Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values
This week I’ve written about three people I admire, Gerry and Julie Andersen, and Lance Berkman. They each have accomplishments that many people would envy.
Rather than envy I examine what helps someone become a success and look for ways to apply similar principles in my own life.
Today I was reminded of these seven strategies an unknown author suggested for a balanced life. As I have sought to embrace these strategies as disciplines I have found more balance in my life. Perhaps if you practice these strategies you’ll experience more balance too.
A Balanced Life
Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Taxes are due this week. Tax preparers prepare tax returns, but what’s a dad to do with his drunk son who lives with his ex-wife? 1
Let me explain.
Desean loved his friends. It’s not that he disliked his family, he just loved to get out of his noisy, cramped apartment to have fun.
One night, a Wednesday night, at 11:30 P.M. you got a call from your ex. She snarled, “Is D there? He hasn’t come home.”
He hadn’t. You hadn’t any idea why she was asking, but based on her tone of voice she was angry, frustrated and scared.
While healthy parents reflect the love of God, unhealthy shame-filled, uncaring, unloving parents can do just the opposite; especially those who call themselves “Christian.”
God disciplines us like loving parents. God wants us to experience a healthy sense of “for your own good” fear.
The greatest challenge most people face is their unwillingness to live in and under the love of God. They either don’t know how to experience God’s love, run away from God’s love (as I have) or outright reject God’s love. There are, of course, many reasons for these reactions. Most of which traces back to poor human role modeling by “loved ones.”
In the midst of a loving relationship we can experience God’s wrath.
God disciplines us.
God does so to redirect us from our sinful self-destructive path back onto a journey of joy and peace. The Bible explains that God wouldn’t be a loving God if there was no discipline: “My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either.
It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects.
God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children.
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I grew up with my sister Kristie and the two girls next door. There were many days that a blanket was hung on the front steps from the hand rail on either side of the concrete steps.
In the shade of the blanket we would play “house”.
Kids Playing House
Playing “house” was an activity in which we pretended to be an imaginary family. “House” had loose rules, roles and responsibilities; unless, of course, I got it wrong. Which I often did.
Pretend-play was a challenge for me when I was little.
Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2011
in Emotional, Relational, Social
If you want to find the buried treasure you have to look for it.
One of the keys to finding buried treasure is to look beyond the obvious.
That applies to people too.
If you want to express your love and help your loved ones to experience personal growth look for the buried treasure. Try to find the positives in what may often feel like negatives. 1
Positive: He/She likes to be very alert, friendly or social.
Positive: He/She likes to be very sensitive.