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Packing for the Journey

Jeannie and I are getting back into town from our holiday travels. While we had a good time seeing everyone, it seems I spent most of the time loading and unloading her stuff from our car. Me? I’m a guy. I pack a few pairs of jeans and a couple of shirts and I’m ready to roll. With Jeannie, well, things are a little more complicated. She has several bags. There are large bags and small bags. Bags she needs to be able to reach while we’re riding and others than can be put in the back. “Is all...more

Create a Little Space

We always grieve the fact that Jesus was born in a manger. Why weren’t people more aware? Why couldn’t people see what was going on? Most likely, the answer to that question is easier than we think. People were busy. They were taking care of their kids, running errands, getting their work done. There was nothing remarkable about Mary and Joseph. They were just another young couple having their first baby. Most people didn’t even notice them. That’s what busyness does. That’s what the craziness of the Christmas season does. It squeezes out time. By the time we shop...more

A Time to Practice Joy

Most things in life take practice. If you want to be a better golfer, you practice. If you want to be a better musician, you practice. In short, if you want to get better at anything in life, it just takes a little practice. So, while it may sound a little strange, the fact is if you want to live a more joyful life, you have to practice. So, how do you practice joy? First, let’s get our definitions straight. Joy and happiness aren’t the same things. Happiness is momentary. It’s the reaction we have when something good happens...more

Stepping Out of the Madness

The Christmas commercials began just after Halloween. Many of the major retailers started offering “Black Friday” deals way before Thanksgiving. The Christmas season has now become a commercial gorging in the name of the One who had nothing when He was born. All of us complain that “this year, the commercialization of Christmas has just gone too far.” Given the American appetite for excess, we can count on Christmas being pushed more and more toward shopping until we can’t even recognize it any more. But it doesn’t have to be like this. You and your family can make other...more

Seven Ways for You and Your Family to Survive the Holidays

Gallagher, the watermelon-smashing comedian, has a great line about the holidays. “Why,” he asked, “do we put Christmas right in the middle of the holidays when everyone is so busy?” What’s intended to be a day of joy and celebration too many times ends up being a day of anger and frustration. Everyone has expectations of what the perfect Christmas should look like. Of course, most of these expectations are contradictory, if not impossible, to begin with. After too many holidays, many of us are pulling our hair out and swearing to ourselves “That next year will be different.”...more
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