Living the Adventure

  One day I was driving to work listening to news radio. They were talking about the Japanese puffer fish called, Fugu. This particular fish puffs up when threatened and exposes spines that have a neurotoxin that is 1000 times more potent than cyanide. Here’s the kicker. People will still eat this poisonous fish. Restaurants…

What is Success?

Everyone is talking about success. Everyone wants to be a success. How will you know if you get it? What is success? Well, it seems like there are differing ideas, but just about everyone can agree on what success isn’t. I got this in the email from a friend. These are actual quotes taken from actual…

One Thing Leads to Another

Roger von Oech wrote an intriguing little book about creativity and leadership. It’s titled, “A Kick in the Seat of the Pants.” He talks about the importance of staying open to new ideas. Here’s the insight, “One thing can lead to something completely different.” He tells the story of Steve Jobs. I once asked Apple Computer…

Live the Adventure

If most people were asked to describe “church” in one word, and they were honest, here’s what I think they would say: “Boring.” For many people church equals boring. And honestly, that’s probably the main reason they don’t come. Why is it boring? I believe church is boring because we’ve changed what it means to…

Fighting Temptation

A friend heard that I was dieting so he sent me this. It’s called THE NON-STRESS DIET This diet is designed to help you cope with stress which normally builds up during the day. ** Breakfast Grapefruit 1 Slice Whole Wheat Toast, Dry 8 oz. Skim Milk ** Lunch 4 oz. Lean Broiled Chicken Breast…

Distressed by Various Trials

One time, right before I left to go on a trip, I got into my truck and it wouldn’t start. Dead as a doorknob. I was leaving so I figured I’d worry about that when I got back. Took the other vehicle. But then when I got back, I forgot that the truck was dead until…

Be Strong

2 Timothy is the last of Paul’s letters. That aging old warrior is about to go to heaven, so he jots down some final instructions to his young learner, Timothy. In chapter 2:1 he makes an amazing statement. (2 Timothy 2:1) You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus….

Keeping the Pride

In 1992 we bought our first mini van. I was so proud. Talk about pride in ownership! We had wanted one for years. The perfect family machine. It could get us around the country. I washed it every week. Waxed it, the whole bit. Kept it shiny. Then we added two more children. Spills. Miles. Scratches…

Kicking and Screaming

Have you seen that beautiful poem about footprints in the sand? You have to have seen it. It’s everywhere. It’s on coffee mugs, letter openers, placemats. The poem tells about a man that had a dream and was talking to God. Scenes of his life flashed across his mind and he saw two sets of footprints…

The Demon of Overeating

Every day in America 101,280,321 adults are on diets. We spend $2,021,918 on exercise equipment and jog 17 million miles, burning 1.7 billion calories. So why is it that every year we pledge to lose weight? Why haven’t we lost it by now? Maybe it’s because every day we also consume 75 acres of pizza, 53 million…

Finish Strong

Somebody sent me these bits of wisdom and I wanted to start by passing them along to you. Might help: Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes. Give a man a fish and he will…

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…