Think Degrees . . . . (Follow Up)

degrees  It’s Not Just “This or That”

Let me follow up and give some more examples of degrees, levels, or layers.

Below I have also included some additional lists of degrees or layers which can help generate content.

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One of the reasons that some speakers are so good at identifying with their audience is that they are able to think about their audience and refer to them in more than “this-or-that” terms.

A transcript of a message by Andy Stanely called “Shine.”**

One of the things that we all have in common  — and we’ll kind of get into this on location thing in just a second  — but this is kind of interesting —  isn’t true that at some point in your life when you went from my childhood to adulthood

and it may have been

when you’re a senior in high school

or maybe a senior in college

or I don’t know when it happened

but there’s this transition we all go through — we all decide either consciously or subconsciously that —  you know — what I’ve got to figure out what works for me

there’s this thing of — I’ve got to start

I  know my parents said

I know what the church said

I know what my granddaddy always told me

and all this stuff

and common sense says

but I got to figure out what works for me

and so we at some level — all of us begin experimenting with life

and maybe again it was that freshman year in college

or maybe as the first week of the freshman year in college we decided I’m going to do everything I was always told not to do because

I got to see if it works for me

I got to figure out what I’m missing out on

maybe it was when you got your driver’s license

maybe it was after college you came to Atlanta got your first job in a big city — you were anonymous nobody knew anything about you and so you kind of had the freedom to experiment

but all of us — to some extent — all of us — this is normal — all of us experiment with life to figure out what works for us

because there’s something in you

and there’s something in me — that wants to figure out

how do I get happy

how do I be happy — you know

how do I make myself happy

what kind of decisions — relationships will make me happy

and so you know — when you transition to adulthood — you just experiment

so we make some happiness decisions — right

and we spend some happiness money

and we get into some happiness relationships

and then we get out of those happiness relationships — because I mean it didn’t make me so happy

that I got into a new one

then I spend some more happiness money

then I wish I hadn’t leased that happiness car

and you know — buy a happiness of condo — you know

so we’re just trying to figure out life and figure out what works for me

what’s the right combination

what’s the right kind of person

what’s the right kind of job — you know — with the right kind of major

and all of that is perfectly normal  — and most of that happens — in what I call — the momentum years.

— Andy Stanely – Shine

You see Andy doesn’t stay with one broad category or statement but covers a span of various degrees.  Andy’s mind has been taught to —  or it’s just very natural to him — to think in degrees and layers . . . .

  • as he describes where people are
  • as he describes what moves and motivates
  • as he talks about the seasons of life
  • as he identifies “what” some maybe looking toward for . . .
  • Etc.

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Look at the different layers which he references

Maybe it was when you . . .

  • I don’t know when — (fill in your own)
  • adulthood
  • started that first job
  • graduated from college
  • were a senior in college
  • in your first year in college
  • your were a senior in high school
  • you got your driver’s license

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He does the same thing when he talks about happiness . . . .  It was a . . . .

  • car
  • condo
  • relationship
  • money
  • out — and into a new relationship
  • a combintation of

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Again, when he identifies the different sources of why some did what they did . . . .

  • parents
  • church
  • grand-daddy
  • common-sense

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Some Other Lists Of Degrees

  • forced
  • seeking
  • felt obligated
  • were curious
  • “accidental”
  • not sure why you’re here

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  • committed to
  • serious minded
  • somewhat serious
  • uncertain
  • in name

___

  • a house
  • a car
  • a boat
  • a vacation
  • a bank account
  • a profession
  • a position
  • popularity
  • power
  • comfort – ease
  • an opportunity

___

  • Saved & Spiritually Minded
  • Saved & Coasting
  • Saved & Struggling
  • Saved & Worldly Minded
  • Saved & Just Saved

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  • Mature / Old Men  (I John)
  • Young Men              (I John)
  • Children                  (I John)
  • Babe In Christ

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  • Victorious
  • Inconsistent
  • Struggling
  • Losing the battle
  • Gave up the battle

___

  • Obedient Heart
  • Obedient in Mind
  • Inconsistent
  • Disobedient
  • Rebellious / Willfully Disobedient

___

  • Satanic / Malicious
  • Rebellious
  • Knowingly sin
  • Struggling with sin
  • Ignorant — you were never taught / you were raised thinking

___

  • Influential person
  • Friendships
  • Supporter
  • Companions
  • Acquaintances

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  • repentant
  • sorrowful
  • embarrassed / Ashamed
  • unashamed
  • brazen

____

  • measured
  • intentional
  • passion / zealous
  • careless
  • unintentional

___

  • heathen
  • atheist
  • irreligious
  • agnostic
  • uninformed
  • uncertain / doubt

___

  • believer
  • ministers
  • fellow workers
  • workmen
  • laymen
  • leader
  • disciple
  • follower
  • believer
  • interested

___

  • addicted
  • habitual
  • sporadic
  • flirt with
  • finally / just free from

___

  • Satanic / Purposefully Wicked
  • Evil
  • Sinful
  • Naive
  • Righteous

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  • adultery
  • fornication
  • pornography
  • lust – tempted
  • intermittently caught up in

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  • addicted
  • habitual
  • constant
  • frequent
  • repeatedly
  • intermittent

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  • sexual sins
  • materialism
  • temper – anger
  • discontentment
  • unhappiness – depression
  • bitterness

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  • retired
  • grandchildren
  • in your career
  • progressing
  • children
  • married
  • first career job
  • dating
  • college years/trade school
  • high school

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I need a . . . .

  • new car
  • new house
  • new wife
  • new job
  • change of location
  • different occupation
  • an exciting vacation/experience

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* See the full discussion of the topoi of “Degrees”

** Link to Andy Stanley message Shine

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