Lessons Learned on the Journey

Struggles on the Journey – Forgetfulness

To-do lists litter my desk as I struggle against forgetfulness. Remembering is always a challenge. God has called me to a life of remembering Him and yet I can so easily forget. More than 200 times…

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Struggles on the Journey – Enough

Not having enough is certainly a problem. A lack of food, money or medicine can be life-threatening and is experienced by many around the world. Much is being done to solve the social issues of…

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Struggles on the Journey – A Heart of Thanksgiving

At times, I followed my mother’s instructions begrudgingly when she would say, “Bob, you must write a thank you note.” Sometimes I did not have a grateful heart, but I would write…

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Struggles on the Journey – The Influences of the World

Miscalculating my ability to resist the subtle influences of the world around me can result in not-so-subtle negative outcomes in my life. I am called to be in the world but not of the world. So…

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Struggles on the Journey – Clarity

My thoughts and ideas have no meaning to others until they find full expression in clearly articulated words – written or spoken. I can respond to my thoughts but others cannot. I sometimes…

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Struggles on the Journey – Forgetting My Identity

How I view myself - my identity - is shaped by my early childhood development, education, vocational life, family, church and ministry. Blessing and heartbreak in each of these areas are intertwined…

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Struggles on the Journey - Lack of Joy

The intent of God is that I live a life of relentless joy. However, I often find myself living inside the story of my circumstances rather than God’s reality. The result is a lack of joy…

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Struggles on the Journey – Hubris

Hubris – excessive pride and a sense of self-importance - is a constant temptation for me. Yet if you knew me well, you would understand that my hubris constantly rubs shoulders with the…

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Struggles on the Journey – Hiding

As I listened to the story of his journey to Jesus, I was amazed by his nonchalant transparency. He described his family life growing up in North America having come from another country and an…

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Struggles on the Journey – Crazy Busy

Is there any way to describe the pace of modern life other than – crazy busy? We live in a 24 hour society with non-stop opportunity to eat, drink and be entertained. I need more discipline…

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