Making the Stretch

“Not in his goals but in his transitions man is great” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Okay, I generally do not like either-or language. I am a lumper. I am a joiner. I am a both-and thinker. So here, Emerson has created a needless either-or, when he could have just made a great both-and. “Not only in […]

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This Just Makes No Sense (At All)…

Which means, this is Jesus-style Christianity and not a watered down, weak, cultural form. I recently came across this prayer that was etched on a wall of one of the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. It was found with the liberation of these death camps. We have no idea who wrote it. O Lord, when […]

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Thoughts on Change

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been on some vacation time over the last 2 weeks—mostly recharging, doing some hikes in Colorado (when I was out there doing a leadership retreat for an organization in Colorado Springs), riding bike, reading (always), working out, and eating (of course). Some of my reading […]

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The Day After Memorial Day Musings

A day after Memorial Day (when we were all pretty busy with family events) let’s remember all those who have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of ideals worth defending, lives worth protecting, and loves worth safeguarding. Here are a few thoughts on the evil that must be resisted in the world. Just […]

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Transitions

Transitions. We are always in them. Sometimes they are planned and we are proactive in the transition. Other times they are surprises and we are thrown off center and out of balance. We either react in anxiousness or we respond with intentionality (unfortunately, it is often the former reactiveness). There are decades that bring with them […]

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The Secret of Life

I came across a pretty powerful thought. And as I thought about that thought, I decided to put it on an image. Then I had an interesting experience. Depending on the image, the thought took on different meaning. So here are three different images with the same quote. No matter which one grabs you, may […]

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A Little Enthusiasm Goes a Long Way

Just imagine how far a LOT of enthusiasm can take you! Do you remember the definition of en-THUSE? To enthuse is to put “thuse” in someone. Thuse comes from the Greek word theos, which is the word for God. The original meaning of the word was to have some of God in you, which would […]

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How You Make a Life

There are many things to consider about the theme of Making a Life. One part is that you don’t make your life at all, but you receive life.  This is a Christian perspective that must be a foundation for all other perspectives. Our life is not our own. We did not give birth to ourselves. […]

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Making the Most of Your Time

Be very careful then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17 These words of the Apostle Paul have motivated me through the long years. I am highly […]

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Holy Spirit, I Pray…

Some years ago I wrote a short article where I talked about praying to the Holy Spirit. Since then, I have had many people say they never knew they could “pray TO the Holy Spirit.” I am not surprised. It was not my normal practice either. It seemed natural to pray to the Father. After […]

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