Bearing burdens

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) I recently had a great conversation with a close friend. Beyond just catching up, we were able to talk about important stuff in our lives. Afterwards, took some time to consider why our friendship feels safe. We can share significantly and authentically. It’s …

Don’t Be The Best

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come …

How do I know when I’ve ignored God’s Word?

And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time. (Luke 1:20) Let’s start with the obvious. In this narrative, we see some very tangible and unusual consequences for not believing God’s words. Most consequences for disobedience (ignoring God) …

Leading Leaders: how much structure do I give?

My encouragement: structure as little as possible Some people need a detailed task list, other people need to hear your dream and they will fill in the details. The discernment required here finds the balance between micromanager and invisible. Prayer and reflection about your people will give you an idea of what your leaders need. At times, it may be …

Rest for the Weary

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30) For we are God’s handiwork, created in …

Choosing contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6) Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be …

broken or crushed

Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. (Luke 20:18) The stone is Jesus. And his use of the words everyone and anyone makes this simple teaching apply to all humans. This promise from Jesus makes it clear that we have a choice, to either be broken by Jesus, …

why building new things is exciting

Recently, I was working at a starbucks and I overheard a conversation between the store manager and a general contractor. What captured my attention was the passion and excitement in their voices. Their anticipation was infectious, I wanted to pull out a radial saw and help.

another tale of a hurting youth worker

I recently met with a hurting youth worker. While the situation was a little unusual, the result was common: conflict. After reflecting on our conversation, I articulated the following lessons in my journal so I don’t forget them the next I need to restore a relationship.

when death is a good thing

To live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21) Can you imagine a statement more bold? Who can say–with confidence–that death is a good thing?