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
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
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!
"God has given us two hands - one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing." - Billy Graham “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” ~ Hebrews 13:16 … Continue reading Channels for Sharing
"We typically think of integrity as the ability to resist temptation by resolve. And that's a good thing; self-discipline is a good thing. But there is another level of integrity, the kind where you don't even want the seduction that is being presented to you. Goodness runs so deep, so pervasive through your character and … Continue reading Deep-Rooted, Pervasive Integrity
Choose to be kind to others not because they're nice, but because you are. Don’t justify your actions on the “wrong” behavior of others. Don’t respond with anger to a lack of kindness in others. Don’t choose in response to the poor choices of others. You can’t blame other people! I tried this as a … Continue reading Turn Around That Pointed Finger
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." (Abraham Lincoln) When we're tired, hungry, or stressed, we're generally not much use. We're running at a diminished capacity. Do you know just when you feel like going out of your way to help others? When … Continue reading Wellspring of Life
Perhaps the greatest limitation of human potential = The fear of what people might think Are you limited by this fear? Controlled by it? So many are consumed by it, often unaware of its power. The opportunity cost is staggering. Imagine society without this limitation. Imagine your life without this limitation. For God has not … Continue reading Our Greatest Limitation
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." ~ Francis de Sales. "Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near." ~ Philippians 4:5 (NASB).
Jesus is Christ, the Son of the Living God. Hey, eye-rollers! Yeah, you. How many of you rolled your eyes with reading that statement. Raise your hands! How many of you stopped reading altogether? I would say, "Raise your hands!" but you didn't stick around for the rest of this discussion. It's amazing how that … Continue reading Bold Proclamations