Lessons Learned on the Journey

Impressive

Impressive! The word used for the athletic prowess of a basketball player. …

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Obedience

My first summer job, at 13 years of age, was working on a farm. My understanding of the employer/employee relationship was simple then—the boss told me what to do and I did it. Soon the other…

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Trained to Hear

Have you ever heard the illustrative story of a Cherokee Native American walking down 5th Avenue in Manhattan with a New York businessman? Suddenly he stopped and said, "Did you hear that…

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Forgetfulness

I asked, "What have you learned since being free of communism?" My friend answered, "I have learned how easy it is to forget." …

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Split-second decisions

Split-second decisions in emergency medicine were often necessary. Although the issues may have differed, each decision was informed by my past—past training, past experience, and past prayer. …

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Pruning

Three times in the last 10 days the following verse has come up in conversations. I think God is trying to get my attention. …

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Who has time to think?

Phone calls, Zoom meetings, emails, work! When is there time to think? Taking time to ponder is not written into my schedule. I think I may undervalue the importance of pondering—thinking…

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Submit to authority?

"Bob, please clean your room." I cringed; I did not want to clean my room. Inside I was fighting against my parents’ loving, nurturing and protective authority. I did not like to be…

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Proof of Identity

I am traveling this week on ministry business. Due to the pandemic this is my first trip in more than a year—a long time since last presenting my passport or license at the airport check-in…

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Watch Out for the Detours of the World

Miscalculating my ability to resist the subtle influences of the world 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, what are my…

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