Health

When fairness is wrong

“That’s not fair!” If you’ve heard that once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, right? On the surface “fairness” sounds noble and right. But if you probe a little deeper, you might change your perspective just a bit. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not opposed to making sure values are applied fairly. But when misused,…

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Hate

Hate is such a strong word. But as strong as it is, we use it indiscriminately. For example, we’ve all used it like this: I hate this restaurant. I hate the weather. I hate my homework. Consider how this can be a problem. The more you say you hate something, the easier it is to tell…

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Pain

Pain. We avoid it at all costs. Julius Caesar said, “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”  The harsh reality is unsettling.  All of us will experience pain at some point in our lives. It comes in many forms…physical…

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Looking good

It may be nice to tell others about how compassionate we are by using Twitter or Facebook, but it’s ultimately our actions that make the difference. The idea of “looking good” seems to be a bigger value than “being good.” Why is that? Part of the answer is that many of us have not taken…

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GIGO

GIGO was an acronym used extensively years ago. Not so much anymore. But, the principle is sound. In computer science, GIGO stands for “garbage in, garbage out”. It is the concept that flawed, or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or “garbage”. The truth of that old acronym has never been so applicable as it is today. It can be applied to…

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The “governors” in our lives

Do you know what a “governor” is? The obvious answer is of course. It is a person who is the elected head of a public institution…like a state. But that’s not where I’m going with this blog. There’s a different definition. “It is a mechanism that controls the speed in a machine.” The intent of…

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Vulnerable love

I grew up in a great family, but my folks got divorced when I was in 4th grade. I, like many kids from broken homes, was caught in the middle of the mess. I remember my mom confiding in me as a 10-year-old and saying, “I’ll never be hurt again.” She was talking about relationships…

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Renewal

It’s Springtime. Enough said. Looking out of my office window, I’m just a little taken back by the palate of color from the trees and plants. It deeply inspires me. But like many of God’s blessings, it can become commonplace. I can become insensitive to the seasonal miracles that God gives all human beings. After…

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Snorkeling

A few years ago my wife and I spent several days snorkeling. If you’ve never done it, make it a point to go to the ocean sometime and spend the day just taking it in.  You just can’t believe the beauty that is hidden until you go below the surface. While snorkeling, I made this…

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War with grandpa

I watched a comedy last night with my grandkids. It was called “The War with Grandpa.” A hilarious family movie where Granddad moves into his daughter’s and son-in-law’s home. Their youngest son is moved out of his bedroom to make room for Grandpa. He wants his room back so he “declares war on grandpa.” A…

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