Guest Post on Advice For Good

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Community

As a 29-year-old, it’s great to know there is still a place where being miscalculated as a high school student is possible. Last week, I volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank and I unexpectedly learned what it’s like to live in the Middle East. It turned out my day volunteering would parallel a fellow volunteer’s journey to this region... 

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April 16th - Weekly Content Roundup

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Content Roundup

Latest blog post: The 'Splinter Effect': Wounds, Pain & Healing | Question of the week

I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Here is the best content I consumed this past week...

Best In Business

Have you been to this meeting?

"Just because you have a budget doesn't mean you ought to be hiring people for the project."

Best In Personal Development

Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales

"We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence ... and yet there's a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As science writer Ed Yong explains in this fascinating, hilarious and disturbing talk, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree. So are they influencing us? It's more than likely."

Best In Marriage

Video: Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages - Shaunti Feldhahn's Latest Research

"Shaunti spent three years interviewing and surveying 1,000 couples to uncover the most important habits of the most happily married couples – what are they doing differently, that they may not even realize is making them so happy, that others can replicate? This clip reveals 3 of the 12 habits that most highly happy couples share, regardless of age or racial background or any other factor – little things that they are doing that many other couples (even those in pretty good marriages) may not do. The actions and attitudes that create great marriages hold many lessons for many other relationships as well."

Best In Faith

Video: God's Not Dead - Vince Vitale

"Is God dead? Not in academia. As someone who teaches philosophy at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, Vince Vitale is well placed to know what the top scholarship says about God. Vince shows how in the fields of philosophy and sociology, God is very much alive. If you think intellectual objections undermine belief in God, Vince suggests that you may be unaware of the arguments at the highest level."

The Way to Permanent Faith

"We will be scattered, not into service but into the emptiness of our lives where we will see ruin and barrenness, to know what internal death to God’s blessings means. Are we prepared for this?"

Audio: IS FAITH DELUSIONAL?

If you’re looking for a way to prove God’s existence to a skeptic, there’s no better evidence than God himself. Ravi gives us some examples today in the continuation of his message “Is Faith Delusional?”

Holiness or Hardness Toward God?

The reason many of us stop praying and become hard toward God is that we only have an emotional interest in prayer. It sounds good to say that we pray, and we read books on prayer which tell us that prayer is beneficial— that our minds are quieted and our souls are uplifted when we pray.

Best In Videos

Video: Trickster - The Matrix Fan film

"Trickster is a small Live-action short film based on the Matrix movie, it's a fan-made film to see how far we can go with our skills in Film making and Visual effects."

The 3 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014, First Quarter.

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Content Roundup

These three blog posts are the most popular blog posts from January 1st to March 31st 2014.

Mountain or Valley

FAITH

Hills & Valleys

"Last year I went through a season of, I would describe as, being on the mountain top with God. Once I got to the top, I took another step, and I fell off and into the valley of darkness. This is the valley I am walking in now. I am grateful, I have not had to walk it alone. I keep moving, and I keep walking."

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*Image Courtesy of Keith Taylor Photography

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Worm Story

"These worms may represent experiences, pain, bad habits, problems, secrets, or sin. When we allow worms to live in our lives, they grow and reproduce. This leads to more pain and hurt for ourselves and others."

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LEADERSHIP

Push or Pull? An Insight To Leading People

"When we push people to move forward, we establish resistance. If instead of pushing, we choose to open up, invite others and move forward, they are more likely to willingly follow."

The 'Splinter Effect': Wounds, Pain & Healing

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Personal Development

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Most of us have been punctured by a splinter in our life. I know, I have had many. 
 
Splinters seem irrationally painful. Something so small causes us so much pain
 
A splinter is a source of pain in our life. This splinter could be a bad relationship, work situation, or an event in our past. It is something that has made its way into our life and is continually causing pain, not allowing us to heal.
 
Removing a splinter is not easy. Being small, it requires precision and likely tweezers of some kind to remove. Usually, if we have allowed a splinter to stay in our life for an extended period, it's because we don't know how to remove it or we are unwilling to do so. Our unwillingness may stem from fear, pride, or shame.
 
Once we are able to remove the splinter we have made a huge step towards recovery. Our wound cannot heal when the source of it is still there.
 
Two beautiful things happen when we remove the splinters of our lives.
 
First, we can see the wound, or in other words, the gap that has been left in us. I recently decided to shut down our marketing company. It left several splinters in me and by removing it, I saw the gaps in myself, my marriage and my relationship with God. It wasn't until I let it go, was I able to see this.
 
Second, we can begin to heal. Healing takes time and is best done with others. At first we may be ultra sensitive, but as we heal we are able to handle more. By walking away from our company, I have been able to work through issues I never knew I had.
 
Once we have healed we may have a scar, but it can serve as a reminder of the growth we experienced through the pain and healing we received. 
 
Unfortunately, we will all experience these splinters in our lives. What matters most is how we decide to respond.
 
What pain in your life is being caused by splinters?

April 9th - Weekly Content Roundup

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Content Roundup

Latest blog post: Interfaces: The Ways We Work Together | Question of the week

I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Here is the best content I consumed this past week...

Best In Writing

7 Creative Proofreading Tips To Transform Your Jaggedy Draft into a Polished Post

"We take for granted that the blog posts we interact with or spread around online make sense to us. Even if we disagree with a blog post’s author or misconstrue his intentions, we have still comprehended the text well enough to form an opinion about it."

Best In Marketing

Technology Marketers Urgently Need to Document Their Content Marketing Strategy

"Our research has shown time and again that marketers who have a documented strategy are more effective than their peers who do not — they face fewer content marketing challenges, as well."

Best In Science

Audio (Medium Length): Moon's Age Reveals Fine Tuning

Best In Images

Best In Faith

The Collision of God and Sin

"The Cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of hell. There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross"

Best In Funny

Video (Short): The Danger of Wet Floors

Video (Short): Cell Phone Crashing @ Disneyland

Best In Trailers

Video: Jupiter Ascending Movie Trailer

Video: Honest Trailer for Frozen

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