I love talking with immigrants. They love the USA. They love the freedom, opportunity and acceptance. They have come here and are working hard to become naturalized citizens. Their work ethic and patriotism warm my heart. I recently read this, "US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, 'The only title in our democracy superior to … Continue reading Live Up (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 6)
When my kids were growing up, we raised club lambs for them to show in 4-H. It was intentional parenting. Not only did they make enough money to buy their first car, but they learned responsibility and the concept of shepherding (both important skills for leaders in training). One of the lessons, "What to do … Continue reading Joy’s Power Source (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 5)
Have you ever met an eternal optimist? Sometimes their optimism makes you shake your head. It seems they don't have a clue to the reality going on around them. They have such a positive view of the big picture they miss the details of the hits, hurts and happenings of daily life. Dependent Optimism Don't … Continue reading Dependent Optimism (Joy Filled Life, pt 2)
I am a joy junky! If you could have more joy in your life would you want it? I know I would. I love life. I love the people that I live it with. And I love the people I encounter along the way. But if someone is offering more joy, count me in. How about … Continue reading The Secret of a Joy Filled Life
When I was a college freshman, I did not follow Jesus. I did however attend a private Christian University. As a commuter, I attended chapel services because everything else closed down on campus. It was in chapel that I heard the gospel presented by Dr. Tony Evans. The second most important thing I heard was … Continue reading Extraordinary
I need to confess. I like to think of myself as a leader. I like to think that I am a spiritual leader. I like to think that I follow Jesus and invite others to come along. The truth is I am often afraid. I am full of self-doubt. I not only question my decisions, … Continue reading Live Spontaneously Intentional
One human activity that transcends every culture is the Sacrament of Celebration. In every culture sharing a meal brings the potential of ever deepening relationships. I know in the church we talk about the Sacraments of Baptism, the Lord's Supper and Marriage. But we rarely talk about Celebration. From the weekly Sabbath to the Holy … Continue reading Partying Like Jesus!