Give thanks: in the good, in the bad, in the average

Do you ever wonder what God’s will is for your life? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us the answer. “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  This verse tells us that one part of God’s will for our lives is for us to…

How’s work going?

How’s work going?  A simple question with typically a simple answer: “Good. Alright. Not bad today.” Whether it’s true or not, that’s the response we give to our friends and family members that ask daily, weekly, or at the awkward Thanksgiving lunch.  But how is work really going? Is it really good, terrible, wallowing in mediocrity?…

What’s in my parenthesis?

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) John 11:1-2 At the beginning of this story, John remembers Mary for…

Scantron Mercies

Today, I forgot a grading sheet, also known as a scantron, where I bubble my answers for exams. My sociology teacher, Dr. K, could have, should have, not let me go get a scantron during the test, but she did. I should’ve gotten a 0 on the test, but I didn’t. She had mercy on…

Lessons from the Israelites

Do you ever read about God’s people in the Old Testament and wonder, what were they thinking? From the moment God spoke to Moses in the burning bush, God guided His people. Like a shepherd, He led His sheep through the desert despite their stupidity and disobedience. Even though He didn’t have to do so,…

A Fixed Focus

“What do you have to live for?” American psychologist William Marston asked three thousand people this question. An astonishing 94 percent were living in the present, but waiting for something in the future. As I look at the choices I make and why I make them, they sometimes reflect the mentality of the 94 percent….