“Generosity of Spirit” = One of the most important qualities we can offer our spouse, children, and family…to our friends and co-workers. Why is our default reaction sometimes set to a sort of "Stinginess of Spirit?" We must be generous in the grace, meekness, and forgiveness that we inject into our interpersonal relationships. … Continue reading Generosity of Spirit
“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”
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
Dear Moms, Please stop feeling guilty. You’re doing a great job, and you’re very loved. Stop feeling guilty about not… * Crafting the impossibly over-engineered snacks you so regularly pin on Pinterest; * Cooking 3 scratch-made meals every day from organic ingredients that you purchased with coupons and on-sale; * Exercising at least 6 days … Continue reading A Message for you Amazing Mothers…
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!
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
We are all tempted. Each and every one of us. And we don’t talk about it enough. The lust of the flesh. The lust of the eyes. The pride of life. We all struggle. Every day. (1 John 2:15-17) What do we do about it? Love God more than things in this world; temporary things … Continue reading Everyone struggles. Talk about it.
"Not being bad" does not equal "Being good." A common theme in recent discussions with friends is that if we're not bad, we'll go to heaven. Don't lie, cheat, steal, etc. and you'll enter heaven. That's simply not the case. Why? Because "not being bad" does not equal "being good." "Being righteous" equals "Being good." … Continue reading “Not being bad” does not equal “Being Good”
"To love something is to see in it the hope of the promise that are in it, which our cynical, tired selves cannot see but which by God's grace we can see... "So when God in the Bible tells us that we are to love our enemies, he is not telling us to love what … Continue reading Love = Growing The Good Things
“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?