Failure: How to Bounce Back from Your Next One

Failure. You are planning to experience it again aren't you?Some years ago I added this line to my life mission statement: "Embrace failure as the only path to success." [ Tweet this! ] I've had to remind myself of it far too often of late.How to Bounce Back A recent failure reminded me of a family scene from a few years ago. We were vacationing in sunny Charleston, SC. It was our kids' first experience with ocean surf. At the time, they were toddlers who had trouble walking on solid … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Your Kids: 3 Simple Steps to Success

It shouldn't be that hard to do, should it? To talk to your kids? To carry on a conversation with a 5, 7, or 12-year-old? You'd think we wouldn't have to give it too much attention to make it happen.After all, we drive and talk all the time. You can multi-task when trying to talk to your kids can’t you? Well, sometimes. Maybe.But we're not likely not have much success, and certainly not much intentional growth. [ 5 Steps to More Intentional Living by Faith ] Maybe we should take some simp … [Read more...]

5 Steps to More Intentional Living by Faith

I've never heard anyone say they accidentally became a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ.I've heard many say they wish they could be. I've heard the sound of disillusionment in their voices, as if they've resigned themselves to not being among the chosen ones wise enough to decipher the secret code to more intentional living by faith.But living by faith simply means that you act, speak, and think based on what you believe to be true -- not on what you feel to be true. The Bible … [Read more...]

Pope Francis I: Sectarian Culture Warriors Trump Ecumenical Culture Wimps

I'm always eager to introduce opinions from people who know more than I do about a topic, such as the selection of the new Pope, Francis I. Privileged to feature a guest post from P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.  He founded CCL in 2001 with the conviction that only eminently equipped cultural leaders will actually create a new Christian culture — and that only transformed Christians can transform the present anti-Christian culture of the West. Follow his blog h … [Read more...]

Choosing a New Pope: Why the Media Cares about the Next Italian Idol

What the klieg lights give, the klieg lights take away. Such is the double-edged sword of media coverage.My Catholic friends would do well to remember it in the rush of media coverage over choosing a new pope. The 24/7 coverage of papal smoke signals all seems like a twisted dream sequence of American Idol -- just in Rome -- and without the horiffic singing. Call it The Search for the Next Italian Idol. (No offense intended to my Catholic friends, but it might be cool if one of the … [Read more...]

Ask God Why? When Is It OK?

Why? For many Christians, it's the question we should never ask. We tend to think we should just shut up and do what God tells us. He is, after all, a consuming fire. We know the whole story of when the earth opened to swallow those who dared to ask too many questions. So we keep our mouths shut, thinking it's never OK to raise our hands and ask God the ultimate question -- why?There's some truth to that thought. God is God, and we are not. His authority is non-negotiable. At a deep and fa … [Read more...]

3 Ways to End Frustration and Find New Direction

Ever feel like you’ve been beating your head against a brick wall? Are you frustrated with where life has left you? You don’t have to settle for that feeling. You can end your frustration and find a new direction. It’s easier than you might think. Take it from someone who knew about frustration – Helen Keller.Helen lost her sight and hearing before she could talk. Her early childhood was filled with extreme anger and frustration as she failed to grasp that words even existed. Beating her head … [Read more...]

Does Your Weakness Give You Strength?

My back hurts. Sometimes.It's part of the price I pay for being taller than most people, I suppose. I've learned to to live with it. Regular stretching, good posture habits, and frequent strengthening excercises keep me limber enough to keep moving forward. But it is what it is -- a weakness.I've noticed something. My back hurts most when I try to hide my weakness.The thing about my back pain is that it often comes from staying in the same position for too long. So if I'm sitting … [Read more...]