Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Journey...



Week 43:

I was reading a blog article on The Crucible Project website this morning written by my friend and mentor Judson Poling.  It is titled:  The Long and Winding Road (Hmmm, reminds me of a song). 

Judson’s perspective on focusing on just the step ahead reminds me how I tend to view life.  I wrote on this in a Devotional blog article a couple of years ago titled:  Destination…  Today, I still tend toward living my life as if I am working toward a destination and not the journey.

Now, there is some truth to living for a destination.  However, that destination is the ultimate one…Heaven, eternity with Jesus.  Unfortunately, I tend to live daily for a destination hoping just to catch a breath.  What happens is that once I reach the “destination” I realize that there is more to the journey.  I become disappointed and discouraged that I have not yet arrived. 

God only promises one destination.  The rest of this life is a journey of living for His glory and helping others to do the same. 

I am thankful for Judson’s reminder for me to continue to adventure through my journey.

Matthew 6: 27; 31-34

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Questions/Challenges:

1.      Where in your life are you living for the destination?
2.      What are some disappointments/discouragements you have encountered once you felt you had arrived?
3.      What are some ways you can enjoy the mystery of the “Journey”?
4.      Pay attention this week where you are looking to “arrive” rather than journey.  Ask God to grant you peace as you take your next step in your journey.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Handling Criticism...

Week 37:

This week I am pointing you to the blog article I wrote for The Crucible Project Blog.


You can read the article here:  Handling Criticism...

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

How to Soar Like Eagles

Week 34:

This week I will direct you to an article on the Crucible Project Blog written by my friend Dan Kuiper:  How to Soar Like Eagles

God's Blessings on your week!


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Here...let me help you with that


This week’s devotional thought is based on a recent article I have written for the Crucible Project Blog. 

Read the article from the mindset of how you lead others in their walk with Jesus.  Where might you stifle others faith instead of guiding?  What do you need to share of your personal walk that may help others to grow in Christ?

Read the article HERE

Photo Credit: Jessica Dawn Dykstra (via Creative Commons) 
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

A shared post on another blog...

This week I would like to share a post from a good friend, mentor, and leader in my life; John Casey.  He is a gifted teacher and this week's post is well worth the read.  Click Here to read what he posted on The Crucible Project blog.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Signs of the times...?

Week 20:

Romans 1:28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.


This week, I have been struck by the media and its portrayal of our society.  What has become “news” amazes me.  From those stories, are we seeing a true moral decay, or just a minority share of society’s take on the culture?

For this week’s thought, I am going to link to Tom Vermillion’s post about Bruce Jenner (Read it here).  After reading the article, reflect on the questions below:

Questions/challenges:

1.      Tom believes that Bruce made a choice.  There are Christians who believe the opposite.  What do you believe?
2.      Do you agree or disagree that our culture believes that God’s standards are “restrictive”? 
3.      Many of us have people in our lives who are dealing with this or similar hot topic decisions.  How are you handling that now? 
4.      If you have not faced a controversy like this with someone you know yet, how do you suppose you will handle the situation?
5.      What do we, as a group of Christians, need to do? 
6.      Where do we stand up and where to do we reach out?
7.      I agree with Tom, God must be brought into the discussion.  How do we do that?  How would you do that?
8.      Would you be willing to commit to praying for this situation as well as many like it in our country?

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

My choices, my responsibility, and my gold...

Week 19:

Psalm 85:13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.

I have been thinking a lot lately about my choices.  25 years in one profession has me wondering, “Did I make the right choice?”  To this day, I still claim that I do not know what I want to be when I grow up.   This claim is based out of honest feelings.  This uncertainty of “Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing?” has me wondering if I am experiencing (25 years later) the consequences of the initial career choice I have made. 

So, I brought this to my men’s group the other night.  We usually voice each week…if given the opportunity, what would I work on to be a better man tonight?  As is custom, each man voiced his “work” for the night.  Then, I began a series of questions following up based on my thoughts of late around my choices. 

·         What choice did I make to get me to this point where now, I want to work on being a better man?  It all starts with a choice.  Once I realize that I made a choice to be where I am, I begin to gain some power over my life.  I become less of a victim.
·         What were the perceived benefits of my choice?  What payoff did I expect to receive when I made my choice?  I would not have made this choice if I didn’t expect some sort of gain in my life.  (Security, peace, power, relief, etc.)
·         What was I trying to avoid when I made my choice?  Ah, now we are getting somewhere!  Was I avoiding negative perception of a risky choice?  Was I avoiding emotional connection or commitment?  Was I avoiding a fear of failure?
·         What has been the ripple effect of my choice?  Am I where I am supposed to be?  Have I missed an opportunity for my choice?  Have I been doing what God called me to do all along and just not see it?  Who has been affected by my choice (both negatively and positively)?
·         What statement can I make that reflects my taking 100% responsibility for my choice?  Here I begin to have power over my choice.  I begin to recognize what drove me to this choice.  I can now move forward and step into contentment.  I can also begin to look at the possibility of making a new choice. 
·         How is my “gold” reflected in my choice?  There is a part of my God-given goodness within my choice.  I believe that with every choice, there are generally good intentions based on our heart.  From what place in my heart did I make this choice?  And…what has been God’s blessing around my choice (The silver lining)?
·         What measurable step can I take towards loving the part of me that made this choice?  How do I live with my choice without judgment?  What part of me that made the choice needs to be acknowledged, affirmed, and loved by me?

As we finished up the night, I was aware of how I felt.  I did not get a clear answer about who I want to be when I grow up.  However, I did gain some clarity around some things:

·         I gained some clarity around what prompted my choice.
·         I began to see some of God’s blessings and work based on my choice.
·         I gained some peace about who I am despite my choice.
·         I learned one more way in my life to take responsibility.
·         I was able to get a glimpse into some more of my God-given goodness.

My challenge to the reader is to look at that one place where you feel you made a choice that you are now questioning.  Work through the above questions.  Ask God to walk alongside you as you reflect.  Then walk as a person who is aware of your choices, your responsibility, and your gold.


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This was my latest post on  The Crucible Project blog.

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