3MN: imagine for a moment your beliefs are wrong.

3MN: imagine for a moment your beliefs are wrong.

Happy 3-Minute Thursday!

You are busy, so let's make this quick. No fluff, no filler, no spamming. This newsletter will help you think in the best way and be a Christian on purpose.

💬 In the next three minutes:

☝️ I question my own intentions.

✌️Three difficult quotes about your personal evil.

👌 A challenge to write down your doubts.

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🌴 Minute 1 - Am I a good guy?

As you read this, I'm in the midst of a mission trip in Antigua with my family. I am writing this two weeks in advance, so I hope we've made a positive impact on the lives of the wonderful people we're serving.

Our plan is to set up a medical clinic, where we'll check blood pressure, BPM levels, and examine feet for signs of pitted edema. But it's not just about the physical care; we also see it as a chance for spiritual cleansing. We'll be washing feet, symbolizing both a physical and a metaphorical act of renewal.

However, as I've been preparing for this trip, I've found myself taking a deeper look at my own hidden motives. You know those little things we sometimes keep to ourselves, even from our own conscience. Those thoughts like, "People will see the pictures and think I'm such a good guy," or "This experience will shape my kids into outstanding individuals." It hit me that these motivations have little to do with the people of Antigua and even less to do with genuine Kingdom work.

So, before we takeoff in two weeks, I've decided to do some personal heart work. I'm digging deep and examining my own intentions, peeling back the layers of self-interest and ego.

Take a moment to think about your own life. Are there hidden motives lurking beneath the surface? Those quiet whispers that might nudge you towards actions that aren't entirely selfless? I believe we all have them, and it's essential to confront them with honesty and humility.

👿 Minute 2 - Three quotes on your personal evil.

Think of a moral cause you believe in. As a thought experiment: what if that cause was actually making you a worse person? What would that look like? Is that a possibility?

“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts.” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Evil people do not believe they are evil, they believe everyone else is evil.” — David Foster Wallace
“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

✍️ Minute 3 - Imagine for a moment your beliefs are wrong.

We all have beliefs we hold dear, those sacred convictions that shape our worldview. But have you ever considered what would happen if one of those beliefs turned out to be wrong? It's a tough mental exercise, but an important one. Taking a critical look at our own moral beliefs can be beneficial not only for a diverse and democratic society but also for our own mental well-being.

Here's your challenge: Take a moment to reflect on a belief you currently hold or have held as sacred. Now, imagine for a moment that this belief is wrong. What would that mean to you? Write down your thoughts and see how it makes you feel.

This exercise might stir up a mix of emotions. It could bring about discomfort, confusion, or even a sense of relief. The key here is to explore and embrace these emotions, allowing yourself to grow and gain a deeper understanding of your own beliefs and perspectives.

Remember: Small changes lead to lasting breakthroughs. Reply to this email and let me know how it went.


D N B O B E, B O E W G.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

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Until next week,

Payton Minzenmayer

p.s. Scientists Say Declining Morality Is an Illusion