The Power Of Faith

I wrote this post when Zig Ziglar passed away in 2012.  For those of you who don’t recognize the name, he was probably the top motivational speaker of the 80’s and 90’s.  Along with Dr. Robert Schuller (of Crystal Cathedral fame), Ziglar popularized the kind of thinking that Norman Vincent Peale had written about a generation earlierContinue reading “The Power Of Faith”

It Just Might Make A Difference

It was pick-up basketball as it was meant to be played. We were dressed in scraggly shorts and shirts that Goodwill wouldn’t want anything to do with. And our play was as ragged as our clothes. But we were having a good time, getting a workout, and blowing off some steam. Craig was one ofContinue reading “It Just Might Make A Difference”

Turning Brokenness Into Beauty

When our children were very young, my wife and I made an important economic/ascetic decision. Rather than go on vacations to places we really couldn’t afford and our kids wouldn’t appreciate, we would go to state parks instead. You could rent a cabin at just about any park for a very affordable price and withContinue reading “Turning Brokenness Into Beauty”

The Fruit of Gratitude

Humility is the fruit of gratitude. We all know the feeling when someone does something special for us or gives us something significant—we are indebted to them. The most appropriate response we can make is to say thank-you because we are touched and humbled by their generosity. That’s the way it is with our Father. As weContinue reading “The Fruit of Gratitude”

Living With Open Hands

Christmas is going to be different for us this year—radically different. In the past year we lost Janice’s father and her mother is now in the memory care unit of a residential facility (she suffers from severe dementia). My mother also passed away. All of this means we won’t be making the trip to the Hendrixson’sContinue reading “Living With Open Hands”

Welcome Reed

Our second grandson, Reed, came into the world about two-and-a-half weeks ago.  As far as I know (and I think I’d know), his parents been blessed with relative normalcy. Of course, they’re on the steep part of the learning curve so even the routine can be challenging and at times intimidating, but still, things are going well. MotherContinue reading “Welcome Reed”

The Part That Matters

When our oldest daughter was in first grade, I would drop her off at school on my way to work. Our daily trip took us by a large cemetery located in middle of town. Being six years old, she had a number of questions about it which I thought I did a decent job answering.   She wasn’t satisfied thoughContinue reading “The Part That Matters”

Standing at the End of Life’s Diving Board

It was the last day of swimming class and Alicia was standing on the end of the diving board looking miserable. About 49 ½ % of her wanted to jump off and 50 ½ % didn’t.  If a five year old girl is old enough to be conflicted, she was the picture of it. I was treadingContinue reading “Standing at the End of Life’s Diving Board”

Some Parting Thoughts

Well, our time in Romania is over and tomorrow we will head to Budapest, Hungary, where we will spend the night before beginning our flight home early Sunday morning. The time has gone by quickly and well. It was great to see everyone in the congregation again and spend the week with them. Participating in their VBS wasContinue reading “Some Parting Thoughts”