Top Ten Things I’ve learned from Shammah

I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a series here list­ing things I’ve learned from var­i­ous friends, fam­i­ly, strangers and oth­er clas­si­fi­ca­tions of peo­ple. Might as well get it start­ed, so to kick it off, let’s begin with my good friend, Shammah. So, here are ten things I’ve learned from him, in no par­tic­u­lar order:

  • Praise has noth­ing to do with sound­ing good, but every­thing to do with the heart.
  • You can learn to over­come shy­ness and inse­cu­ri­ty by sheer force of will.
  • Give, give, and give until it hurts. Then give some more.
  • Dif­fer­ent is good. Step back and look at things from a dif­fer­ent angle.
  • The best answers are usu­al­ly the most sim­ple ones.
  • Flex­i­bil­i­ty is the name of the game. (Just ask his wife, Han­nah)
  • It’s good to have opin­ions about things. And to hold them loose­ly so when you find out God’s opin­ion’s dif­fer­ent, no big deal.
  • God’s thoughts mat­ter more than any­thing. Work hard to find them.
  • Find peo­ple who care about God and his King­dom more than any­thing else. Peo­ple you can be true friends with. It makes the pre­vi­ous points a lot eas­i­er. It’s called the Body of Christ.
  • Think­ing that Ryan’s is one of the top-10 restau­rants in Amer­i­ca (right up there with Steak N Shake) does­n’t mean you’re weird. Well, ok, yes it does. But you can still be a great guy!


  1. Awe­some list in my unbi­ased opin­ion. I par­tic­u­lar­ly like the way to closed it up, con­clud­ing that he is, despite his eat­ing pref­er­ences, a great guy! Love you David! Look­ing for­ward to your next post in this series!

  2. All those things and more add up to the man we all love. I always think of him as brave. Thanks David.

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