13 Oct

Set free!

What is holding you back?




The past?

Your job?

A bad relationship?

Maybe it is time to recognize you have actually been set free and are being held captive by invisible ropes.

Often times when slaves were set free they were uncertain what to do with their new found freedom.

Many returned to their slave masters for comfort and security. Freedom was simply more than they could imagine or comprehend. Bondage had become a way of life.

Psalms 129:4 tells us that the Lord has cut the ropes on the evil that is holding us back from the freedom he has granted us.

You are free!

The ropes that have held you back have fallen at your sides!

Set your feet to flight! Run like the wind! Discover the world in a whole new way. Explore the joys of freedom.

Don’t hold back! You have been set free!

01 Oct

Lonely Laughter

The words are heavy.

You can feel the weight in them as the future King is asked by the spiritual leader, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you.”

What a penetrating question.

Look around you. Are you surrounded by people but utterly alone?

You were not designed to go it alone. From the beginning it was clear, “It is not good for man to be alone.”

Isolation leads to idleness and idleness leads to idolatry. It is an old fashioned word but basically idolatry is substituting what is real for what is fake. There is no need to accept substitutes. You were built for community.

Even the most introverted introvert longs for human interaction.

People aren’t perfect. They are messy, rude, stupid and down right mean at times, but we need each other.

Perhaps it is time we find each other. Live and let live but live together, walk together, laugh together, cry together and change the world together.

Want a friend? Start by learning to be a friend. Somebody, just like you is waiting out there looking for someone just like you to hang out with and do life with.

Don’t make it harder than it is. Share a coffee, break some bread, go for a walk, take a hike, hit the open road but whatever it is, a shared experience is always better because nobody is meant to laugh alone.

Why is no one with you? Maybe it is because you aren’t with them. Pick up the phone, make the call, send the text and make the first move into friendship.

Let’s put an end to lonely laughter.

(Inspired by 1 Samuel 21:1)

20 Sep

Number 262!

I recently attended a men’s gathering in Estes Park, Colorado where door prizes were being raffled off. I was one among 250 men whose number was called.

I heard, “262!”

“That’s me! I won, ”I exclaimed as my buddies cheered me on.

I strutted. I pranced and I gave the victory sign as I made my way to the front to seize my prize in front of the energized crowd of men.

As I went to pick up my bounty, the facilitator sought to confirm my ticket.

My reply, “262!”

His response, “262? That number is on every ticket. Sorry man, you aren’t a winner.”

I was in shock, embarrassed and wanted to crawl under anything that would spare me the joy of walking back to my seat empty-handed.

It was an honest mistake that was founded in the idea that I simply heard what I wanted to hear.

I thought one thing but the facts revealed reality. Not everyone is a winner. Not everyone gets the prize. Ignorance isn’t always bliss.

Here is the truth. I didn’t need a blue raffle ticket to inform me that I had won. Truth is, I had already won. I had taken a private jet to the mountains of Colorado, slept with the coolness of the mountain air dancing at my toes, viewed amazing wildlife within a stones throw, and enjoyed time with a group of guys who desired to get back to nature and get closer to God. I was a winner and so were they.

I’m going to keep this coupon. The number 262 will forever remind me that sometimes in life we need simple reminders that we have already won even when we lose, especially when walking through life with a Band of Brothers!

Who walks through life with you and cheers you on even when you come back empty-handed looking like a fool?

13 Sep

Nervous Nellies!

In those days messages from the Lord were rare and visions were quite uncommon.

Can you relate?

Have you ever been found anxiously awaiting for direction from the Lord?

The silence is sometimes all too deafening!

Have you ever said,“ Say something Lord! Anything! The quiet is killing me!”

And then out of no where, suddenly, the Lord called out! Such was the case for young prophet to be, Samuel.

He was so surprised when the Lord spoke that the Lord had to repeat himself not once but four times!

Let’s agree on one thing. The Lord is never late. He is always on time. But that doesn’t mean we still aren’t a bunch of nervous Nellies!

What can we learn from Samuel?

1. There is a big difference in hearing and listening.

Samuel heard the Lord but he wasn’t listening. His mentor, Eli, shared an important principle with Samuel. It is the second lesson.

2. Be still! Lie down. Quit running around. Slow down and put yourself in the position to listen. Psalm 46:10 is great advice. Be still and know!

It is hard to know, when you are always on the go. You have to be still in order to be filled!

3. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. The passage indicates that a word from the Lord was rare.

Was God not speaking or were the people not listening?

Either way, we have to have eyes to see and ears to hear in order for the Lord’s message to come through.

The Lord is known to speak in at least three ways.

1. WORD. Most of what we need to know is already found in the scriptures. The Lord often speaks to us through his word. We need to seek him there. It is there that he can be found.

2. WORSHIP. In the stillness of prayer and praise the Lord often speaks to our hearts by the Spirit. All to often we are so rushed that the Lord can’t get a word in edgewise. Slow down. Whisper a prayer and he is there!

3. WORLD. The scripture assures us that wisdom cries out in the streets. Sometimes we put God in a box and limit his communication by applying a supposed formula for success. If God wants to speak to you, be ready. He may use a billboard, a song, the mountains or a blue jay. Whatever it is, be prepared to discern when the Lord is doing his best to get your attention.

The real bonus is when all of the “W’s” speak in unison. One thing we do know for certain. The Lord will never ask us to do anything that goes against his Word.

Let us take a cue from Samuel when he said, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”

It is in that setting and attitude of heart where the Lord is known to speak.

Be still. I think I hear something. Are you listening?

(Inspired by 1 Samuel 3)

28 Aug

All hat. No cattle.

Loving sports doesn’t make you an athlete anymore than loving to eat makes you a gourmet chef.

Owning a hot rod doesn’t qualify you for NASCAR but loving food can sure make you a fat cat.

We all know someone who is all hat and no cattle.

Beware of those who inflate and embellish their life experiences and credentials in a vain effort to hide their insecurities.

Pretending to be something you aren’t is dangerous to any profession.

Be honest, honorable and humble. Pride comes before the fall. Over inflated balloons are prone to pop from too much hot air!

Lose the spin and get a grip on who you really are. It is impossible to improve on truth.

27 Aug

Again or I Gain?

It is up to you. Are you continuing down the same path again and again getting the same results? Or are you gaining ground in the direction you want your life to go?

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting things to change is a sure sign of insanity.

Stop! Get real with yourself. It’s not working! It is time to gain control not fall into a rut with a routine that falls short again and again!

We change for one reason. We decide to. It is not enough to know we should or want to change. We have to decide to and make the break from our old way of thinking. Our routine is ruining us! Kick the rut in the butt!

But how?

1. Decide

2. Take action

3. Go with a buddy

4. Expect God to give you victory

Quit living accidentally by just going with the flow. Buck the system. Turn into the wind. Swim up current. Kick the habit! Make up your mind and go for it. But when you do, don’t go at it alone.

We succeed when we have the encouragement and accountability of a likeminded comrade. We are better together!

Finally, include the creator in your creativity. He is an innovator. He is the ultimate change agent. Listen to his instructions. Follow his ways and expect, anticipate and count on the victory!

Yes! Get ready! Things are about to change.

I gain and you gain when we stop doing the same old tried and true lousy strategies again and again!

Change requires change. What changes is up to you!

(Inspired by Judges 4)

20 Aug

Is God a slow poke?

We need answers and we want them now!

Why wait?

Let’s get the show on the road!

Why is it that my pace and God’s pace are so out of sync?

Is God a slow poke?

More than once we have heard that God’s timing is perfect.

Okay, okay, I get it. I accept it but I still struggle to understand the timing.

Joshua had to wonder what God was up to when he was told to keep marching around Jericho.

Can’t you hear the grumblings among the soldiers? “Not again! Enough already! What’s up with all the walking and blowing of hot air? Let’s get on with it!”

And so are we with our attitudes about God’s timing. “Enough already! Let’s get on with it!”

It has been said that to be early is to be on time. Or, the early bird gets the worm. Interesting enough, nothing of the sort is found in scripture.

What we need is God’s speed and God’s timing. He is never in a hurry but is never late. He is always, read it again, always right on time!


I’m afraid so!

So little one, don’t be anxious, don’t fret and by all means, don’t get out ahead of God.

Have your bag packed, your ticket purchased and your sandals tightened. God may appear slow but when he says roll, it’s go time.

His will and his timing is all we need. We can rest assured that God is not off the clock. He runs on his own time. He is never late. He is where he needs to be, when he needs to be there.

As the clock ticks and life comes down to the wire, remember, God loves photo finishes. In reality, don’t we! How exciting!

Wait for it…… ahh God’s timing!

13 Aug

What do you see?

These images look exactly the same to me.

Zero difference.

I am told by many others that my perspective is not consistent with what others see.

You see, pun intended, I am color blind.

It is a blessing and a curse.

It is such a reminder to me of how I am limited to perceive all that is possible.

I have to trust that what others see is there even though I can’t see it.

I would swear I am seeing reality, yet apparently I am limited to fully comprehend what is.

It is such a weird feeling.

The inefficiency helps me accept that there are other realms, realities and even beings beyond my ability to imagine.

I can’t even imagine what you are seeing.

Would you believe my limitations give me strong reason to believe God exist?

Just because I can’t see him, doesn’t mean he isn’t there.

12 Aug

The Hidden Treasure of Trouble

Get up and get out!

Remove the hidden treasure hindering your progress!

Is there a hitch in your giddy up? A hidden treasure that has brought on trouble?

Bad choices are rarely isolated, they have a ripple effect and permeate far beyond the centrifuge.

Maybe you are holding on to something that is holding you back!

Check your load for hideaways! There may be a hindrance hanging on that is dragging you down.

An unhealthy relationship?

A less than best lingering habit?

A toxic environment?

An oversight that you have been blind to?

Sometimes hang ups are not obvious to the one who is hung up.

Seek input and insight from others who genuinely care for you. They might see things that you simply can’t see.

We all have blindspots in our lives that are preventing us from reaching our full potential.

Don’t just sit there wondering why you can’t succeed. Get up. Get out and remove the hidden hindrance that you treasure.

It may require humbly asking for input but the outcome could very well be exactly what you are searching for!

(Inspired by Joshua 7)

08 Aug

The Red Rope

Jericho was a crucial city in the journey to the land of Canaan. It became the site of a beachhead battle to enter the Promised Land.

Joshua had been chosen to lead the charge to victory.

It is interesting to note that “Joshua” is the same as the name “Jesus.” Joshua is the Hebrew form, and Jesus is the Greek form. The name Joshua means “Yahweh saves or delivers.

Joshua told two spies to go view the land, especially Jericho, so “they went, and came into a harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there” (Joshua 2:1).

The spies seemed to dress a little differently and talked to each other in low tones with a foreign accent. Evidently, some other customers recognized them as Israelites and made a beeline to warn the king.

Notice, the devil knows when God’s messengers are invading his domain.

When the two spies came through, Rahab believed it was a divine opportunity, and she began to demonstrate her faith by action. She was ready to lay her life on the line.

When she received the messengers from Joshua into her house, she was taking a tremendous risk.

When Rahab realized that her king intended to harm the spies, she found a perfect hiding place for them. “She had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof” (Joshua 2:6).

These two Israelites had to trust their deliverance to a pagan prostitute who believed in their God. The Lord often uses humble instruments to do great things.

Rahab lowered a red rope out the window, a scarlet cord, from which the men would safely descend from the high roof to the ground outside the city.

Unless the red rope was hanging from her window when the Israelites returned to conqueror the city, no one in her house would be saved.

The rope by which she delivered the messengers would be the same rope that delivered Rahab and her loved ones.

Joshua and his troops marched around Jericho 13 times. Then they blew the trumpets, shouted, and the walls fell down flat.

It was crucial to be in Rahab’s house with the red rope in the window when the walls came down.

We need faith for today and tomorrow.

Do you sometimes get discouraged and fainthearted?

When we lose heart, we lose the battle. But as Believers, our faith not only gets us to heaven, but also helps us get through each day on this earth.

We must not give up on God, no matter how bleak the circumstances may look.

“You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Hang on, have faith and enjoy the ride!

Back in 1937 the Germans made an enormous airship called the Hindenburg. It was 804 feet long!

One time they were getting ready to launch it, and they had about 100 men on the ground hanging onto ropes, trying to maneuver the Hindenburg into its hanger.

They don’t know exactly what happened, but suddenly this enormous airship rose up with tremendous force.

As soon as it started shooting up, some of the men let go of the ropes, dropped to the ground, and didn’t get hurt.

Others waited until they were 50 or more feet off the ground before they let go, and when they fell they broke their ankles and legs.

A few others panicked and instinctively tightened their grip. They kept going up with the balloon until soon they couldn’t hang on any more, let go, and fell to their deaths.

Soon the Hindenburg began to hover and drift with the breeze several hundred feet up.

One man remained. The people on the ground wondered how long he could last. They chased the airship for about three hours, and it eventually lost altitude until the man was able to let go and walk away.

The stunned onlookers asked. “How did you hang on for so long?”

He said; “Once the blimp took off, I tightened my grip. Eventually I realized that I couldn’t hold on forever. So I held on with one arm while I took my free arm and wrapped the remaining rope around my waste and tied a basic knot. For the last three hours I was just hanging up there, trusting the rope, and enjoying the view!”

Rahab’s red rope is ultimately a symbol of faith. We must tie a knot in the promises of God and hang on.

Don’t let your ideals squelch God’s ideas.

If the Lord wants to provide a way of escape through a window, instead of a door, there must be a reason.

Had the spies taken the obvious route they could have been captured.

Further, a rope hanging from an interior door would have never signaled Rahab’s location to those attacking from the outside.

We need to be careful that we don’t put God’s means of provision in a box.

He is the provider. How he provides is according to His plans and purpose. We simply need to be prepared to act in faith and not be too picky about how the promises are fulfilled.

Inspired by the book of Joshua. Adapted with excerpts from AmazingFacts.org