Are You Addicted To New?

First of all, Happy New Year! 2014 starts today. For some of you, the new year couldn't get here soon enough. For some, you will be sad to see 2013 go. I don't have bad feelings for 2013, although it started off painful and slow. 2013 started with feeling like it didn't fit. I was … Continue reading Are You Addicted To New?

You Don’t Need A New Year To Start Over

You waited, didn't you? You've been waiting to start your new ideas and goals until tomorrow. The procrastinators among us love to say, "I'll start over when there is a new day, a new week, or especially, a new year."  We say we're going to wait until the clock starts over, and until then, we're going to … Continue reading You Don’t Need A New Year To Start Over

A Pillar of Remembrance

{Today I'm a guest over at Megan Bowker's blog, where she's participating in The Nester's #31Days of Remembrance. Megan's been writing daily about things in her life she's grateful for - it turns out there's a lot. I'm honored to share a time in my life when a great need of mine collided with God's infinite … Continue reading A Pillar of Remembrance

What Fear Is Protecting You From

Your fear is protecting you. Keeping you safe. Insulating you. A cheap yet costly insurance plan. Your fear is a watchdog, an alarm, a siren in the dead of night. Your fear hands you a brochure with the claim that as long as you stayed scared, nothing bad will ever happen to you. The Fear … Continue reading What Fear Is Protecting You From

These stories pump water

I love brand new ideas, really good ones I wish I thought of. Don't you? Well, here's one for you. Have you heard of CausePub yet? If you haven't, you're about to. I just wrote a story for CausePub, an organization creating books for a cause through group-publishing. [Click here to read the story and … Continue reading These stories pump water

When it’s all up to you: the value of legacy

{If you found me through my article on Catalyst, welcome. And if you're a regular or a visitor, please let me share my news: I had the privilege to be featured on Catalyst this week, talking about the church planting life and the value of raising up the legacy of the next generation of leaders. … Continue reading When it’s all up to you: the value of legacy

I am the opposite of me

I am a paradox. And so are you. We are clean and shiny in some areas of ourselves, yet disheveled disasters in others. The real estate of our souls and our yards is impeccable from one angle, and painfully unkempt from another. How is it that we can live with coexisting brilliance and ignorance, with generous … Continue reading I am the opposite of me

No one notices the pillars

No one notices the pillars. Take a look at the White House. The facade, the grandeur, the elegance, the sweeping landscape. The protesters in front. You can feel the history. But you probably walk right past the pillars. They cast a lovely shadow, create an ambience to be experienced, but so often we look right through them while they stand at … Continue reading No one notices the pillars

A squishy, floaty, sturdy, heavy thing called Love

Only the things done in love matter. Only the things done in love weigh enough to stamp eternity. Everything else just floats off the surface as vapor. It's not the act. It's the intent. Love might wear you out, but it doesn't get tired that easily. Love lets you be where you are right now, … Continue reading A squishy, floaty, sturdy, heavy thing called Love

When in doubt

I've mentioned before I was quite neurotic as a child, nervous and over-analyzing. Afraid to be wrong. That's still me, but the stakes are higher. I'm not just deciding which clothes will make me popular. Now I'm choosing financial investments and career moves. Big stuff. My mind swirls with great ideas and good intentions, things … Continue reading When in doubt