Faith Friday: Do we really believe in grace?

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?

Friday Faith: It’s a great day to serve the Lord!

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!

Upside-down turned right-side up: Make an impact

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

Upside-down turned right-side up: Turn the Corner

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

Upside-down turned right-side up: Be open to something different

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

Upside-down turned right-side up: Get wise counsel

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

Upside-down turned right-side up: Grieve and accept

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