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Happiness is Happenstance

Happiness is Happenstance

Have you ever felt “happy” to only find that within a matter of minutes, the day “tanked?” One phone call, one text, one email, one exchange with another human being . . . bad news, a difficult situation to face, harsh words were spoken. . . ...
Changing One’s Mind

Changing One’s Mind

The Help is a great movie giving us a very real depiction of what segregated life was like for African Americans in America prior to some laws that brought about slow change. When “The Help” begins, aspiring journalist Skeeter returned from ...
Iconoclast

Iconoclast

Have you ever heard the phrase “sacred cows?” A “sacred cow” is an idea, custom, or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above criticism or change. It references the Hindus' respect for the cow as a sacred animal. The first time I ...
He Opened His Mouth

He Opened His Mouth

Have you ever found yourself saying, “It was all good until he or she opened his/her mouth?” Perhaps you were admiring someone that you wanted to date . . . and it was all good until they spoke. Then you decided . . . “Ummmmm, not for me.” Or ...
Have You Ever Broken the Rules?

Have You Ever Broken the Rules?

It was my junior year of high school and for some horrific reason I had “Keyboarding 2.”  Apparently whatever academic class I wanted was full, so I got my THIRD choice of elective . . . and back then I didn’t have the wisdom to question or buck
Competing in any kind of race has never been my thing.

Competing in any kind of race has never been my thing.

I think I was scarred as a young child with field days. Sack Races, Three-Legged Races, Relay Races, 50 Yard Dash, 100 Yard Dash, I could go on and on . . .  I HATED field day. I’d rather go to the dentist and get a cavity filled with no pain ...
“My Life is Better Than Yours” Picture

“My Life is Better Than Yours” Picture

A year ago at Annual Conference, I connected with a clergy colleague I’d not seen in a long time. For some reason, his FB feed never showed up as I scrolled social media so I had no idea he’d lost a ton of weight. He looked great! He looked fit ...
We Keep “Should-ing” All Over Each Other

We Keep “Should-ing” All Over Each Other

We Keep “Should-ing” All Over Each Other We live in the “Land of Er” . . . words were spoken by Andy Stanley, the pastor of North Point Church in Atlanta, Georgia. We strive to be “ER” . . . Smart-ER Rich-ER Thin-ER Pretty-ER Successful-ER We ...
OCD – Obsessive Comparison Disorder

OCD – Obsessive Comparison Disorder

It’s summertime. So let’s be honest. How many of us will find ourselves either in a conversation with someone about vacation and we begin thinking, “Wow, that sounds really cool! We only did __________. Must be nice to be them.” Or . . . we ...
Just Being Ourselves

Just Being Ourselves

So often when we think of God, we think of a gender-specific individual with physical attributes. For years “God the Father” has been a phrase used to describe the Trinity, so while there is nothing wrong with that, it limits our view of God . .
Coffin of Selfishness

Coffin of Selfishness

C.S. Lewis said, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it ...
The “ideal” family

The “ideal” family

Sometimes “ideal” gets in the way. For years when I’ve heard people reference “ideal images of a family” – the show “Leave it to Beaver” came up. This was a television show in the late 50s and early 60s that showed the antics of little ...

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