Father’s Day

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Today many in the United States will celebrate “Father’s Day” as a good way of giving and showing honor to our dads. Though honoring our fathers should be an ongoing practice, there is nothing wrong with giving dads their own special day of honor. This holiday, as practiced in America, is not rooted in paganism and fits well within the commandments of God. “Honor your father and mother” (Exodus 20:12)— which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. (Ephesians 6:2-3). Considering these verses, and many others, it would seem to be perfectly God-honoring to celebrate a day in which fathers, the God-given spiritual head of the family, could and should be honored. What a nice and considerate way to “honor” someone by giving them their own special day. Continue reading “Father’s Day”

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Harnessing Willpower

WillpowerWillpower touches on nearly all aspects of living an overall healthy life: eating right, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, studying more, working harder, spending less. Willpower underlies anything that involves a decision. Understanding it makes all the difference. In simple terms, willpower is the ability to resist short-term gratification for a long-term goal. It’s no wonder that self-control has become a hot topic in our society, for scientists interested in understanding the roots of human behavior and for practitioners who want to help people live healthier lives. Self-control separates us from our ancient ancestors and the rest of the animal kingdom. It is the ability to subdue our impulses to achieve longer-term goals. Rather than responding to immediate impulses, we plan, evaluate alternative actions, and, often enough, avoid doing things we’ll later regret. The practical significance is enormous. Most of the problems that plague individuals in our modern society — addiction, overeating, crime, domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, prejudice, debt, unwanted pregnancy, educational failure, underperformance at school and work, lack of savings, failure to exercise — have some degree of self-control failure as a central aspect. Continue reading “Harnessing Willpower”

J-O-Y

r1620105_246933643 little letters one powerful word J-O-Y. All of us want to experience Joy; observations show that the demand is extremely high for this elusive commodity. Making it difficult to experience Joy is life itself. Every day we are faced with life, and in life, there are stories that remind us of our own mortality as human beings, but when you lose someone who means the world to you, someone you love with all your heart, something deep down on the inside, deep within you changes forever. The everyday drama we allow into our lives falls away and suddenly seems insignificant. We find ourselves reaching out and opening our heart to let others in. We start to notice the simple pleasures. We become acutely aware that we never really know when our time might be up, and we make a pledge to let joy into our life. Continue reading “J-O-Y”

Dirty Secrets of Complicated Relationships

dirty-secrets-of-complicated-relationships11Most of us juggle multiple roles and responsibilities every day, and the boundaries between work and life are often blurred at best. Life happens around the clock. Smart technologies have enabled people across the globe to stay in touch and be responsive in real time. In fact, an article in the Huffington Post indicated that the average person checks their smartphone an average of 221 times a day. Continue reading “Dirty Secrets of Complicated Relationships”

The Quest

life-changingThe quest for peace and contentment is at the core and purpose of human existence. We yearn to experience a level of inner emotional, mental, and spiritual balance that will literally result in us achieving peace and contentment – not just the idea or illusion of it. Every morning when you wake up and get out of bed, you have a choice as to how you approach the day. You can either be sour and grumpy, or grateful and thankful. In our daily lives, we often rush through tasks, trying to get them done, trying to finish as much as we can each day, speeding along through life in our cars to our next destination, rushing around to do what we need to do, and always speeding off to our next destination. Continue reading “The Quest”

Millennial Departure

exitToday I ran across an article written by a young millennial who was sharing why so many people particularity millennials are giving up on church and the idea of church. This should not be news or a shock to anyone paying attention these days since for many the church has become nothing more than a checkbox of rules and regulations, in short, a waste of time. Millennials value being heard and receptivity. When our churches make them the topic of conversations and sermons instead of including them in the discussion it screams nobody cares what they think. Continue reading “Millennial Departure”

Distracted Living

distractionsConsidering all that’s going on in the world today, you may not hear much about the crisis of “distracted living.” Where living in a perpetual state of distraction, you miss out on most of your life because you generally aren’t paying attention, or your attention is so divided, torn in so many directions that you don’t focus on anything.  Let’s face it Google is making us stupid, multitasking is draining our souls, and the current generation is leading us into a dark age of bookless, mindless, power browsing. All those e-mails and social media notifications, casual internet browsing, schedules overloaded with meetings and appointments, result in missed dinners, neglected dates, and forgotten birthdays, and the list goes on and on. Embracing the Internet as the hub of our work, play, and commerce has been the intellectual equivalent to adopting fructose as the center of our national diet, and we’ve all become mentally obese. Continue reading “Distracted Living”