Whether it was acted out visually, or sung or repeated in an oral tradition, or drawn on a cave wall, stories have always been with us.
Stories help us to find meaning in the mundane and the extraordinary.
Stories have caused us to laugh, to cry, and to consider what we value.
Stories help us to influence others to consider a different viewpoint than their own.
Stories help us to find out what we have in common and identify our differences.
Stories help us create a sense of family and identity.
Stories can give purpose and meaning to our daily existence.
A well told story can reveal as much about the reader as it does about the author.
Those who lack the skills to tell a story often are the loudest critics.
The stories that others tell about us can have great power. But the stories we believe about ourselves can literally bring life or death.
Stories that begin with the phrases, “I will”, “I cannot”, or “If only” foreshadow the ending in the beginning.
Some storytellers find their joy in the writing of the story. Others find their joy in the interaction with the listener or reader.
A good story demands to be told.
Why not invite someone to tell you their story today?
Pain is unpleasant, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. But it is absolutely necessary.
Pain warns us that our current actions are causing us harm.
Pain can be an early warning system that disaster is just ahead.
Pain can prompt us to take small corrective steps to insure a different outcome.
Pain can be emotional, physical, or psychological in nature.
Pain can be the result of our own activity or the actions of another.
Pain can cloud our judgment.
Pain can lead us to wound others who try to help us.
Pain is trying to tell us something important about ourselves or our circumstances.
What is your pain telling you?
These are three of my favorite books of 2016. I highly recommend them.
Dance like nobody’s watching does not apply to married men with children – according to every wife since EVE in the garden of Eden.
Being on the cutting edge is dangerous for those who are afraid of paper cuts.
Everything sounds better with a cowbell.
A fool and his sense of humor are never far apart.
A gentle answer turns away wrath. Proverbs 15:1. Does it turn away IDIOTS? I have a friend who wants to know.
A godly woman’s priorities: GOD, her family and flea market shopping.
A successful man makes more than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who finds such a man. A successful man is therefore a myth.
Are you really delusional if you realize you are having delusions? Asking for a friend ….
I belong to a church where grace without shame is freely available. No one cares how ugly your back story is because they are aware of their own baggage.
We sincerly rejoice at the stories told of loss, heartache, redemption and healing.
But there are some of us who are grace bystanders. We stand close to those are experiencing grace to be reminded of what it feels like.
We have experienced God’s grace in the past. But we are now reluctant to receive it. Although God’s grace is free it doesn’t mean we will embrace it.
To accept grace we first have to admit that we are broken and in need. For many of us that is a hard hurdle to overcome.
It is especially ironic when we so freely extend grace to others when they mess up.
Is it our pride that makes unwilling to accept grace from God and others?
Do we feel unworthy because of what we have done or what was done to us?
Do we lack the faith that God can truly make us whole?
Or do we fear that to receive healing that we will have share what God has dealt with in our life?
The truth is that we can’t receive grace until we admit that we need it.To continue to live with shame in the midst of grace is hypocrisy of the highest level.
I am tired of being a grace bystander. Are you?