Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spiritual Diet

A couple of years ago I went on a diet (lifestyle change in eating). I lost seventy pounds! I went from 265 down to 195. My doctor cut my BP meds, I stopped snoring, I had tons more energy, wasn't sleepy and generally felt much healthier.

Monday, February 24, 2014

You Are What You Eat

Have you ever heard this one? "You are what you eat." I'm sure most of us have run across that one! There is truth in this; that eating healthy is a big part of being healthy. We really can't argue with that statement.

The same is true with our spiritual lives, we are what we eat. In other words, what we consume is part of our inner man. We consume things in many ways. We can eat, see, and hear things, thereby consuming them into our being.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Creatures Of Habit

As a mailman, I often have the opportunity to witness and become aware of tendencies and habits in the animal kingdom out and about on my route. I'll bet many of you are thinking: "He's talking about dogs!" Although I have learned a lot about canine behavior over the years, every once in a while, one will break the mold of what I expect and surprise me. You would think with all the time I have spent around a dog as abnormal as Louie that nothing would surprise me! Anyway...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Intersections Of Life

I go through a lot of intersections everyday. I go through them on my way back and forth to work. I go through them if I am going to the grocery store or if I'm going fishing. In my line of work I go through all day long delivering my route. At every intersection I can decide to turn one way or another. At every intersection I am directed (by a light, sign or even sometimes an officer) to stop, continue through or detour another direction.

A few months ago, I went right through a red blinking light. It shocked me as I realized I had done it. In retrospect I realized I had seen the way was clear, yet that incident could have been disastrous for myself and others.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What My Mom Never Said

First, a little fun. Some things she did say: "Don't cross your eyes, they'll get stuck like that! How would you like me to knock you into the middle of next week?" (Could have advantages, knowing the future). She didn't really say those. Here's some she did say: "Who do you think you are? (I thought we knew that one). Stop licking your sister's face!" And the one all moms say: "Put on clean underwear, you may be in an accident."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wisdom Is In Knowing The Trajectory

I remember as a kid never wanting to play outfield in baseball games. My mentality was that all the action was in the infield, and it often was the case. I ended up playing mostly infield in my younger years anyway. As I got older, as did the batters, there were more and more balls hit into the outfield. I also would play outfield more often due to there sometimes being better infielders on my team. But I could hit, so it became necessary for me to learn to play the outfield.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

...Neither Would I

The other day I thought to myself: "I wouldn't take anything for my children!" Meaning as I thought that, there is nothing I would take in trade for any of them! My wife, my sons and now their wives and my grandchildren are my shining stars. I will do anything in my power for their well-being, provision, protection and joy! If you are a parent, you know what I mean.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Heart Leak (But Words Will Never Hurt Me - 2010)

Did you ever want a sure-fire way to see how God is changing your heart? Well here is a way to see that measure of His work in your life. Ephesians 5:1-4 includes: Be imitators of a life of love, just as Christ loved us (sacrificially)...among you there must not be...coarse joking, which (is) out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

"Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me." That little rhyme is a great lie from the pit of hell! Here is a subject I know a little something about. And as more people at my work place are reading these blogs and devotionals I write, I expect (deservedly so) some ribbing on this subject. In fact, maybe some real grief, if they have been the target of some of my "coarse joking".

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hoarding Jesus?

Decades ago, before the "reality" TV show HOARDERS was the cultural phenomenon it is today, I ran across my first Hoarder. I'm not talking about someone's house that is just cluttered with dirty clothes here and there or a few of last nights dishes in the sink. Nor am I talking about a garage packed with yesteryear's goodies that "we might need someday". I'm not even talking about a house with a "blue room". That's what Hannah and I called the spare bedroom in one of our houses, where we threw what we wanted to keep but not use at the time.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Walking Away From Our Vomit

I went out on the deck this morning and realized it had rained a little last night. I sat down in the only dry chair as our dog Louie walked out. He proceeded to lick water up off the deck. The thought crossed my mind to fill his dish with fresh water but that thought was quickly followed by the sarcastic and gross thought that: "You're a dog and you probably eat your own vomit anyway."

"As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. (Proverbs 26:11)