Josh Brage


Passion; part 1
February 10, 2005, 7:43 pm
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There is something that this word inspires in all of us. It is a buzzword. It is in my, evangelical Charismatic, circle as well as in other more secular type people groups. Why? Why does this word excite us?

Becuase whatever this word represents to us as different people it is the same. It speaks of something that is so core to our very identity that it almost drives us crazy when thinking about it. Something inside of us is desperate to be discovered.

So why can’t we discover it? Why for the majority of us is this something that stays hidden? I believe that this is becuase this ‘thing’ this passion-element is something that is so core to us that we can’t see it. There are two ways to look at it and think about it. First that this ‘thing’ is so ingrained into who we are that it is virtually impossible to distinguish from our identity. The other way to think about it is that is is NOT an object to be observed. It is not something that is sitting outside of us and therefore we can perceive it quite clearly. Rather, we are on the inside of this object. So it is hard to see. We are the fish, and we are having trouble seeing the fishbowl. It is just there. It always has been and always will be.

Well, I will continue to talk about this word and the implications that it has on my life. This is what God is really dealing with me about right now.



February 1, 2005, 9:56 pm
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Opportunity Costs
February 1, 2005, 4:33 pm
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This is interesting to me. How applicable my college classes are to my (what I consider) ‘real’ life. “Those who have ears to hear let them hear.” In economics right now I am learning about a basic economic principle called opportunity costs. Basically this principle deals with your choices in life. Every choice you make has an opportunity cost, something that you give up to make the decision that you do. By accepting a 45k a year job in Denver, I choose to stay here, in Saint Joseph for 42k a year. I have an opportunity cost of 3k. Opportunity costs include intangible items, such as happiness by being near family, commute time, local football teams to root for, etc.

In life, the decisions I make have opportunity costs. For example, sleeping in an extra hour gives me rest and might help me start my day. However, I am giving up the opportunity to maybe read my Bible, pray, workout, read anything, do homework, talk to my girlfriend on the phone, talk to my roomate, maybe a chance to hold a job online and make $100 for that hour. As you can see, everything has an opportunity cost. Every decision I make takes the place of a decision that I COULD have made. Those costs can and do add up throughout my day. So my question to myself and anybody is what are your opportunity costs? Are you making the best decisions that you can? Daily? Minute by minute?