Jesus Shows Us How to Love God (Part One)

  Jesus shows us how to love God the way he deserves to be loved. While we are not Jesus and cannot love God perfectly, we have been left with some strong indicators of how we are to try to live. For me, learning how to love God involves commitment, priority, openness, availability, , and obedience. To live this way I must look to Jesus as my model for knowing how to love the Father. My daily strength to do this comes from the Holy Spirit. I want to use […]

Learning to Love God

Learning to Love God (Part One) Jesus tells us to “love God with all our mind, soul, and strength.”(Matthew 22:37) That is how he lived while here on earth, but he was the only one to ever do that perfectly. This is one of those tall spiritual mountains we are challenged to climb but most of us do not have an inclination to try. Even if we do, we do not have the ability to do this by our own strength. To put our Father first in everything we do, […]

Learning to Love

Learning to Love Over the past several posts I have been discussing with you some of the various aspects of “balance” and how it affects almost every aspect of our lives: financial, physical, emotional, health, and what we may call “spiritual.” You may recall that in the last post I raised the question,“ Is a Balanced Life Possible?” I indicated my belief that there has only been ONE perfectly balanced life, that of Jesus Christ. He is the only one who has ever fulfilled the requirements of God’s Law as […]

Is A Balanced Life Possible?

     In my initial post on”balance,” we talked a lot about the importance of balance to athletes and how balance plays an important role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. It matters in our budgets, our health, our emotional lives, our marriages, and many other areas. You probably have a pretty good idea or feeling of what balance or imbalance is like in those areas. But don’t you think it would helpful to have a definition of the word (balance) to guide us as we think about […]

What Does a Balanced Life Look Like For You?

How do we find a healthy balance in our out-of-balance culture? We live with daily tension between our culture’s lure to self-centeredness and our calling to be “salt and light” in a world desperately looking for love in all the wrong places. Paul encourages us to balance our lives by applying the teachings of Christ in our culture rather than being shaped by its values. In his letter to the Philippians, he tells us to live out our salvation experience in our current environment of unbelief and opposition: “Work out […]

Balancing You Life

Today I want to begin a discussion with you about the idea of balance. The more I’ve thought about this word the more I realize how balance is part of almost everything in us and around us. The need for and importance of balance is evident in the natural world, our physical body and its ten systems, our diets, finances, emotional life, spiritual life, relationships, and marriages. What do we mean when we use the word “balance?” The answer could take us in many different directions but with one common […]

Traits of Proactive People

Last week I discussed how I sometimes feel hopeless and helpless in our crazy mixed-up world. A lot is going on that can cause us to despair and feel there is nothing we can do to deal with this craziness in a positive, faithful way. But in that post, I reminded us that we must learn to face hard realities by trusting in God’s goodness and sovereignty in all. And, as a faithful response to his will to take on our challenges with a proactive approach to living out our […]

Choices, Choices, Choices!

A major reality of our existence is the fact that we have choices to make. These decisions can range from the simplest things such as what to have for breakfast to heart-rending ones like selling the cherished house you have lived in for many years or ending what was once a close relationship.  One thing we should learn along the way is that our choices matter. It seems odd to me that some people don’t get that. Do you ever consider how you got to where you are today?  Some […]

Great Rewards Come to Those Who Follow Christ!

 When my children were young, I would talk with them about their choices and the consequences of their actions. There were times when I warned them to consider how their decision would trigger results they would not like. Why did I do this? Because I love them and wanted the best life can offer for them. If you are a caring parent, you know what I mean and have likely done the same thing.  Responsible parents want their children to understand that choices have consequences. Bad choices bring bad results […]

My Choices, My Character and My Destiny

“My choices determine my character, which in turn determines my destiny.” Think about this statement, what does it mean?   Who do you want to be? Where do you want to go in life? Your choices will form your character. Who you become will determine your ultimate destiny. Sometimes we are confronted with competing choices. What will we do? Where will our choice take us?  Choices are important. Of course, some choices are more important than others. The choices to marry, and who to marry, are infinitely more life-changing than what […]