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Apparently 2012 will not see the end of the world, but just the transition into a new era. This is according to Australian researcher Sven Gronemeyer, who said the Mayan calendar ends at 2012 because the ancient Mexican culture was … Continue reading
I hear the oft-quoted St. Francis of Assisi comment from Christians nowadays: “Preach the gospel at all times — If necessary, use words.” I understand Francis’ point that our behavior and acts of service should be a light in this … Continue reading
I admire forthright people. That doesn’t mean I’m always forthright, but I admire it. I hope that I aim for it in my relationship with God and with other humans.
What do I mean by forthright? This kind of person is straight up about what they believe and why they believe it. They don’t hem and haw about motives and reasons for doing things. They’re candid, not afraid to tell you their own mistakes or reveal their wrong thoughts or behaviors. They aren’t proud of those mistakes and missteps, just honest.
With all the recent financial woes, 401K plans nose-diving like kamikazes, Wall Street losing its mind and who knows about the future, I had to conclude: whether it’s my yard or my friend’s yard, my mother-in-law’s car or the new Honda we just purchased, the flat-screen monitor I picked up at a garage sale or the house I’m living in right now, it all belongs to the Lord. The tall fescue belongs to Jesus. I’m just asking for the ability to enjoy it while these toes of mine still grip the earth.
I’ve been thinking lately about the Sabbath. Now, mind you, I’m not an Old Testament “observe the Sabbath” kind of guy. My thoughts on this topic are firmly grounded in Colossians 2:16-17. The Sabbath was a “shadow” or more correctly a “foreshadow” of the peace and rest that we have in Christ. It was a picture of what God intended for the Israelites and for all people in regards to knowing Him.
I was talking recently to a friend of mine about the atmosphere of fear. I’m not talking about fear of terrorists or fear of salmonella poisoning either. I was talking about a subtle but very negative atmosphere parents can create when we express (or demonstrate) too much worry about our children.
Maybe you’re one of those extremely self-confident people who can just lay it all out there for the world to see. You don’t care how you’re perceived or you’re just naturally secure or you have such a grasp on your identity as a child of God nothing phases you. God bless you. That isn’t me.
We should be salt – seasoning our relationships with grace and kindness, patience and compassion. We should be vessels of God’s love to our families, but not stop there. We should be known as the neighbors with the open door policy. We should have a reputation among our co-workers as the person who can be counted on in a pinch. That’s a short list.
I’ve been thinking about the topic of sanity lately. I think, over the last 20+ years of knowing God personally, that I’ve become a more sane person. Not that anyone would have said, “Wow, that guy’s insane” (well, maybe a few But one of the side benefits of meeting Jesus and learning and applying God’s truth has been increasing mental wellness. Continue reading
Summer is a funny kind of season for me. I love the extra time with the kids, the freedom to explore new things because I’m not hamstrung by life’s normal commitments, getting outdoors, going on vacation and hopefully, throttle down just a bit. But I’ve also discovered that summer is a season where I need to exercise extra diligence – spiritually. I find it easy to drift into the endless summer mentality and begin to think that all’s well with the world. Something usually happens when I shift into that mindset – I fall asleep.