Lessons Learned on the Journey

Entries in the Surrender category

What? Me Surrender?

I heard a business speaker suggest that moving toward success required the following steps: …

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Control Yourself, Bob

"You will always be a parent but you don’t need to always parent" — wise words from a friend suggesting that self-control is a helpful virtue when parenting adult children.…

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Am I a Pharisee?

Sometimes it is just easier to be a Pharisee — justifying my thoughts and actions as righteous. I can easily point out the good I do and hide the true attitude of my heart — the sin that…

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Weakness Denied — A Good Strategy?

Society's message that acknowledging weakness is not a good strategy often resonated with me. Power and control seemed more desirable. In fact, during college a peer gave me this advice, "As…

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Accessing the Invisible

Recently my cardiologist assessed my heart by: …

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The Path to Selflessness

"Dad, this conversation is not about you!" These words lovingly whispered in my ear by my daughter caused me to stop in my tracks. I had been caught once again talking about myself and not…

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Generosity

A friend recently recounted the story of his great grandparents' generosity. During the great depression, their small town in Ohio was in great need. Believing that God had provided abundantly…

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Preparing My Bucket Before I Fill It

When I clean the kitchen floor, I first go to the closet to get the bucket. I often find that my bucket has miscellaneous items in it and dirt at the bottom that has mysteriously appeared since the…

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Spiritual Autopsy

Television shows such as Bones and NCSI have made medical autopsy common viewing. An autopsy is an inspection and dissection of a body after death to help determine the true cause of death. During an…

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Yoked

I have never liked the idea of being controlled by anyone or anything. I must confess I get testy when I even perceive I'm not in the driver's seat. I want to be in control. The idea of being…

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