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Mar 6

Listening is NOT a waste of time!

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

listen file9991303336088Last night I sat with a group of men, young and old; a forty-year spread among them. Teens, college students and, as I like to call them, “grownups” sat together.

I told them the story of “my crossroad.” I then asked them, “When was a time when things didn’t work out the way wanted them to?”

After a moment, one brave guy replied, “When I went to college. It was much different than high school. All my friends were gone.” Another guy listened, and added, “My first day as a teacher I almost threw up. Literally I almost threw up. I was so anxious.”

Mar 5

Listen Before Speaking

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Sucking toads“Sometimes I just wanna choke somebody,” he said.

Exasperated with his friend, he was beside himself. “Why does he do such stupid things?” he asked no one. “What’s he thinking?” he continued.

I imagine the friends of this young man may have thought the same thing.

Somethings just don’t seem to make sense but all we wanna hear is something that does make sense. Unfortunately, too often we’re not really listening.

Listening Before Speaking

Mar 4

Listen For Their Cries

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

alone-61043_640Yesterday I introduced you to the woman who cried alone.

She wept alone.
She didn’t choose to be alone.
She simply was alone.

The grocery store was full of alone people. Most did not choose to be alone. Some did.

Some were not alone; they were with family, friends, co-workers and colleagues.
They were with people in person.
And “with” people on their phones.

But that woman cried alone.
Until people stopped being alone.
And they started being together.

Together, No Longer Alone

Mar 3

She Wept Alone

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

sad-eyes-966603-mShe wept alone.

She cried.
Quietly.
Her cries muffled.
Muffled, but not muted.
Restricted, but not restrained.

She Wept Alone

There between the snack crackers and the cookies, she wept.

I heard her.
She heard her.
And, she heard her too.

A guy looked back and walked on.
Another woman peered over her shoulder. She barely hesitated.

Countless people in the grocery aisles, on their phones, passed by – without a glance – as she wept. Maybe they couldn’t hear? Maybe they couldn’t stop? Maybe they couldn’t care!

She Wept, Alone

Nov 9

Turning 50: Alone, But Not

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I’m turning 50 this week. 

I’m not yet fifty — it’s just one day away — but I thought I’d lead you through my journey, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two that will help you on your journey.

Alone, But Not

You know how it is when you feel less alone when someone else can understand your pain?

There are days when I live like a practical atheist. 

Not that I don’t care about God, but that I don’t even think about God.

Feb 21

Overcoming Fear

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, Values

Overcoming Fear

Eric Valli, a professional photographer, is dangling by a nylon rope from a 395 foot cliff in Nepal.

Nearby on a rope ladder is another man, Mani Lal, doing what he has done for decades: hunting honey.

Here in the Himalayan foothills, the cliffs shelter honeycombs of the world’s largest honeybee. At the moment, thousands of them are buzzing around both men. Lal, a veteran of hundreds of such attacks, is calm. Not so Mr. Valli.

Mar 31

Weird Stuff – Biblical Paradoxes

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Spiritual

Biblical Paradoxes – Weird but True

  • You can find your life, yet you lose it.  (Matthew 10:39; John 12:25)
  • You can lose your life, yet you find it.  (Matthew 10:39)
  • You can be unknown, yet you are well-known.  (2 Corinthians 6:9)
  • You can be dying, yet you possess life.  (2 Corinthians 6:9)
  • You can be dying, yet you can give life.  (John 12:24)
  • You can be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.  (2 Corinthians 6:10)
  • You can be poor, but make many others rich.  (2 Corinthians 6:10)
  • You can have nothing, yet possess all things.  (2 Corinthians 6:10)
Mar 30

Weird Stuff – Love, Fear & Paradox

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Spiritual

“…the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love…” [Psalm 33:18]

True fear and genuine love seem paradoxical; nonetheless, they are biblical.

A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think of God is the most important thing about us.”

If we could inquire of every person we happened to see on the streets of the Twin Cities, “What comes into your mind when you think of God?” we might be able to anticipate their spiritual future.

Jan 1

Beyond Whatever Preface

Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Spiritual

Beyond Whatever. I have had that title in my mind for so long I cannot even tell you when it first appeared, but it’s perfect.

Beyond “Whatever” that sense that “whatever” you or I want it’s okay.
Whatever we say is okay.
Whatever we think is okay.
Whatever we do is okay.

Beyond whatever means it’s not. I wish it was but it’s not. I would like it to be that you and I and everyone else could do whatever they wanted and it would be okay; but, it’s not.