Wasteland Kings

If dependence is the goal, weakness is the advantage.  I didn’t come up with that phrase. One of my pastors did. I have found myself using it often in the last few weeks though.  It’s been a great reminder during the highs and lows of the last month. If you read my most recent post, you heard about the great adventure God gave me in Albania.  My post focused on my team because great fellowship and teamwork are some of my favorite things. Enjoying those things can be a double edged sword though. While I came back to a wonderful…

Experiencing great fellowship in the context of working towards an eternal purpose is incredible. There is nothing quite like it. I’ve gone on a few kinds of adventures and nothing else tops it.  God invited me to enjoy this wonderful source of satisfaction on another trip to Albania. Again, it was an experience which changed me. Again, I am even more grateful than I expected to be.  I set out on this trip thinking that the team needed my leadership to succeed. This was my pride and it sadly blocked my heart from experiencing some of what God had for…

Why doesn’t life ever seem to slow down? I was talking with a good friend and mentor of mine sometime ago. We discussed how a peaceful life always seems to be just around the proverbial river bend. The next season of life always promises to provide the peace we desire. Now, some people do sign up for too many things. We live in a culture which worships busyness. I am not using the word ‘worship’ just for effect either. I have caught myself both looking up to people because they are busy and trying to subtly tell my friends how…

In a world where more and more is acceptable, we have a smaller and smaller need for grace. The problem when I have a smaller need for grace comes when it’s my turn to give it. As Jesus said, forgive as you’ve been forgiven.  If I get to a place where I do not need much forgiveness, I will struggle to offer forgiveness.  We saw this problem played out with the Pharisees. They did not see much (if any) fault in themselves. So it was easy for them to look down on others in whom they saw fault.  I know…

Hey Everybody, I did an interview for a friend of mine named Barb Raveling. The interview is about struggling to find my identity in God instead of finding it in my writing. You can find the interview here at Barb’s blog. She’s a cool writer by the way. If you’ve got the time, I encourage you to checkout her blog and dig into her other material. I really enjoyed one of her books called the Renewing of the Mind Project. You can find that here. Okay, that’s all I got for now. I hope to posting again in the near…