Posts from June 2021

Posts from June 2021

“What Would You Do If You Could Do It All Again”

  Most of us have regrets in our lives.  Maybe you made a bad financial decision or maybe you treated someone badly.  It is so easy for us to dwell on the past and how badly we messed things up.  We sometimes think our lives would be better if only we hadn’t made that poor choice.  Some people would just like to have a life “DO-OVER.”    If that is you, I have good news.  When you become a follower of…

“Be a Friend a Friend Would Like to Have”

  If I had you write down a list of things that you looked for in a friend, what would that list look like?  That list might look a little like this: Someone that makes me laugh, someone that helps me when I need help, someone that is unselfish, and someone that just enjoys being around me.   We get so caught up in our own lives that often times we forget to be a friend to our friends.   A wise…

“Give Forgiveness You’ve Been Denying”

  Forgiving someone who says they are sorry is something most of us can do relatively easy.  But, what do you do when someone has wronged you and doesn’t say they are sorry and is unrepentant?   The way I see it, we really have no choice. Either we forgive or we slowly poison our mind and heart. If we hold on to unresolved bitterness it will destroy us.   Matthew 6:14-15 says for if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly…

“Speak Sweeter”

  The world we live in today is often impatient, selfish and rude.   If you have ever worked in retail, especially during the Christmas season, you know exactly what I mean.  The way some people degrade and belittle others over small things is very discouraging.  The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom and provides awesome guidance to us on how to live our lives.  Proverbs 16:23-24 says t he heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness…

“Love Deeper”

  Today, we continue to look at lessons I learned from Tim McGraw’s song, “Live like you were dying.”  That now infamous chorus starts out, “Man, what’d you do?”  We all know what comes next don’t we….. skydivin’, Rocky Mountain climbin’ and 2.7 seconds on a bull whose name sounds like a dish at PF Changs… Fumanchu..   But, the lesson I want to talk about today is the next line…. I Loved Deeper!  In 1 Peter 4:8, we are told…

“Live Like You Are Dying”

    Tim McGraw and I have had a love/hate relationship over the years.  You see, once I had a serious illness and my sickness came at the same time as Tim McGraw’s hit song, “Live Like You Were Dying.”  It seemed like every time I turned on the radio that song was on and just reminded me of the scariness of being sick.  Lucky for me, I had less than serious but always sarcastic, co-workers that never miss a…

“What are your Strengths?”

    When we look at leadership in the Bible, what strengths do we see? Moses was very humble, to the point of not even believing he was the man for the job God planned for him to do. Joshua was strong and brave. He also drove his people to be strong and brave. Caleb stayed ready all his life. He was ready when he was 40 as a spy and at 80 as a man taking the land God…

“He Knows Our Hearts”

  I had knee surgery a few years ago. On the way home, I was really hungry. The problem was, I had taken a lot of medicine and it was hard to stay awake. I asked my wife to stop on the way home and get me a hamburger from my favorite place. When she went in to order, there was a knock on the window of the car. I remember rolling the window down and talking to someone. I…

“Safety with God”

  In recent years there seems to have been an outbreak of public shootings against the innocent. Whether it be at a government building, a movie theater, or a school, the question has been raised is, are we safe? The thought behind the question is had there been protocols, legislations, or other things in place ahead of time would that protect us or even prevent these things from happening to us where we live? I may not be able to…

“Allow our weakness to be His strength”

    By the age of 5, Beethoven was playing the violin under the tutelage of his father—also an accomplished musician. By the time he was 13, he was a concert organist. During his lifetime, he wrote nine majestic symphonies and five concertos for piano, not to mention numerous pieces of chamber music. Beethoven was not, however, a stranger to difficulties. During his twenties, he began to lose his hearing. His fingers “became thick,” he said on one occasion. He…

Continuing some thoughts on duct tape:

    Another lesson we can learn from duct tape is that although we can use it to fix things, it will never be in and of itself a permanent solution. As Christians, we can be the duct tape in peoples’ lives by sticking to them when they are having some struggles, but we alone cannot be their solution. We cannot be everything to everyone; it is just our job to point people to Jesus. Although we know we are…