Back to School

Tomorrow, students in our area return to school.  As I walked through the halls, I have seen bulletin boards being redone and mountains of trash being removed as teachers moved out the old and brought in the new.  It is always exciting to see the buildings with their fresh paint, displays, arrangements, supplies, backpacks, and even faces as everything is set in order for class to start.  Each new year holds such promise.  As the days go on, paint will be chipped, backpacks will start wearing out, and the “new” will fade.  Then is the time in which the staff and students have to dig deep and keep working even though things aren’t as fresh. It is then that we must persevere.

We will face times of struggle in our walk with God.  Standing for Him won’t always be new and fresh.   Paul said it this way when writing the churches in Galatia, ”And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Gal. 6:9 (NKJV) That is good advice in all areas of life. 

Don’t let yourself grow tired of doing what is right.  Stick to the task at hand and do it with all of your heart.  You can have a good year.

Our prayers go with all the students and teachers as they begin class tomorrow.  May they not grow weary and have a successful year.



On June 16th, I had surgery on my ear.  My bones had grown to where they pressing my ear canal and making it very narrow.  This led to chronic ear infections and hearing loss.  For most of 2014 I have had balance issues due to the state of my ear and its congestion.  After surgery, they have been even worse.   The readjusting process has left my head swimming at times.  Hopefully it will continue to settle down and soon I will be back to normal.

This whole process has had interesting timing.   During the physical issues of balance I have been facing, I have been reminded of the need to keep our lives in balance.  When walking across the room  dizzily, it can go from comedic to troubling as I bounce off things and get light headed.  When life is out of balance, it can be just as tragic.  God created us and intends for us to be balanced in life.

Jesus was once asked which commandment was the greatest and his reply is found in Luke 10:27 (HCSB)

There have been many studies and sermons about verse 27.  Jesus lists 4 things (heart, soul, strength, and mind) with which we are to love God.   I have often summarized it as love God with everything we have.  Jesus wants our focus to be on loving God with a balanced approach.

We can’t compartmentalize our worship.  It should be with all we have.   Our heart is often thought of as the seat of emotions.  We can and should have emotions involved in worship.   Our soul is what we think of as our spirit.  It is the spiritual side of our being.  Our strength is often seen as our physical body.  We worship through physical expression as well (bowing, clapping, dancing, etc.).  Finally, our mind is the seat of our intellect.  We worship with our brains turned on.

Just as my ear issues have led to problems functioning normally, we won’t function normally if we get out of balance.  Too often we want to emphasize one aspect to the detriment of the others.  We can have amazing emotional experiences, but our spirit never communes with God.  We can know truth and focus on analyzing God and His word so much, that our hearts are never touched.

Our love for God should flow from all of our being, not just 1 aspect.  We feel the emotion in heart, hold the truth in mind, commune with Him in our spirit and serve Him with our strength.  Let us always keep our balance.


30 days

I am doing the 30 day challenge from the art of Manliness web sight.

Day 1 is to define my core values. The challenge is to limit it to 5. After much soul searching, I think my top five are:
1. God
2. Family
3. Integrity
4. Reason
5. Humor

Close behind them were health, education, & kindness.

By filter all decisions through my core values I can regain/retain a since of purpose to all I do.

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