Do the Work

Discipline is not a natural thing. By its very nature, discipline is about self-control, making ourselves do things we wouldn’t naturally do. But we must do the work of disciplining ourselves if we want the discipline to work. Planning and strategizing, as important as they are, will never produce results in and of themselves. Only action can […]

The Difference Between Talent and Skill, and Why it Matters to You

“Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand before kings.” –Proverbs 22:29a I read a proverb the other day that got me thinking… why are some people so incredibly TALENTED, but don’t make nearly as much of their lives as they could have? Here’s an answer to consider: The distance between […]

About that sinking feeling…

You have not been left out. You have not been left behind. You have not wasted your life. You have not failed your calling. ––– You still matter to God. You still have much to offer. You are still valuable to the world around you. The best is yet to come. ––– Now get to […]

Running Again

Running Again (Or, “How the Worst Itch Ever Reminded me of the Best Fix of All”) The itch was so bad I could barely stand it. There I was, surrounded by the beauty of a fresh sunrise, sidewalk-jogging past a serene waterway and a meticulously trimmed golf course, and all I could think of was […]

Let’s Go (Luke 2:15)

When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  (Luke 2:15) God gave a word of hope to these outcasts, these unwanted, low-society shepherds.  He gave them an announcement of […]

Jesus will never give up on you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Philippians 1 JESUS WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  (Philippians 1:6) Jesus always finishes what He starts. He didn’t begin creation only to get […]

Your reward is on the way

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Galatians 6 YOUR REWARD IS ON THE WAY And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the […]

Your weakness is a gateway to God’s strength

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 12 YOUR WEAKNESS IS A GATEWAY TO GOD’S STRENGTH But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. […]

Jesus is worth it

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 11 JESUS IS WORTH IT Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.  Three times I was beaten with rods.  Once I was stoned.  Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent […]

It’s not over ’til God says it is

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 4 IT’S NOT OVER ‘TIL GOD SAYS IT IS Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.  Then each one will receive his commendation from […]