Thomas McGreevy

What’s in the Box?

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“There’s an exercise that Patricia Ryan Madson describes in her wonderful book, Improv Wisdom. (Ms. Madson taught improvisational theater at Stanford to standing-room only classes for twenty years.) Here’s the exercise: Imagine a box with a lid. Hold the box in your hand. Now open it.  What’s inside?  It might be a frog, a silk scarf, a gold coin of Persia. But here’s the trick: no matter how many times you open the box, there is always something in it.  Ask me my religion.  That’s it.  I believe with unshakeable…read more

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The Kingdom

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“Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see” – Les Miserables  Is there anything that is worth fighting for?  Do you long for something beyond all the walls that surround you, beyond the foes that you are facing?  Do you believe it could be?  Is it worth making a stand?  Is it worth committing?  Is it worth going all the way?  I believe that it’s worth it… any other life is a life of slavery. Don’t believe that you are behind enemy lines?  Don’t believe that…read more

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There is Something You Are Supposed to Do

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“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” – James 2:14-17 Many people read this scripture and walk away thinking that…read more

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Can You See Him?

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“If there were an idiot who thought plays existed on their own, without an author (not to mention actors, producer, manager, stage hands and what not), our belief in Shakespeare would not be much effected by his saying, quite truly, that he had studied all the plays and never found Shakespeare in them.  The rest of us, in varying degrees according to our perceptiveness, ‘found Shakespeare’ in the plays.  But it is a quite different sort of ‘finding’ from anything our poor friend has in mind.”  C.S. Lewis There are…read more

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We Love Our Servitude

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“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution” – Aldous Huxley, 1961 I don’t think Huxley…read more

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An Inciting Incident

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“Without an inciting incident that disrupts their comfort, they won’t enter into a story. They have to get fired from their job or be forced to sign up for a marathon.  A ring has to be purchased.  A home has to be sold.  The character has to jump into the story, into the discomfort and the fear, otherwise the story will never happen.” – Donald Miller We have become so good at preventing and avoiding inciting incidents that we all but eliminate any chance of entering a meaningful story.  I…read more

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Your Queen is Dying

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“our schools, our systems, our retirement things, our taxes are all built around this notion of doing what you’re told, and now we don’t know what to do”  Seth Godin Several years ago I hired an exterminator to get rid of the carpenter ants that were eating the house I was living in.  He sprinkled some poison around the outside of the house, the kind of poison that when the ants carry it back to the nest it kills most of the colony.  When he stopped back at a later…read more

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Living a Good Story

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“The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either” – Donald Miller So imagine you’ve gone out to the movies with someone special and when the previews are over and the show starts you realize that the movie you’ve chosen is your own life story.  Aside from your own innate desire to reminisce, would it be worth watching?  Would there be enough conflict?  Does the protagonist have things that she wants badly enough to go…read more

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Forgetting

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“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12b-14 It’s nice to know that even the Apostle Paul was intimately acquainted with having distance between himself and his destination.  When…read more

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