September 5, 2018

There are two major motivators lurking in the hearts of mankind: fear and hope. It may seem easy enough to distinguish between the two. But we are so good at self-deception that we may be lying to ourselves. Every day, we wake up and there are some coals in our fire. These coals are the motivators that drive our attitude, perspective, and behavior throughout the day. Whether it is victim mentality, denial, a lack of self-awareness, or any other hosts of avoidance-tactics,… Read more

September 4, 2018

Ever noticed how nobody ever says, “I’ve got this sentence stuck in my head!”? There is something magical about music. Something about it connects to the rhythm of our hearts. There is a kind of harmony that words and tune make within our soul that reach us at a deeper level. This is why we get songs stuck in our head. There is something sticky about it. We hear all sorts of ‘songs’ throughout our day. The world is full… Read more

August 31, 2018

As we journey through the vast terrains of life, a pilot emerges. The thing driving the ship. And one of the most popular choices is fear. Particularly, the fear of death. Not knowing what happens next bleeds into a general concern for what is around every corner. We’re afraid of rejection. Afraid of the unknown. Afraid of fear. The list is long and habit-forming. One of the few guarantees in life is that it will one day end. That much… Read more

August 29, 2018

It’s been a long workweek. You’re tired and in need of some rest. Saturday is quickly approaching. What should you do? Sleep in? Go to the beach? Catch up on chores around the house? How you spend your free days during the week will determine your priorities. So, what are the options? And which is best? First, we must make the distinction between an off day and a rest day. An off day is a break from life. A rest day is… Read more

August 27, 2018

As much as we avoid pain, there are several benefits to turmoil. Although it hurts, there are a few things that can be gained exclusively (or most effectively) through suffering. It is for these reasons, perhaps, that pain is allowed in our world. It may not be ‘good’ in and of itself, and is certainly something we steer clear of. Yet, the inevitable let downs, disappointments, and traumas of life are a uniquely fertile ground for some of life’s most essential… Read more

August 24, 2018

Every day we look at our reflection in the mirror. We also steal glances into reflective surfaces like windows. Studies show that we look at ourselves in this way upwards of sixty times a day. Most of the time, we are looking at our physical appearance. We’re trying to discern if our outfit looks good or our makeup is smeared or a hair is out of place. But have you ever locked eyes with yourself in the mirror? How does… Read more

August 22, 2018

When painful circumstances strike, we all have the same initial impulse. We’ve got to fix it. We have to end the problem. We think pain is something we need to escape, as quickly as possible. Job’s Circumstances The story of Job is not about God rescuing Job from tragic circumstances. Tough as it may be to deal with, God authorized those awful circumstances. The Book of Job is not about ease of situation or salvation from setting. It is about… Read more

August 20, 2018

It happens to all of us. Life is flying by, swirling around us at a million miles an hour. At its best, life is exciting and full of thrills. At its worst, it is monotonous and full of the dull pain of being overwhelmed. It is not uncommon to just feel off. To feel as if we are slightly off our axis. We call it ‘being in a funk’. And it can be more than boring – it can be… Read more

August 17, 2018

When I was a kid, there was one sound that sent me jumping to my feet and out the door. The sound of The Ice Cream Truck. That sing-song little jingle was music to my ears. Like a Pavlovian dog, my impulses carried me to the sweet promise of tasty treats. My favorite kind of ice cream was this large popsicle-type thing that had a bunch of different colors swirling down it. As you made your way through, the colors… Read more

August 15, 2018

I’ve been searching for Narnia my whole life. When I was a kid, my parents introduced me to C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series. It was fascinating. And I was hooked. I opened every closet I found, searching for another world.   Found It?! This week, we started a job at a university here in New York. The campus is on Wall Street and Broadway. During the last four days, we have been in intensive training sessions with our student leaders…. Read more

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