Do you remember when you were coloring in your favorite coloring book and someone in authority (parent or teacher) would remind you to stay within the lines of the drawing on the paper?
The pictures hung on the walls for admiration were all of those pictures neatly shaded between the lines. The pictures were perfect. . .just the right colors in just the right places.
But what they had in neatness, they lacked in energy. So, most of us learned to color any way we wanted to – lines or no lines. It was our picture, our art, and no one had...more
Before leading his team into the Sugar Bowl played that year in the New Orleans Superdome, Coach “Bear” Bryant was asked why he wasn’t wearing his trademark “hounds tooth” hat. “Because,” he said, “Mama told me not to wear my hat indoors.” We’re a few generations from the days when a well-chosen hat was part of a gentleman’s attire. In those days, a young man would have been educated...more
“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child…” so begins the old blues song. The reason the blues have been so influential and enduring is they accurately describe the way we feel. All of us recognize that line. We’ve all felt like that at one time or another. There are a lot of people who feel that way now. In the early church, it wasn’t unusual for new believers to...more
I’m not a big joiner. I’m not a member of many clubs or organizations. Having said that, I am the member of a local church. OK, I know you’re saying, “Mike, you’re a pastor. You have to be a member of church. “Fair enough, however, just because I do something that’s part of my job doesn’t mean I don’t believe in it. I believe in the local church.” Here’s...more
According to the experts who study what it takes to become an expert, if you commit to study a subject for one hour a day, you’ll be an “expert” in the field after a few years of work. Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. The reality is somewhere in between. Most people aren’t going to work that hard, so after a few years of...more