John Maxwell said, “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
I actually like the word respond better than react… but Maxwell’s point is clear. 10% of life is well, just life. You can’t control it. You can’t wish it away. Unexpected events happen, sickness, job loss, pain – this is life.
But 90% is how we respond to that 10%. Wow, that sure is sobering! [click to continue…]
Something I’ve never forgotten when I first started working with refugees a number of years ago was how shocked most of them were at seeing how busy American life is.
“All you do in America is work, work, work. When do you have time for rest?” one of my clients told me.
“We don’t rest much,” I said, with a bit of embarrassment. [click to continue…]
Steadfast (adj.) – “marked by firm determination and resolution; to be firm and steady.”
To be steady in a constantly changing world is not easy. To be firm amid difficult or unexpected circumstances is a challenge, to say the least.
In John Bunyan’s immortal, Pilgrim’s Progress, there is a character named Mr. Steadfast. Bunyan had a remarkable imagination and a deep understanding of human nature. As a result, his characters in Pilgrim’s forever live on. Mr. Steadfast is one of them. Allow me to give you a brief sketch of his life, and then draw some lessons for us so we can better be steadfast in our lives. [click to continue…]
A few weeks back I read a quote by Charles Spurgeon that jolted me and has been in my mind and heart ever since. He says:
“I have never won an inch of heaven without fighting for it. I have never lived a day but I have had sorrow over my imperfection. I sometimes get near to God but at the same time I weep most for my faults and failings.”
In his time, Spurgeon was a giant in the faith. God blessed him and he had a tremendous impact in London and throughout the world. He preached to thousands of people; often it was standing-room only. (Now keep in mind, this is back in the 1800′s, before mega churches and smoke machines and Christian rock.) [click to continue…]
I can’t tell you how often my wife and I hear the following statements from people, including strangers: “Oh, your children are so cute. Enjoy every moment with them. Time flies and before you know they’re all grown up.”
To be honest, when my son was born (and then my daughter three years later), this was hard to think about that in the midst of changing diapers, barely sleeping, talking in hushed voices as to not wake up the baby, and so forth. But you know what… they’re right.
Time does seem to fly. Some days, in fact, I look at my children and say to my wife, “Does he look bigger to you?” Recently, my daughter started to crawl for the first time. [click to continue…]