We can’t forget that, with Jesus, all ends well. His life was a dramatic demonstration of the fact that, even if things appear to be going very wrong, they are well in hand… even better, they are all a part of making the ending that much better. The only reason I can think of for shrinking back is uncertainty about how things will turn out. Our extensive experience with “cause and effect” relationships has taught us that small actions yield small results. Therefore, we think, playing it safe will minimize the damage when things…read more
There are many people who have gone out and taken risks, asserted themselves, conquered, and who have produced noteworthy accomplishments. There are fewer who have dedicated themselves to doing good, to living by the truth, and to living with generosity. It is a complete rarity to find someone who does both. Such people change the world and are often killed for it.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failing? It is fear, after all, that stands between us and all that we hope for. We are held morally responsible if we let this fear keep us from doing what we were created to do. The hopes and dreams that you have burning within you are not something you made up. They were put there by your creator and He intends to see them come true. You are still afraid… so am I… but all the reasons for being afraid have gone…read more
Have you ever noticed how distasteful it is to do a good thing when that thing is not optional, when you are required to do it? I remember being a kid and deciding to do some good deed such as share a toy with my brother or clean the closet without being asked to do it. I remember a couple isolated incidences when that good deed was completely ruined. Here is how it would happen; just as I was about to do the good deed, one of my parents would walk up and let me know in no uncertain terms…read more
The baggage you are carrying may be the thing that is keeping you from walking through the door which now stands wide open in front of you. Think of the last time you cleaned your basement, or moved the furniture from one bedroom to another, or moved from one house to another. It is amazing how much junk you find in the process. If you’re like me, you discover stuff that you forgot you had. The changes that you want to make force you to throw things away that you don’t need anymore. And yet, there…read more
The image that I use as the header for my website is inspired by Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. If you haven’t read about it you might enjoy the brief summary on Wikipedia. The allegory is quite thought provoking. My image portrays the part where a cave occupant has been released from his chains, has turned around and is emerging into the real world. It is amazing to think of the transition from such limited experiences and a limited existence in the cave to the wonder of the real world. The real world…read more
We can thank the true revolutionaries for the many great innovations that have shaped our way of life. We seem to have a particular appreciation for those of them whose ideas had become accepted and well established before we came along. That’s because we are spared the ugly reception that those ideas received when they first were introduced by their creators. We get to enjoy the fruits of their courage, but miss the chance to see what it looks like when someone introduces something great. Perhaps that is why we…read more