The sun can be pretty bright. But all it takes is one hand raised between you and the sun to blot out its brilliance. By covering our eyes we can block the sun's light. With one outstretched hand, we can also block the light of God's Son. God's light continues to shine but we don't always … Continue reading Blot Out The Sun
Balance. Have you ever heard the word used this way, "I'm having a hard time balancing everything in my life."? Or, "You just need to find balance." It's common to believe that what you're missing in life, why you're having such a hard time, why you're overwhelmed and feel like a failure, is balance. If … Continue reading Go Hug A Cactus
"(Our) rules and practices have merely deadened our humanity, instead of setting it free to develop richly, in all its capacities, under the influence of grace." - Thomas Merton Yesterday my children broke all the rules. It was a day of constant warnings, discipline, and teaching. Finally, at bedtime, I had reached my limit and I … Continue reading Tattoos On The Heart
If there is one thing people don’t ever want to do it's clean bathrooms! And, a close second is being the “bad guy”. No one wants to be the bad guy. Perhaps being the “bad guy” is not always such a bad thing though. We all squirm and get sweaty palms just thinking about it … Continue reading In Your Face Grace
I have to admit that pursuing Jesus with consistent admiration over Christmas is not easy for me. I’m a huge fan of Christmas music, so much so that I often sneak a listen way before Thanksgiving even comes around! I love putting up lights and decorating. Every year I try and go to a play, a concert, or a pageant about Christmas. And yet, even in these things Jesus can lose his lead character role in it all.
I have noticed though that, whether it's a lake or a river, there is no such thing as sitting still. If you aren't paddling you will eventually drift somewhere. Why would people drift away from Jesus? Whatever the reason, it's happening. Many young people who grew up in the church and have once professed their faith in Jesus have since given up on Church. The irony is though that...
Competitors never stop running. I know a few competitive long distance runners. Everything about their life feeds into that purpose. They eat, sleep, train, and live to be the best they can. It's a commitment to excel. Do you have a commitment to excel in your life as a Christian? Running with Jesus takes commitment and sacrifice. You can't just run one lap a week on Sundays. Jesus is calling you to run each day at your school, your team, your work, even at your home.
I need a nap. We live in a very fast paced, busy, "git-er-done" culture. We add lots of things into our weekly activities. We say phrases like, “rest is for the weak” or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “Ain’t nobody got time to rest!” to boost the moral of hyper activity. Somewhere we think … Continue reading Naps Are Good For The Soul
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. But, as I ponder the significance of Easter this year, my heart is shifting. Did you know that the early church didn’t even celebrate the birth of Jesus. Easter was their most cherished holiday. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God and what … Continue reading The Never Ending Story
Think back to when you were a child. Can you remember a toy that you asked Mom and Dad to get you for your birthday? You spent months telling them you really, really, really, really needed it. I can remember this one year how desperately I wanted GI Joes. Despite my Mothers refusal to buy, what … Continue reading There’s No Room For Jesus In Church