The Pace of Our Lives

Note: This blog was written nearly 10 years ago towards the end of 2009.   I was thinking of writing about the need to slow down and found this old blog "on slowing down" in my draft outbox.  God surely has a sense of humor.  I suppose He's still working on this part of me.  I once had a customer who was very slow about getting things done. At first, because of his slowness, I thought he didn't care, but I was wrong.

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Let Go and Let God: Part II

In my last blog, I suggested that to let go and let God did not mean we were to just stop doing any activity and wait for some mysterious force to solve all our problems. Letting go and letting God is more about letting go of our will, expected outcomes, dreams, impulses, grand ideas, plans and even our very lives.   To the modern world the idea of relinquishing control of any part of our lives sounds foolish. If you’re not

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Directions for a Healthy Heart

I have a confession to make.  I’ve always been the kind of person that acts first and reads directions later.  I like to think I’m doing better in this area as I get older but, if I’m honest, I still prefer speed and action over slower, thoughtful effort. As  you may know, sometimes doing things this way has negative repercussions. Earlier this spring, when weeds nearly covered our front yard, I decided to go to Lowes to get what I needed – weed

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Too Busy for Lemonade

It’s refreshing to live in a neighborhood with small children.  Invariably, sometime around June lemonade stands emerge to serve thirsty adults and children on hot days.   If you’re like me however, as a busy adult, I have no time for kids’ lemonade. As I drive by, I usually mumble, “I’m too busy for that”. And then there are the twins…two of the sweet children that live near us – Madison and Amanda.  Both have beautiful smiles, are energetic and wave excitedly at me across our side

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Stop and Enjoy Life

As “responsible” leaders and managers, we often place an excessive burden on ourselves to achieve and show a return on investment to those we serve.  For nearly all of us, there seems to be no shortage of effort, desire to prove our value or hit the mark. This comes natural to most.  After all, God did “put him (Adam) in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” I love work as much as the next person, but, as the

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Living in the Now

As humans we tend to spend a lot of time living in the past or future….it seems there is no time for living in the now. We want to argue over or change the past and we want to ‘figure out’ the future.  So we often don’t live fully in the present, in the moment.  Worry about tomorrow and angst about yesterday take our eyes off the beauty of the here and now. When we don’t live in the present, we

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Thinking of God (and Gravity)

You probably don’t think much about gravity, but it’s around us all day long.   Drop your laptop on your foot and you’ll quickly experience the reality of its unseen power. There’s another unseen power that’s also around us all the time  – namely, God.  Thinking of God and realizing His presence during the busyness of our days, is hard for us ‘earth-bound’ souls.  Like gravity, many of us go through long stretches without many focused thoughts toward God. I am in this mode some

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Slowing down the pace of life

While on vacation recently, I decided to go to the pool behind the cluster of villas where we were staying. The tranquil pool was surrounded by beautiful trees draped with spanish moss. The path to the pool was a set of square concrete steps sitting atop the ground.  The square steps were only about 3-4 inches apart and since my step was about 2-3 feet long, I found my bare feet regularly landing between the concrete steps onto their sharp corners. It was an frustrating and painful exercise to walk

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