Taking it With You

When my second so, Andrew was small, he liked to dress up. Usually it was in some form of super hero or warrior costume. And he liked to be armed. Plastic knife. Gun, some weapon. He added to the ensemble with sticks and homemade clubs and swords. Darkwing Duck was famous at the time, and…

Are You the Kind of Parent who is Raising This Kind of Kid?

Amy I did the most amazingly insane thing one year. Andrew, my second oldest turned 16 . I’ve tried to help my kids with cars and stuff, and Andrew wanted a Jeep. It turns out there’s no such thing as a cheap, used jeep. So we’ve watched and hunted and finally found one on EBay. Cheap! Just…

Being on Fire

Have you heard the story of Jason McElwain? He was the autistic manager of a high school basketball team in New York. For four years, he had wiped up sweat, shagged balls, and sparked enthusiasm for his team. He loved basketball, every minute of it, even if he would never actually get to play. Then…

How NOT to Play Paintball

Years ago, I played my first game of paintball. I was the guest speaker at Shepherd of the Ozarks, and they had this paintball course on the steep side of a mountain in rugged thick woods. For years afterward, the folks at Shepherd used me as an illustration of what NOT to do on a paintball…

Taste and See that the Lord is Good

They say that there is a sign along the Alaskan Highway that reads, “Choose your rut carefully, you will be in it for the next 200 miles.” We get locked into a ruts and a patterns and hit the cruise control. In the process we miss much of the beauty of God. I believe God…

The Lord’s Army

We used to sing this song in nursery and Sunday school that quite frankly I never liked. It went like this: I may never march in the infantry Ride in the cavalry, Shoot the artillery, I may never fly over the enemy But I’m in the lord’s army. Uh, what good is it to be…

A Bitter Sickness

One time, a man got violently ill after being bitten by a dog. The grim faced Doctor brought back the bad news, “The dog was rabid. You are dying of hydrophobia. There’s nothing I can do for you.” The stricken man asked for a pencil and paper and then spent several minutes thinking and writing….

Speak Truth

One Sunday night a friend named Marc Moore came up to me laughing. He said, “You’ll never believe what Matthew told me in Sunday School.” Matthew was 5 at the time. “Matthew said, ‘Our house is overrun with cockroaches. Every morning when I get up you have to sweep the roaches out of the way…

When to Pray

A pilot was in terrible trouble when he radioed a control tower: “Tower, I am 300 miles from land. I’m about 600 feet off the ground. I’m out of gas. Please instruct.” The guy in the tower responded, “Tower to pilot. Repeat after me, ‘Our father who art in heaven…” Unfortunately, that is how many…

Expectations

My wife, Amy, had a perfect father. I don’t mean that sarcastically.  He really was one of the best men I’ve ever met. Okay, maybe he wasn’t perfect, but he was close. John Godwin was gentle and kind and caring. He worked in the flower beds around the house and helped fold clothes and clean dishes….

Live Up to Your New Appraisal

I was watching the Antiques Road Show. An elderly man was standing with what looked like an old dresser. It was a small thing. He wondered if it had any value. The expert appraiser began by asking, “What do you do with it?” This old fellow in floppy jeans and threadbare shirt replied, “I set…

How NOT to Handle a Skunk

I have an old family friend named John. John had a skunk problem. A skunk sprayed his dog, so John told his boy to wash the dog. The skunk smell rubbed off on John’s son, so John got a call from the principal’s office: “Sir, would you please pick up your boy. He’s making everyone…