|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 »
|Posted on December 4, 2017 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
An F for Effort
Just about everybody thinks they're good enough to at least squeak by into heaven. Put it all on balance, consider how hard they've tried, and God should be able to see they've done the best they could with what they had. They've been worse than some, sure, but better than most. When it's all said and done, if God's being fair, the scales ought to tip their way.
Well, there's the problem. The scales don't tip on the basis of being better ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 27, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Walk Like a Winner
Sometimes a guy just knows he's going to play well that day. Something about the confident, relaxed mood he's in when he wakes up. Something about how smooth and straight that first drive sails off the tee. Something about the way his gear feels when he straps it on. He just knows it. He's on. Everybody'd better watch out.
And believe it or not, when it comes to your battle against a certain sin or habitual behavior, you can step onto ...Read Full Post »