Do you ever feel like you’re the only bird on the wire that’s upside down? Things aren’t going your way? It’s funny how we sometimes think repentance means not getting to do what we enjoy. I like the explanation of “repentance” on patheos.com: The Greek word for repent in the New Testament is “metanoeo” which… Read More Repent?
In Numbers 13:1-2, as the Israelites are getting closer to the promised land, God instructs Moses to send out scouts to “explore the land”. Moses then instructs men to go see what the land is like, whether the inhabitants are strong or weak, and if the soil is fertile. The scouts return with their report,… Read More Note To Self: Remain Faithful
It is one of the peculiar traits of the human heart to hope. Time after time throughout history, human beings have rallied – independently and collectively – to overcome overwhelming obstacles – often driven by little more than a glimmer of hope, a dream, a desire. The American civil rights movement comes to mind. The… Read More Hope: A Heart Condition
Do we have the capacity to love others for who they are? Not for the traits or gifts or help they offer us but for who they really are? Not for who they are to us relationally, but for who they are as a person created by God? Shouldn’t that prompt us to express that… Read More Counter/Offensive
One of the results of Hurricane Harvey was an imaginary gasoline shortage in the Dallas Texas area, where I live. One by one, gas stations and convenience stores ran out of fuel as fear-filled drivers waited, sometimes for hours, to fuel up their vehicles. I visited 5 stations before I was even able to find… Read More Out Of Gas
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
We worry about our weight, lifespan, children, money, salvation, marriage, hair loss, memory loss, income loss. We worry a lot about loss. We worry whether we got a good deal on our car, our house, our insurance, our investments, our relationships. We worry about being late to church, work, a dental appointment. We worry about… Read More What, Me Worry?
My friend Mike told me a story about when he was in one of those groups where they do trust-building exercises. He described an exercise that involved several men being blindfolded and led into a room where a maze had been created with ropes. The objective was for each blindfolded man to find his way out of… Read More No Longer Blind, But Blindfolded
It all started innocently enough. I wanted some black jeans. I have plenty of blue jeans but no black ones. Black jeans make a statement that blue jeans just can’t. I’m not sure what the statement is… I read that online, so it has to be true. I don’t usually go to stores to buy… Read More Cheesesteaks, Maternity Jeans, and Grace
Standing in line at my local grocery store, I was lost in deep spiritual thought (ok, I was reading the cover of People in the magazine rack). When it was my turn to check out, the young lady cashier engaged me in an interesting and brief conversation. You might say, it was a meeting of… Read More Seeing Rightly: A True(ish) Story
My high school class was rather small, which is probably why I was on the football team. I wasn’t good; certainly not as good as the first string players. But I was sent into a game from time to time. The highlight of my football “career” was at an away game; we were the visiting… Read More Run Until Tackled
I’ve just read Donald Miller’s book, Blue Like Jazz, for a second time. I was captured anew by a phrase in the book: we use love as currency. That is not a complimentary statement. And he wasn’t referring to humans in general. He was referring to church-going people in general. In one section he remarks… Read More As-Is
Soon it will be Easter season again; spring colors, hats and dresses and ties and dyed eggs and baskets. It is the special time of year when flowers come up and trees bud (here in the northern hemispheres, at least). Since I was a kid I have marveled at this phenomenon of rebirth and renewal.… Read More What Do You See?
The other day I was thinking about how life can go along smoothly for a while, then out of the blue: WHAM! Some unwelcome or scary thing happens to us. And the thought occurred, “I have yet to meet anyone that goes to Disneyworld just to ride the Merry-Go-Round; most people at least want to ride… Read More Roller Coasters and Merry-Go-Rounds
Psychology Today defines fear as “an internal response to a perceived threat”. While fear is very real, what we fear may not be real at all. That’s why the definition includes the word perceived. In 12-step recovery, we come to realize that fear is often based on nothing more than our expectations; we had become fearful… Read More F.E.A.R.
This post was birthed after reading from Don Merritt’s most excellent blog, The Life Project. The specific post is here. I highly recommend it. Jesus first approaches Peter by calling out to him after Peter has experienced a night of fruitless fishing; He instructs Peter to put his net in the water again. Peter is… Read More Perfect Love
In 1955 Warner Brothers produced and distributed the movie “Rebel Without A Cause”, starring the young actor James Dean. Dean was 24 years old when filming began for “Rebel”. As the movie title suggests, the story is about a young rebellious man named Jim Stark, played by James Dean. The storyline, as described on imdb.com… Read More Rebel With A Cause
Many of my childhood memories with my dad are when he was working on a repair or improvement to our family home, and I was invited to “help”. Today we call that DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. Back then we just called it “work”. As a… Read More The Joy of DIY
The day after Jesus feeds the 5,000 men (plus women and children) with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish (John 6:9-13), the people come looking and find Him again. Jesus makes an observation about this crowd in verses 26-27: Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs,… Read More Hungry Again
As mentioned in other posts on this blog, I am a recovered alcoholic and addict. Before recovery I was consumed with a crazy fear there wasn’t enough (fill-in-the-blank). Sure, it was an irrational fear; but it did not feel irrational at the time. It felt normal. That’s one of the peculiarities of the disease. It… Read More Not Enough _____ In The World