A couple's hands Joined in Thanksgiving

How I Choose to Celebrate Thanksgiving and Why

Thanksgiving – as a holiday – has devolved in our jaded and cynical society, and that is sad. Like most, I was raised with an understanding that Thanksgiving represented the coming together of two cultures. I don’t indicate those two cultures here because, whatever label I use in naming them, I surely will offend a sector of people.  Like most, I observe how Thanksgiving has … Continue reading How I Choose to Celebrate Thanksgiving and Why

Two Arm Wrestlers

Why People Love Underdogs and Hate the Powerful

I have a bias to always root for the underdogs. In baseball, I tell everyone my favorite teams are the Cubs… and whoever is playing the Yankees. When it comes to football, it’s the Colts and whoever is playing the Cowboys. In sports I don’t follow, I pay attention only when the underdog – the unlikely Cinderella – is building noticeable momentum. Perhaps that is … Continue reading Why People Love Underdogs and Hate the Powerful

Board Game representing spiritual maturity

4 Powerful Bible Bullets Essential for Spiritual Maturity

How do we rightfully pursue spiritual maturity in today’s culture? It’s no secret that we live in a world that conditions us to seek answers to some of life’s most pressing questions through bullet points. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the title of this post and honestly answer the question: “Why did you click through to read it?” Yes, I am sorry; I’m … Continue reading 4 Powerful Bible Bullets Essential for Spiritual Maturity

Two men sharing advice

A Healthy View of Advice and Why You Shouldn’t Trash it

I don’t need your advice. You may not know this, but I’m smart, educated, experienced, and I learn by doing stuff the my way. So, thanks… but no thank you. I suspect we’ve all had an internal monologue like this a time or two. It has probably been less frequent as I have aged. However, there have been times in life when I received advice … Continue reading A Healthy View of Advice and Why You Shouldn’t Trash it

How Relentless Pursuit of Recognition Derails Effectiveness

How Relentless Pursuit of Recognition Derails Effectiveness

Movie credits are generally thought to be about recognition. While you may not believe this, I really do enjoy them. That’s right, I read the names and titles of the people who put together the masterpiece I just finished enjoying. Sometimes, the actor behind a standout role simply must be identified so I can find other work they’ve done. Or maybe, just maybe, there’s a … Continue reading How Relentless Pursuit of Recognition Derails Effectiveness

The Monumental Shift that Helps Overcome Feeling Stuck

Life will sometimes leave you feeling stuck. It’s a terrible rut, almost like living in an early television show devoid of color. Everything has a hint of sorrow. I don’t know about you, but when feeling this way, I have zero motivation to do anything. I mean ANYTHING. That’s because I feel powerless, inept and maybe even downright worthless. And then I feel worse because … Continue reading The Monumental Shift that Helps Overcome Feeling Stuck

God's Marvelous Light

In Your Darkest Moments, Find and Bask in God’s Marvelous Light

We can say we’ve seen marvelous light. Fireworks, cityscapes, the Northern Lights… all are lights we might consider marvelous. But, spiritually speaking, marvelous light has a more apt context. You see, as people prone to shoveling so much darkness in our lives, we forget we’re children born to bask in and share God’s amazing light. Continue reading In Your Darkest Moments, Find and Bask in God’s Marvelous Light

Storybook Affirmations

Affirmations, Astounding Dreams, and the Power of Prayerful Pondering

God grants affirmations to his people. I make this statement fully aware that one of the most common questions I see asked among Christians is, “How do I know I am doing God’s Will?” The cynic in me wants to respond by saying you don’t because you’re not God. God indeed grants affirmations to his people. This, of course, is in addition to correction or … Continue reading Affirmations, Astounding Dreams, and the Power of Prayerful Pondering