Patience Part 3

Patience Part 3

Last Week Last week, we discovered that to grow in patience, we must train in patience under the proper nutritional and recovery conditions – doing spiritual disciplines such as worshipping together in small groups, having private prayer time, and engaging...
Patience Part 2

Patience Part 2

Last Week Last week, we looked at two manifestations of patience: short-term and long-term. The one difference that we focused on was the frequency. Typically, we’ll experience more short-term opportunities, such as waiting in line (ugh, who wants to do...
Patience Part 1

Patience Part 1

What things test your patience in your world? Is it traffic? Slow internet? Waiting in line at the store? Perhaps it’s a train on the tracks or taking your wife-to-be shoe shopping. (Ask me about that one sometime.)  When my girls were younger, they liked...
Letting go

Letting go

In August of 2023, I experienced a first in my life. At 47, a diminishing number of these are left, as my kids quickly remind me. And so I relish the firsts when they come. Except this one. This one, I didn’t. At least not initially. This first was my oldest daughter...
Be a delight

Be a delight

I am not always the easiest person to be around. If you ask my wife, she will, without equivocation, affirm that statement. I can be hard to love. I can be impatient, stubborn, and prideful at times, refusing to admit when I’ve screwed up even though I know I’ve...
Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Many years ago (before kids – so at least 20), I made this elaborate 12 Days of Valentine’s poster. Taking a sheet of poster board, I cut out 12 windows and taped paper in the back with whatever that day’s Valentine’s gift was. I know; it was...
Manly Men

Manly Men

Admittedly, I don’t watch much TV. It’s not that I’m against TV. I just don’t get into it. But the show’s opening jingles stick with me. And even though I may have watched only one episode, the jingle for Two and a Half Men is bouncing...
Words

Words

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” We’ve all heard that phrase. We’ve used that phrase. Sometimes, we abide by that phrase. But sometimes we don’t. And there’s a lot of opportunity for both. As human beings, we average around 16,000 words in...
What are you running toward

What are you running toward

I have a saying that I often share with others: You’re never sitting still in life. You’re either moving closer to God or further away from Him. We tend to drift if we’re not intentionally taking action. I want to take that idea in a slightly...
Exhibit A

Exhibit A

I don’t see myself as being a good example as it seems like I have made more mistakes than accomplishments. I have dealt with my own personal battles with sin, with pride being the biggest issue. When I reflect on my past and compare it to my present, I am left...