When Life Gets Overwhelming, Do This

I’ll admit, my life feels pretty overwhelming right now. I face more responsibilities and pressures than ever before. Please don’t think I’m complaining—I’ve chosen this path. 

I’m sharing my difficulty with you in the hope that I can encourage you with the solution I’ve found. Before I go there, let me start with strategies that haven’t helped.  Continue reading When Life Gets Overwhelming, Do This

When Patience is a Vice, not a Virtue

Americans lack patience. Big time. 

A prime example: our frustration with our smartphones when they take too long to process information — information which, by the way, travels to and from satellites orbiting the planet! Comedian Louis CK famously mocked impatient cellphone users by asking, “It’s going to space! Can you give it a few seconds to get back from space?!”

He makes a good point. We need more patience. Sometimes, however, we need less.  Continue reading When Patience is a Vice, not a Virtue

4 Ways Christians Abuse God’s Grace

When I was a teenager, Terry the pest control man came once a month to spray my parents’ house. We often talked about the Bible. In one conversation I asked him, “What if I murdered lots of people. Would I still be saved?” “Yes.” 

Dumbfounded, I said nothing. How could God tolerate such blatant abuse of His grace? Doesn’t God’s grace demand our obedience? 

A more important question is this: Do I abuse God’s grace and expect it to continue? I’m afraid sometimes I do. You probably do too. Here are four ways we abuse God’s grace. Continue reading 4 Ways Christians Abuse God’s Grace

Why God Loves to Love and How that Changes Everything

For years I misunderstood God. In my mind, He sought every opportunity to punish the wicked, particularly those who worshiped Him incorrectly. He loved His children but only out of obligation. If He allowed anyone into heaven, which almost never happened, He did so grudgingly. Continue reading Why God Loves to Love and How that Changes Everything

3 Goal-Setting Myths That Will Stunt Your Spiritual Growth

After she heard a new year’s sermon on goal-setting, Macy decided it was time to fix her broken life. Though she doubted she could change, she had to try. During the sermon, she wrote down four doable goals: 1) drink less alcohol, 2) use less profanity, 3) read her Bible a few times a week and 4) attend worship services most Sundays. Continue reading 3 Goal-Setting Myths That Will Stunt Your Spiritual Growth

Why is Easy Sometimes So Difficult?

“Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, ‘My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?’” -2 Kings 5:13, NASB

Ironically, people are sometimes more willing to do difficult things than easy. Easy things seem beneath them. Too unsophisticated. They’d rather maintain their dignity and do something challenging than humble themselves and do something simple.  Continue reading Why is Easy Sometimes So Difficult?