Boulders and Ivy

Boulders and Ivy

I’m a neat freak. A detail freak. I could not stand to look out our windows and see how the ground cover had covered up the large rocks.

It had to be trimmed.

I knew it would take at least half of the day to get it done. Hiring someone to do it was out of the question. So, I walked out of my garage with tools in hand. I prepared for a morning that would find me on my knees, working with newly-sharpened lawn scissors.

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Travel Lightly

Travel Lightly

Kim and I were honored to be a part of the 2018 Sandi Patty Cruise to Alaska. I was asked to speak a few times and found myself among a few well-known authors and speakers.

To say it was intimidating is an understatement, but we’d all been on this cruise before, and the friendship there trumps any intimidation I might have felt.

It was a meaningful week.

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Torn Between Two Realities

Torn Between Two Realities

By now you know I overanalyze everything. This week, I found myself cherishing the earthly joys of family: my wife, sons, daughters, grandkids, and friends who all bring me more joy than words can describe. I also found myself facing the reality of life’s brevity and limitations. The exhilaration of family seemed offset by the reality of not only how sweet the moments are, but how brief they are.

I’m learning to cherish the good times and be ready to trust God in the storms.  

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Neighbors

Neighbors

Who is my neighbor?

This question was asked by an “expert in religious law” according to Luke 10:25. This lawyer was the kind of legal expert you’d want on your team if you were facing a jury and judge. To him, every word was an open invitation to a debate. According to Luke, he came to see Jesus so He would “test him.” So he posed the question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  

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A Priceless Gift

A Priceless Gift

Today, the mailman left a box at my front door from my stepbrother, Curt.  And inside the box was a bible that belonged to my dad. After reading the blog last month, Curt thought Dad’s bible might find a more appropriate home in my study.

There are no words to describe the shock, surprise, emotion, and gratitude at this most generous act of kindness.

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Purpose

Purpose

Mission, purpose, and vision statements seem to be critical to the success of every organization, whether they are selling coffee, chicken sandwiches, or describing a church. These statements have always been a challenge for me.  

I did not grow up in a world that required such statements. Maybe it was not so much that mission statements weren't around in my teenage or college days; maybe I didn’t notice them. I never knew I needed one.

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