Half Empty or Running Over?

Blog - Cup Running OverFor the past two days, this question has been pressing on my mind. . . . or shall I say pressing on my heart: is the glass half-empty or is it running over full?When the promise is delayed, this question begs to be answered.

Sometimes, it seems like my timetable and God’s timetable are like two ships sailing adjacent to one another in a huge tumultuous sea. The timetables are side by side, but they fail to intersect when I think they should. They are in sync, but they don’t seem to be crossing paths as quickly as I would like.

Am I the only one who is tempted to look at the glass as “half-empty” when I should realize the “my cup runs over” aspect of my relationship with my Father? Continue reading

Killing Abel

Blog - Killing Abel- FinalSOMEONE HAS TO DIE! Someone has to pay because I failed to offer an appropriate sacrifice, and now I have been rejected!

Most of us may be inclined to shake our heads when we read the story of Cain and Abel. Why would someone kill his sibling when his sibling did nothing wrong? When he did what was right? It’s not so far-fetched when we think of how some people try to kill others today without laying a finger on them. Ostracizing them. Ignoring them. Rejecting them. Disrespecting them. We may not be “killing Abel” in a literal sense, but some of us are “killing able” figuratively.  Continue reading

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

In Hard Spaces

blog-rocks2Can I just say….the calling God has placed on your life may lead you down a path full of hard spaces? One may think, Because its His calling, it should be easily penetrable; I shall sail along the perfect course with very little inconvenience and resistance. Most times, this does not even closely resemble the truth of reality.

On the contrary, your calling may take you down a path filled to capacity with rocks, and even the ground underneath the rocks may itself be hard and unrelenting. Difficult for some to grasp mentally, but there, in those hard spaces, you may be precisely in the center of God’s will for your life. Continue reading

Managing Purpose

blog-clutterI will admit that I’m not as organized as I would like to be. I can usually find everything I’m looking for, but I often regret how much time I’ve wasted having to look for it.

Clutter is a big concern for many people. Even if it’s not the disorderly assemblage on a work desk or the physical clutter in a disorganized, jam-packed room, clutter is a huge dilemma for most people.

In our society, constant noise has become prevalent. On the days that I teach at the university, I can easily note that not less than 95% of the students that I observe meandering to class have headphones pressed tightly against their ear canal. On occasion, some of these same students attempt to listen to lecture in class, contribute to the class discussion, and maintain a sense of connectivity to their music with one ear bud secured in place.

Clutter.

Unlike the clutter clearly visible on a desk in disarray or a compacted room, there is the mental and emotional clutter that seems to flourish without much visibility. Similar to the clutter produced by a noisy environment, mental and emotional clutter can cause us to become distracted and unaware. And when we are distracted and unaware, we will miss the intricate details and softly-spoken directives that God is giving us regarding our purpose. Continue reading