What will you do in the next ten seconds?

What will you do in the next ten seconds?

If any of us know anything about Jesus of Nazareth, we probably have heard that his reaction to needy people was immediate and scandalous generosity.  Furthermore, Jesus was indisputably clear in how he felt about our modeling this teaching. But in our busy days, we often see strangers with “needy” signs on street corners at the entrance to Target and we make decisions to ignore at least some of them.  We have to look away because we already gave somewhere else. Our practical minds govern our wallet (and our schedule) because we have our own kids’ mouths to feed and our own problems and why isn’t the guy on the street corner answering the “Help Wanted” sign at the dry cleaner? How do we manage this daily inner conflict between our desires to control...

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Flirting For Dummies

Flirting For Dummies

The newly appointed CEO of Lockheed Martin was able to accept her new position extra-quick because the former CEO apparently couldn’t keep his affairs in order. Literally. (Note: I’m sure that Mrs. Hewson is a better choice for CEO anyway, and Lockheed’s handling seems to be highly professional.) Colonel Petraeus has succeeded in dropping the level of conversation about his brilliant career to his sophomoric use of emails to carry on an illicit extra-marital affair. According to the journalist Frida Ghitis, Col. P fell prey to a form of temporary insanity caused by the interaction of arrogance and libido. (Which, by the way, the French see as no big deal.) And now the frosting on this week’s cake: The Wall Street journal yesterday dedicated two pages to...

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Miracle Spotting

Miracle Spotting

Exactly as we need. When we need it. No more, no less. Not always what we want, but just what we need. Not always when we can see or understand it. But the longer we live in this light, the more we can see it more clearly. Or at least know it’s there somewhere!  Seeing the miracle in the fleeting moment, or in the painful trials, helps us rest in comfort on the inside.  Even if there’s anxiety careening around the nerve endings or worry in our brain, if we really make the effort, we can calm our heart with a little exercise in Miracle Spotting. Look for it. Sometimes when we spot one, we suddenly realize there have been a few.  And then…look! … a long string. It might be in the course of a day or over a decade. One builds to the other. I know that...

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Enter Super Heroes

Enter Super Heroes

Summertime Afternoon. Jack and his pal Eden disappear into the game room downstairs and things get dangerously quiet.  But at this moment, I’m so far behind in writing and work that I irresponsibly convince myself that they’re having fun and all is good. Carpe 5 minutes. With no worries about markers on walls or pokey-sharp objects, I keep working.  More time passes. Eventually both kids appear upstairs having fully rummaged through the Halloween box that has expanded over 20 years of culture-seasons and questionable taste.  Jack is a combination Cruella DeVille+Keith Richards+Batman, and Eden is sporting the simpler hybrid of Wolverine+Ironman.  Super heroes of their own making. (Jack will kill me for posting this picture. Even at 7, he has pride.) They...

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Damage is a Direction

Damage is a Direction

Today as I read Dr. Jim Samra’s book, God Told Me I see the direct application of living to listen. I hear a voice that sounds like God on my heart – even today.  First, here’s the excerpt: Love is a tricky concept, easily perverted, so God anchors the definition of love in the cross of Christ.  With the crucifixion of Jesus, God demonstrated what true love looks like. It is not all about warm, fuzzy feelings, but concrete, sacrificial service done in humility, even for one’s enemy.    An example of this kind of cross-shaped love comes from John 3.  John the Baptist’s popularity was waning, while Jesus’s was rising.  John’s disciples inform him of this, expecting that John would do something to reverse this trend.  Instead John says to his...

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