January 23, 2018
It’s easy to spend most of our day looking for something to make us feel whole and complete; like the day was worth it. It might be an episode of our favorite show, a good meal, or even the company of someone we love. Is it possible we do the same thing when it comes to our faith journey? Do you ever find yourself searching for something to make it feel whole and complete? Something to make it worthwhile? If you are, just know you don’t have to.
January 2, 2018
We are unaware of what’s most constant. And for a long time, during the holidays, we’ve mistaken unawareness of something for a lack of something. We’ve maybe allowed the hustle, bustle, and mind-boggling activity of Christmas to make us calloused to the real meaning in all of it. The good news is that no matter how hard we try...we just can’t seem to take Christ out of Christmas.
December 18, 2017
For Christmas people, December 25 is the center and pinnacle of the year. They look forward to it and, instead of seeing December 26 as the day after Christmas, they see it as the 363rd day before it. All year is about anticipation and the hope that comes during the holiday season. Even if you aren’t one of those kinds of people, by now you’re anticipating the joy of what’s just one week away. Isn’t it interesting how that acts as a metaphor for life in general? We’re always waiting, aren’t we? Waiting for things to be better. Waiting to catch a break. What we’ve missed in Christmas though, is that the wait is finally over.
December 14, 2017
In the movie Beaches, Bette Midler’s character says, “Enough about me, let's talk about you...what do YOU think of me?” And while we may never say that out loud, it’s certainly the question constantly running through our minds––especially at Christmas time. “How do I look? What do people think? Make the appearance. Build my brand.” The holidays can feel like one long audition for the part of “accepted member of society,” can’t they? And often, it seems like we don’t have the stuff to make the cut. But there is, however, an audience that bases its opinion of you on different criteria. The crazy thing is, that audience only has one member.
December 4, 2017
In 1973, the O’Jays released the most covert Christmas song ever: For the Love of Money. At least that’s what the long lines, countless Amazon deliveries, and maxed out credit cards seem to indicate this time of year. Which makes one wonder what Christmas is really all about. Is it just money? Is it just about the big parties, huge gifts and company bonuses? If we let it be, yes. But Christmas could be about so much more, and you get to decide what that more... is.
November 28, 2017
The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be some of the most difficult. We’ve experienced the joy in one holiday and now wait––hoping to survive––until the next one arrives. Work feels monotonous. Family obligations are just...obligations. And something inside us longs for more meaning to all of it. So how do we make the every-day parts of our lives better? It starts with one simple truth: we can’t.
November 8, 2017
What do you call it when you get more than you need? When you get more than you thought you would? Bonus! More for us, right? There’s no such thing as too much fun, too much sleep or too much money in our world. This requires the assumption though, that extra and bonus are the same thing. Is it possible that God gives us extra to benefit someone besides us? Is it possible there’s a deeper purpose for the extra than just having it?
October 31, 2017
We have a tendency to think that everything we do or consume should be done or consumed at maximum capacity. Eat all you can eat. See all you can see. Spend all you can spend. Unfortunately it’s usually only at the maximum level that we realize it may not have been the wisest thing to do. In fact, sometimes we go over the max, causing more trouble than good. What if God means for us to live just shy of maximum, and discover the best life is in the gap.
October 23, 2017
In the classic Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey was the richest man in town, but he didn't know it. In fact, he was quite miserable "doing the right thing," but becoming weary and worn because of it. It literally took divine intervention for George to see the kind of life that he had been given. The interesting thing is that he had access to this life the whole time. He was missing it even though it was right there for the taking and the enjoying.