Burdens of Life

weight-of-the-world-2On July 15, 1960, in Los Angeles, California during his acceptance speech the then-Democratic Presidential nominee John F. Kennedy, said “We stand today on the edge of a new frontier … but the new frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises – it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.”

Life is a continual set of challenges, problems, and annoyances. You may often believe if you could just deal with the immediate challenge that you are facing, all your problems would be over. But life is not designed like that. When you resolve one problem, others are already knocking on your door. Is there a person in this world past or present who has never felt the weight of a burden? Burdens are a part of life. If you ever come to the place of being completely burdened free, you will have reached Heaven. Until then expect burdens. The key to bearing burdens is in learning how to be rid of the unnecessary ones. Continue reading

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The Currency of Life

real-time-486As I get older I begin to understand how to apply the things I have often been made aware of in life and recently I truly began to understand what it means to waste time. When we are but adolescent teenagers and young adults, we do not mind wasting time because we believe we have years ahead of us. But then about halfway through our lives, we realize that we have more years behind us than we do in front of us.  This is when we begin to reevaluate how we are spending our time. This often leads to what people call a midlife crisis, when we begin to wonder, “Have I wasted all of my good years? Should I make some major changes in my life?” Then one day when we are nearing the end of our lives, we look back and say, “Where did all the time go, how did it all go by so quickly?” Continue reading

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Good Grief Christmas Again

grief_1350“Happy Holidays!” As the end of the year approaches, everywhere we turn someone is telling us to be happy. It’s the most wonderful time of the year… well, not for everyone. While images of love and joy fill storefronts, TV screens and magazine pages, for many people, the reality of the holidays isn’t so cheerful. This time of year, we remember people we love and those we’ve lost, particularly the older we get. Between stressful end-of-year deadlines, family dysfunction and loss, poor eating and drinking habits, and increasingly cold and dark winter days, it’s easy for the holiday season to feel not-so-merry and bright. In fact, for some, the holidays can seem more like something to survive than to enjoy. The traditions and events that can add so much joy and meaning to the season are punctuated with painful reminders of the person we loved and lost or the person who is no longer here to share in it. Continue reading

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Reality is Reality

I often deal with peoples’ reactions to life,  and their situations in life as well as their communication issues with others. Sometime ago I was talking with a young person, and they used the phrase “my reality” as if their reality were different from everyone else’s. Now don’t get me wrong as the saying goes I understand that it is believed that a person’s perception can become their  reality, the problem is — it is not true. The truth is there is a verifiable reality that exists. Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them. Reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible and sometimes our perceptions (or beliefs about our world) do not match reality. In the physical realm, that is the basis for illusionists — they can make things appear different than they really are. Also, there are those tricks of nature that our senses can play on us that can lead us to misinterpret what is really happening around us, to us, through us,  and in us. Continue reading

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Most believers do not begin their day doubting God to the contrary. However, for many the trails of life can inevitably catch you off guard. When uncertainty happens, and fear begins to creep in doubt is not far behind, and like a wrecking ball, it starts pounding against the foundation of your beliefs about God. Although it is that same doubt that should drive us back to God’s promises, however, it seems to almost always have the opposite effect and causes us to walk away from Him! Continue reading

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A Game of Inches

83892173 (1)“Football is a game of inches and inches make the champion” ― Vince Lombardi Jr.,

It was October 2012, and the New York Giants were playing the Dallas Cowboys with Dallas trailing and only seconds remaining in the game. When suddenly Dez Bryant caught a game-winning touchdown from Tony Romo to cap an amazing Cowboys comeback. But upon further review, the replay showed Bryant’s hand was out of bounds at the back of the end zone by one inch, and Dallas lost. One inch. One inch gave the Giants a huge 2.5-game lead in the NFC East. Football like Life is a game of inches. Baseball could also be a game of inches. Miss the strike zone by an inch, hit a line drive down the line just foul by an inch, missing a homerun and the game changes. In fact, most sports, most things in life when you think about it can be defined by inches. Continue reading

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How Long?

How-longI have been watching and listening over the past several weeks as some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry began their descent down from the mountaintops built in their minds. These people, their sins are no anomaly, their acts are no accident, no addictions, no mistakes, but they are all caught up in, and are willing to buy, and keep buying the lies. All of this sin is but the natural result of a world that is untethered like a balloon from the absolute truth of God. Continue reading

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