When Always in a Hurry – Hit Pause

When Always in a Hurry – Hit Pause

Imagine Jesus looking at two lists. One is a list of your talents, your gifts, your personality. The other list is your weaknesses and poor decisions. Think of Him turning to you and beginning a conversation of encouragement. What would He say? How would you feel?...
A Lesson

A Lesson

Last week I spoke at a funeral service as we said goodbye to a dear friend. I saw many friends who also struggled to believe we’d never see Franz on earth again. His life taught us. Last weekend I spoke at a conference Friday through Sunday. I saw many people who...
Suggestions for a Better Life

Suggestions for a Better Life

* Look at pictures from your past. Write a story about the painful seasons and the joyful seasons of your life. Write a story about what you hope your next life chapter will be. Write a list of ways you can help that chapter become a reality.  * Select ten songs which...
What If We…

What If We…

What if we took time this year, this week, this day to do things we know are best for us? And best for others? Things like these: Listening well. Caring deeply.  Enduring an adventure when we feel like quitting. Spending time with people who need someone who will...
Music and Memory

Music and Memory

Music and memory can be friends. What are your favorite songs? Why do you like them? What are the songs which best describe your own underwater story? Why did you select those songs? What part of the song brings tears? What part brings laughter? What part brings hope?...
Wild Ideas for 2018

Wild Ideas for 2018

– Seek to pause and find a healthy balance of hi-touch community in our hi-tech world. – Refuse to do life alone. – Study the life of one biblical character. – Seek to discover more about his or her life. – Think of how you can apply what...
What Ifs for 2018

What Ifs for 2018

What if we decided to care more for others in 2018? Should we? Why? What would become different? Who would notice? Would it matter if anyone noticed?  What if we decided to take care better of ourselves in 2018? Should we? What would that mean? How would that look?...
The Wind Whispered

The Wind Whispered

What if today we hear from Christ? What if the ancient sermon is alive in our minds today? Pick the place. Maybe not a Sermon on the Mount. Possibly a Sermon at the Table. Or a Sermon at the Desk. Or a Sermon on the Plane. Or a Sermon After a Visit with a Counselor....
Praying and Living as One

Praying and Living as One

While pastoring I also learned diversity and unity through normal everyday life and through once-in-a-lifetime accomplishments. Each incident we encounter can become a study of its own, a moment of the holy, a bump into God’s grace, a glance into His face, a holding...