We tend to think that emotional well-being is mainly affected by major life events, the big bad things that can happen to us. Job loss, divorce, bereavement. But research has found that small daily hassles, particularly if they accumulate, can be just as powerful a predictor of well-being. For example, a long, grinding commute doesn’t [...]
I often remind Ann how much better off the world would be if only I could be in control. Yes, I know, it is really irritating and arrogant, but I have a lot of experience and knowledge (and perhaps a bit of wisdom) that could be so helpful. I suspect I am experiencing OFS (old [...]
From Tim Spivey: I’m going to say something very “Un-P.C.” here: nearly every church I’ve seen start and fail over the years focused on community impact without doing a good job of building a strong sense of spirituality in the Body. They seemed to see spirituality as “inward focus,” and go from one service project [...]
I don’t know of many Christians who want to stand up in front of a room full of unbelievers and say:
“I live in the same world as you do; a world with the same problems, the same questions and the same kinds of pain and failure. God doesn’t provide some kind of insurance or [...]
It has been a great day and it’s not because U of L won their game. We were privileged to celebrate granddaughter Madison’s 12 birthday with her today. She and Tyler have been visiting for a few days.
I have been slowly digesting the book “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown for the last month or so. It has been a worthy effort. I came across this quote related to religious leadership. As a former “religious leader”, I found [...]
Sometimes I feel like the only difference between me and Earl is that I’m not bald.
I am working hard not to complain about the weather. Unfortunately, I am failing. Daylight Saving Time has not helped. It is bad enough that it is 21 degrees but waking up to darkness just accentuates [...]
You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent. You are in no position to issue commands, but you can speak words of hope. Shall this be the substance of your message? Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man [...]
Before I become random, let me acknowledge that yesterday was my beautiful and wonderful wife Ann’s birthday. She is once again married to a younger man. We are greatly blessed in our age and circumstances.
Ann continues to work hard at her recovery from rotator cuff surgery. The pain has been exceptional. All the warnings [...]
Reading Richard Beck’s post today I was struck by the idea of a “second calling”. It helps explain my own experience and gives me opportunity to reflect on what is important in this season of my life.
Jean Vanier in his book Community and Growth: The first call is frequently to follow Jesus or to [...]