January, 2014

You Can’t Hurt My Feelings

You Can’t Hurt My Feelings

Thin-skinned people irritate me. (To be fair, I bet I bug them even more.) You don’t “like” their every Facebook post, their feelings get hurt. In a casual discussion, you cautiously question an idea of theirs, and they are deeply wounded. Sometimes I just want to say, “Forget it.” However, my sympathy grew last fall during one unpleasant week, when: A long-term reader criticized my...

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2 Essentials to Walk Out Your Calling

2 Essentials to Walk Out Your Calling

There is much growing up that we need to do and much that God is up to in our journey of discovering, developing and delivering our calling. This week, as I was praying for myself and for a friend, God spoke two words: courage and humility. I’ve been wondering why those two words. Courage and humility seems particularly critical in the days that we are living in and seem intrinsically linked...

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Try Confession Without Repentance

Try Confession Without Repentance

Three years ago (this month) I repented to God for something dinky. I hadn’t stolen candy from a baby, oppressed a widow, or coveted a neighbor’s cow. I had simply failed to control my eating. During the previous six months I had lost ten pounds. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I found them again in cookies, pies, and chocolates (and only once in the hand of an infant). So I prayed,...

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I’m Learning To Budget My Brain

I’m Learning To Budget My Brain

Every December I invest fifteen hours or so to plan my life for the next twelve months. I review my current activities, I add some items, remove others, and I prioritize. Then I literally budget how many hours each week I’ll invest in each area. Last year I decided to write a book, I budgeted hours for it, and it was published last December. For the last ten years, I’ve budgeted about five...

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