Spoons

Playing Spoons is fun for me. This is how it is played: Folk sit at a table to play. If there are five players, then four spoons are placed on the table. All players are dealt four playing cards. As the game progresses, players take turns picking a card from the stack on the table, trying to collect four cards of …

The Rashomon Effect

Have you heard of this eastern parable? Six blind men tried to describe an elephant by touching it. Man # 1: Feeling a side of the animal, “This animal is smooth and solid like a wall.” Man # 2: Handling the animal’s trunk, “An elephant is like a huge snake.” Man # 3: Touching the animal’s tusk, “Say, this creature …

On Loving

Good morning! Jesus’ command to love and His emphasis on the subject (John 13: 34,35; 15: 12,13,17) continue to challenge and encourage me. Recently, I read something from Ellen White which drove the point home. I quote her below, and request you to read a few times what she wrote to catch the impact of her take on Jesus’ command to …

The King of the House

As men it is our duty to protect the household. Ever heard of the term, man of the house? Well it’s true, a man or husband is responsible for his household as well as his family. A man’s house is his kingdom and a king will fight to protect it at all cost even if it cost him his life. …

Examen

Once upon a time, a professor quoted someone and told me that an unexamined life was not worth living. At that time, I did not think much of it. I have since wondered if what he said was true.So, lately, I’ve been practicing Examen. Have you heard of Examen? No worries: I didn’t either.Examen is a gentle spiritual discipline that helps one …

The Look – Nebuchadnezzar’s vs. Nehemiah’s

In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins shares the images of looking through a window versus looking in a mirror. Interesting analogy. When things go right and well, the principled person looks through a window – and sees all the people who played a part in what’s going well, without offering the Nebuchadnezzar pat. (If you haven’t heard of the …

The AAA Highway

Recently, two individuals, both dear friends of mine, confided in me, separately, that they were able to work through some long-standing differences, make amends, and move forward in their relationship. As I listened to them, it became evident that the more a person walked with God, the more possible it became to humble oneself and follow the AAA Highway. Have you …

Body Image

The study group that I was a part of last evening discovered something fascinating: the body image a person has of themselves impacts their perception of relationships around them. This perception influences their place and involvement in the body of Christ – the Church. After several months, the body of Christ at Clifton Adventist Church is taking a step this …

Hypocrisy Vs Transparency

Our family often travels on an airline that publicizes ‘transfarency’. I think this airline declares that its fare structure is always transparent, with no hidden charges. Interesting, and quite pleasing to the ears. How is it in my life? Yours? How synonymous are one’s thoughts, words, and actions? For example, let’s say you listened to a speech or interview. The …

Respect- The Golden Rule

How would you score on the ‘Waiter Rule’? The ‘Waiter Rule’ is the way you treat a waiter in a restaurant, knowing that your paths possibly would never cross again, and you need no other help from the waiter. You might say that the way you treat a waiter would be directly proportional to how the waiter waited on you …