The Right Tool

Have you ever wandered through a hardware store for the sheer joy of it?  Every possible tool that a man could ever imagine, want or use.  A guy could build an ark without breaking a sweat with all that cool stuff.  Big tools, little gadgets, power (24 volts, yea baby!) tools, laser guided saws and […]

Jars of Clay

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”                 2 Corinthians 4:7   When I began to grasp the full message […]

Off the Map

Robert Frost wrote of the road less traveled.  He said, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Most of us, if we are honest, will take the road with a safe and worn path.  People have gone before us. […]

I Will Flick Mine Eyes Unto the Hills…

Driving down a familiar stretch of road today, I suddenly noticed several new buildings. The structures had been there for years; the newness was in my seeing. The difference? I simply looked around, flicking my eyes to the left and right every few seconds. Not a look, not even a glance, but a flick (I […]

A Good Round – Even With Bad Holes

Reflecting on the last post, I got to thinking how I defined a “good round” by the lack of penalties or bad shots resulting in unnecessary strokes. There is no such thing as perfect round, just as there is no perfect life (for us humans this side of heaven, anyway). We need to keep playing […]

A Good Round – No Penalty

Tess and I went for a long walk early this morning. Only the hardiest (craziest?) golfers were out so we got ahead of them and walked 18 holes. A couple of hundred yards out from the 8th tee, I stopped to admire a beautifully manicured backyard. It being on the left side of the fairway, […]

Through Locked Doors

The disciples huddled in fear and despair, even after the resurrection. They were in mortal terror of the world and their fears paralyzed them. Their only action? Hole up with the doors locked. Locked doors can’t keep Jesus out, but locked hearts can. He knocks. He doesn’t pound and He doesn’t kick them in. When […]

Groanings and Thanksgiving

This is the season when we are supposed to be thankful. It’s ironic that we had to create a season to remind us. Is running through a list of all our blessings being truly thankful? I wonder if God is just as disappointed in rote lists of goodies as He is in endless repetition of […]

Wash Their Feet

Although it shames me greatly, I have a seemingly unlimited capacity to remember past wrongs. Sadly, the ones done (or perceived) to have been done to me are even better remember than the wrongs that sprang from me.  Imagine that! Jesus had a long talk with me this morning and I tried to do most […]

Worry – Closer or Farther?

We, meaning I, live in a land of incredible abundance. Our Lord has blessed our country, our state and our community. At this Christmas season, I cannot help but be amazed at the bounty we enjoy, yet underneath the lights and tinsel and behind the  oak doors, we can’t seem to help but worry about […]