Apr 25, 2013

Humility Has Two Faces

Humility has two-faces. Beware of the voices you hear saying, “You have to stay humble.” Or, “We’re just trying to be humble in our success.” Even, “I’m feeling humbled by this opportunity.” These expressions of “humility” reduce the word to some feigned modesty or even true modesty but not the essence of humility’s meaning. The English word “humble,” humility’s root, carries with it the original meaning of being lowly but also a modified sense of lowliness we call modesty. We are gradually changing the meaning of the word humility. No longer does the word connote a crawling on the ground...Read more +
Apr 4, 2013

On Promised Lands

I’ve been praying about some promises lately—things I haven’t seen yet. I’ve said things like, “I know God is going to do it,” and “He said it, so it will happen,” and “I’m just going to wait right here and trust Him to do it when He’s ready.” But yesterday during my quiet time, God convicted me of that. And I realized I’ve been going about things all wrong. In fact, I haven’t been going at all. I’ve been sitting, praying in future tense for things that are now. I’ve always heard it said that if God said it, it...Read more +
Apr 1, 2013

My Untold Story

I’ve fought this for a long time—the urge to write out everything stirring inside. I haven’t shared it until now because it is so deeply personal, because I don’t want to start arguments, because my thoughts and experience are not up for debate and I don’t feel I need to justify my beliefs to those who believe differently. I know there are people in my family who avoid it, who think it should never be talked about, and feel it in some way impugns their character, and then there are others who don’t think there’s anything wrong with it and...Read more +
Mar 29, 2013

Suffering

If we don’t embrace our suffering how can we embrace the fullness of the resurrection? Suffering comes in many forms and it is deeply personal. There are perhaps as many forms of suffering as there are human beings. Our suffering is unique; yet it’s not. If we are to know Christ we are to embrace our suffering as if it were his suffering and for Jesus that suffering was deep, humiliating, painful, worrisome, and unfathomable. We may know about Jesus’ suffering. Too, we can empathize with it cognitively— the idea of suffering and pain can be intellectually understood. But to...Read more +
Mar 20, 2013

Work with Dignity

Stan and Floyd were wise and talented craftsmen. During my last years in college and for a while after I graduated we worked together. I learned a lot from both of these men about giving your best at work, working hard and being a standup guy. Floyd was the boss and he managed people well. He also demanded justice for his staff and the students of the school where we worked. I worked with Stan on the weekends. During the week he collected trash for the city. He was a garbage man. Both men were underemployed sixty-somethings looking to provide...Read more +
Jan 16, 2013

Maturity

How do you teach maturity? how did we learnt it growing up, was it the reaction to responsibilities which we gained as we got bigger and the way we dealt with situations, the challenges we faced and how we overcame them. Some have responsibility forced on them at a very young age and so very quickly are dealing with circumstances and situations in which someone twice their age would have broken down. They have a maturity that enables them to deal with the circumstance and informs their decision making. I learnt at 13 that my 50p a week pocket money...Read more +
Jan 7, 2013

When God's Answer is a Dust Bunny Breeder

I’ve been a nomad for the past two years. Travelling from room to room, floating from surface to surface, I’ve written from any place I could find that was free of distraction and children. From the edge of the bed to the dining table to the recliner to the floor to the family room to the kitchen counter—I’ve been to every corner of my home looking for a place to designate as my work station. Unsuccessful in my attempts and unwilling to go to the one place left sacred from all interruption (the bathroom, and yes, I still go there...Read more +
Jan 1, 2013

Now

I make excuses all the time. In a effort to justify my lack of performance or inability to complete a task, I like to cite my circumstances, deficiency, shortage, and personal need as the cause for avoidance. I say things like, “I would, but I can’t. I don’t have enough money or the right connections. I’m an unknown. I don’t have a proper working space. I don’t have a large following. What I have to say isn’t as good or important as what other writers are saying.” On and on I go, giving God my list of reasons why He’s...Read more +
Dec 31, 2012

Don't Forget

You’ll probably sing it or hear it tonight at the end of your New Year’s Eve celebration: Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. - Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne Embarrassingly, I sang it for years never really knowing what it means or caring to understand it’s implication. Until about fifteen years ago, I didn’t even know the real words. My childhood, teenage, and early...Read more +
Dec 27, 2012

Stand and Shine

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. – Anne Lamott I’ve been doing it again lately—running around like a chicken with its head cut off, stumbling, flailing, thrashing—hoping to magically land in the place I’m supposed to be. For the life of me, I just can’t seem to find where I fit. I wish I had known this was going to be a life-long struggle; I would have taken better notes in junior high. I thought my wing-flapping days were over a little over a year ago when I...Read more +

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