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
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.
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
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