The Loss of Civility

Ten years ago, it was different. At least I think it was. My circle of friends and acquaintances extends to people on both sides of the political aisle. Each of my closest associates give love to people who can never repay them. The people whom I trust most have more...

Doing Hard Things

God gave me a brain like a popcorn popper – something is always popping up. That would be fine if all I did was think about those pop-up ideas. Many times, I don’t. I decide it’s time to head off in a new direction. Fortunately, I married a woman who is the...

Become great at something

My favorite movie is Chariots of Fire. The Master/Dean’s speech sets the tone for the film. He invites and challenges the freshman class to “find your one true chance of greatness.” You and I will probably never win an Olympic Gold Medal or a Nobel Prize. We’re...

Sacrifice

Contemporary American culture and media extol convenience, comfort and autonomy. In other times and cultures, sacrifice was widely admired and recognized as a mark of character. In the last millennium, when I was in college, I played tournament chess. I worked hard at...

Flawed People

I’ve got some persistent flaws. If you don’t have any, skip this post … and see a therapist about your delusion of perfection.  My spouse is God’s unique, precious gift to me. I am eternally grateful that He allowed me to marry above my station. My two best male...