The Tailor’s Name Is Change, Part Two

Colossians 3:1-17 As I mentioned yesterday, as stimulating and invigorating as change may be—it is never easy. And when it comes to certain habits that haunt and harm us, change can be excruciating. But it isn't impossible. I warn you, the number one enemy of change is the hard-core, self-satisfied sin nature within you. Like … Continue reading The Tailor’s Name Is Change, Part Two

The Tailor’s Name Is Change, Part One

Ephesians 5:1-10 When you boil life down to the nubbies, the name of the game is change. Those who flex with the times, refuse to be rigid, resist the mold, and reject the rut—ah, those are the souls distinctively used by God. To them, change is a challenge, a fresh breeze that flows through the … Continue reading The Tailor’s Name Is Change, Part One

The Cry from a Cave

Psalm 18:30-36 The Cave of Adullam was no Holiday Inn. It was a wicked refugee camp . . . a dark vault on the side of a cliff that reached deeply into a hill. Huddled in this clammy cavern were 400 losers—a mob of miserable humanity. They came from all over and wound up all together. Listen … Continue reading The Cry from a Cave

The Small Stuff

Colossians 3:17 "Don't sweat the small stuff." Somebody said that to me the other day. It helped . . . momentarily. I needed reality's nudge. Being casual on the outside but a fairly thorough and disciplined soul within, I sometimes need to be reminded that few people will even notice the thing I'm camping on. Or care, … Continue reading The Small Stuff

Teenage Turbulence

Matthew 18:6 While I was away for a couple weeks of vacation many years ago, I read a book by David Elkind describing the staggering number of teenagers who lack the adult guidance and support they need to make a healthy transition into adulthood. His choice of title was appropriate: All Grown Up and No … Continue reading Teenage Turbulence

Is Trauma Terminal?

Matthew 11:28-30 The definition reflects devastation: Trauma: An injury (as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent . . . a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from mental or emotional stress. Like potatoes in a pressure cooker, we twenty-first century creatures understand the meaning of stress. A week doesn't pass without a few … Continue reading Is Trauma Terminal?

Starting Over

1 Peter 4:7-11 Instant replays have become old hat. We now expect them in all televised sports. Whether it's a tennis pro's impressive backhand or an NBA center's slam dunk or a heavyweight boxer's smashing jab, we never have to worry about missing it the first time around. It'll be back again and again and, … Continue reading Starting Over

No Place for Islands

Romans 15:1-7 Nobody is a whole chain. Each one is a link. But take away one link and the chain is broken. Nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited. Nobody is a whole orchestra. Each one is a musician. But take away … Continue reading No Place for Islands

Remembering Names, Part Two

Luke 10:20 Okay . . . there you stand, getting introduced to someone. How are you going to remember the person's name? Well, you're already of the mind-set that this meeting and the person are very important. You remember that from yesterday, right? Okay, so now zero in first on one major thing—the name, nothing else, for … Continue reading Remembering Names, Part Two

Remembering Names, Part One

1 Peter 1:13 Remembering is a skill. Sure, there are those who have been blessed with a good memory. But they are exceptions. For most of us, remembering is a skill, like speaking in public, singing, reading, thinking, or swimming. We improve at a skill by hard work—direct effort applied with a good deal of … Continue reading Remembering Names, Part One