Monday, July 20, 2015, “New Things” 


  

 The night is over, the day is here. Is there anything more full of wonder than the fall of sunlight on dewy grass?  Is there anything more laden with beauty than the song of birds harmonizing in the forest? Is there an aroma greater than the scent of fresh, wet pine wafting through the air? Is there any touch more amazing than the kiss of a new day on your now awakened, wide, bright eyes? Is there any taste more satisfying and filling than the taste of hope as you remember the light of morning falling gently across an open, empty tomb? Is there any footprint more reverent than the first step of one heading toward the truth? 

Friday, July 16, 2015, “Outside the Hedge and Inside Your Head”


  
R.J. has a problem. He wants stuff. Somebody else’s stuff. So he hoards stuff. And the beginning of Over the Hedge had me hooked just like it did Ben, my grandson. 
I don’t hoard other people’s stuff, don’t get me wrong. But I do hoard books. Lots of books. I have a library at home and a library at work. I own a Kindle and have lots is aps on my phone. 

Knowledge is important to me. I usually get up around 4:30 am and read sometimes a couple of hours. I can never get enough. 

I read to write. 

Writers who read are like grocery shoppers. How can you possibly cook if you have no food in the pantry? Writers gain their skill and their substance through their reading. 

I read to respond. 

A book is like a person. We must get to know a book like you get to know a friend. Writers as diverse as Eudora Welty and Stephen King tell writers that their writing habits are responses to their reading. 

I read to imagine. 

I do have a left side of my brain, I’m almost sure of it. The fact that I can’t ever turn off imaginative functions in my brain is beside the point. Reading — digital and paper types — helps fuel your imagination. 

I read to teach. 

Teachers always teach because the best teachers always learn. As one wise person said, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”

I read to experience. 

A book is an experience – somebody else’s experience. The places I can’t go, the people I can’t meet, and the thoughts I can’t think (yet) are available through reading.  

So go get a book and read. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015, “Describe Love in Three Words”


Describe love in three words. Go. 

Love is …

  • “I’ll do it,” when the question is, “Who’s going to clean the back bathroom?” 
  • “I can’t come,” on a sunny day and the sky smiles down on the golf course and the friend asks, “can you play golf today or has she asked you to clean the garage again?” 
  • “Please take mine,” when there are four people and three pieces of pie. 
  • “I’ll be there,” when the friend calls at 3 a.m. saying, “I’m headed toward the hospital.”
  • “Yes, it does,” when the question is, “Does this make me look fat?”
  • “Yes, you can!” when the doubtful friend says, “I don’t think I can go on.” 
  • “Let me help,” when the load is heavy on your friend’s back or heart. 
  • “I’ll change it,” when the loaded, dripped, sagged, nearly-to-the-floor diaper appears hung to the unaffected, unaware curly-headed toddler as (s)he runs across the snow-white, newly cleaned living room carpet. 
  • “Jesus weeps, too,” when the friend asks, “How can God care when my loved one/family  member/husband/wife just died?”
  • “Gave it away,” when the question God asks at the judgment is, “What did you do with my love?” 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, “What Do You See?”


Quote of the day:

“I can tell a lot about a person by what they choose to see in me.” 

If I only see your __________

spiritual side;

mental (in)abilities;

emotional (in)capacities;

physical features;

failures;

successes,*

I. Can’t. See. You.

 And now for a time, these will remain; spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, failures, and successes. But the greatest  part I need to see about you is you. 

—–

*  The person who only hides behind successes or the people who only see a person’s successes show they are the most blind. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Silence and its Beautiful Touch


I read a quote this morning I would like to share:

“Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.”

Yeah. It’s good. Let’s turn this truth into a fill-in-the-blank statement. 

Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more ————– than silence. 

How would you fill in that gap? 

Let’s try a few examples and see how true the statement still is. 

Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more ———— than silence. 

  • Gracious? 
  • Relevant? 
  • Applicable?
  • Biblical?

Ok, now that I have shown a few examples, what would you say? Thanks for reading.