Lessons Learned on the Journey

Entries in the Love category

Family characteristics

I was curious how a father from our church motivated his teenaged children to mow lawns and do errands for an elderly neighbor. He said, "We are the Johnsons - that is who we are and so this is…

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Worth Saving

At times I enjoy perusing antique shops, looking for old books. I've come to realize that the worth of each object is not found in monetary value alone, but also in something that touches my…

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Competing,Comparing,Condemning

Athletic competition can bring great delight to my heart. A football game won in the last seconds or a round of golf decided on the last hole breathes energy into me. A natural progression of thought…

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Diagnosing at the Mall

While his wife shopped at the mall, an endocrinologist sat in a coffee shop gazing at the passersby. He "diagnosed" shoppers with an intelligent guess. No history. No physical exam. No…

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Is this community?

There they were - hundreds of people with iPods and MP3 players dancing in the middle of Paddington Train Station in London...what is going on? I was momentarily frightened until I discovered that…

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Slogans are not enough!!

Life is hard! This past month many of the hardest situations we face in life have reared their ugly heads in the lives of my friends - death, cancer, and betrayal. I wanted to encourage them and give…

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Spiritual Clothing

As a young boy, visits from my maternal grandparents were infrequent but much anticipated. After they visited, I could count on one of my friends saying, "Who was with you on Saturday, they…

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How's your mom?

"How's your mom?" People frequently ask this question about my remarkable mother. The answer is tricky because the layers to the story are many and complex. The answer is often the…

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Extraordinary in the Ordinary

I was a guest - not a member of the family, but treated like one. Examining the outside - the seen - this family is extraordinary. Musical, athletic, and academic talent seem to ooze from their…

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You must be kidding, forgive?

Forgiveness is a daily struggle for me. Anger and thoughts of revenge come naturally to me. How can I obediently respond to Jesus’ mandate to forgive - even my enemies? This month, the ten…

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