We live in a world that seeks out heroic efforts and the heroes among us. We look to historical heroes, medical heroes, military heroes, political heroes, sports heroes, family heroes and every day heroes. We make so many movies depicting superheroes at work saving the world from catastrophe – all the while fighting back the […]Read more "Heroic"
Don’t allow the push of critics or the pull of fans to deter you, slow you down, sideline you or get your stuck. Sure, sometimes we might need a push to get us moving or pulled in a better direction… But we don’t need to be pulled and crippled by the critics and just quit. Nor do we […]Read more "Push or Pull"
We have all witnessed it. We’ve all done it. The situation is unfolding and then someone kicks UP the volume. Tensions rise. We call these discussions – “heated”. Whether it’s the person at the airline counter who once was trying to convey their frustration and need, but has now slipped across the line into personal […]Read more "Volume"
We all live by a narrative that is unfolding within us and around us. In the simplest of understanding, it’s the way in which we see things. The narrative of worry is the internal story of scarcity, worst-case scenarios and confusion. Worry knocks on the doors of our hearts and lives no matter our gender, age […]Read more "The Narrative of Worry"
So much of life can get stuck in the ‘learn this’, ‘learn that’ and ‘study hard’, information hunting and gathering cycle. We grow up being taught so that we learn more. Pushed to learn more, know more, understand more. Learning more is an awesome thing – a necessary thing. We need to be people of […]Read more "Go and Do"
Where’s your favorite chair? Is it in your house? Was it in the house you grew up in? Or maybe it’s in someone else’s house, it’s the one you look to make sure no one is sitting there at you enter and as you try to move the conversation into that room. Is it in […]Read more "Where’s Your Seat?"
Prayer matters. What’s the role of prayer in our life? For some it’s seen as a life-saver – literally – they give it a toss whenever tragedy or crisis occur and are reaching out for God to intervene. For others, they roll through prayer as they would a Skype call to a distant relative with updates […]Read more "Why Prayer Matters"
You’ve heard the adage that ‘sharing is caring.’ You’ve been told to share with your siblings probably a million times growing up. Maybe you’ve seen the Taco Bell commercial that mocks the concept of sharing. Lamenting that you’ve had to “share all your life” and with some cleverly placed ‘flashback’ footage of kids having to share […]Read more "Stockpile or Share"
There’s a lot of talk about love. Ideas, concepts and conversations around what it is and what it looks like. This post isn’t about debating the intricacies of it or an attempt to get our arms completely around it. This is about highlighting one reality of love. Love sweats. Love is active. It takes initiative. […]Read more "Love Sweats"
Courage seems to be something we all desire to live with, but sometimes find lacking or waning within us. Why is it such a challenge to live courageously? What does it look like to live courageously in our faith journey with Christ? What does it look like to live life on adventures with God? There […]Read more "Courageous Faith"
Sometimes it’s the simplest statements that are the stickiest. The statement below sums up a calling Jesus gave us as his followers in Matthew 5 – to let our life & light shine in such a way that others might notice Him. I love the way C.S. Lewis puts it. May it stir you to let […]Read more "Shine"
You won’t find God stuck in the past. You’ll notice His handiwork and recognize His workings. But He’s not stuck back there. His name is not I Was. His name is I Am. If we obsess over what God did last, we might just miss what He wants to do next. God’s at work right here, right […]Read more "Focus Forward"
“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” -C.S. Lewis Celebration matters to God. We’re called to practice celebration because of the many things it will do within our hearts. Richard Foster says that “celebration is central to all spiritual practices.” If you find yourself struggling with envy, bitterness, disappointment or grumpiness – ask yourself: are you […]Read more "Practicing Celebration"
Extreme poverty is about trying to survive one day at a time. Those living in this kind of poverty live on about a $1 a day. Poverty is hunger, inadequate shelter, lack of clean water, poor or no education, no job, no health care, fear, vulnerability to abuse and in too many cases no hope. […]Read more "Ecuador"
Life moves fast. Perhaps too fast. Sometimes so fast that it can almost feel like you’re missing out on living it. When life becomes hurried – it actually begins to rob you of life. So, what’s the alternative? Become a couch potato? Do nothing? Say ‘no’ to everyone? Probably not. That’s not living either. Is […]Read more "Unhurried Living"