Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013
in Emotional, Financial, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values
People do what they do because somehow, some way, their hopelessness craves for hope.
Someone bombed the Boston Marathon Monday. Someone, somehow found some level of hope in creating horror for someone else.
That grain of truth is what they grasp onto and that allows them to justify their choices.
“None of us,” wrote Christopher Wright, ” needs to be scratched very deep to uncover the darker depths of our worst desires and the evil action any of us is capable of, if pushed.” Moreover, while we are not the overt cause of others’ suffering we cannot escape it’s consequences. 1
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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As he hung on the cross Jesus Christ quoted Psalm 22: Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
God asked God, “Where are you God?”
As we watch the news, view the video footage, listen to the radio hosts rant, discuss the events with others and ask our questions of God, it’s important to remember we are NOT alone. Pain and painful events make us ask the hard questions when life goes very, very wrong.
Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values
A warning: This post may contain hard things to read
Today’s tragic events in Boston bring many questions to my mind.
– Who’s hurt?
– Who’s helping?
– Who’s responsible?
– Who’s gonna capture the guilty?
And, inevitably, we cry out: Where is God?
Today’s insightful guest post comes from our friend Angi of peepsarecool fame. Angi and her husband Aaron have a beautiful daughter Anika. I’m her proud godfather.
Hey – Angi’s work friends – pass this around. She shares my thoughts with you, please share her insights with others!
Today I put in an “old school” CD, and brought Anika to child care. It was Michael W. Smith’s Go West Young Man.
The song that I was blessed with was “Seed to Sow.” 1
I sang to Anika and then sang to myself on the way to the bus stop.
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
I’m not cool, and I’m cool with that.
I wasted a lot of energy when I was younger worrying about being cool. It’s way more fun to forget about that, and just be yourself.
(Tears filled my eyes as I typed that.)
The less I cared about being cool and the more I decide to become the kind of person I admired the more I like myself.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
in How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
“Grace is God walking into your world with a sparkle in his eye and an offer that’s hard to resist. ‘Sit still for a bit. I can do wonders with this mess of yours.’ ” 1
Life and the challenges we face can leave us perplexed. This “mess” can bring distress. Rather than rush into action, or sit in sullen solitude God calls us to pray.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 2
Prompted by my reading of Quiet by Susan Cain, this week we’ve explored introverts and extroverts their distinctive and their qualities. Including:
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And, Are YOU An Introvert or Extrovert?
Whether you’re a parent, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or neighbor, you know children. And, if you’re like me, quiet children can be a mystery.
Today, I’d like to let Susan Cain’s insights on introvert children speak for themselves. Oh, wait – let me say this first – my favorite quote from her about children is: “Don’t just accept your child for who she is; treasure her.”
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013
in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values
Are You An Introvert or Extrovert (And Why Does It Matter)?
Do you ever wonder where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum?
Here is the place to assess yourself.
This quiz from Susan Cain’s QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking will help you self-assess.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s job.
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s personality.
Most people who see me work, especially when I’m teaching, would have no idea I am an introvert. 1
– I’m loud
– I’m funny
– I’m dramatic
– I’m engaging
– I usually teach dialogically
– I pursue relationships with others
And, I’m an introvert.