Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized
A long day had become a longer night. It was by then a cold and snowy night.
As they often do, snow-covered roads made driving a challenge. And, more than once I heard the rattling sound of my anti-lock brakes trying to slow my slide.
It was 11:00 P.M. and the roads were empty. I saw no one until I bent around the right curve of Brookdale Drive. There walking on the snow-covered sidewalks was a man. We traveled in the same direction.
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Uncategorized
As you may know, when I was younger one of my best friends said to me, “common sense is not common to you,” and he was right. He didn’t know the whole story, I was young and even more reckless than he realized.
These days I’m learning not to do stupid things. I knew I was supposed to do good things, but I didn’t really think about why I should.
Then, years ago I read in my Bible, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” 1
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
I know a lot of people disappointed with “the church.”
I don’t know of a perfect church out there; ours included.
There is always a point – or sermon – I disagree with, music that I don’t like, people that I don’t know, looks that feel judging, practices that confuse me, etc., etc.
They probably feel the same way about me! And you.
I’ve attended many churches of several denominations. In fact, I was in a church today with some things I fully agreed with and some teachings that … uhm, no!
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized
I have a friend learning to overcome her addiction. She’s at Hazelden looking for hope and skills. Last month Robin Williams was doing the same thing.
Sadly, yesterday the news spread that he’d given up his search.
…parents give up
…the tempted give in
…spouses give up
…students drop out
…employers lessen expectations
…lovers give in
…lonely people lower standards
…people give up.
Too often people
…feel all alone
In my experience people feel hope-less far more often than they need to.
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
It was Easter Sunday. It’s was probably a gorgeous sunny day.
Sunshine and sun dresses. Pretty hats and ironed clothes. Easter Sunday brings out the people who might have set church aside for a time. It’s a time to celebrate. It’s a time to remember the greatest event in human history. It’s a time for spiritual renewal and remembrance. Families reunite. Friends renew friendships. Songs fill their mouths. Joy fills their hearts. Smiles fill the air. Souls sail.
Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
Angi, in response to Legacy Measuring Stick commented, “What is your legacy measuring stick? and “What’s a next step for you to make progress?” Not a clue…”
In case you missed it, I replied:
Isaiah and his listeners had a similar concern.
That’s why God taught them:
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!”
So, each of us should live present in the moment.
While we pray, listen and wait.
Give it time.
It will become more evident.
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Life’s NOT fair. What are you going to do about it?
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Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
Last night The Tenors enjoyed time with both TreeHouse teens and TreeHouse supporters. During the time with the teens they shared some stories, took some questions, and listened to teens. They also offered two suggestions.
“Listen…compassionately to others;” it’s what helps the band to overcome the tensions that arise spending 300 days a year together on the road.
Their second piece of advice echoed their own story of rising from obscurity in Canada to become international favorites: “Find something you’re passionate about and put your heart into it (even when others doubt you).”
Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Uncategorized
Last 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.”
Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
“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
Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
Yesterday 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