Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Created for Connection

“Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.”  -Barbara Bush

In the wake of COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are practicing “social distancing” to stop its spread to protect life, which is the right thing to do.  However, the side effects of this forced isolation can leave us feeling alone, discouraged, and afraid.  It’s important to remember that just because we aren’t physically meeting with one another doesn’t mean we have to stop virtually meeting with one another.  Since the beginning of time God said that it’s “not good for man to be alone” because He created us for community and human connection.  Pick up a phone and do an audio or video call.  Write a letter or email.  Leverage social media.  Maybe a better term for social distancing would actually be “physical distancing,” because we don’t have to do life alone, and we can connect with others if we choose to. 

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another... (Hebrews 10:25, NLT). 



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Where Hope is Found

“God is our only hope in a chaotic world.”  -Bill Graham

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, in just a few short weeks we’ve had to come to the harsh realization that the manmade institutions or things of this world that we may have placed our hope in have let us down.  Many have lost their jobs as well as their investments as the economy has come to a screeching halt.  We’ve had to practice “social distancing” to stay away from our favorite places we normally go out to eat, workout, and worship.  And for some of us, we’ve also seen our loved ones lose their health and get sick.  While God did not cause this suffering, He can certainly use this to purify our hearts and transform our minds so that we begin placing our hope in Christ alone.  Whenever life returns to normalcy (and it will eventually) this isn’t to say that we can’t go back to enjoying everything we always have but we must remember that all of the manmade institutions and things of this world can let us down again but our God never will.  In one way or another everything in this life will one day pass away so this is why we must not live just for today but with eternity in mind.  

All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure (1 John 3:3). 

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Blessings of Solitude

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”  -Albert Einstein

In the wake of this Covid-19 Pandemic, we are forced to practice “social distancing” and to spend more alone than we normally do, so I’ve personally tried to find silver linings amid all of the chaos.  One of such is that canceled meetings on our schedules and fewer items on our to-do lists mean there’s more time to draw nearer to God by prayer and in His Word.  Maybe if we connected to God in this season of solitude then there’s something new that He will want to do in each of us, and what appears to be an unwanted lull, could actually be opportunities for our greatest junctures of creativity.  Perhaps God has a new business idea that someone reading this is to pursue or book that you are supposed to write, or maybe this is the right opportunity to go back to school to finish a post-graduate degree, or it’s opportunity to pick up the phone to mend a broken relationship or begin a new one.  While none of us asked for this season of solitude, God calls us to redeem the time no matter what season we are in, and so therefore it’s incumbent on us to turn this unwanted lull into a time of spiritual maturation and personal growth. 

Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:16, NIV).


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Wake Up

Hope is the dream of a waking man.

—Aristotle

If you weren’t dreaming already, then you were sleepwalking. You are asleep to the unique talents and abilities God has blessed you with. You have an incredible opportunity since there is only one you in the entire world, and God created you with a purpose in mind. You are here to grow in your talents and abilities so you can glorify Him in the greatest way imaginable. For those awake, I hope you do not allow anyone or any circumstance to send you into hibernation. For those asleep, wake up and start dreaming. 

Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you (Eph. 5:14). 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

When the Shoe Doesn’t Fit

I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.

—Oprah Winfrey

As the expression goes,“If the shoe fits, wear it.”I was at a sandal shop in Israel, looking to buy a pair. I tried on a sandal on my right foot, and before I could try on the sandal for my left foot, I’d already bought them. Love at first sight, or so I thought! I decided to wear my shoes out of the store, but as I put on the left sandal, I realized it didn’t fit. The more I walked, the more uncomfortable I became. By now, I regretted my impulse purchase. Someone said, “Maybe you just need to wear them in.” I didn’t think so. At first glance, the sandals looked right, and others agreed that the sandals perfectly suited me, but I knew that something just didn’t feel right. Fortunately, the shoes were refundable; however, some life decisions are not. The obvious lesson is this: don’t make impulse purchases. There is, however, a deeper lesson: don’t let others decide what is right for you. When the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t continue to wear it if you don’t have to. 

Then the Lord said to him, “Take off the sandals from your feet” (Acts 7:33 ESV).

Monday, September 30, 2019

Leadership by Empowering Others

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.



—Henry Ford

Moses had a difficult time being the lone judge of Israel’s court cases. Everybody—and I mean everybody—came to him for everything they had difficulty with. Eventually, judging alone became overwhelming. Moses’s father-in-law told him he couldn’t keep living this way. So his father-in-law organized a management system so all the tasks Moses had done alone would now be delegated to leaders subordinate to him. Arguably, this system saved Israel and freed their leader to do what he was called to do—hear from God and lead the people of Israel to the Promised Land. Likewise, if you want to successfully lead any organization, don’t be the lone ranger that goes it all alone. That is unsustainable. Instead, exercise leadership by empowering others. You will be working with your head and not just your hands, and those following you will appreciate the new responsibility. Your organization will run more effectively.

You should also choose some of the people to be judges and leaders (Exod. 18:2 ERV).

Thursday, September 26, 2019

True Contentment


 Real contentment must come from within.  You and I cannot change or control the world around us, but we can change and control the world within us.”  -Warren Wiersbe

There may be points in our lives that we are honored and praised, and other times that we are ignored and forgotten about, or even despised and disdained.  We can’t live for the praise of men because it’s as fleeting as chasing the wind.  Likewise, we go through seasons that we have much and others that we must learn to live with less.  We can’t stake our spiritual health and wellbeing in wealth because it can be here today and gone tomorrow.  Our mentality should be that of Apostle Paul’s: I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Phil. 4:11).  When the world seems to be crumbling around us and life is not going as we had hoped, let’s pray that we would find true contentment in knowing and being known by Christ that lives in every believer (Col. 1:27).

Obey the LORD and you will live a long life, content and safe from harm (Prov. 19:23, GNT).