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Look Out for Number One

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You’ve heard people say many things that sound good at first blush but prove to be disastrous in practice. One that comes to mind is: “You’ve got to look out for number one.” While there are situations where this would be good advice; it is not a philosophy to live by. During the “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus reveals other sayings that were incomplete. Here are a couple of them. Here also are some ways we can #shine by applying what Jesus said.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. — Mt 5:38-41

Don’t be undone by those who are doing evil or demanding. Instead, overcome them by doing good (Ro 12:21.) It is more effective way to #shine by being kind to those who are demanding.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? — Mt 5:43-47

It is very simple to love someone when you are expecting something in return.  Even the shrewd shady businessman loves you until the deal is done.

In both of these situations there is an opportunity to do more. There is an opportunity to shine.

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WWDC Keynote Roundup

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For those of you who read my post about what i was expecting from Apple during the keynote @WWDC2016; Bless you. For those of you who are grading my predictions; I got 5/5. But, lets be honest Apple isn’t keeping much of this information secret. But, that doesn’t mean Apple didn’t announce anything exciting.

watch OS3 looks phenomenal! The enhancements in iOS10 are fantastic. To top it all off; I love the way Apple strives to give the user a consistent experience on all their platforms. I look forward to the future software releases. But, I can’t wait to see what the Fall holds.

✅Siri Update

Developers will finally get to add Siri functionality to their application.

✅Apple Music Update

To build upon the current subscriber base there will be a refresh to how the music streaming ap looks and new features.

✅No New Hardware

WWDC is a software conference. So, any hardware announcements will surprise me.

✅New OSs

OS X, tvOS, watchOS, and iOS will get new features and new functionality. Also look for new ways for developers to monetize their applications on all platforms.

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Rumors say the folks at Cupertino are feeling nostalgic and will rebrand the operating system for their personal computer to MacOS macOS.

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WWDC 2016 Predictions

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It is the time of year for pontificating about the company from Cupertino, CA. Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference is set to start today. (You can catch the live stream here.) Many times leading up to this conference there is an electricity in the air and people waiting with bated breath; this year… not so much. Almost every prognosticator is saying Apple will not reveal anything exciting this year. Here is what I expect:

Siri Update

Developers will finally get to add Siri functionality to their application.

Apple Music Update

To build upon the current subscriber base there will be a refresh to how the music streaming ap looks and new features.

No New Hardware

WWDC is a software conference. So, any hardware announcements will surprise me.

New OSs

OS X, tvOS, watchOS, and iOS will get new features and new functionality. Also look for new ways for developers to monetize their applications on all platforms.

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Rumors say the folks at Cupertino are feeling nostalgic and will rebrand the operating system for their personal computer to MacOS.

Check back tomorrow to see how accurately my predictions are.

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Cheap Dates

AdobeStock_76614283.jpegI love my wife. I am not a cheapskate. There is always an unplanned expense to put a kink in your plans. This Thursday is our anniversary and our AC is on the fritz.

So, I’m putting together a list of cheap dates. Feel free to steal these ideas. I’m really putting a list of cheap dates together as a kind of play book. When we have a chance my wife and I can pick a play and have a blast with each other.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. So, please leave your ideas in the comments.

Google Roulette

Want to live on the edge? Grab your date and make a game for you two to play. Have her pick out two action verbs, two cities within 15 minutes, and two food items. You do the same. Take your options and randomly, or purposefully link the three together.

You’ll have something like “running tacos Washington, D.C.”, or “flying pizza Orlando.” Type your phrase into google and pick the best option within the top three results.

Watch the sunset

Go mini golfing

Take photos of one another in a scenic location

Play on a playground

Attend a free concert

Stroll through a college campus

Volunteer together

Challenge each other to a video game competition

Go For Coffee