3MN: who is in your ear and should be silenced?

3MN: who is in your ear and should be silenced?

Happy 3-Minute Thursday!

In 3 minutes we are looking at a radical comparison of circumstances, our vulnerability to follow people, and silencing voices. No fluff, no filler, no spamming.

🌎 Minute 1 - the common denominator between Carlson, Lemon, and a Kenyan priest.

Earlier this week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson parted ways with the network after a 14-year relationship, during which his show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight," became the top-rated prime-time cable news show across all networks. Coincidentally, on the same day, CNN reportedly fired host Don Lemon of "Don Lemon Tonight" due to his remarks about women and their ages in February. In (awkwardly) related news, Kenyan police have recovered 73 bodies from graves linked to an extremist cult led by a detained pastor. At least 112 people have been reported missing, and authorities believe the cult ordered followers to fast themselves to death. What do these all have in common: radical followers.

Verse to consider when you're tempted to put your hope in news anchors, radical priests, and other human beings… "He changes the times and seasons; he removes kings and establishes kings." - Daniel 2:21. Anchor yourself in something eternal.

πŸ’¬ Minute 2 - a quote about the blind follower.

Bill Seidman, former head of the FDIC:

"You never know what the American public is going to do, but you know that they will do it all at once."

Everyone is a product of their experiences, the people they've encountered, the people they've watched, the people they've read about, and the people around them at any given time who shape their actions in good, terrible, and ugly ways.

When you recognize how vulnerable you are to people's emotions and messages, you become more selective about who you surround yourself with. Who you follow on Twitter, who you watch on TV, who you marry, and with whom you socialize after work. The bigger the stakes, the more considerate you must be of the people around you.

πŸ‘‚ Minute 3 - who is in your ear and should be silenced?

As humans, we frequently look up to individuals who inspire us or share our viewpoints. Keep people and organizations from determining your identity, or you will lose sight of your unique purpose.

Here are some practical methods to avoid falling into this trap:

  • Think Critically. Surround yourself with people who inspire and support you, but don't let their achievements or views eclipse your own reflective process. Β 
  • Root In Reality. Remember that religious leaders and institutions are fallible. Concentrate on your personal relationship with God and your spiritual path.
  • Follow God First. Seek to follow God's will for your life, rather than being swayed by others' opinions or beliefs.
Who is currently influencing you and would benefit from being muted? I want to hear from you. Send your reflections or thoughts by simply replying to this email.


S T I C A S I H, B W T I T N O T L.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. - Psalm 20:7

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Until next week,

Payton Minzenmayer

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