5 Ways to Keep Your Joy

The third candle on the advent wreath is a different color than the other three. This week the candle is pink, to symbolize our joy. In the olden days the fast would now be over and everyone entered the holiday mood. Now a days some people are already tired of the holiday mood. I think…

Seasonal Considerations

We reached that season of year again. That season where the weather turns colder and the schedule turns busier. That season where everyone is going shopping and having concerts and parties. That season where decorations are made of green and red and houses are adorned in lights. That season where people give more readily and…

A Want or a Wish?

The other day, I was involved in a conversation about people growing in the Lord. A few lines of the conversation went something like this: Other person: “They want to grow in the Lord.” me: “I think they wish to. I don’t think they actually want to.” There is a big difference between wishing to…

A Location Crisis

I walked into the bathroom stall. Suddenly, my brain was in a whirl. I was in Mexico again. There sitting next to the toilet was a trashcan. I can see you right now, scratching your head going, “a trashcan?” That’s important enough to write about? You may not have noticed but in public American bathrooms,…

The Rest of the Story

Saturday morning found us back on the road. We drove a few hours to an orphanage. There we helped out with installing some clotheslines and painting the laundry room. We also put on some children’s programs for the orphans. Many of the orphans are handicapped, yet so many of them were constantly smiling. It was…

The Game Telephone in Real Life

Have you ever played the game telephone? That is what working clinics in Mexico felt like. We were out in jungle villages where there is little medical knowledge and most the people still speak their native dialectics. Most of our team did not even speak Spanish. We would say something, one of our amazing translators…

A Mindset Tip for Great Work

There I was cleaning a window and thinking about cleaning. I think about cleaning a lot these days. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I clean at a high school. Anyways, I was there cleaning and trying to decided which side of the window a streak was on. I was tempted…

Who Really Is This Child?

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Do not those words from Isaiah 9 thrill your soul? If they do not, listen to…