Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." (ESV) Today's Thought Imagine a child trying to put together a barbecue from scratch. All seven hundred and thirty-nine pieces laying out on the back lawn... and a 4-year old scratching their head. That’s actually how … Continue reading These grow up into oak trees
1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up" (ESV) Today's Thought This week I’m suggesting practical things we can do to love one another. On Tuesday I talked about the importance of taking your own sin seriously. (You can review it here.) On Wednesday I talked about listening before talking. (And … Continue reading The Whisper Test
1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us." (ESV) Today's Thought I have no research to back this up, but I think that “Jesus loves me” was once a startling and surprising lyric. Could he reign? Yes! Could he judge? Absolutely! But LOVE little old me? Well, doesn’t he have better things to do … Continue reading Of course he does, I’m marvelous!
Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” (ESV) Today's Thought Why are so many people sad in January? I saw a cartoon about December: There was a jolly snowman, beautiful snowfall, and twinkling Christmas lights. Then there was one about January: The snowman was half-melted and crooked; … Continue reading Arm wrestling the January sads
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (NIV) Today's Thought Happy New Year! I’m just back from a week’s vacation. It was great. I went tobogganing, rediscovered the board game “Sorry!”, and even slept in a few times. I know, I’m spoiled. I’m even … Continue reading The black arm band is for you
Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (NIV) Today's Thought When I was in public school I had a “Plan A” for my life. Okay, maybe I didn’t call it “Plan A,” but that’s what it was: Playing in the NHL! I was pretty … Continue reading Plan B
Proverbs 28:25 “A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.” (ESV) Today's Thought I’ve been depriving myself of things. Think of them as mini-fasts. They’re little chunks of time when I go without something. Usually it’s food, but it could be other things too, like spending … Continue reading Short-term pain
Romans 12:2 "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." (NLT) Today's Thought Stacey was in Grade 11. Over lunch someone told her that her friend Debra was talking about her behind her back calling her vain and self-centred. In about … Continue reading Bullied by… yourself?
1 Samuel 16:7 “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NIV) Today's Thought “Never judge a book by its cover.” It’s one of those lessons you learn when you’re young… But we do it all the time! You know as well as I do that appearances can be deceiving. … Continue reading Appearance bias