How to Find Peace with Difficult People

Jerry Seinfeld had a great line, “People. They’re the worst!”

Do you ever feel that way?

I imagine we all have a few of those difficult people in our lives. They seem to go out of their way to make our day less wonderful. A rude remark. A “constructive criticism.” A purposeful slight.

Frankly, we just don’t like hanging around them. And often we don’t need to.

But what about the ones we can’t avoid? In a church or other organization. Where we work. In our family.
What do we do then? [Read more...]

Living Your A-Game

In college during the late 60’s and early 70’s I had no desire to change the world. Campus protesting burned and I was happy to help drain a keg at the frat house on Friday afternoons.

I planned to go into the family business. Live the American dream. Make some money. Do fun stuff.

Yet something inside was missing. As I faced graduation I increasingly felt uneasy about where I was going. I had it made yet somehow felt empty. I really couldn’t understand it but I also couldn’t shake it. [Read more...]

Quote: On Equality by Milton Friedman

“A society that puts equality–in the sense of equality of outcome–ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality or nor freedom.”

Worth thinking about.

What do you think?

Do you have a favorite quote?

How to See the Miraculous

In the previous post we looked at some keys to keep our prayers from being answered. I know pretty inspirational.

The point is Jesus worked miracles and told us we could see the same. Yet, somehow we get disconnected.

Oh, occasionally we might glimpse something that looks suspiciously like a miracle but most of the time we just hope for some answer at all.

And frankly, then telling others about our religion is about as exciting as describing how your baby worked in his first tooth. You probably just had to be there.

So what gives? [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “Riverdance” The Final Performance

Nothing particularly spiritual this week.  Just something beautiful to brighten your Sunday.

Yet, God created beautiful so perhaps it is spiritual.

What do you think?

 

Do you have a favorite music video?

 

How to Make Sure Your Prayers aren’t Answered

I watch Christians head down dead end roads in prayer. I’ve driven there myself.

We’re told early on, “God will answer your prayers.” No disclaimers. So we try it out. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not so much. We think, “Maybe I just need to figure out the right formula.”

So we keep throwing out prayers hoping some stick. And you know some do. Just enough to give us a little encouragement and keep us mostly confused. [Read more...]

Quote: On Learning to Be Yourself by Miles Davis

“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”

So very true.  I think a lot of success is learning to be content in your own skin.

Thoughts?

Do you have a favorite quote?

Finding Love in All the Right Places

Something in our society is broken. We’ve run off the rails.

Depression and other emotional illnesses have skyrocketed.

Personal and family therapy is a new growth industry.

We have more affluence than any society in history yet more people are chronically unhappy.

Why? I certainly don’t know all the answers but one seems glaring. [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “Friends” by Michael W. Smith

A video from the 34th Dove awards with Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Stephen Curtis Chapman and other friends singing Michael W. Smith’s signature song.

Seems like a great song for a weekend filled with friends and family.

Enjoy this on your Sunday.

 

Do you have a favorite music video?

The Power to Overcome Anything

Life can be scary sometimes.

I mean world problems spinning out of control.

Our economy suddenly crashing.

Then throw in calamities that blind side us. Our heath collapses. Marriage stresses. Our business or career blows up. [Read more...]