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Ep. 1 | Introducing the Every Day Discipleship Podcast

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

What is discipleship?

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

Where can I get some?

There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don’t look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn’t anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators on the Internet tend to repeat predefined chunks as necessary, making this the first true generator on the Internet. It uses a dictionary of over 200 Latin words, combined with a handful of model sentence structures, to generate Lorem Ipsum which looks reasonable. The generated Lorem Ipsum is therefore always free from repetition, injected humour, or non-characteristic words etc.

Why the name “Every Day Discipleship?”

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

 

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

Where can I get some?

There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don’t look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn’t anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators on the Internet tend to repeat predefined chunks as necessary, making this the first true generator on the Internet. It uses a dictionary of over 200 Latin words, combined with a handful of model sentence structures, to generate Lorem Ipsum which looks reasonable. The generated Lorem Ipsum is therefore always free from repetition, injected humour, or non-characteristic words etc.

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Defects

In a manufacturing environment you should be striving for zero defects. Defects are imperfections in products or services that render them below the expectations of your customer. A dent in a can of soda, a brake system that doesn’t work on a car, a mistake in your taxes, these are all examples of defects. The defect rate (the ratio of how many bad to how many good products) is more important for certain kinds of products. For example, a soda manufacturer and a pace maker manufacturer probably have a different view of defect rate and its importance. If the soda maker has a high defect rate, the customer may be unhappy and there may be a high cost associated with a recall or loss. If a pace maker manufacturer has a high defect rate people will die. A defect rate of 100 parts per million may be great for a soda manufacturer, but it would be disastrous for the pace maker manufacturer.

As humans in a fallen world, we also have defects. Our defect ratio is much more important than even the pace maker manufacturers. Our rate determines if we will enter the gates of Heaven or suffer the lack of God’s light in hell. Now, the triune God is not sitting on a cloud with a calculator and a spreadsheet deciding who gets in and who doesn’t. It is us who should be keeping track of our defects. You must know where you are weak, or where you have issues that can separate you from God. Where are your defects? We need to find them and spend time on them to make sure that the defect rate is as low as possible. The advantage we have is that we have the best customer ever – God. Our customer does not care if you have a defect, much less your defect rate. He wants you as you are. Bruised, dented, torn, leaking – whatever. He just wants you to know that He loves you. The reason we need to be keeping track of our defects is that we can’t truly know God’s love if we have areas of our lives with defect rates through the roof. We can’t continue to view pornography on the internet and know God’s love for us. We can’t back stab people at work or gossip and know God’s longing for our friendship. He is panting after us, friends. Wake up, know where you are prone to spiritual defects, and go after them again and again.

A Must Read

The owner of the world’s most renowned vineyard receives a package that he must pay 1 million euros or his vines will be poisoned. There’s a very detailed map of the vineyard with a circle around the targeted vines.

He writes it off as a hoax.

He receives another package within 10 days.

This time, there are 2 circles. One showing where to leave the money and the other detailing the 80 vines that have been poisoned.

Now the vintner calls the cops.

This is a must read story from Vanity Fair.

Muda (Waste)

Muda, according to the authors of Lean Thinking, is the one Japanese word you really must know. It means wasteful activities, called simply waste by most organizations. I like to use muda, personally, because it comes off the tongue harshly; it has a great effect when spoken. It should be a harsh word since it is what holds you back in a business. Waste is what stands between you and high profit, shorter lead times, and greater customer satisfaction. But muda is also what stands between you and God. Waste, remember, is simply anything a customer is not willing to pay for.

Now, since muda is waste, it also refers to non-value added activities. These are those specific things customers do not want to pay for. An example would be the cost you incur by having to rework finished product because it was not what your customer wanted. You forgot to put a code onto a can of soup, so now you have to go back and code all the product. This is enormously time consuming, costly, and painful. Now think of your spiritual life – aren’t there so many things you do that do not add value to your relationship with God? I know I have those things. Whether it’s people I allow myself to be around that don’t bring me closer to God, or habits I have that put a barrier between me and God. I’m sure you also have many things in your life that are value-added to God. Things that bring you closer to Him. But we must strive to remove all the waste from our spiritual lives. Right now. This is what Paul was saying in Romans 12:2 when he said, “Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. (Emphasis added)”

It is said by lean authors that 95% of a typical process in any business is comprised of wasteful activities.

If we examine our daily routines, I think we may find something close to the same. If I think about my own life, during a typical work day I get up early and do a devotional for 10-20 minutes. I may pray some throughout the day, and then before dinner with my wife. But what did I do the rest of the day to add value to my relationship with the one true God that loves me above all else? If I keep in mind that at the end of my life what matters is what I did to bring others to God and if I accepted Jesus as the Christ and savior, then I can reach that 95% pretty quickly.

Folks, this isn’t good enough. We can do better. I can do better. God knows you can and He wants to help. By identifying the activities in your life as either value-added or non-value added, it makes prioritizing your daily activities much easier. Does that show you watch every Thursday perpetuate a spiritual vice of yours? Stop watching. Does that website you go to every day feed your lust for pornography? Stop going to it. Eliminate the waste. We must be focused and efficient in our spiritual lives. The devil loves downtime – it’s when he does his best work.

Most of us avoid examining the wasteful activities in our lives because we are scared of what we might find. The same is true in a normal organization. Most people in these traditional places of business keep throwing the same solutions at old problems that keep coming back. Employees bicker and try to “throw other people under the bus” in an attempt to glorify themselves and hide the true state of the business. It doesn’t make sense. In a true lean organization what you would find is the company tackling its problems head-on. A foundational principle of lean ideology is respect. I keep a quote on my desk that says, “No one knows the work better than the people who do it.” It reinforces the idea that we need to have respect for each other in the workplace and be honest about the business. Let’s stop trying to blame one another and instead use that energy to fix the problem together. Lean, in this sense, is very similar to the Christian faith. People are incredibly, and predictably,  resistant to change. Spiritual inertia is no different. Jesus himself knew this. Just after delivering the most famous line in the Bible, He said this, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God (John 3: 19-21).”

It’s worth noting that this idea of driving out the waste in your spiritual life does not mean living the life of a monk. If taken to the seemingly logical conclusion, my argument may be understood to mean “do nothing but pray.” But this assumption would be incorrect. There is value in things that we take for granted. There is value in the mundane and simple facets of everyday life. See, talking to a lost coworker or friend about something that is not even related to God is not wasteful. Indeed, it can be exactly the opposite. Paul, in 1 Corinthians chapter 9, says, “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible…I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” 1 Cor. 9:19, 9:22. The time invested with someone to build a relationship and ultimately bring them into a relationship with God is the goal for a Christian. Anything that is in pursuit of this must never be construed as waste.