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Hard vs. Difficult

Hard vs. Difficult

August 4, 2013 – 4:00 pm |

I often hear people say “this is too hard” and then they either don’t complete the task or it takes them 10 times longer because the work of doing the task was delayed so many …

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Still Waiting?

December 6, 2014 – 3:40 pm |
Still Waiting?

Advent, it’s here again and another cycle of the life of Jesus in the church year begins.  I love Advent and the anticipation, even though I know the end of the story.  I love the excitement that builds as each day draws closer to Christmas.  It’s like a good book that you just can’t put down and at the same time you fear the end of the story because you don’t want it to be over, you want it to continue.  Just like those who watched at the foot of the cross I’m sure wanted it to continue without the crucifixion, and the words from Jesus Christ Superstar come to mind “could we start again please.”  So we await the hope of His birth and the joy that it brings for the New Year and the anticipation of things better.

But why do we wait?  We know the beginning, the middle, and the ending of the story – and yet we often wait for things to be better and we wait for the hope of someone else, just as those in Jesus’ day were waiting for someone to rescue them yet again.  The story of Jesus is where I draw my strength, my passion, and my peace.  His words challenge us to do more and be more.  He said things like, “I tell you with certainty, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mat 17:20).  We must take Jesus at his word and work to have such a faith that we believe in His words, His actions, and our own so that it will be so.  Sure, I know the old saying “believing doesn’t make it so,” well Jesus apparently thought otherwise and who am I to refute that?

I believe that believing in that which you are trying to accomplish greatly increases the likelihood of your success.  I believe that praying to God is essential and that God wants to hear what you have to say.  When we look to the creation story God didn’t think, “Well, I’d kind of like to make this planet and maybe put some animals and people on it sometime.”  No, the text says “God said…!” and each time it ends in an exclamation point.  I don’t think that’s by accident.  God spoke clearly and with intent, a very strong intent, and I think that we need to do the same with the things that are important to us.  Pray, make your plans, and then share them with your friends because there is power in the spoken word.  Listen to the naysayers only long enough to double-check whether you’re off track or not and then push on and make things happen.  You may be surprised to find there are many who support you and who believe in you.

So yes, anticipate the birth of Jesus and further anticipate and then create the faith of a mustard seed so that you may move mountains in your life, and may you be filled with the joy and the peace that passes all understanding.

Merry Christmas!

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

September 7, 2013 – 9:38 pm |
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Sometimes life just throws you a situation you weren’t expecting, something you hadn’t planned on.  Well, I was on a business trip recently in Boston for a trade show and had that very thing happen …

Perseverance

January 13, 2013 – 8:28 pm |
Perseverance

“Go, go, you can do it!  Go!” shouted the players and parents from both teams.  He swam with conviction, giving it his best with every stroke.  Austin was way behind and all the other racers …

Pete and Repeat

September 22, 2012 – 9:20 pm |
Pete and Repeat

When I was a kid my dad would often joke with me, “Pete and Repeat walked across a bridge.  Pete fell off – who was left?”  “Repeat,” I would reply.  He would say it again, …

Uniquely Blessed

August 12, 2012 – 9:51 pm |
Uniquely Blessed

You are unique.  There is no one else just like you that has ever been born or will be.  As every snowflake or grain of sand is different, so are you.  No one has your …

What Will You Choose?

July 4, 2012 – 6:58 am |
What Will You Choose?

“Where do you want to go eat?” “I don’t know, how ‘bout you?”  “We’ll, I don’t really have any preference, do you?”  Round and round we go some times, trying to make a decision, trying …

Once Upon a Time

May 30, 2012 – 9:16 pm |
Once Upon a Time

I remember being about five years old when I had my first (and only) trip to a police station in a police car.  My mother had gone shopping at the grocery store and I had …

Talking Trash

May 4, 2012 – 11:02 pm |
Talking Trash

He pulled his canoe up on the polluted beach and walked to the edge of the freeway.  He stood there solemnly and watched as the traffic sped past.  A car went by and the passenger threw …

What Did You Say?

April 22, 2012 – 4:38 pm |
What Did You Say?

It’s all in words, I heard him say.
It’s a contradiction in understanding,
They didn’t hear, what they didn’t say,
If you would only see, it can’t be that way.
Say what you don’t say and believe what you …

Living for Today

March 21, 2012 – 10:20 pm | One Comment | 
Living for Today

You’ve probably noticed that I’m more than a little behind in my posts.  My hope has been to post 2-3 articles a week, but lately it’s been hard to write even one every two weeks.
We …

Hold yer Horses!

January 22, 2012 – 10:11 pm |
Hold yer Horses!

“Lean in! Lean in!” Sean yelled at the top of his lungs as we all were about to fall out of the horse drawn wagon.  There were fourteen of us on a nice wagon ride …