You Won’t See Unless You Look

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When I was in high school I took up bird watching and found lots of rare birds.  I would go to places and habitats at times of years where a rare bird might occur.  There would be a flock of thousands of birds and I'd pick through every one, on many occasions, on the off chance that one time I'd find something out of the ordinary.  And I would often find something that didn't belong--a bird from Argentina in Arkansas, for instance.I'm no longer the serious birder I once was, but I still look … [Read more...]

Training in Christianity

Several years ago I started doing triathlons.  It was a completely new sport, with lots of challenges, but I was ready to get in shape and this seemed like a good way to do it.  I signed up for a sprint triathlon and found a training plan online to get me to the finish line.  Since that time I’ve used many trainging plans and mixed and matched them as I’ve come to understand how the different elements are meant to interact in creating more endurance, more speed, greater aerobic capacity, etc.  Th … [Read more...]

Rest Day

We sometimes need rest, even from the work of spiritual disciplines.  Athletes know that to get stronger and faster we have to have a balance of effort and rest, but does not the same happen for the spiritual life?  Today, don't try to do anything to achieve Christlikeness.  Don't read your bible, spend special time in prayer, or do any meditation.  Instead, simply rest in God and let God to the work of recovering you to the self God intended. … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: 1 John 4:7-21

Part of the purpose of spiritual disciplines is to make right actions automatic.  When we are faced with someone who we can respond to with love or hate, we should not have to decide, we should be so formed that love is our default.  Spiritual disciplines are a way of returning our lives to the "factory settings" of God's Kingdom.Reading and meditating on scripture is a particularly power way to achieve such a reset.  Today read, reread, and work on memorizing 1 John 4:7-21.  Carry the verse … [Read more...]

Clear Away

The clutter of our stuff often reflects the clutter of our souls.  Clear your stuff away to create space for God.  Begin with one shelf, one desk, one cabinet or closet. … [Read more...]

The Difficulty of Pleasure

Pleasure can be a difficult thing.  Often we distract ourselves from true, deep pleasures by flitting from one small pleasure to the next.  For instance I love to buy books or look through them rather than enjoying the deeper, more difficult pleasure of actually sitting down to read.  The Sabbath was given as an invitation to take the time for true, deep pleasure.  So take today to truly enjoy the pleasures with which God has filled creation. … [Read more...]


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