October 2022

There is a Season….

By |2022-10-01T20:05:58-05:00October 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

In my area, fall seemed to arrive all at once. Temperatures fell at night into the 50s, something luxurious at any time. Days grow shorter. For some reason, life has a lift in its step. Different locations have favorite seasons. Minnesotans look forward to spring to thaw out from winter’s dark. But in Texas, fall quenches nature’s blast furnace. In 1968, the [...]

September 2022

Today and Tomorrow: How Does Your Garden Grow?

By |2022-09-25T15:31:22-05:00September 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row. That nursery rhyme from 1744 is not merely a verse recited by children but also guidance for grownups. How does your garden grow? That depends on many things. Over 30 years ago, I discovered an exercise developed by Bobb Biehl. [...]

The Lost Girl

By |2022-09-19T11:18:05-05:00September 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Have you ever gotten lost? I remember once I was in Vilnius, Lithuania. I had gone for a walk, but after about 30 minutes, I realized I did not know exactly where I was. The signs were all in Lithuanian. You couldn’t stop someone because I knew less Lithuanian than they understood English. Finally, after about another 30 minutes, I saw something [...]

The Monster That’s Not Under the Bed

By |2022-09-11T20:06:33-05:00September 11th, 2022|Uncategorized|

When our children were young, we read books to them as they went to bed. I remember some. But one that always stuck out in my mind was the book. There's a Monster Under My Bed. It wasn't about monsters. It was about something much more grown up....fear. We all have fears of various sorts. Some fear crowds. Some fear snakes. Those [...]

The Word List: What Does It Say About You?

By |2022-09-04T13:09:54-05:00September 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I am sure you have taken notice of a quiet and disturbing trend. America and Americans have become more negative. People no longer debate but degrade. We throw verbal rocket-propelled grenades at our opponents, thinking we score points with every hit. Our political leaders on both sides want to outdo each other for their arrogance and pure acidic exchanges. And we don’t [...]

August 2022

The Nail Problem and Your Tomorrows

By |2022-08-27T20:56:22-05:00August 28th, 2022|Uncategorized|

In the ministry, I have learned a central lesson. When you are too busy, that’s the week you have a funeral. For many, tomorrow is their supposed salvation. I will always have enough time tomorrow. Diets always begin “tomorrow.” Students will study for the exam “tomorrow.” I will set up a retirement account “tomorrow.” And, tomorrow never arrives. Ignoring the crucial breeds [...]

The Hamsters Lesson: Get Off of the Wheel

By |2022-08-20T20:40:48-05:00August 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|

The hamster has nothing on me. We share a common experience. I had a friend who owned a hamster. The fascinating creature ate, slept...and one more thing. It ran on a wheel. The little legs hustled without destination. Around and around the wheel went. The hamster got off long enough to eat and sleep. Then, it was back to the wheel. I [...]

July 2022

A Fur-Covered Donkey: Your Tongue Tells Too Much

By |2022-07-30T12:49:51-05:00July 31st, 2022|Uncategorized|

Who is your worst enemy? James, who is reputed to be the brother of Jesus and a writer of a New Testament letter, knew the answer. In his letter, he spent a lot of his time on a single topic--what we do with our mouths. He compares man’s tongue to a raging fire, out of control. One remedy is to treat it [...]

The Breeze of a Butterfly Wing: Small Changes and Huge Effects

By |2022-07-24T08:47:29-05:00July 24th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? In 1963, Edward Lorenz, an American mathematician and meteorologist, advanced an odd theory. Does weather change from small, unseen events? He said that the flap of a butterfly’s wing could move a tiny amount of air which would interact with other air. As molecule upon molecule accumulated, it would eventually start a hurricane on [...]

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