Taking a Break

...a good decision.

Sometimes the best decision is to simply take a break. In the middle of a deep discussion about the way forward? Take a break. Working with a team over a troubling situation? Take a break. Intensely involved or engaged in work or a project? Take a break. Weary in well doing? Take a break. Taking […]

Independence…

...more than a day.

“Do they have a 4th of July in England?” It’s an old (and not funny) joke. The American tradition to celebrate independence from England is a serious matter. In 1776, the conditions were such that those seeking religious freedom in the new world, expected self determination to be inherent. It wasn’t. So the Revolution began […]

Patriotism…

...can be a beautiful thing.

When my father in law saw an American flag in a parade, he wept. He was a patriot. Never having served in the military, somewhere along the line he developed this love for country that never left him. He was a patriot. The older I get, the more I feel similarly. I reckon the cost […]

Liberty…

...or death.

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry, delegate to the Second Virginia Convention, gave an impassioned speech related to colonial independence, where he concluded with the challenge, “Give me liberty or give me death.” [btw, the convention was held in St. John’s Church in Richmond – a nod to those confused by separation of church and […]

Freedom…

...more than we know.

I grew up with a street comment that came up regularly.”It’s a free country.” It came up after someone, usually an elder, suggested that we weren’t allowed to do something, but it was ingrained in my thinking and remains. We mostly see it as freedom of speech. Here’s where we are allowed to express our […]

Forecasting…

...how accurate?

Telling the future has been tempting since the beginning of time. There are signs of the seasons that can be reliable. Farmers and seafarers have used these signs to good effect. Did you listen to the weather report today? Looked it up on your phone? I suppose they’re getting more accurate as we go along […]

Fake News

...not news at all.

Such discourse about “fake news” is mostly annoying. Inaccurate news – It happens. Facts are wrong, but not intentionally and should be followed by an appropriate correction. Bad news – First we think of the information as being tough, but bad news could also mean poorly reported. Worthless news – This would be information we […]

Great Days Ahead…

...remain on course.

We love the “Good Old Days” and exclaim that our best days are yet ahead. It’s not true in all things, but it is true in the Kingdom of God. Be led by the Spirit of God. Hear His voice and act upon it. Trust Him with all your heart and know that He will […]

Making Good Decisions…

...leadership essential.

One of my favorite leaders used to say, “I may not always be right, but I’m decisive.” When entering a restaurant and being asked, “where would you like to sit?” he would always choose a table. He would never leave it to the recommendation of the hostess. He was always decisive. Some leaders are so […]

Good Friends…

...a great asset.

Having enjoyed the visit of a few friends over a few days has been a tonic. It’s a blessing to have the time these days to have extended conversations, meaningful and meaningless, to laugh, pray, and ponder. Good friends are a gift from God. Not to be taken lightly nor insignificantly. One doesn’t need to […]