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
I intended to write a witty and insightful post. That didn’t work out, so I resorted to a collection of witty and insightful quotes. “Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.” Frank Sonnenberg “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” Vernon Howard “Life is… Read More Words of Wisdom
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
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?
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
The last several weeks have been very difficult at work. More than I enjoy or desire. And I like to work. I count myself as one of the very fortunate to have experienced this phenomenon. Find something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. In a… Read More Don’t Dabble
I am, by any measuring stick I know, a selfish man. I wish it weren’t so but it is. Sometimes I look in the mirror and smile because it’s not as bad as it used to be. But still… If I were a house for sale, the seller would describe me as “a great opportunity… Read More Load-Bearing Support
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