The Long Haul Commitment

So, a new year has begun. It’s about time. I suspect that, by 11:59pm on December 31st, most of us were glad to see the back of 2016. It was a tough year, in a lot of ways, especially here in Charlotte. I arrived here just in time for the tragic...

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New Year’s Journey

When I was a young child, I got in trouble from time to time. Each time, as one of my parents confronted my negative behavior, I would find myself looking at the floor. It’s hard to face moments that are not full of good things. Every day...

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Listening for a Change

O Master, let me not seek as much ... to be understood as to understand.From the “Prayer of St. Francis”   Just about everyone these days agrees that our collective ability to talk constructively and civilly with one another...

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Journey Through the Wild

There was a popular book called “The Things They Carried” about a bunch of soldiers in Vietnam and what they carried. Bibles, letters, snacks, things that might come in handy. Things that reminded them that they were loved. Things...

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Summoning the Absolute Best

It’s just not possible, is it? There’s no way we can give 110 percent—of anything, to anything.  Still, that’s never stopped coaches, teachers, bosses, and other performance-driven motivators from asking for it.  “Give me 110 percent!” they’ll...

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The Antidote to Worry

“Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire first and foremost...

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