The answer is yes…but…. I am a student of grace and a recipient of abundant, generous, and scandalous grace. I believe grace to be the most critical and important component of the Christian faith. It seems to me that without grace we would be doomed. Without grace, there would be no hope. Over the years I have watched … More Faith Friday: Do we really believe in grace?
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but a person of understanding draws them out. Proverbs 20:5 There are many ways to look at grace. You could say that grace comes from an act of forgiveness, and it does. Or, positionally, it is seen as “unmerited favor,” and it is. But grace when it comes to … More Friday Faith: How grace works at works
Many years ago, working at the support center for a great company, I started saying a phrase that caught on like wildfire: “It’s a great day to serve the Lord.” I started saying it as a simple response to the question: “how’s it going?” I didn’t want to respond in a typical way, “Ok.” “Fine.” “Good” or even … More Friday Faith: It’s a great day to serve the Lord!
I hope, I think, our hearts have been reshaped and rewired, and our purpose has been reordered. Out of this mess, this time of wondering, we have been thinking about our purpose and the purpose of our business. The purpose we conclude is not to make money per se, but what we can do with that money. It … More Upside-down turned right-side up: Make an impact
When you play with Legos you understand that the goal is to be able to snap them together to make something. You also know that there is almost an infinite number of ways you can snap them together. In life, we think there are supposed to be one or two clear ways we are supposed to … More Upside-down turned right-side up: Finding your place
Now that we’ve grieved and accepted our situation, heard the counsel of wise people, become open to something different, and prayed through our situation, we can see that it is time to turn the corner. Turning the corner is a way of saying making a fresh new start. A new start with more wisdom and experience. Experience … More Upside-down turned right-side up: Turn the Corner
As a person of faith, I believe in prayer. I believe in going in prayer to a God who is above us, yet with us. A God who overall yet understands us all. A God who is superior yet walked among us. A God of compassion, love, and mercy. Prayer is our connection to a God who is listening, … More Upside-down turned right-side up: Pray
As I previously mentioned, on the other side of my losses I found myself doing something and going somewhere I had never previously seen or planned. It’s as if God used my losses to push me toward something I had never thought of. I was not open to it before. In essence, I had to hit bottom to … More Upside-down turned right-side up: Be open to something different
After the loss and as we struggle to move forward we will have countless decisions to make. We may need to consider going where we thought we’d never go and doing what we thought we’d never do. We need to answer the questions of who we are, where we are going, and how to get there, wherever there is. In some … More Upside-down turned right-side up: Get wise counsel
The loss has been great. Loss of family members and those we love. Loss of businesses, loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of property. It’s almost unbearable. Along with the actual loss, there are also phycological losses. Loss of identity, loss of a healthy self-image, loss of confidence, and loss of hope. With all this loss comes a sense of … More Upside-down turned right-side up: Grieve and accept