A friend of mine shared this with me today: “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Ouch…challenging words that carry a nugget of wisdom: How we do the little, insignificant things also determines how we approach the big things. A messy, unclean car, for example, may be a tell-tale sign of our lackadaisical approach to other responsibilities. It may say volumes about our tendency to procrastinate. Indeed, how we approach the small things can permeate each and every aspect of our lives. [Read More]
Are you looking to God to intervene in one or more areas of your life? Desperate for change or something better? Tired of waiting for a breakthrough? I know how wearisome it can be when we find ourselves in a seemingly perpetual state of waiting. I readily admit that waiting on God to move on our behalf is one of the most difficult challenges we face as followers of Christ. Days stretch into weeks and months, perhaps even years, and the enemy of our soul tempts us to think that God has forsaken us. Doesn’t care. Left us on the shelf of life. But those are lies. Thinking Him unkind, uncaring, and unconcerned, some of us distance ourselves from God. Yet He is our only Hope. [Read More]
I live in Northern Virginia. As you likely know, this and other parts of the United States are undergoing historic blizzard conditions. Though most of us are trying to shovel ourselves out of 24+ inches, the snow came as no surprise to us. Thanks to the technology of sophisticated radars and other weather equipment, meteorologists informed us well in advance that we would be severely hit by this winter storm. With at least three days of advance warning, we were not caught off-guard. Every prudent person stocked up on groceries and other essentials in preparation to ride out the storm. We also did what we needed to do in anticipation of being snowed in for several days—purchased salt and snow shovels, rescheduled doctors’ appointments, rearranged flights to get back to our respective residences prior to the storm, to name just a few.
How wonderful to plan in advance!
But as I thought about the many advantages of anticipating being snowed in for several days, I couldn’t help but [Read More]
Yesterday marked the second week of the new year. Just like last year, but likely coming even faster, another Christmas will be here and you’ll be facing the start of another new year. So what will be different in your life in 2016? What are your goals? Where will your priorities lie? And are you pursuing what matters most? Because if you aren’t intentional, nothing will change. But life is far too precious to be lived this way. So I want to encourage you to not simply go through the motions of life. To live, rather than simply exist. [Read More]
Today, December 1st, marks the first day of the Advent season. It is a time to reflect anew on the unspeakable wonder of God becoming incarnate, Emmanuel—God with us. Why did God condescend to become a helpless babe in a feeding trough in Bethlehem? Why did He trade the glories of Heaven for ignominy? Because there was no other way by which sinners, who were enemies of God, could be saved from the inescapable and deserving condemnation of His eternal wrath. [Read More]
We count our blessings each year on Thanksgiving, but what would happen if we practiced gratitude each and every day? After all, it doesn’t have to cost any money and takes very little time and effort. The answer might surprise you. Recent studies have found that being thankful throughout the year has many wonderful benefits: [Read More]
Have you ever gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle without having somewhere to go? Unless you’re a parent driving around the neighborhood hoping that the motion of the car will settle down a cranky baby or child so she can fall asleep, none of us gets into a car and just drives around without having a specific place to go. If we recognize we must have a destination when it comes to the mundane task of driving—otherwise its completely mindless and crazy—why do we think we can simply go through the motions of life without being mindful of our final destination? How we live our days is how we live our lives; and how we live our lives is how our life stories are crafted. So why do we think we can lead a meaningful life while ignoring the fact that the choices we make each and every day are creating paths that are either taking us toward or away from that which really matters?
In terms of goals and a clear direction, many of us are going nowhere fast. Ralph Marston aptly said, “If you must choose between speed and direction, going faster will do you no good if the destination is not where you want to end up.” [Read More]
Most of us have heard of it. FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a phenomenon that’s thriving in our culture. A relentless task master, it drives us to constantly check our social media feed because we want to be in the know. Better yet, we just can’t afford to miss out on what’s happening. It sucks our time as we satisfy our seemingly endless curiosities about the status of others—who’s doing what, with whom, and, of course, where. For many, the start of a new day begins with the habitual reach for the mobile device in order to catch what’s happening, or heaven forbid, what was missed while away. Then as though it were a duty, we continually check our news feed throughout the day. The truth of the matter, however, is that many of us have no clue that we’re addicted to this silent thief and invisible drug. [Read More]
Clutter…. I don’t like it. But you’d never know judging from the current upheaval in my bedroom. There’s a mountain of mail on the desk, file folders to be put away, and non-urgent letters and junk mail by the nightstand that need to be sorted through. Oh, did I mention the random assortment of items on the floor that are clumsily out of place? Sad to say the kitchen, guest room, and basement are in a similar state. And a laundry list of things that need to be done in and around the house has not been touched for going on ten months now. [Read More]
You might be praying for a breakthrough.
Begging God to answer your prayer.
Desperate for God to open that door of opportunity for you to walk through.
Yet nothing seems to be happening. You wonder, Has God not heard my prayer? If He has, why won’t He answer? Frustrated, maybe even angry, you conclude that God is absent when you need Him most. But could it be that the reason has nothing to do with your assumption that God has seemingly forgotten you? Might it just be that God’s blessings are eluding you because of you? [Read More]