Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 in Uncategorized
If you asked me if I struggled with anxiety, most days I would say “no.” If you asked me if I was listening to myself enough to know, I’d probably shrug my shoulders. Usually self-reflection takes a back-seat to busyness.
The Burden & Blessing of Busyness
On Wednesday TreeHouse (my employer) committed a day to “fasting and prayer.” My busyness was set aside. 1
My tendency to be a busyness-burdened workaholic comes from a mashup of my strengths and my fears. According to “Strengths Finder” my strengths (#2-5) include Activator, Learner, Ideation, and Achiever. I like to learn, think through what I’ve learned and put what I’m learning to use, but the fear of rejection cries out “You’re stupid and lazy”; it’s subtle, but it’s relentless.
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized
This Christmas my wife bought me (by my request) season 6 of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory television show.
1. Be patient. 1
Bernadette: So, you actually see you and Sheldon getting married someday?
Amy: Not just someday. In exactly four years. But don’t tell Sheldon. He’s still a flight risk.
Patient fishing catches fish. Impatient pursuit scares away many potential catches.
2. Don’t be pushy. 2
Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
We’re examining the power of secrets this week. If you missed the first few, here they are: Hidden Away, Our Hiding and Secrets & Hiding.
Let’s admit two things:
1. I hide my secrets
2. You hide your secrets
While we might protect our secrets for good reasons, sometimes we don’t. Not only that, but sometimes our secrets are the very thing that holds us back from making hope-filled, positive decisions in life.
We stay “stuck.” Stuck in place. Stuck and not making positive changes in our lives.
Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
We’re examining the power of secrets this week. If you missed the first two, here they are: Hidden Away and Our Hiding
Why Do We All Hide?
“There is one thing”, explains Stephen Covey, “that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy and civilization throughout the world — one thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential leadership, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love.”
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
Bad foundations in relationships lead to relationship-rot.
A bad start to a relationship does not have to be a deal-breaker, but it usually is.
Why does it happen that way?
Because broken people break people, and hurting people hurt people.
– When people assume others will abandon them, they choose not to invest.
– When people assume others are suspicious, they choose not to trust.
– When people assume others will take rather than give, they selfishly protect.
– When people assume others are means to an end: “Greed meets a need.”
That sounds so fatalistic, but it’s not.
Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
Believe in people.
Yes, believe in people, but not too much.
Beware “relying on human beings”, wrote C.S. Lewis.
(They’re) going to let us down.
The best of them will make mistakes;
all of them will die.
We must be thankful to all the people who have helped us, we must honour them and love them. But never, never pin your whole faith on any human being: not if he is the best and wisest in the whole world.
There are lots of nice things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.”
Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
The text of Wild Grace was adapted from Max Lucado’s book Grace. Gray boxes behind the text indicate places where new words and stories were added by James Lund specifically for our teen readers.
If you read my review of Grace you know I enjoyed it. I was interested in finding out how Lund adapted Lucado’s book for teens.
Lund expands on Lucado adding, “One dictionary definition of “grace” is “unmerited divine assistance.” Sounds simple enough— God giving us something we don’t deserve. But do we really get grace? And even if we do, does it have anything to do with our lives?”
Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
I follow Max Lucado on Twitter.
When I read tweets like these I began to be excited to read his most recent book Grace.
“To discover grace is to discover God’s utter devotion to you, his stubborn resolve to give you a cleansing, healing love”
“Your identity is not in possessions, talents or accomplishments. Nor are you defined by divorce, debt or dumb choices.”
“Mercy pardons us. Grace empowers us.”
I love what I read in the tweets.
I assumed that they were quotes.
I assumed wrong.
Despite that, I love the book.
Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
This the final entry in a three-part series on chains that lock us down.
To review, “Gotta Be My Way” people and “Drama Draggers” need gentleness; the gentleness God provides will certainly be sufficient.
When we’re chained to self-pity, we “Something I Can Never Have” envious people, need to rest in gratitude and contentment for what they have.
Shackle us to selfishness
Clamp our compassion
Fasten our desire to offer forgiveness
Latch us to loneliness
And padlock our potential
There is another chain that anchors us to our past.