“It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.” – G. K. Chesterton You don’t have to look very hard to see the evil in our world which has resulted from the fall of man. The signs of it are everywhere. The tragedy is not so much what now remains, but what was lost. Of…read more
“Thus, and not otherwise, the world was made. Either something or nothing must depend on individual choices.” – C.S. Lewis God has seen fit to leave it up to you. A big part of this story you are living remains unwritten and you are the one who will decide how it goes. He has left it up to you. You are not alone but the choices are yours to make and now all of creation waits with eager expectation to see what you will do. Astounding!
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The problem is that “what lies within us” is so deeply buried. The divine objective is to recover it so that it may be revealed in all its glory. Will you let Him do that?
“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Do you find yourself “getting ready to live”? Have you filled your life with daily tasks that keep you from living the life you know you want to live? How is it that we let busywork define our lives? I used to think that when Jesus called his disciples he was testing their…read more
Have you ever looked back on an earlier period in your life and wished you had the perspective then that you have now? I feel that way about my experiences playing football in high school and college. It was a period in my life that I enjoyed and I did fairly well, but as I reminisce I realize that I held something back. There was some part of me that was afraid; afraid to fail, afraid of facing higher expectations, afraid of getting noticed. The challenges seemed so daunting and…read more
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery There is a ship that each of us wants to build. We want to build it because we “yearn for the vast and endless sea”. We cannot build it alone. We are going to need people to join us in our endeavor. If we can get in touch with our desires and teach…read more
“He is dead who will not fight” – Julian Grenfell When you are at war, as we are, and your enemy, like ours, is the sort who takes no prisoners, there is no combination of difficult circumstances or limited options that should cause you to surrender. You must always stay the course. There is no potential for a viable truce with this enemy. If the odds are against you, you can’t afford to draw back. You must fix your eyes on the goal. You must never be turned aside. You…read more
My nine year old daughter is a social genius. She has a gift for interacting with people, making them feel comfortable and connecting with them. She was born that way. You could see it when she was a toddler. It’s a gift that I did not receive. I’ve learned slowly in my life how to interact effectively with people and have become proficient at it like any normal person, but I am no match for my nine year old. When we have parties at our house I give her the…read more
“A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” G.K. Chesterton Since you are one of a kind and there has never been another person like you, change will be the natural effect of your life. The status quo is the state of affairs that existed before you came along. Since you are new, you will bring change. We were created and placed on this earth to do just that. “Fill the earth and subdue it, rule”… in other words, assert yourself in…read more
Have you ever felt embarrassed for someone else? It’s usually because they have been exposed or because they have failed to maintain that false dignity that we all hide behind. Maybe they had too much to drink, or were singing at the top of their lungs in their car, or got laughing too hard and lost all composure. The discomfort that we feel when we see that happen to someone else is telling. I think it reminds us of the version of ourselves that we keep hidden just beneath the…read more