Thomas McGreevy

It’s Coming

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“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.” – Hebrews 11:1-2 I’m not sure there is anything more difficult than having to endure while the things you hope for go unfulfilled.  It doesn’t take long before you find yourself trading those hopes in for something more immediate, something that will at least distract you from your painful longing.  That seems to be the major difference between the great ones and the rest of us. …read more

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He is Always Knocking

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“Asking only workman’s wages I come looking for a job But I get no offers, Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome I took some comfort there” – Simon & Garfunkel (The Boxer)   It’s only when we can’t seem to get what we are looking for that we are susceptible to competing offers as unrelated as they may seem… and we’re usually not asking for much, just workman’s wages, just the basics.  It would be nice…read more

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Getting something… anything… out there

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From a recent New Yorker essay by John McPhee: “The way to do a piece of writing is three or four times over, never once. For me, the hardest part comes first, getting something — anything — out in front of me…” I think there is some truth here for any people who intend to offer something of themselves to the world.  First of all let’s remember that we are implored to do so.  The gospels utilize a money investment scenario to illustrate God’s perspective on it.  The parable captures…read more

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Who Am I?

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“There is no normal life, Wyatt. There’s just life.” – Doc Holliday (Tombstone) Humans are wired to look for the way.  We are subconsciously searching for a path.  We are trying to get somewhere.  We know we have not arrived.  We have this deep hunger for something more and we are looking for some indication of a path that might take us to where we were meant to be (wherever that is).  The systems that we find ourselves in offer a path.  They suggest that if we just work our…read more

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Glory

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“Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero Is it OK to do it for the glory? What Cicero is really referring to is the recognition of glory.  Glory is not glory that exists but is not perceived by another.  It’s recognition that we want, whether from God or by extension from others. I don’t think it’s enough just knowing that you are living a life of virtue.  I don’t think it’s enough to know that you bear the image of God and in so…read more

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Pick a Fight

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“I need to pick the fight myself… then, most important of all, I need to run barefoot toward it.  But I want to go barefoot because it’s holy ground; I want to be running because time is short and none of us has as much runway as we think we do; and I want it to be a fight because that’s where we can make a difference.  That’s what love does.” – Bob Goff (Love Does)   You have to know that there are things worth fighting for and you…read more

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Identity

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“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche You actually need the tribe.  It is the only way you can become your true self.  It is through them and with them that you are yourself and it is your responsibility to utilize them for that purpose.  You have to open yourself to them.  You…read more

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The Real Thing

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“There’s a song that they sing when they take to the highway A song that they sing when they take to the sea A song that they sing of their home in the sky Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep But singing works just fine for me” (James Taylor – Sweet Baby James) If visions of heaven are just something that helps you to sleep at night, then you haven’t been told about the real thing.  It inspires people to live by faith (Hebrews 11). …read more

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Is There Any Glory Left?

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”This field of glory is harvested, and the crop is already appropriated” – Abraham Lincoln   Abraham Lincoln in his Lyceum address talked about how our government was an “undecided experiment” testing the great proposition, upon which our country was founded, the ability of a people to govern themselves.  He talked about how so many had found glory in the success of that experiment and about how, now that it is done, there is no glory left.  Clearly, Lincoln was wrong.  Later he would be called on to save our…read more

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Made for Another World

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“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis There is something about coming to this realization that enables a person to live well. Read about the great people of faith in Hebrews chapter 11.  “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on…read more

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