Showing posts from May, 2010

Are You With Me?

This past week I had the privilege of listening to one of my co-workers share about what he was learning in his relationship with God. It is this conversation that has sparked some thoughts in my that I wanted to record not only for myself, but also for any of you who may be looking for a fresh perspective in your faith journey at the moment.

What if I said to you that the most important thing God desires from us as His creation is simply to be with Him. What would you say in return? Think about this for a moment. God's primary concern for you & I is whether or not we are with Him; whether or not we have a relationship with Him. God's primary concern is not about us being good enough, or holy, or doing all the right things, or saying all the right words or personifying all the right's simply about being with Him. Let me unpack what I mean a little bit. My wife Bonny is my best friend. It is important to both of us that we are with each other. As a …

Living Generously

The theme that I seem to be learning about most in my life is currently that of generosity. I'd like to share a few thoughts about what is happening in my life right now in hopes of sparking some thought and conversation in your mind.

Generosity is most easily defined as extending grace to others. It seems an odd pairing to have grace & generosity linked to tightly together, but with what I am learning and experiencing as of late...these two terms seem to have more parallels that one may think.

There are typically three areas people speak of when referring to living a generous life: time, treasure and talent. Time speaks for itself. Giving one's time to another person involves doing just that; finding flexible moments in your schedule to be FULLY present with and for others. Talent refers to using ones gifts to serve other people. Treasure involves the stewardship of one's resources.

The area I'd like to spend a little bit of time writing about today is time. I fin…

What If?

Two powerful, loaded words...what & if. I've met people from all walks of life who have literally been held captive by these two little words, and not in a good way.

Jimmy Eat World put out a music album entitled Chase This Light. In one of the songs off this album, Dizzy, the lyricist pens this phrase - "you said you'd never have regrets, Jesus is there someone yet who got their wish?" The basic lyric sums up a general thought pattern that exists in our world, trying to live without regret. We even teach in churches this basic principle. But in this case, what we teach and reality are two different things. The bottom line is that we will have regret, it's not a question of whether or not we will...we will all choose to do something that we're not proud of, it's going to happen. Maybe it's an act of violence, or a verbal barrage we launch without thinking about what is being said. The question isn't whether or not we will live without regret, b…

Defining Success

Success is one of those loaded type of words, isn't it? We strive to be successful in life. We focus our career pursuits, our relational pursuits and our lives on the quest for success, but are we are of what the definition of success really is?

Having started a new job less than a year ago, I find myself contemplating this question often: "How do I define success?" In any sort of transition in life, we want to know that we have finished well, or done something to be remembered by, do we not? For me personally, I wanted to know that I left behind something significant in the last church that I served at. I wanted to know that my time had been a success, so I began to look for tangibles that I could measure in order to quantify my success. But even then, it felt as though I was missing the mark for what success really is.

Looking at the life of Jesus, I see someone who understood what the true definition of success was...doing His Father's will (being obedient to God)…

The need for rest...

Being a father of two young children has taught me a lot. No lesson seems to be more valuable, however, than that of rest. Whether it is ensuring our kids get proper rest, or we as parents do the same, without appropriate rest, we all suffer!

Mark Buchannan is a Canadian author who has written much on this subject of rest from a biblical perspective. For those of who you may be interested in learning more about this topic, I recommend his book The Rest of God. The basic idea is learning to find moments of rest, or Sabbath, on a regular basis. I heard a story one time of a dad who worked a 9 to 5 job. After his long day at work, he began his commute home. Upon arrival, he brought with him all the baggage from his day at work into his home, and was unable to be fully present with his family. The family dynamics suffered as a result. After being convicted by the Holy Spirit on this theme of rest and Sabbath, this father changed up his routine a little bit. Instead of coming right in the … got my back

Our daughter Saydie has a version of Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) which makes going to sleep rather interesting for her. On average, she will take 30-60 minutes to fall asleep every night. After doing a little research, we have begun giving Saydie melatonin prior to bedtime, which helps her to settle down more quickly and improves the quality of her sleep throughout the night. Unfortunately, one of the downsides to melatonin (which is a naturally produced chemical that coordinates the body's circadian rhythms) is vivid dreaming.

Our bed time routine with Saydie includes hugs, kisses, and rocking with mommy after prayer time with Daddy. Often times Bonny & Saydie share the most special conversations and moments together as they talk about their day and what they enjoy about each other. Tonight Saydie shared with us about one of her dreams. The mouse character from the Ice Age movies will knock on her door and try to take her away from mommy & daddy. As Bonny listened…