There's a section from a children’s book called Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH which is an insightful commentary on 1 Timothy 6:6-8 which says, "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we … Continue reading The Rat Race
The famous businessman John Rockefeller was asked, “How much money does it take to satisfy a man?” He replied, “Just a little bit more.” His answer was insightful—not only about how a lot of people think about money, but about how a lot of people think about life in general. ‘If only I had better … Continue reading Rockefeller’s insight (and warning)
“You never do it right.” “Your priorities are always messed up.” “You always say the wrong thing!” How do you respond when people unduly judge and criticize you? If you’re like a lot of other people (including me), probably not very well! So I stand in awe of the apostle Paul when he says, “I … Continue reading Like water off a duck’s back
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
As you know, the “Up!” devo was on a break for a week while I was on vacation. But now I’m back and ready to walk faithfully into a new year. I hope you are too. And one of the things that helps us do that is to evaluate what we’re spending our time thinking … Continue reading Why other people’s standards are distracting
Proverbs 3:34 “…but to the humble he gives favor.” (ESV) Today's Thought Recently I was at the hospital and saw a group of doctors having coffee together. All of them were wearing stethoscopes around their necks. I wonder why. Maybe they just didn’t have time to put them away. It’s hard to be sure. And I … Continue reading Hey! I’m one of the important ones!