School is starting, and your teenager is looking for just the right outfit. No matter what she tries on, she hates how she looks. You’ve tried to tell her, “Honey, you look great. Besides, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”
Her eyes roll like a Las Vegas slot machine. She knows what’s on the inside doesn’t get more Instagram followers. What’s on the inside doesn’t get more points on Snapchat. What’s on the inside doesn’t get a date to... Read More
Apparently you only have 15 perfect days a year.
That’s the result of a survey of two thousand American adults commissioned by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. (Did you even know that council existed? Me neither. And I’m not sure why a blueberry association needed to study that, but, whatever, it gave me a great blog topic.)
The fine blueberry folks discovered that the average person wants their perfect day to start at 8:15 A.M. with a forecast of sunny... Read More
The church service made him cringe. An every-Sunday churchgoer was out of town for a family function and stopped by a local church to worship.
And the experience was hard to enjoy.
What was so bad about the service? Well, as far as he told me, nothing. The only “problem” I could tell was that the man loved his home church. He loved the people at his church and the music at his church and the use of artistic gifts... Read More
My three girls are not so little anymore, but back in the day I saw my share of fairy movies. In case you don’t know: when fairies fly, a streak of glitter follows, sprinkling anyone or anything nearby.
Over the past five and a half years of working with the elderly, I’ve noted their tendency toward self-deprecation. They aren’t who they once were. By the time I’m involved, it’s because they need help of some kind. It’s never fun to... Read More
How’s that for a depressing start? Your greatest failure in life might not be the one that haunts you at night. Your greatest failure might not be that stupid thing you did when you were young so many years ago. Your greatest failure might be one that you don’t even know about yet, because it hasn’t happened yet. Your greatest failure in life might still be ahead of you.
I think about that every time a well-respected public figure falls... Read More
Last week CNN ran a story about a “medical abduction” performed by the Mayo Clinic. Knowing Mayo’s reputation, it seemed like an unusual case, but I watched the story anyway.
We learned there was more to the story when Mayo released a letter sent to CNN. In that communication, they shared facts that had been given to the reporters months ago, facts the reporters chose not to use when they told the story. This meant that CNN gave an incomplete... Read More
There’s a passage I pray almost every morning.
I say “almost” because I’m not a morning person. Some mornings I wake up in a groggy fit of snooze bar-slamming anger at the God who is so frustratingly consistent with rotating the earth.
But eventually I compose myself and pray a powerful prayer. I can call it powerful without bragging, because I didn’t come up with the prayer. Moses did.
And Moses was a smart guy.
In Psalm 90, Moses prayed,... Read More
David and Goliath appear in one of the most well-known stories in the world. Everyone seems to know about the boy, the five smooth stones, the sling, and the giant who came tumbling down.
Why does this narrative resonate with so many people?
Because, as one preacher put it, “There are still giants in the land.” No matter how strong your faith is, you still face gigantic problems that you must overcome.
What are your giants?
When you read 1... Read More
The pictures of the devastating California wildfires hit close to home for me. I lived in that state for six years, and—more important—some of my family and friends were evacuated from their homes in Redding as a result of the Carr fire.
A thousand homes were burned and eight people lost their lives, including a great-grandmother and her two great-grandchildren.
The fire originally started when a trailer blew out a tire and the rim hit the road, causing a spark.... Read More
Two celebrity moms (P!NK and Serena Williams) recently took to social media to defend (P!NK) and admit their motherhood struggles (Serena). But you don’t have to be a celebrity to feel the pull.
Just this morning I sat on my front steps and told my mom I didn’t think I’d be leaving my children home alone much anymore.
You see, over the weekend I went to the wedding of a dear friend. I got up early, drove four hours to... Read More