Monthly Archives: July 2015
Sometimes it’s the easiest thing in the world and you enjoy it immensely. But sometimes, for reasons not quite clear, it can be frustrating.
In Matthew 6:3, Jesus said, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” The idea is simple enough. You do something nice for someone in a way that all they see is the deed. They don’t know you did it. They may even give the credit to someone else. Continue reading
Of all the things I won’t miss about this life, forgetting is right at the top. In spite of all the electronic reminders and Post-it notes, you can still arrive at your destination only to realize you forgot the most important part. Argh!
Those who study such things recommend planning ahead by embedding little reminders into your daily routine. Put the car keys just next to where you usually put them to remind you to take something on the trip. Hang your jacket inside out and you will remember to mail the check. Continue reading
There is a very fine line between a legitimate reason and an excuse. While there is a chance (a very small chance) the dog ate the homework, there’s an even greater chance it simply was not done.
We hear such things all the time. Heavy traffic made me late for work, my alarm clock didn’t go off, I never got the message, something suddenly came up. What can you say? There is a chance. Continue reading
I am both encouraged and humbled when I hear about people who accomplish much under adverse circumstances. The “rags to riches” story of the individual who did not give up though it seemed everything was against him.
Consider John Calvin. Though he only lived to age 54, with the help of assistants and secretaries, he was able to write his seminal work Institutes of the Christian Religion and commentaries on most books of the Bible; as well as theological treatises, confessional documents, and exchanged cordial and supportive letters with other reformers, including Philipp Melanchthon and Heinrich Bullinger. Not to mentioned the controversies and debates that swirled around much of his short life. Continue reading
When playing hide and seek with small children, a parent will sometimes hide where he can see the child. The reasons are obvious. He wants to make sure the child does not get hurt and it’s fun to watch the child’s expressions as she slowly peeks behind doors and under couches.
Two kinds of looking are going on. The child is looking for the parent while the parent is looking at the child. They both feel a sense of anticipation. Continue reading