Uncharted

Stories of persistence need to be told, not only for the sake of the one telling them, but also for those  who need to hear them. Why is it that we’re so interested in hearing about the person who gets knocked down three times, and gets up four? The stories give us examples of people…

Run Through!

As I upload this post on a beautiful Friday afternoon, I know how many of us are feeling. Maybe you are watching the clock and saying, “This week is nearly over!” Not so fast. If you know me well, chances are you’re expecting a baseball analogy to follow. Like all good baseball coaches tell their…

Entering the Fast Lane

Rush hour traffic in the Atlanta area sometimes reminds me of navigating through some of life’s challenges. A traffic accident here or there, mixed in with road widening, and drivers who seem to be at the wrong place at the wrong time – slow drivers in the fast lane, and fast drivers in the slow…

Personal Fouls

Chances are that if you turn on your television tonight, you’ll be exposed to plenty of fumbles and personal fouls. The Atlanta Falcons (my favorite team) are in New Orleans to play the Saints in a game guaranteed to have plenty of intensity. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that the…

Words

Words have the ability to destroy, as well as to heal.  They have the ability to empower, as well as to enslave. The right words have the ability to draw a precise picture in our minds, or muddy up a situation we thought was abundantly clear. Words always have an effect of some kind, but…

Permission Granted

On a warm September evening, it’s hard to imagine the cold winter breeze that swirls around on a night filled with promise and regret. New Year’s Eve is the night when we compile lists.  Lists most likely to be mentally disposed of by the end of January – or even sooner. Promises to do things…

Laboring on Labor Day

When I pulled into the park this morning, nearly every parking spot was filled – even the overflow spots. On a Labor Day morning, people were busy laboring on the things that mean the most – physical health, and mental well-being. Among the large crowd were the very young, as well as the older.  The…

The Gift

We searched all throughout the area of the modular where the middle school and high school students meet. And while we must have searched for ten minutes, it seemed much longer. The mission was urgent to all of us because the young mother said, “My son wants to carry a Bible with him, just like…

Going With Gut Feelings

Decisions often have to be made at what often seems like the “speed of light,” during times when the right decision means everything. We need to go with our “gut feelings” sometimes – Often having to detect something intangible from an interaction. While we can’t always measure the intangible, the right decisions seem to reveal…

One Spark and Many Lights

My family and I attended a very special, yet non-traditional Christmas Eve service last night in a tent, at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church. The theme of the service was “Share the Warmth of Christmas,” since everyone who attended was encouraged to bring either canned goods for The Pantry and/or blankets and coats for the…

Quiet Service

My grandfather served in the 63rd. Infantry Division (Blood and Fire) during World War II. Their mission was to crush the Siegfried Line in Germany, after D-Day — and they did! He never talked about the war, as is the case of most of our veterans. While I don’t have any other pictures of my…

The True Value of a Connection

Each week it never fails that I’m followed by at least a couple of Twitter accounts promising to increase my Twitter followers, for a fee. Lately, I have also received similar follows from those promising to increase Google+ followers, and YouTube views. It seems that in the age of greater engagement, there are those who…