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Thankfulness is Contentment

A year ago I bought a new TV.  A nice TV.  I shopped for months leading up to the holidays, comparing prices and technology, fully planning on buying the biggest and best TV I could get on one of the super black Friday deals.  The weekend before Thanksgiving, on one of my scouting expeditions, I found a deal I couldn’t pass up.  It wasn’t what I had planned, but it was less than half the price.  It was still 20 inches bigger than what I currently had.  My pride swelled even more when I set it up in the family room and my wife pushed the couch back several feet.  “It’s too big.” she complained.  “I can’t sit that close, it hurts my eyes.”  A year later as I watch the ads for the newest 80 inch LCD TV, my TV seems a little less impressive.  The shine has worn off and I’m not content.  I know a lot of people who would love to have my TV.  I say I’m thankful for what I have, but deep down I know if given the chance I’d trade it in for something else in a heartbeat.  So can I truly be thankful for something when I’m not content?  Continue reading


Where’s the Shame?

What would you think if you saw a guy walking through the mall and he had a bull’s eye on the front of his pants right over the fly?  You’d probably laugh and think he’s a pervert.  I thought of this the other day while I was in the airport and I was walking behind a girl wearing sweatpants with the word “Pink” across the rear.  I’ve read the articles and had conversations with women about being treated equally with men, that they’re not “just a piece of meat”, etc..  But here was a young lady intentionally drawing attention to a part of her body that if you said anything to her about, she’d probably slap you.

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Death and Life in Perspective

I recently attended my first graveside burial service.  The father of a students in my youth group had passed after a long struggle with cancer.  The ripple it sent through every student  began the moment I told the first group of students about it.  It only took seconds for the tears to come as they put an arm around each other.  One student ran and as I caught her, she simply buried her head on my shoulder and sobbed.  My own emotions and well-being took a back seat as I not only had a student whose father had passed, but an entire youth group in mourning to care for.  No one knew what to do, but they knew they didn’t want to be alone. Continue reading

What is True Love?

What is True Love?  Since moving into our new home, we’ve been much more aware of and interactive with our neighbors than our previous house.  We’ve only been here coming a year, but in that short time I’ve watched the life changes of one of the neighbor’s right next door.  Shortly after we moved in, I had stopped by the house during the morning and noticed an ambulance and several additional cars parked out front of the next door neighbors.  We had seen the elderly couple living there on a few occasions bringing groceries in or something, but never really met them.  But for some reason as I saw the ambulance I felt a sudden dread that something had happened.

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Because She’s Enough

This past weekend I took a chance at the video store and rented “The Adjustment Bureau”. In the movie Matt Damon plays a zealous young politician on the fast track to becoming the next JFK. The day before the election news leaks of a prank he pulled at an alumni reunion which subsequently ends his bid for election to congress. As he prepares his concession speech in the men’s room at the Waldorf in New York City, a woman hiding from the hotel security in the mens restroom shares a moment of honesty with him that changes his presepctive on his campaign. In that brief moment David Norris (Matt Damon) falls in love with this woman and can’t explain it.  However his pursuit of this new love interest is met with obstacles in the form of men in grey dapper hats.  Men who work for “The Adjustment Bureau” reporting to “The Chairman”, or as hollywood would have it “Fate”.  See Fate has it’s own plan for the individuals despite what they want for themselves…  Continue reading

Easter and Relationships

It’s hard to truly appreciate something when you don’t have a personal relationship with it.  We talk about Jesus, God, and His sacrifice all the time.  We do bible studies, come to church, go to Christian schools, and talk the talk (even walk the walk). But how much of it do we truly take to heart.  When you talk to a friend who has lost a loved one and you’ve experienced the same, the emotions and connection are much stronger.  You feel that pain with them. 

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