Lately I’ve been thinking about invisible robbers who steal your contentment. The latest one tries to convince you to put too much stock in (a) comparing yourself to others (in person or online), and (b) the judgments and criticisms of others. Is it just me, or did hundreds of you just nod your heads in … Continue reading Constant comparisons and negative criticisms
The house my dad grew up in didn’t have an indoor bathroom. Today, in my house, not only do we have two bathrooms, but we have gadgets and appliances galore. I just heated my coffee up in a microwave… instantly. And I didn’t need a fire to do it! We live in a culture of convenience. … Continue reading Convenience or obedience?
In Jonah 1:1 we read, “The word of the LORD came to Jonah… ‘Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’” Jonah didn’t want to do it, so he fled on a ship in the exact opposite direction. He was thrown overboard and swallowed … Continue reading The idolatry of our feelings
On Sunday a man in my congregation, Jeff Walther, delivered a sermon about making a difference in someone’s life. As a part of that, he told a story about a man walking along a beach. He saw someone moving in the distance, almost like they were dancing. As he got closer he realized that it … Continue reading Just one person
One of the ideas people have is that meaningful faith is formed and shaped in one big dramatic moment. Kind of like a spiritual “Big Bang” event. And in some cases, it is. But what I’ve noticed is that most people’s faith is formed and shaped over time—and as a result of MANY factors. Here’s … Continue reading More than just one moment
Lately I’ve been talking about “Keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s an expression that has to do with how you think you’re measuring up (and keeping up) with the people around you. It has to do with comparison. And do you know what? It’s an exhausting way to live. In an incredibly honest interview with … Continue reading Proving that you’re somebody