Da Main Rule.
  • In Hawai’i Pidgin.
  • Hawai’i Pidgin is delightful reading.
What Others Think No Longer Matters
Zero Fear | What Others Think No Longer Matters**

Good. God. stuFF. that. maTTers.

Here’s some [gOOd. stuff. that. maTTers] to me. Maybe it will matter to you. Too.

**You will sense that I can be harsh in some of my comments. I write in this page daily. Just to keep me straight on an intentional life path. I am sharing it. Because my coach ( business and spiritual) recommended that I share my thoughts in print. He said it may be meaningful to others.

These are verses that are shaping the 4th quarter of my life. And some of these verses just rock my world. Some are the reasons I get out of bed every morning at 4:24 a.m. And some are the reasons I write.

What is Da Main Rule?

did ya know bout da main rule

What is Da Main Rule?

No mo odda Rule, mo importan den dis two Rules. – Hawai’i Pidgin

Mark 12:28-31 – Read it in Hawai’i Pidgin.

These verses can define you. Shape you. Let them guide you.

Bringing you fresh ideas on old values

This page will continually be under construction. To bring you fresh ideas on old values. To make these old values – current and usable for you. From a perspective that challenges traditional thinking. Direct and unfiltered. From America’s Grumpiest Grandpa.

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patience – this page is CONTINUALLY under construction

For example, Revelation 3:15-17 – you make me wanna vomit. That’s right. Read it (below) in several different versions.

I use the Bible Gateway website. And I usually use these versions – The Living Bible (TLB), The Message (MSG), and the Hawai’i Pidgin (HWP). Sometimes I use International Children’s Bible (ICB). The Hawai’i Pidgin version is especially lively and entertaining. It’s fresh and exciting.

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drunken monkeys
you make me wanna vomit

Revelation 3:15 – 16

You make me wanna vomit. 

Have an opinion. Speak it. Don’t waste your time being politically correct.

  • Be hot.
  • Or be cold.
  • Speak your mind.
  • Don’t be stale.
  • Be fresh.
  • Don’t be stagnant.
  • Be vibrant.

Or “I will spit you out of my mouth!”

Celebrate different. Create RADICAL change. Reward special talents.
Create RADICAL change. Celebrate diFFerent.

The Living Bible – Revelation 3:15-16

15 “I know you well—you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other!

16 But since you are merely lukewarm,

I will spit you out of my mouth!

The Message – Revelation 3:15-16

15-16 “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant.

You make me want to vomit.

International Children’s Bible – Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know what you do. You are not hot or cold.

I wish that you were hot or cold!

16 But you are only warm—not hot, not cold.

So I am ready to spit you out of my mouth.

Hawai’i Pidgin – Revelation 3:15-16

15 “I know everyting wat you guys stay doing. You guys not agains God, but same time, you guys not all out fo God!

I like mo betta if you guys was all out fo God, o agains him.

16 But you guys stay in da middle. You no care.

So I goin bahf you guys outa my mout!

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i died on december 31th and cancelled christmas
yes. you are going to die

Yes, your hour is coming.

Psalms 90:12

Count ’em. 130,000 left. That’s all. 

Is it that clear? Is it that simple?

Number your days. Be accountable for using them wisely.

Because, someday you will say, “I’m glad I did.” Or “I wish I had.”

i died on december 31st
what if you died on december 31st

Psalms 90:12 – Living Bible

12 Teach us to number our days and

recognize how few they are;

help us to spend them as we should.

If this is as clear and simple as it sounds, then here’s the way I use this piece of wisdom.

I’m in the 4th quarter of my life. With about 20 years left. That’s 7,300 days. And 131,400 waking hours. Rounded to 130,000.

Just 130,000. That is all.

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how should I spend them ?

Teach me how to spend them as I should.

Focus on That ONE Thing

130,000 waking hours left to do what I should be doing. I “recognize how few they are.” Now teach me “to spend them as I should.” This is my daily prayer.

And remember – everyone wants to be beast…

…until it’s time (4:23 a.m.) to do what beasts do.

When you get serious and you have your days numbered (Psalms 90:12), you can start your day at 4:23 a.m. And you can be at Panara Bread at 6:00 a.m. writing. EVERY day.

eliminate distractions 

And when you get this serious, you can eliminate distractions from your life. You will eliminate the excess activity in meaningless areas of your life. You find your “excess areas” and eliminate them.

focus on the 20. not the 80

And focus on the 20 in the 80/20 rule. The Pareto Principle.

You focus on the 20% that gets 80% of your results. 

What Others Think No Longer Matters
Zero Fear | What Others Think No Longer Matters

Zero Fear | Extreme Focus

When you are focused, you can live with zero fear. Because what others think no longer maTTers.

Focus. Without fear. You don’t need a safe place.

With focus. And without fear. This is what happens. People throw you to the wovles. And you come back as leader of the pack. 

Focus. Like Paul in the Bible. “This one thing I do. I run to win.” I do not run for a participation ribbon.

Focus and fear cannot co-exist.

What changes would you make…

… if you knew you were going to die? In 130,000 hours.

I don’t waste my time on NetFlix, mindless video games, phone apps (can you say Candy Crush ? Do you realize how intentionally addictive – by design – this game is).

I spend less mindless time on Facebook. I delete the “haters” on all of my social media quickly. I avoid people who create “emotional black holes.” I’m focused on quality reading, writing with intent, time with people that share my values.

Be authentic. Be transparent.

I decided to have my morning Bible Study times. Online. Publicly. Transparently. Authentically. Right here. To share. To see if this helps someone else. Why not?

I have no time to be plastic. No time to try to portray an image of me that I am not. So accept me. As is. Or find another friend. My days are numbered. They are finite. Your life is finite , too. And I’m trying to learn how to use my days as I should.

I avoid toxic people, places,  and things. Regardless. I honor my mind and spirit by doing this. And why not honor my body by being fit enough to enjoy those precious 130,000 hours that remain?

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how’s your thought life

Fill Your Mind with Good Stuff

With Good. God. stuFF. that. maTTers.

Specifically, read philiPPians chapter 4. Again, I’m tellin’ ya. If you want to have a quality lifestyle, you must drop your excessive time with Netflix – watching the zombies every night. Especially, if you want to be an example for the little people in your life.

If your life is fill with zombie-watching and video games and phone apps, how do you expect your children (grandchildren) to grow intellectually?

With your entire family seated in front of the flat screen (or in their rooms with their individual tablets), you will be raising a family of super obese humans. Just like in the Disney Movie WALL-E. Watch Fitless Humans [3:24] if you haven’t seen the movie. This short clip is about fitLESS humans living in virtual reality.

Obese humans totally disconnected from their surroundings and reality. Kinda like today’s home with a flat screen in every room. And 2 electronic devices for every member of your home.

Why not fill your mind with [gOOd. god. stuFF. that. maTTers]?

Ya gotta lead from the front. And by example. And it starts with your thought life.

… “friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious

… true, noble, authentic, compelling. Does this describe your reading life? You video life? Your thought life?

…meditating on the best, not the worst;

…meditating on the beautiful, not the ugly;

…meditating on things to praise, not things to curse.”

When you read this, you realize you don’t have room for “zombie movies” in you life. And spending endless hours playing NBA X-whatever year it is.

Try this. Substitute TEDTalks for your “zombie time.” And see if you sleep better. See if you have different discussions with your children and grandchildren. See if you approach problems and your work day differently.

Challenge your family to read a classic. Start with To Kill a Mocking Bird. Spend 30 minutes every morning and every evening in the Bible. Get a Bible app like BibleGateway.

And introduce your children to Zahn Academy. Or an online coding program for children. Instead of their constant diet of YouTube farting videos. Instead of your children watching someone else play Minecraft all night.

Actually, lead your family by example. And from the front.

Your son needs to see you lead - by example - from the front.
your son needs to see you lead

And if you pretend to lead in your household, set the example. Lead by example. From the front. Change your Netflix habits and video game addiction. Lead from the front. By example.

fill your mind with things true and noble

philiPPians 4:6 – 8 | the meSSage

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best…

…by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious

…by filling your minds with the best, not the worst;

…by filling your minds with the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

philiPPians 4:6 – 8 | Hawai’i Pidgin

Eh, no worry bout notting! Mo betta, everyting dat happen, pray bout um, an aks God fo do wateva you guys like him fo do. An same time, no foget tell him, “Mahalo plenny!” Den, God goin make you guys hearts rest inside. Dat goin be mo betta den anybody can figga.

God goin take care yoa hearts an yoa heads, cuz you guys stay tight wit his Spesho Guy Jesus Christ.

So den, tink bout all dese kine stuffs — wateva stay true, wateva get respeck, wateva stay right, wateva no stay pilau, whoeva you get aloha fo, wateva you talk good bout, wateva da bestes kine, weneva peopo can say, “Dass good!” — tink everytime bout all dat kine stuff.

Isn’t Hawai’i Pidgin cool?

Think about the value of all of your useless YouTube time.

Look inside your mind after a night of mindless Netflix.

Does it feel like your brain is being ravaged by a tree full of drunken monkeys? And literally throwing pOOp around in your head?

A figurative “pOOp fest” in your brain. That you created.

drunken monkeys
don’t rent your brain cells to drunken monkeys

Don’t rent your brain to the drunken monkeys of mindless Netflix viewing. You have a choice.

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did ya hear bout da main rule


What is Da Main Rule?

No mo odda Rule, mo importan den dis two Rules. – Hawai’i Pidgin

Mark 12:28-31 – The Message (MSG) – called The Most Important Commandment – (parts a and b)

28 One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of questions and answers and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question:

Which is most important of all the commandments?”

29-31 Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel:

The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’

And here is the second:

‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’

There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”

Mark 12:28-31 – called Da Main Rule

28 One teacha who teach Godʼs Rules was standing dea. He hear dem talking, an he know dat Jesus wen shut up da Sadducee guys. So he aks him, “Eh, from all da Rules God wen give us,

…wat da main Rule?”

29 Jesus tell him, “Da main Rule dis: ‘Listen, all you Israel peopo! Da Boss Up Dea, he our God, an he da one an ony Boss.

30 Get love an aloha fo da Boss yoa God, wit all yoa heart, an wit everyting inside you, an wit how you tink, an wit all yoa power.’

31 An da nex main Rule jalike dis one,

Get love an aloha fo da odda guy jalike you get love an aloha fo yoaself.’

No mo odda Rule, mo importan den dis two Rules.”

Mark 12:28 – 31 – Living Bible (TLB) – called The Most Important Commandment

28 One of the teachers of religion who was standing there listening to the discussion realized that Jesus had answered well. So he asked,

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 Jesus replied, “The one that says, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only God. 30 And you must love him with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.’

31 “The second is: ‘You must love others as much as yourself.’

No other commandments are greater than these.”

And how do you do this daily?

Da Main Rule?

Da main rule according to America’s Grumpiest Grandpa is? I’m still working on this. How to do this daily? I can’t quote these verses and not tell you how I implement them daily. That’s just misleading and hypocrisy. And is an insult to your intellect.

I see these two commandments as three distinct parts. First, if I’m supposed to love my neighbor as myself. Then, I must learn to love myself. Love myself enough to exercise some high quality care of myself. Love as in I Corinthians 13 – love is patient, kind…

My Thought Life Controls All

And I need to love myself enough to care for my physical body. And my thought life which controls everything else. I need to care for my physical body enough to be in quality physical shape. No fat bodies in God’s army. I believe the Bible is clear on this topic.

To understand how to manage your thought life more effectively, you must read this whole blog. Daily. For one month. Study it. Just to start understanding how to discipline your thought life. If you do not manage your thought life, none to the other God stuff works.

One of the best ways you can show me love is: listen

And the LOVE Chapter – 1 Corinthians 13. Love is patient, kind…

(More to come on this topic. Much more.)

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patience - under construction
patience – under construction

Proverbs 13:12 The Message (MSG)

Be the suDDen gOOd break.

In someone’s life today. EVERY day.

12 Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
    but a sudden good break can turn life around. – Proverbs 13:12 

Here’s an idea. Why not focus your day on being someone’s “sudden good break” today?

What if you were the one who bought a stranger a cup of coffee?

Or you intentionally looked for something good about everyone today? And complemented someone on her shoes? Or the color of his shirt?

What if you intentionally decided that you were going to be the bright spot in someone’s life today?

Or you said something good about the way your children are dressed? Every morning. Before they went to school?

What if you were the “sudden good break in someone’s life EVERY day?

I have read this verse for years. But I looked at it selfishly. And asked God,  “When do I get my sudden good break?” But I changed and decide that I would be (not get) the sudden good break in other people’s lives. You would be amazed at the difference this intentional change in attitude has made for me. It is so simple and so easy.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

the “and” verse? what?

My daughter, Laurie, calls this verse the “and” verse.

Meaning, if we are always talking with God, the next prayer would simply start with “and.”  Pretty simple. Because we are having an ongoing conversation with God.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – The Message (MSG)

16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Living Bible (TLB)

16 Always be joyful. 17 Always keep on praying. 18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Numba 1 Fo Da Tessalonika Peopo 5:16-18 – Hawai‘i Pidgin (HWP)

16 Stay good inside everytime.

17 No matta wat happen, make time fo talk to God everytime.

18 No matta wat happen, tell God “Mahalo plenny!”

Dass wat God like you guys do, cuz you guys stay tight wit Godʼs Spesho Guy Jesus.

Let’s look at the phrase Mahalo plenny!

Mahalo is a Hawaiian word that means thanks, gratitude. Praise, esteem.

Maybe we could say, No matta wat happen, tell God “Thanks a bunch!”

let people see God through your body

I have a lot of work to do here. How ’bout you?

New Living Translation
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?

You do not belong to yourself.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20The Message (MSG)

Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit?

Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for?

The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you.

God owns the whole works.

So let people see God in and through your body.

And now in Hawai’i Pidgin

Why are you NOT the boSS of your own body?

Even BIG KIDS Want to be a SUPER HERO for a Day
be da boss of your own body

Numba 1 Fo Da Corint Peopo 6:18-20

How come you guys ack jalike you donno dat yoa body jalike one temple fo Godʼs Good an Spesho Spirit?

Godʼs Spirit live inside you guys. God da One wen give his Spirit to you guys.

Dass how come you guys not da boss fo yoa own body. 20 Christ wen pay high price fo you guys.

So, show respeck fo yoa own body, da way you ack, an dass goin show dat you get respeck fo God.

How many things can you say about these verses?

So let people see God in and through your body. Can people see God through your body? Or do you have a body like mine? Kinda a disgrace to God. Embarrassing if people are supposed to see God in my body. Enough said on these verses.

Needless to say. I have a lot of work to do here.

1 Corinthians 13

Proverbs 24:16 – reboot anytime

Romans 7:14-16

Philippians 3:12-16

James 4:16-17

James 2:14-17

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

2 Corinthians 12:6-10

[2 Kings 3:16-19] – Elisha did it
[2 Kings 7:16-17] – It was exactly what God’s Word said

Ephesians 4:26-27
Go ahead and be angry

You do well to be angry (?)

But don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge.

And don’t stay angry

Psalms 90:12 – number || metrics

  • everyone wants to be beast
  • until it’s time (4:23 a.m.) to do what beasts do
  • how many days in my 4th quarter? 20 years X 365 days = 7,300 days (23% left) ; 24,000 days gone;
  • how many hours in 2016 – the next 12 months
  • how many minutes in a day – how many seconds
  • can god be a multiplier? a multiplier of time, resources (5 loaves and 2 fish)? a connector? a problem solver? a decision maker; a divorce attorney ? a miracle worker with adult children and grandchildren ?
  • i must be a steward of my days ? my only real resource? and rely on god to do the miracle stuff
  • if my dreams do not frighten me, then they are not big enough
  • god can find the ability anytime he needs it.
  • god really wants your AVAIL-ability.
  • does the bible care about metrics? your body? your brand image? your brand equity? listen and see what you think.
  • these verses can become my core values.
  • these verses can help me to make decisions
  • these verses can become a blog series presented by america’s grumpiest grandpa
  • and just 7,300 days left for me. whatcha gonna do?

Anchor Tags

  • also called quick links, quick tags, anchor links
  • use anchor links at top of blog like a table of contents
  • after a short intro to blogpost
  • gotta be quicker at creating anchor links
  • see evernote link for video of anchor tag
  • use anchor links in emails to support a topic
  • like a table of contents and quick links to favorite topics
  • need to index with compelling images and headings
  • and critical spacing of the anchor links
  • [more detail here] – see evernote – anchor tag
  • proper formatting makes a big difference in eye appeal
  • anchor link, image, content, back to top
  • ensure that header does not interfere with image
  • check on pc and mobile devices

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