Thursday, May 25, 2017

Likely Hero

I watched with sadness the devastation of the Manchester bombing.  I can't imagine the pain the families are experiencing who had children who were killed or hurt.  I hope to never understand fully the mind of a person who is filled with so much evil that he could commit such an act.  In the aftermath of the horror, there are stories of the human spirit that emerge. I read about a homeless man, Stephen Jones, who was nearby when the bomb exploded.  He ran to the aid of the wounded and poured out his soul onto them.  Meet him here.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Four Generations

I was so fortunate to be able to celebrate Mother's Day with my Mom (mother of 3), my wife (mother of 2), my daughter (mother of 1), and my daughter-in-law (mother of 3).  None of the boys made it into this photo, but Mother's Day is all about the girls.  I cannot imagine a more encouraging, loving, fun group of girls to spend the day with.  Thanks for all you do every day to make my life rich.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Something else in the water...

I posted a link to this video last year, but I thought of it again today as I was writing the blog for my lakefront real estate business,  I never paid much attention to country music until I was introduced to Carrie Underwood on American Idol.  I know country music die hards will sneer at that, but it is a fact for me.  I now listen to country music in the car second only to worship music.  I love that Carrie's spirit seems to be as immense as her talent. She is not ashamed to release songs like the hit "something in the water", which talks about the change in her that happened after accepting Jesus and being baptized.    I wish more celebrities would be this bold about their faith.  (Note: A good friend let me know that the music video was choreographed by Travis Wall, of "So you think you can dance" fame.)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lost At Sea

I am reading CS Lewis's Mere Christianity again.  Lewis is my favorite Christian author.  He has an unbelievable ability to take a complex idea and paint a picture of the idea with words.  One section of the book is on Christian behavior.  He talks about categories of behaviors and describes the categories this way.  Imagine a fleet of ships on a mission.  In order for the mission to be successful, the ships must travel in formation so as not to run into each other.  Also, each ship needs to be in proper running order so as not to break down.   Some behaviors have to do with not harming someone else.  Other behaviors have to do with taking care of yourself.   You must have both for a successful mission.  But there is a third thing over and above these two.  The ships must be headed for the correct destination.  The ships can operate perfectly, and in perfect formation, but if their destination is New York and they end up in Miami, their mission is a failure.  What is your destination?