QSource | Q1.4 Jester

QSource | Q1.4 Jester

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5 Pax continued our leadership study: QSource. This morning we continued the first quadrant Get Right with Q1.4: Jester.


Q1.4| Jester

Statement

The Temptation Of The Flesh That Hinders Acceleration

Scripture

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Socratic

  • Are some temptations worse than others?
  • Don’t bad men often do good things, and good men often do bad things?
  • Can a man ultimately conquer his own demons?

Synthesis

Every man has his own personal Jester

  • The Jester is the temptation of the flesh that hinders Acceleration.
  • Whether it be pride, gambling, alcohol abuse, pornography, laziness, anxiety, schadenfreude or (fill in your Jester here), the result is the same for the Amateur.
  • Lacking Preparedness, he is kept out of proper personal alignment by his own personal Jester.

The Jester is a master liar

  • Luckily for us, while the Jester is a devious liar, he is not that creative.
  • Here are the five biggest lies the Jester has told since time began:
    • You Are The Boss Of Me: “You can stop me anytime you want.”
    • You Are What You Do: “It is your stumbling self that is the true you, not the Virtuous self.”
    • You Are (relatively) Not That Bad A Guy: “It is not that bad, at least you don’t do these other worse things!”
    • The Jester And Virtue Can Coexist: “The good things you do outweigh these tiny little bad things.”
    • You Can’t Live, If Living Is Without Me: “You don’t know life without me.”

Preparedness keeps the Jester at bay

  • The Sad Clown approaches the battle with his Jester like an Amateur: Unprepared
  • The HIM approaches his Jester in the same way he does the rest of his Royalty Race—like a Pro.
  • If your relationship with those in Proximity and your Creator are not Right and Accelerating, then you are more vulnerable to your Jester and unexpected circumstances.

Spur

  • Every man has his own personal Jester
  • The Jester is a master liar
  • Preparedness keeps the Jester at bay

Homework for 3/30

Thoughts for the week:

  • Is work-life balance a useful concept??
  • Are some relationships more important than others?
  • Is meeting your wife halfway good enough?

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