Ships do not sail in a straight line. Wise captains are constantly adjusting their course to counter the effects of the winds and currents.
Cars do not travel in a straight line. Good drivers are constantly making small steering adjustments to counter the pull of the road and yes, even the wind. Notice your hands the next time you drive. Your hands are constantly reacting to the outside forces that try to push or pull your car off its course.
We do not live in straight lines. Our lives are constantly pushed and pulled by family demands, professional expectations, and cultural norms....more
When you’re a kid, you grow up thinking when you’re older, you won’t ever do chores again. As you get older, of course, you realize that you’ll be doing chores for the rest of your life. Garbage doesn’t empty itself. Clothes don’t wash themselves and how often you clean the bathroom depends on just how much dirty you can stand. It’s bad enough having to clean up your own...more
Elizabeth Bridges was the church musician in the little church I grew up in. She taught me piano. Well, she gave me a few lessons and then politely suggested I find another endeavor for my life. She played the organ in our worship services, accompanied the choir on the piano, and sang with a very mellow alto voice. Elizabeth died two weeks ago and my mom and I attended...more
Like most of us, I have a hard time trying to keep my work/life balance in order. I have a lot that needs to be done and a lot of people that depend on me getting my work done in a timely fashion. And like most of us, I do my best to keep my time managed and well planned. But sometimes, life doesn’t work with my plan. Take...more
I’ve long joked that sympathy is overrated. When things are going bad for me, I really don’t want someone to tell me they know how I feel. I want someone to come and say, “Yes, I know how you feel and I know the way out.” I think we forget how completely sin messes up our lives. Sin not only messes up our lives, it messes up the way...more