Adding Value

Blog - Added ValueIf you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?

It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.

God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.

Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental,  spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading

Hoarding Grace

Blog - GraceA troubled marriage.

Financial difficulties.

Wayward children.

A terminal illness.

All are realities of this life. And all present a real need for God’s loving grace.

But is it enough? Is His daily provision of grace really enough?

Is it enough when we have so many pressing issues that make negotiating the terms of this life so painfully troublesome? Laid before us are the hard facts of life. In fine print, many times, we miss the disclaimer. We didn’t see the circumstances forthcoming . . . . and coming so deliberately, as if to overtake us with brutal force. Continue reading