Slow Down

“Many people fail to make progress in the spiritual life because they are attached to activities that seem to be important . . . blinded by their desire for ceaseless motion, for a constant sense of achievement, famished with crude hunger for results, for visible and tangible success, they work  themselves into a state in…

When Character is Revealed

I have often thought and even verbalized, “I don’t want to assess someone’s character in the midst of their worst moments.” I suppose some of this was out of compassion for that individual and a desire to extend grace, but it likely included a healthy dose of wanting others to extend the same consideration to…

Ryan Throws up Like You

[Warning! This story includes children throwing up.  The title may not have given that away.  This story is not for the faint at heart or the weak in stomach. Dakota rates it PG.] A sure sign that your vacation may not go as planned is when you wake up the first night to your wife…

Act Ourselves into a New Way of Feeling?

Many of us are under the impression “that if we don’t feel something there can be no authenticity in doing it. But the wisdom of God says something different, namely, that we can act ourselves into a new way of feeling much quicker than we can feel ourselves into a new way of acting.” Choosing…

Our Problems Are Inside of Us

If you are able to convince yourself that your biggest deepest problems are outside of you, not inside of you, you no longer are interested in God’s grace. Because you devalue your sense of need, you will always minimize your need for the forgiving, transforming power of God’s grace. The most beautiful thing the grace…

Isolation is Spiritually Destructive

“Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him. Sin wants to remain unknown . . . [But] the sin must be brought into the light. The unexpressed must be openly spoken and…

Did We Waste Our Vacation?

My Struggle We near the end of the vacation and I sit at the kitchen table looking out over the lake and wonder – what did I accomplish?  As I look I realize I have not once gone out on the boat, alone, and just enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation and had a time…