Life Is Opportunity not Outcome

There’s the old saying, “Sometimes life hands you lemons, and you have to make lemonade.” But there’s something fundamentally wrong with that statement. In essence, it’s saying that some days life gives you “good” outcomes, and some days life gives you “bad” outcomes, and on bad outcome days you have to come up with a…

Change: How Do We Thrive In It?

I was walking through briers and thick weeds, picking my way carefully to avoid stepping on any Copperhead snakes. Kicking away vines and undergrowth, I could make out traces of what had once been a cinderblock foundation. I saw the remnants of a road which looked like it had been a hundred years since anyone had walked…

How We Handle Worry & Decisions

We all worry. It’s part of being human.We all have those “what if?” thoughts that haunt us. We all seem to have an endless supply of things to worry about, too. I’ve lately been worrying about an upcoming decision I have to make, so I’ve been thinking about the nature of worry, especially in the area of…

Are You Living in Your Shack or Your Palace?

Once upon a time, a man received a letter stating that he had been named in the will of an obscure third cousin of his half uncle. Upon arriving at the attorney’s office, he was astonished to find that he had inherited two houses, tax-free. He was promptly handed the deeds, keys, & directions to…

Boundless Joy

What is your greatest joy? The question popped into my head while walking today, and instantly intrigued me. I started thinking of all the things that gave me joy— good food, back rubs, driving with the top down, listening to a waterfall, getting a new electronic gadget, and especially insulting lawyers. But it didn’t take…

We Don’t Need to Bring Anything to God

We don’t need to bring anything to God. I know, I know. That’s engrained within us from childhood on, that God deserves our best, that we owe Him everything. I can still see the little drummer boy being sad because he didn’t have anything to give baby Jesus. And, like most bad ideas, this started…

God Doesn’t Grade You

I think one of the ways we get most messed up about how God relates to us is that we think that He is grades us. We see Him as up in heaven always looking down and judging how well we measure up. We imagine that He is always keeping track, keeping score, to see if we are…

Walking Through the Tough Times with God

So, have you ever been through a tough time? Every faced adversity? I thought so. As the saying goes, you have either been through a tough time, going through a tough time, or preparing to go through a tough time. So wherever you are now, here are ten steps to help you walk through any…

How to Grow Up to Be Captain Kirk

Who among us hasn’t watched a movie as a child and thought “When I grow up, I want to be just like they are!”  Usually, the main character has specific character traits that are worthy of respect, honor, study, and emulation The 2009 reboot motion picture Star Trek is no different. It shows its main…

Seven Steps to Living Your Personal Greatness

There are some people who we regard as great, who we admire and respect, who seem to be almost superhuman. Whether it be the amazing strength and precision of a Serena Williams or the genius intelligence of an Albert Einstein, their accomplishments seem to transcend ordinary humans like you and me. But there is a…

Rest is God’s Blessing

Do you ever feel guilty about taking a break, just stopping to rest? There’s part of you that’s saying “I am so fried I just need to rest” but another part of you is saying “But there’s so much that still needs to be done” or “but this other person (coworker, friend, spouse) is still…

The Patience of a Rose

Does anyone ever think they are patient enough? I hear chuckles in the room, because I think we all can think of areas where we could use more patience. My biggest area is when I already see light at the end of the tunnel, a solution to a problem, but I realize it’s going to…