|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
Truth and Freedom
For Superman, life is a “never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.” But for ordinary guys like us, truth is one battle we don’t have to fight. Truth has already been fought for . . . and won.
Like the truth that “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). The truth that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
We've never been to a funeral, no matter how tragic or expected the person's death, when much of the service and the conversations surrounding it didn't center on memories of his or her life. We recall happier times we spent together. We reflect on what this individual was like. We regret that we won't be able to enjoy their smile or laughter anymore on earth.
We look back. That's all we humans really know how to do. To look back is to k...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 5, 2018 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
Room to Be Human
We definitely live in a celebrity culture. How many industries--from sports talk to memorabilia sales--are manufactured on the backs of a culture that can't get enough scoop or goods on today's headline makers? We know they're just people, but somehow we're willing to let them be larger-than-life. It's in our cultural DNA.
But even those who impress us with their skill and swagger--the ones who are among the best at what they do--miss a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 29, 2018 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
What Dad Says
If you’ve been a father for very long, you’ve heard one of your children say, “Dad, I remember you telling me...” And strangely, you may have no more than a dim memory of having said it. They were words that didn’t really register as they were coming out but, for whatever reason, they sure did register coming in.
Maybe it was a stray memory you shared while you were out fishing together or running weekend erran...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 22, 2018 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
One of the things you get in Game Plan for Life is some straight talk on some real stuff. But as sort of a bonus, you also get (here and there) a little ancient philosophy to go with your modern advice--like this, from the Greek thinker Socrates: "The unexamined life is not worth living."
Any of us who struggle to keep our weight where the doctor says it should be or who've never met an excuse that couldn't talk us out of exercising--we know how...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Who's the Boss?
The life of an athlete requires answering to a lot of people: coaches, media, sponsors, and the public. So does yours, no matter what career you're in. There are clients and customers to serve, supervisors and upper management to please, shareholders and contributors to coddle--lots of people to cater to.
Game Plan for Life, however, introduces us to this simplifying concept: "the audience of One." The One, of course, is God. And His dema...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 9, 2018 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
First Things First
You may or may not be a list-maker. It doesn't really matter. Because whether you are or you aren't, we all live by a list. We all do what's most important to us--our ones, twos, and threes. The tens, twelves, and fifteens rarely make an actual appearance.
The same goes for our money. We may or may not live by a budget--(Ron Blue will get us for that)--but we have our reasons for spending and saving the way we do... or don't. Our first...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 26, 2017 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
Reversing the Trend
Whether from being left untended or from constant use, things will always be inclined to grow old and wear out. Knees will start to ache and catch. Gaskets will leak. Organization will trend toward chaos. The deodorant stick will shrink smaller and smaller. It's the nature of life. Downhill. Showing age.
It's even the nature of marriage. What starts with candlelight, tuxedo, and a minister's blessing slowly gives way to the late local...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
Heaven: Harps Optional
One of the things Randy Alcorn accomplishes in his chapter on heaven in Game Plan for Life is to quiet our misconception that life after death for the Christian is going to be boring. A never-ending church service. All Christmas carols and choir books.
Actually, the Bible says heaven will be a total experience of newness that touches everything about us and everything we do. Not just better singing and sermons. Not just better foo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 11, 2017 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's Your Day Looking?
In Game Plan for Life, Os Guinness mentions this quote from a 90-year-old Winston Churchill: "Life has been a grand journey--well worth making once."
Once. That's all we get. No dry runs. No do-overs. This day you're living now is not a dress rehearsal or a practice lap. You're on the stage. You're in the game. Start playing.
What this kind of thinking does is rip the disguise off today, revealing it to be every b...Read Full Post »