Falling Back on the Secrets to Life

I try to look at my life each day but life tends to get in the way. Meaning, the chaos of my professional and personal “lives” tends to drown out the daily look back on where I have been and where I am heading in life. That’s part of the problem as I look back on 2015 and try to plot a course ahead for 2016. That’s why I find myself falling back on the Secrets to Life—and I mean the Real Secrets to Life. Continue reading

Pope Francis Is Not ‘Progressive’—He’s a Priest

There is a very good background article in the Atlantic on Pope Francis and his visit to the U.S. We try to put people in boxes of left and right; Democrat and Republican. The Pope doesn’t fit into any box other than he is a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ.

“My hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: ‘Give them something to eat.’”

Regardless of what box you put yourself in, these are profound words that are food for thought.

Give someone something to eat today!

Time to Die

You read it right—it’s time to die. Not in the way you are thinking but dying to Jesus. He died for us. We need to die to him. What does this mumbo-jumbo mean in a practical sense? It simply means if you are going to be a true Christian—in action, not just title—you need to leave “you” behind and start focusing on others. That’s what Jesus did and if you are going to really be a follower you need to follow Jesus’ lead. It’s that simple. Continue reading

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

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One of the great, inspirational quotes from Maya Angelou, truly a shining light for us all. The world is a little dimmer with her passing but hopefully we will keep her light bright through the memories and add to it by letting our own lights shine.

My post from yesterday…

Is Your Light Shining?

Condolences, memories, and smiles!

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

 

It’s Tough Being Christian

It’s not that the Christian faith has been tried and found difficult, but rather it’s been found difficult and left untried.” G.K. Chesterfield

This is a follow-up to my last post—Do You Pass the Christian Test? Chesterfield said it all too well, with some embellishing by me—it’s difficult being a Christian and left mostly untried by so many. Many “Christians” are so good at talking the talk but stumble when they try to walk the talk. In fact, many don’t even try to walk. It’s easier just talking. Continue reading

Opportunity in Crisis?

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“I have heard that there is one symbol in Chinese for danger; and another for opportunity. If the two are combined, you have the word for crisis. Every problem is an opportunity to become smarter, to become more patient, to grow. Every crisis is a pain, but it is also an opportunity.”

Reverend James O’Leary, I Think I Am Happier Than I Think I Am