Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
When a friend recently asked me to share my thoughts on the “Proverbs 31” woman and man, it unexpectedly was a painful experience. As never before, I realized how cynical I had become on the subject of an ideal marriage. For far too many couples – even Christian couples – the marital ideal of “heaven on earth” has degenerated into something akin to hell on earth.
Solomon (or “King Lemuel”) asks, “Who can find a virtuous…Continue
Posted on December 7, 2017 at 11:00am
All the way through elementary school, I did my writing with pencils. Each year, “#2 Pencils” were on the top of the school supply list.
But when I arrived in middle school, we were expected to use ink pens instead. The writing experience was certainly better with the pens, but there was one major problem: Ink is difficult to erase.
Eventually, some clever marketers came up with “erasable” pens. But that was false advertising, because they were still hard…Continue
Posted on November 27, 2017 at 3:43pm
This Thanksgiving was a chance to reflect once again on my “Gratitude Quotient.” I concluded that I’m happier and more grateful than I’ve been in many years.
However, I uncovered a blog I wrote several years ago admitting two disturbing things: (1) I’m still not nearly as grateful as I should be for how God has blessed me; and (2) Many of the things I’m now MOST grateful for are past events I wasn’t grateful for at all when they were taking place.
I call this second…Continue
Posted on November 26, 2017 at 5:02am
Ever since his divorce several years back, my friend Ron has complained to me this time of year about the upcoming holidays. He has his reasons, to be sure, but he’s begun to sound like a broken record.
“It’s just not the same,” he moans. “With my wife gone and my kids living far away, it’s always an agonizing time for me.”
Then he typically cites the gluttony, commercialization, overspending, and other holiday sins as justification for his negative attitudes. You’ve probably…Continue
Posted on November 21, 2017 at 4:26am