Some days feel like a contest for who can tally up the most suffering; who can endure the most pain and loss. And the onslaught, at times, is merciless. Please keep in mind that, while certainly true, pain and suffering aren’t the entire truth. In fact, they’re only a very small piece of our eternal … Continue reading The Glory IN You
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!
"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
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." (Plato) It was very early morning. The front door was open, and the cold air entered the warm hallway. The light inside shined brightly thru the door, fearlessly piercing the … Continue reading When the Light shines Brightest
"Do you still not see or understand? Do you have such hard hearts? Having eyes do you not see?" ~Jesus questioning his disciples (Mark 8:17-18) Why are things so often hiding in plain sight? Looking for those car keys? or your wallet? I bet they're right under your nose...sitting right there on the table by … Continue reading Seeing the Invisible Qualities of God
“I believe in a Divine Creator, but not in Christianity or any of the other religions of the world.” A friend recently typed this sentiment. It’s heart-breaking. Evidence of God’s creation is certainly easy to see. All around us. Nature. Our children being born. The goodness we share with each other. The love that overcomes … Continue reading “Don’t you know me, Philip?”
"The problem with dying to myself is that it's so daily. I have to make the choice over and over again. I can live for myself or I can live for Christ, which means picking up my cross -- at the drugstore, at the gas pump, in my living room, in traffic. "Not only must … Continue reading Dying to Myself
“Tell me about yourself.” “What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?” Have you been asked these questions during an interview? Wonder why? The interviewer wants to know a whole lot more about your level of self-awareness, and less about the exact answers to these questions. What’s your self-concept? So many are absolutely … Continue reading What’s your self-concept?