Finishing Well…

Read Joshua 19
Focus on verse 5195EF3E4A-F6CD-4700-9DB6-48EB6886C2C7

When my mother-in-law was told that she had terminal cancer, it was not welcome news. Certainly not for her, nor for us as her family. About half way into the remaining eighteen months of her life, she made an observation that to me was as stunning as it was profound. She said, “You know what the good thing about cancer is?” I’m thinking to myself — there is a good thing about cancer?! She continued, “It Continue reading

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Master of Procrastination…

Read Joshua 18
Focus on verse 2-38F95BFE7-B73B-4DAF-B17A-BD7BDDD2E166

Somewhere in my garage I believe I have a small frame holding a certificate that reads: “Master of Procrastination – presented to (insert name here) which will be made effective at some point in the misty future when we get around to signing this certificate.” The code of the procrastinator — which is also on the certificate — reads something like this: “Why do today what can be put off to tomorrow?” Which is why  Continue reading

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Oppression and privilege…

Read Joshua 17
Focus on verse 3-4CD52A928-B221-4658-A77A-DCEF5312A9CD

There is an ongoing dialogue going on in this nation regarding oppression and privilege. While there are times that it gets a little out of hand on social media, I am hopeful that in the final analysis, it will be helpful to bring more than just understanding of the issues to people, but that it will result in oppression being Continue reading

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Close – but not quite…

Read Joshua 16
Focus on verse 10B158DD32-2BB8-4D4E-8F04-27ABF33EA911

One of my favorite quips is the phrase, “Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades”. Most often “close” is just a description we use in order to make ourselves feel better about failing. For example, when I fail a test, the fact that I only missed passing by one question, does not change the fact that I failed. There are other areas of life where close is just not good enough. If develop acute appendicitis — I don’t Continue reading

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Delegation…

Read Joshua 15
Focus on verse 1772B6F809-6A09-4270-8C9A-4CD42B093ED3

I possibly do not have the best record in terms of effectively delegating responsibility. My pattern in the past has too often gone something like this:
Me: “Hey, could I get a little help with this over here?”
Potential helper: “Sure, what would you like me to do?”
Me: (describing the task I would like them to help with) Continue reading

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Faith vs. Presumption…

Read Joshua 14
Focus on verse 1270391AF0-EE47-4BCB-8A89-8036775D8E18

Faith vs presumption

There is a philosophy that deems to be more prevailing in prosperous cultures, which suggests that our minds have the power to affect our destiny. Like all deceptive doctrines, there is a grain of truth embedded within this deception. It is true that how we think about ourselves and our world — our worldview, as it were — does affect how we act within that world, which can affect how successfully we Continue reading

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Old and Tired…

Read Joshua 13
Focus on verse 1E96D2DB6-D10D-4DEB-BCCF-4F9513B79202

I feel thankful and blessed to be as healthy and active as I am at my age. There are a growing number of circumstances, however, under which my body reminds my head that I am not as young as I think I am. Lately the place this has happened most frequently is on the softball field, when my head says, “you can turn this hit into a Continue reading

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