Are you pleasant to be around?

Are you nice to come home to? Are you nice to work with? Do people like being around you? Part of the answer for each of us is connected to how well we live out Proverbs 15:30: The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. ESV A cheerful look […]

When we are not qualified to speak: Part 2

Last week’s blog post inspired some conversation online and offline so I thought I would clarify some things. If you want to first check out last week’s post HERE, feel free. I talk a lot about a “squeaky clean heart” in my conversations and teaching about living the Christian life. By that, I mean that […]

Can we forgive without being asked?

Forgive us our debts as we have also forgiven our debtors. It is difficult to forgive people when we don’t feel like forgiving.      -Perhaps the wrong is just too big,      -Our hurt is simply too large and raw, or      -The person will let us down again anyway. Though all of these thoughts […]

Am I loving well? Part 4: Dying to Self

It is the last day of February and our last day of considering means to reflect God’s love.  Thank you for going on the journey with me. Week 1: Speak well HERE. Week 2: Process emotions well HERE. Week 3: Forgive HERE Today, Week 4: Surrender Love dies. A verse I lean on frequently and […]

Am I loving well? Part 3: Forgiveness

No matter how many times I participate in a Q&A after a talk, if forgiveness was even mentioned, it gets the most attention in discussion afterward. Forgiveness is an understandable sticking point in our spiritual lives. Each of us has suffered from the decisions, actions, words and sins of others. To hear the stories breaks […]

Am I loving well? Part 2: Patience.

Today is Valentine’s day. Candy, cards, flowers and roses have been purchased and delivered to people all over the nation. Red and pink hearts will adorn many kitchen tables. Handmade cards will be made by the hands of little people. Special dinners will be enjoyed by candlelight. “All told, Americans are planning to spend roughly […]

Am I loving well? Part 1: The words we speak.

A few weeks ago I found myself listening to a conversation between people sharing this observation: people who don’t know Jesus yet can be loving too. In addition, it was stated that people who don’t know Jesus are often more loving than those who profess to be Christians. This is what Christ followers are supposed […]

Keep Personalized Convictions Personal

        If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. (James 4:17) Sometimes God does something very personal in our heart and asks us to stop or start doing something that is not directly addressed in Scripture. Instead, it is a decision He has asked […]

One Secret to Remembering God’s Goodness

Years ago, in my early twenties, I bought my first new car. I remember feeling all grown up one day while gathering my things to go visit friends just a few miles away. I remember taking great care with my appearance and feeling very in control as I got behind the wheel of my spotlessly […]

How not to be easily offended

A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16) I don’t know about you, but it appears people are becoming more easily offended, reacting dramatically and instantly even to what appear to be small matters. But today I look in the mirror. I too have been a fool, […]