|Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Reversing the Trend
Whether from being left untended or from constant use, things will always be inclined to grow old and deplete. Knees will start to ache and catch. Tires will wear thin. Gaskets will leak. Organization will trend toward chaos. The deodorant stick will shrink smaller and smaller. Clothes will wrinkle. Dust will accumulate. It’s the nature of life. Downhill. Showing age.
It’s even the nature of marriage. What ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 10, 2018 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Breakdown or Breakthrough?
There are certain sins and temptations that take all the strength you can muster. You push them out of your mind one minute, only to see they’re back the next. They’re like a fly in the house—buzzing and darting, landing out of sight, then zooming by again just when you’d forgotten about it.
Sometimes these sinful pulls and attractions will leave for a few days, a few weeks, maybe even months at ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 3, 2018 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
The Dignity of Man
Do you ever go through seasons when you just don't feel like your life counts for very much? Everything seems about as pointless as a first-quarter NBA score in November. People treat you with less interest than a flight attendant's lecture on oxygen masks and exit doors.
But what's easy to forget at times like these is that your value is not something other people can assign to you. They don't get to grade this. You have been given gr...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 27, 2018 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
Can You See Me?
It used to just be celebrities who had to live with the possibility that someone could be filming or taking pictures of them at any moment. But today, we're all fairly accustomed to knowing that a camera is likely trained on us at every store entrance, every ATM machine, perhaps even when we're trying to decide whether to run through a yellow light or not.
We're a watched society—which can be troubl...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2018 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
We know what kind of violent insults can be hurled at coaches whose teams miss the playoffs for a second season in a row. We hear of even college players--nineteen and twenty year-olds, remember--getting death threats after throwing more interceptions than touchdowns.
But in their own way, any unfair complaints you may be enduring on the job right now are just as damaging and hurtful as these. Perhaps your upper level management is making it ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 13, 2018 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
All God's Children
Even though America has come a long way in terms of race relations--far more than many other countries of the world--stereotypes do still exist. Perhaps there are some people you'd rather not have as neighbors. Certain nationalities draw your suspicions. They have customs and habits that feel--(to use a fitting word)--"foreign" to you.
But while home and family and patriotism are each good things, we must always be careful about lettin...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 6, 2018 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Sailing in the Current
Are you happy where you are? Happy with your job and your prospects for growth? Happy with your home life, whether married or single? Happy with the house you live in? Happy with the car you drive? Happy with much of anything right now in terms of where you'd like to be?
When God allowed a Babylonian king to swoop into Israel and cart the Hebrews off into exile, you can be sure they weren't very happy. They'd lost their homes, lost...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 30, 2018 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Rx for Worry
Live long enough, and you'll find yourself in a thin hospital gown, crawling up on the table for some kind of test procedure. You'll wait by the phone for the results, trying not to worry but unable to keep from wondering what you'll do if it's bad.
Is there a game plan for this kind of situation?
Let's just say that one of the blessings of living in daily fellowship with God is developing a settled heart. You realize your sa...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 9, 2018 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
“as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to rem...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 25, 2018 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Whether at work or at home or in some other setting, you know what it's like when someone gets mad, gets their feelings hurt, and accuses you of something you didn't do. Instead of coming to find out what really happened or to talk it out calmly, they start right in with the accusations.
First reaction is what? "If they've got the nerve to come in here blaming me for things they don't even know about, they'd better have the guts to hear ...Read Full Post »