Passions, Preferences, & Priorities

Writing has been a passion of mine for most of my life. Whether I am blogging or crafting an email communication at work, I get joy and satisfaction from finding the right words to convey my message. I have been blogging for just over two years, and this weekly discipline of writing and editing has... Continue Reading →

It sounds like a squirrel, but. . .

There is an old joke about a Sunday School teacher describing a squirrel in an object lesson. A child knew the description sounded like a squirrel, but still felt the right answer had to be Jesus. These days, I am learning that Jesus has a single right answer for me; the answer always seems to... Continue Reading →

Good, Old-fashioned Selfish Ambition

I didn’t used to consider myself to be an ambitious person. I never had high aspirations for career achievement or wealth. But I realize that a change has occurred, and ambition has crept up on me. This is likely a result of improved mental and spiritual health. I now have a desire to do and... Continue Reading →

Pride in Disguise

As my academy class’ 20-year reunion approaches, my emotions have become more jumbled. It has even invaded my dreams. On May 20, 1999, I got my last look at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in my rear-view mirror. I was moving west to meet my future as a Coast Guard officer.  Life never goes as... Continue Reading →

Go or Stay, Here Am I

I have spent the last decade seeking God and wrestling with Him over my disappointments and unmet desires. It has been a process of learning to depend on His sufficient grace, one day at a time. As a result, I am more content than I have ever been. Yet, lately, I have felt a new... Continue Reading →

GOD Economics

In my past, there are some financial struggles. I was underemployed, and living in an area with a high cost of living. My family helped me, but God got me through. God helped me scrape by, get into better jobs, and eventually get out from under the debt I incurred in the lean years. Through... Continue Reading →

What Am I Doing?

To blog or not to blog? That is the question. At its core, isn’t a blog a soliloquy? The longer I keep this blog, the more I ask myself what I am doing. I ask God that, too. Right around the first of the year, I knew that my WordPress subscription would be renewing, and... Continue Reading →

Hometown Hero

I remember studying Greek tragedies and learning that the heroes always had a catastrophic flaw. I was thinking recently that perhaps we as humans prefer our heroes to have a weakness or flaws so that we can relate to them. In modern times, we expect heroes to win the day, but we also want to... Continue Reading →

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