The story is told of a 90-year-old woman, who after many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of a nursing home, was finally being moved to her tiny new room. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old presented with a new puppy. The attendant said, “But you haven’t seen the room yet… just wait.” The woman relied, “I don’t have to see it because I already decided to love it.”
Have you ever noticed how some gift givers get it right? When a gift is given in love and meets a real need, that gift can touch the heart and sometimes even the soul of the recipient. This is gift giving at its finest.
When the storms of life become intense, I pull back to solid ground. My solid ground is the stability and focus of intentionality I have found in creating God-honoring life goals.
I made up a phrase for people who bless instead of curse as they pass by. I call them "the light and the music" people. These people are the pleasant, agreeable people who bring good energy to our lives - leaving a lingering memory behind that uplifts and elevates. We feel better after interacting with them and when we check our emotional gas tank - we find that we have received a free fill-up!
The yoke was a wooden frame used to harness two animals together in such a way that the maximum pulling power of each could be exerted. By choosing the metaphor of a yoke, Jesus is acknowledging that a yoke, in fact, does exist when we come into relationship with Him. In Jesus' day it was understood that "taking up one's yoke" was used of studying with a rabbi. Jesus is clearly instructing us to "take my yoke upon you" meaning I am to become His student and make it my lifelong task is to "learn from Him."
My mission statement is, "I exist to serve by stimulating growth for the glory of God." My life verse is Hebrews 10:24 which supports my mission, "Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds."
Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother (his past), his wife (his present), and his young daughter (his future). Jerry’s response was to plumb the depths of his sorrow in order to understand the grace that eventually transforms it. His journey through the dark days after the accident and his poignant discoveries are recorded in a book called A Grace Disguised.
How Do You Grow (All The Way) Up?
Recently I was reading a book by Dr. Sandra Wilson entitled Released from Shame. On pages 34 and 35 I came across a section about family functioning that caught my attention.