• The Bigger Picture

    Each year many people make all kinds of resolutions. Perhaps you made one. Maybe you made several. We are now two weeks into the new year and you may be doing well in keeping your resolutions or maybe you are ready to give up. Your success or failure is not the purpose of this post, but it is important. So, what is the point? Well, many of the resolutions people make relate to health. Physical health, emotional health, spiritual health, etc. So, really a resolution is (for most people) about making ourselves better in some way. In other words, it is about doing more or better for our bodies, our…

  • Redeem the Time

    Welcome to 2021. Are you glad that 2020 is in the rear-view mirror? If so, why? Now, I realize that last line may create a lot of emotion, but the question of WHY is not irrelevant? Sure, COVID disrupted the planet, and more importantly, it disrupted many individual lives in unimaginable ways. Sure, the world saw racial tensions elevate throughout the year and some of those issues led to further protests and calls for reform. Sure, America had a presidential election that had as much contention after the election as it did prior to election day. Sure, the world saw disasters related to fires, as well as weather-related issues all…

  • REPOST – 3 Tips for Those Who Find It Hard to Pray for Others

    For the remainder of 2020, I will be reposting the most viewed posts from this past year. This week, we start with the 5th most viewed post of 2020 on our way to the most viewed post of the year. New posts will return on January 8th, with my book summaries (12/31) and new reading list (1/1) posted on their usual schedules. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you find it helpful, I encourage you to share this site with others. The following post was first posted on this site October 26th, 2018. Each of these repostings are in their original, unedited form. —- In…

  • Ready! Aim! Fire!

    It is said that the world is filled with (at least) three different types of people. The three types are those that live by the practice of: Ready. Aim. Fire.                 Ready. Fire. Aim.                 Ready. Aim. Aim. Aim. Aim. Fire. Frankly, for a larger part of my life I have been closer to the last group of people than the others. That means it probably would not surprise you to know that I am an Enneagram 1. But I am finding myself far less trapped by the need to be perfect as I used to be. Perhaps it is age. Perhaps it is wisdom. But it is certainly realizing…

  • Aiming for More

    What are some of the important markers in your life? Maybe it is a wedding day or the birth of a child or children. For others, it might be related to a move, a new job, or some other significant change. For others, those markers relate to health matters, or a tragic event like the loss of a loved one. Whatever it is, we all have markers in our life. For me, one of those markers has never been birthdays. But this year is different. 50 years ago today, I was born. I don’t say that to have any birthday wishes come my way. I say it because it is…

  • Stepping Out of the Hamster Wheel

    How is your life progressing? How do you measure that progress? Perhaps for the day-to-day, you use a calendar and a to-do list. I know I do. Frankly, I do not know how I would properly function without knowing where I am to be, what time I am to be there, and what I am to do. However, clicking (or checking) off a list of tasks and keeping appointments does not make for a full life. We may be productive, but are we effective? (I have long argued for effectiveness over productivity and efficiency, although each of the latter are important.) And if we are effective, what is the benefit?…

  • Surrender

    What comes to mind when you hear the word surrender? For me, I usually think of defeat. I think of a weaker opponent yielding to a strong opponent. Sometimes I want the surrender to happen before it actually does. For instance, consider one team being badly beaten by another team, but the game not being ready to end because of the time left, or the innings remaining, etc. (I did actually witness a team walk off the field in the middle of an inning once because of how bad the other team was winning – that image has stuck with me for over 30 years). But could surrender be good?…

  • Personal Sabbath Update

    Allow me the opportunity to provide a personal update of my first three weeks of taking a Sabbath. While recording this update here provides me an opportunity to reflect on my experience, my primary goal is to encourage others as I record my own thoughts in a journal. I am taking this opportunity to provide an update because I am approximately halfway through this journey to discover and employ a Sabbath in my life. My first post on the need for rest was in late February and I will finish reading my first book on Sabbath at the end of June. Thus, this is about the midpoint and is a…

  • Rhythm

    Rhythm. What comes to mind when you hear that word? For some it will be music. For others it will be nature. For others it may be life itself. And the reality is that all of those answers are correct – and, in one sense, the same. As I focus on the idea of Sabbath during this season, I am reading a book to help guide my thoughts and give me ideas. The book that I am reading is called Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives. It was written by Wayne Muller. Some who read this book may be turned off because it is not truly…

  • Remember the Sabbath

    Can you name the Ten Commandments? In order? Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to confess whether you did or not. The truth is that many people (particularly Christians) talk about the Commandments, but that doesn’t mean that they know them. But here is something I bet many people who know a few of the Commandments will know. What are the first two words of most of the Ten Commandments. “You shall…” Of the ten, eight start with “You shall…” Seven of those eight begin with “You shall not…” The eighth says “You shall have no…” which has the same effective meaning.* The other two are: Honor…