Better Option

Is there a better option? What is it? How do I go for it?These questions can be asked in just about every facet of life. Human beings have been created with incredible gifts and talents, and if you look, resources abound to explore those newer possibilities.Then, are you dissatisfied in life because you have settled for less than something better? …

Writing that letter

In 2022, what is one area in your life where you want to improve/grow/ change/do better? Here’s a sure way to get it accomplished: Craft a letter to God, on your computer, way before New Year’s Day. You can begin today, tomorrow, the day after, or next week. Edit it as many times as you want before January 1. Your letter must begin …

The Uncomfort Zone

You might have seen ads on tv for the comfort zone. How about the uncomfort zone? Never heard of the uncomfort zone? Neither have I; just came up with it.The uncomfort zone is where you don’t like to be/go because it is not comfortable there. It is where you feel like the proverbial ‘fish out of water.’ So many lives …

Here’s to Hope

As 2021 grinds towards its end, a foundational question to consider might have to do with hope, for 2022 – hope for a strong economy, hope for unflinching national security, hope for better standards of living, and hope for future generations. Such hopes are very natural for everyone in our country, and around the world. Beyond these aspirations, how about …

Generous People

The 2012 Science of Generosity Initiative defined generosity as “the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly…….What exactly generosity gives can be various things: money, possessions, time, attention, aid, encouragement, emotional availability, and more.” What one possesses does not determine their generosity; there are rich folk and poor people who are generous, just like there are the …

Stoking the Fire

Stoking the fire. Our family enjoys sitting around campfires, enjoying the glowing light and the emitting warmth. As the weather cools down, we are being blessed in enjoying such fire experiences with friends.To continue enjoying the warmth and light from the fire, someone takes it upon themselves to keep stoking the fire. If the one who started the fire folds …

Wordless Sermons

You might have heard this quote: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” (Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, 12th Century, Italy) The implication of the saying is that all Christians (not just ministers or church leaders) are always sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the way they live. How is my preaching? And yours?Jesus said …

Community

“Self-care cannot prevent burnout, care for one another can.” (Nagoski & Nagoski, Burnout) Seems like these authors discovered a biblical principle: Move from self-centeredness to other-centeredness. One simple and effective way to keep burnout in check by being others-centered is to practice deep community between three friends. Here are recommended steps to practice this discipline: 1. Pray for thirty days, …

Gossip? Me?

“We never pray for folk we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray!”  These words by Leonard Ravenhill seem to indicate that prayer and gossip can’t co-exist. Could Ravenhill be sharing a significant principle from the Lord Jesus Himself? (Matthew 5: 44, 45: But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may prove yourselves …

Disinterested Benevolence

I am part of a Wednesday prayer group that’s on a journey – finding ways to be effective witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ, in a post-Christian, highly-skeptical, religion-averse, and non-committal society. You know the culture, and possibly deal with one on a regular basis. How could the gospel of Jesus penetrate the padlocked and heavily guarded souls of this …