Setting aside time for daily devotional of Scripture reading, prayer, meditation and reflection has become a habit for me. Along with working out, these are the two things that make my day begin the right way. It has not always been that way but over the course of the past ten years this has become my reality. I am so glad that I didn’t give up on these practices after years of stops and starts. I am so glad that in these two areas of my life my past hasn’t defined my future. Today is the first day of school … Continue reading A new day for a new start
Much has been made of trust and its importance for relationships, leadership, and effectiveness. But how does it happen? What are the actions that lead to the deepening of faith and, in contrast, what do we do to tear down trust? I found a good starting point in the book Trillion Dollar Coach which is a book about Bill Campbell who was coach to many tech giants. Trust develops through 1) keeping your word, 2) loyalty, 3) integrity / character, 4) discretion. These form the foundation of trust in all types of relationships. If one of these four breaks down … Continue reading The Guts of Trust
I am continuing in the book of 2nd Chronicles and noticed how often the kings rise and fall based on who they have around them and who they listen to. When the kings’ trusted advisors are the prophets, the nation prospers and the king does well. Of course, the opposite is true when the advise of the prophets is rejected. It matters who we have around us and who we allow to speak into our lives. There is a social theory that we are the average of the five people that are closest to us. Therefore, cultivating friendships is one … Continue reading Who do you listen to?
Here is a quick look at three things I’ve been reading or thinking about this week that impacted me the most. #1 Going Home with Wendell Berry from The New Yorker Local knowledge. Embracing limitations. A good reminder that the source of life is always right in front of us. Being completely present in our current situation is the way to a better future and a healing of the past. God is not afraid of embracing limitations. Why would he choose to embody himself in the form of a human that we call Jesus? Because God is not afraid of … Continue reading top3 for August 9, 2019
I spend a fair amount of time waiting. Hospitals. Funeral homes. Meetings. When you wait you are expecting something to take place. You are poised for a time of action. In that sense, waiting is one of the most hopeful practices. As followers of Christ, we are always waiting. For his return. For the kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. For promises to be fulfilled. For faith to produce fruit. So it’s not a matter of if we wait but how we wait. Patiently. Expectedly. Productively. These are the mainstays of waiting. They don’t come naturally. … Continue reading Waiting
The house I am about to build will be great, for our God is greater than other gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him? 2 Chronicles 2:5-6 NRSV I’ve been reading in 2 Chronicles this week and saw something that I had previously missed in my reading (I know you are shocked!)…Solomon readily admits that no house can contain God. In fact, that is not Solomon’s goal and therefore he refers … Continue reading The Lord’s House or House of Offerings?
The disciple-community does not shake off sorrow as if it were no concern of their own, but willingly bears it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer from The Cost of Discipleship (p.109) The Wall Street Journal sits on my table alerting me of “Two Mass Shootings Leave 29 Dead.” Not the way Monday, or any day, should begin. Let me speak for all of us by saying that we are sick and tired of waking up, going to bed, and walking around with this hanging over our heads. Let’s do something…even if it doesn’t work; even if it falls short of addressing the issue; … Continue reading Do something…even if its not perfect