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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    If you’ll allow me, I don’t think your point here is actually legitimate. Of course some things and areas in life should be deliberately planned and executed, but hardly everything. Whatever happened to spontaneity?

    For instance, the first of your objections is valid. I think this is much more of a personality thing then a Christian walk thing. Melancholies for instance need to plan and think through everything before it is done. Sanguine people, on the other hand, are characteristically more spontaneous. Who’s to say both ways of addressing life can’t be as affective as each other? (I’m assuming at this point that you are in the first category vs the latter…) Melancholies often judge those of more outgoing and spontaneous nature as not being mature or not being “deliberate” in what they do but it is merely a personality difference not a difference in spirituality. I don’t think it’s a matter at all of who has the guts to do what but rather of who’s writing the post writing from his own personal view of life as the quieter, more deliberate type and getting annoyed at those who don’t seem to take life as deliberately as he does…

    No offense. :)

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    Jason Harris

    Thanks for the input Taylah. I’ll have to think that through more thoroughly and hopefully address it in a future post.

    I suspect a fuller explanation of what I mean by “deliberate” would help as well.

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    Lol okay dude, I’ll keep an eye out for your next posts…

    Your posts are generally really good, Mr. Harris. I hope I didn’t come across as disrespectful or accusatory with my comment. I’m not entirely familiar with how commenting on blogs is supposed to work. :)

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    Don’t stress, Tay. Your comment was great. It’s good to cross Jason occasionally – especially when he’s going with the whole “if you don’t agree with me, it’s cause you don’t have the guts to be spiritual” stratagem… =P

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    Jason Harris

    @Taylah, No. I’m glad to get feedback. Especially if it forces me to think things through more carefully.

    @RoSeZ, I didn’t mean it like that. If I came across that way, I’m sorry. That’s not what I intended to communicate.

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    Jason Harris

    Oh, and “Mr. Harris” is my father.

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    Well, that’s a relief, Mr. Harris, erhmm…Jason..? lol

    Glad to give feedback if that’s what you want. Just not really wanting to get into fights or offend people. I like that you not only allow it but also don’t seem to mind people disagreeing with your posts. A lot of these places don’t. :D

    P.S. I think she was kidding… :)

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    I have known Jason for a very long time and have never heard him use that stratagem. In fact I think people use it more about him than he does of others.

    I happen to be a very spur of the moment kind of person, and I agree that personality does play a role but I think deliberate living doesn’t rule out spontaneity. As with everything spontaneity has it’s place.

    I liked the bit at the top – that deliberate living is the opposite of letting life happen. Too often People (myself included) end up somewhere or doing something just because it was easy.

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    @Jason: Thanks for the post!

    @taylah: Being effective requires being deliberate. One doesn’t finish High School or University or any long term task through spontaneity. It requires deliberate action and planning.

    One doesn’t maintain regular devotions, prayer and church activities by doing or attending them with spontaneity.

    If we don’t take deliberate action often times we take no action. So the question is therefore: Is there room for spontaneity? I believe there is. We should prayer when moved by a situation rather than think *It’s not time for my morning prayer yet..* for example.

    I don’t think all things require deliberation to the same extent, such as what we eat for breakfast and what we drink for lunch but factors are still involved. I mean after all if you want to lose weight one better cut down on drinking 4 liters of Coca Cola a day.

    What I listen to, who I spend time with, what I eat, what I drink, what I read, what I see and watch and do all impact me. As such we need to discern not necessarily from good and bad but more often than not from good and best.

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    A million apologies!! I hadn’t even considered it from that way of thinking about it!! Me and my big mouth!! >:/ Lol, I’ll try to keep it shut in future at least until the poor writer has a chance to expound on his topic past the introduction!! :P

    Jason, thanks for your tolerance!! :D

    Alan, thanks for the help!! :D

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