This week my focus is on learning to say ‘no’ to the things that don’t fit it my values and priorities. That sounds selfish and self-serving. I hope it’s not! My goal is to better serve the most important people and priorities in my life. It seems that if I do this, then I’ll be… Continue reading Commitment for the Week: Saying “No”
This is one of those questions you get at the men’s breakfast at church. The question is simple: If my life was bought with a heavy price (as I believe as a Christian), then is my life, as it is being lived, an appropriate response? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no. I don’t always get it right.… Continue reading Is What I’m Living for Worth Dying for?
“CRUX” is a funny word. We normally only use it in the phrase “crux of the problem.” Typically not by itself. This Easter morning I used the word in my journal after reading all four Gospels’ accounts of the crucifixion. I looked it up: crux [krʌks]n pl cruxes, cruces [ˈkruːsiːz] 1. a vital or decisive stage, point, etc. (often in the… Continue reading The Crux
It seems that choices fall into three categories: Choices that are healthy and helpful Choices that are harmful Choices that appear perfectly neutral How many times have you said, “I’ll just do this–won’t hurt”? Lent is approaching. And Lent always faces me with a question to fast or not. And if I fast, what will… Continue reading How Do You Make Decisions?
I’ve been following the One Word 365 practice (which now appears to be a movement) for the last two years. In 2011, my one word was Simplicity. In 2012, my one word was Energy. If my personal blog was still up and running (more than just the home page, I’d link to the posts about… Continue reading My One Word is Generosity
Starve the thing you want to die. Feed the thing you want to flourish. Quit sneaking snacks through the jailhouse doors.