Lessons Learned on the Journey

Family characteristics

I was curious how a father from our church motivated his teenaged children to mow the lawn and do errands for an elderly neighbor. Asking how He encouraged his children to serve, he replied,…

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Laugh 2x/day and call me in the morning!

Laugh 2x/day and call me in the morning! …

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Childlike Gratitude

Where has my thankfulness for the simple gifts of life gone? Where is my childlike gratitude? As I have “matured”, a mindset of entitlement has emerged – diminishing my sense of…

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Our Value

At times I enjoy perusing antique shops looking for old books. I've come to realize that the worth of an object is not necessarily its monetary value but rather its meaning to me. …

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Faith Maintenance

The opening paragraph in my car’s service booklet says the following: …

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Taxi Cab Wisdom

One day I hopped in a taxi to discover that my cab driver was from Kosovo. We talked about the history of turmoil in that region and I said, “Isn’t it sad that there is so much difficulty…

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Murmuring

As I was driving, the radio talk show host was encouraging his listeners to call in words not commonly used. A word that came to my mind was “murmur”– a mumbled expression of…

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Maturing Seeds

As a teenager, sitting on a tractor day in and day out, I learned to appreciate the difficulty of a planted seed maturing to harvested fruit. There were many challenges in the maturation…

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Not What is Next, but What is Now

"What is important is not what is next but what is now." My friend continued by saying that many times she thinks so far ahead and worries about what might happen in the future that she…

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Looking for God

Sometimes I fail to see God when circumstances don't live up to my expectations. Instead of looking for God, I have been known to whine and complain. …

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