To what have you given your first hope? Relationships? A career? Promotions? Higher Salary? Achievements? Fame? Books written about you? Vacations? Trips of a lifetime? Bucket Lists...things to do before you die? Retirement? Our first hope should always be placed in the return of our Lord. When it is, instead, given over to other things … Continue reading Hope Is An “Anchor For The Soul”
Love is the “means” and the “end”
“It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.” ~Eric Hoffer. We so frequently speak of love – Love is love…Love drives out hate…Love your neighbor. Believing our own intentions are rooted in love, why do we so frequently act outside of love? There are scores of daily examples in … Continue reading Love is the “means” and the “end”
Journey of the Heart
"We are so committed to arranging for a happy little life that God has to thwart us to bring us back to himself." "The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see, the external story. The true story of each person is the journey of his or her … Continue reading Journey of the Heart
The Path to Love doesn’t begin with Self-Righteousness
Racism is sinful. Do you know what else is sinful -- and, by the way, not wholly disconnected from racism? Self-righteousness. Social media is overflowing with it. Being impressed with ourselves weakens are ability to effectively engage a real person with different ideas. In fact, engaging in meaningful interpersonal dialogue is a learned skill … Continue reading The Path to Love doesn’t begin with Self-Righteousness
One Source for a Lasting Joy
You've felt it before. It’s insatiable. Our search for joy; the hungering, thirsting, aching demand for joy. Unquenchable. With one exception. Lasting joy comes from our Creator, and him alone. If you’re filling the void with any other substitute, you’re most effective efforts provide only temporary results. One cannot be permanently satisfied with what this … Continue reading One Source for a Lasting Joy
Rarely do we intentionally leave behind things we intended to do. "Meant to do" shouldn't be on your day's agenda. Live intentionally. "You never climb a mountain on accident." ~Mark Udall.
Redefining American Exceptionalism
Recently posting that American exceptionalism was dead, a friend listed as evidence a list of social initiatives, mainly from the current politically hot-topic list, from European countries that were rated above similar programs in the USA. Her autopsy report was simply ranking of federal programs. America is exceptional because of the freedom and liberty that … Continue reading Redefining American Exceptionalism
Slipping Away from Me
Albert Schweitzer wrote, “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” There are things - eternal things - that are significantly more important than the immediate context of today. A part of you is eternal, formed by and in the very image of an eternal creator. Won't you, … Continue reading Slipping Away from Me
Book Review: The Utter Relief of Holiness
Oswald Chambers once wrote, "Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man." The most important things in life are often the most simple. At our center, we see and understand their simplicity. Hugging your little girl. Throwing the ball with a grandson. Playing with your puppy. Marveling in the Lord's creation, especially during these … Continue reading Book Review: The Utter Relief of Holiness
Guard your Heart!
As a child, I often heard the phrase, "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil." So many times, the lessons of our childhood ring with truth in our adult years. Solomon wrote, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Proverbs 4:23). As the center of our being, … Continue reading Guard your Heart!