For all the questions that plague our species, we generally only ask five types: What, When, Where, How, Why. The media industry races around to give us answers to these questions… however slanted their perspectives may be. We gorge on facts about natural phenomenon, mass tragedies, the latest political scandal, whatever a Kardashian is, and… Read More Who?
Most people ignore us. It is probably for the best. The entirety of who we are is not known by anyone, including ourselves. God alone sees us fully. And that is preferable; nary a soul is lovable every single second of their earthly lives. This isn’t The Truman Show, thank goodness. From first breath to last,… Read More As Big As The Sky
Dear God, We’ve gone mad down here. Some NFL football players are refusing to stand for the national anthem. Some politicians are refusing to stand for… well, anything that matters. Some insist on standing their ground, even as their pettiness stinks up the atmosphere. Some people are refusing to stand up for their neighbors. Some… Read More Still Standing
From the heavens, You see me: small, needy, weary. In You I find great peace; You are everything that I need. God Almighty, God All Mighty. You are healer of my wounds. You are power to my weakness. You are light in my darkness. You are friend in my rebellion. Though I have nothing to… Read More Light In The Darkness
“If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.” Isaiah 7:9 Don’t we tend to view God differently when the stakes are higher? Dusting off our faith, we approach with the big questions, remembering the stories of His mighty works, hoping He will come through for us again. Is this… Read More Higher Stakes
Someone made a joke at my expense recently. I am sure they didn’t intend it to be mean, because they couldn’t see the whole picture; the why and when and how behind the situation they were joking about. As with any human being, their perspective is limited and didn’t allow for understanding the lives of… Read More Sinners R Us
My company has experienced tumultuous times over the last couple of years. Our department has diminished to a handful of hard-working employees. In the last few months we lost two long-time and heavily-invested people who were once deemed critical to the company’s success. There was fear that one of these individuals might leave the company:… Read More Remembered
In the years of its existence, my church has been meeting in buildings owned by other churches. We haven’t had a building of our own. Our little church has grown in number, outgrowing the capacity of the building we’ve borrowed these last few years. This week my church will move into our new building. It… Read More OJT: On The Job Training
The second step of the 12-step recovery program is “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” In the great scheme of recovery, this step is often treated as a minor one. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of action involved. Yet it is not only a… Read More In My Defense, I Was Insane At The Time
In the U.S. we are just about to celebrate our Independence Day on July 4th. It is customary to have parties, grill out, and watch fireworks. I remember being mesmerized by fireworks. It almost seemed like a perfect ending to a perfect day. Being that fireworks were done late in the evening, invariably some fathers… Read More Growing Young
For years I credited God for His power and might and will… but with the caveat that humans are not entirely trustworthy and do not always (usually?) line up. In hindsight, I see that was my “out”, my loophole for not believing the answer was already on the way. Sad, I know. I have been… Read More All Aboard?
It is encouraging to look back over the past and see how troubling times turned out well in the end. Many places in the Bible refer back to the story of the exodus from Egypt, and how God’s divine intervention forever changed the course of history. Remembering when God brought good out of troubled times… Read More Tell Your Story
On the busiest days spend more time with God, not less. When plans are disrupted, destroyed, delayed, remember that plans are simply expectations. When expectations are not met, resentments are born. Let go of expectations, and ask God to show you what He is doing in these moments. Love your neighbor; whomever God places in… Read More 10 Things I Forgot To Remember This Week
I had a really hard day. And I didn’t do some things I’ve been taught to do on days like this. I didn’t call my closest friends. I didn’t journal. I didn’t pull up a Bible app on my phone and read from Psalms. I didn’t find a quiet place to meditate with my Jesus.… Read More Hard Day
Is she a good person? Is he a bad person? The world wants to determine if a person is a Christian by whether they are “good” or “bad”. Like using a ruler to measure a pound of flour, it is an insufficient unit of comparison. Ask people whether they are Christian and you will hear… Read More Unit Of Measure
Some signs cannot be ignored.
Back when I was thinking about starting a blog, I attempted to thoroughly examine my motives and the usual suspects of character flaws, looking for the escape hatches. Do you know what I mean? Those little hidden doors we use to get out of doing something we previously committed to do? One of my favorite escape hatches… Read More Dirty Little Secrets
I was standing in line at the deli meat counter at my grocery store, just minding my own business. Glancing around, I noticed something new was on sale that week: peppereno-garlic ham. I’m a sucker for spicy food; I thought I’d give it a try. I asked the counterperson for a sample. She handed me… Read More Whoa, Baby!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 Come ye sinners, poor and needy Weak and wounded, sick and sore Jesus ready stands to save you Full of pity, love, and power Come ye thirsty, come and welcome God’s free bounty glorify True belief and true repentance Every… Read More Nowhere Else To Go
Paraphrasing a real-life conversation from some years ago: Me: “My life is a mess, I can’t remember the last time I was happy, and I hate myself.” Spiritual Guide: “What do you want?” Me: “Peace! Serenity!!” (When do we want it? NOW!) Spiritual Guide: “How much serenity do you want?” Me: “What?” Spiritual Guide: “If… Read More Living It Up In The Great State of Denial