The expression “on a wing and a prayer” refers to doing something difficult or dangerous while relying on divine help for success. During World War II, when the phrase first became part of the English language, it had a literal application. It referred to …
On May 16 I became 70 years old! To celebrate I am going to share with you something significant from the perspective of my …
If you are not familiar with pilot lights, here is a brief explanation: a pilot light is a small gas flame, usually for natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas, which serves as an ignition source for a more powerful …
One serious side-effect of getting older is that many things change—health, friends, locations and churches. When we moved to Scottsdale in 1981, the most welcoming group of people we encountered were the Scottsdale Bible Church members who were a generation older than ourselves. Today, many of our oldest and dearest friends have walked through the valley of the shadow of death and they are sorely missed.
Transitions provide perfect opportunities to temporarily stop the tempo of life and linger to contemplate perspectives gained through change.
DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS or DCS is caused by a reduction in surrounding pressure that produces micro bubbles of gases, similar to the fizzing of a carbonated drink, within the body. It can happen when leaving a high-pressure environment like ascending from depth or ascending to altitude.
"It is only when you are alone that you can engage in something called Deliberate Practice, which has been identified as the key to exceptional achievement" by research psychologists. "When you practice deliberately," (meaning when you do the application opposed to speculating about the theories relating to it!), "you identify the tasks or knowledge that are just out of your reach, strive to upgrade your performance, monitor your progress, and revise accordingly."
William Wilberforce (1759-1833), who campaigned for the abolition of the British slave trade experienced a nervous breakdown and his physical health collapsed after a particularly stinging defeat in 1796.
You know the scenario. You are cruising along in life minding your own business. The days are whizzing by and your activities are a blur. Then one morning you wake up shaken from a night of fitful sleep. As you slowly gain consciousness, it hits you. A deeply troubling question forms in your mind, "Am I living up to my potential?" It is followed closely by its evil twins: Am I missing the point? Am I wasting my life?
In a meeting recently I heard someone say, "Lead, follow or get out of the way!" This is a pithy statement that seems familiar but requires a little follow up research. BTW - in one thread I followed, this statement was attributed to Yoda (!) then Jesus and finally Thomas Paine.