Today my theme is still the emergence of spring color here in the woods around our home in Wake Forest.
Sometimes when there’s extra work to be done I end up starting out by doing even less. I know it sounds absurd, and completely impractical, but running headlong into a pile of deadlines is probably that last thing I need to do if I want to effectively clear my desk. … Continue Reading Slowing Down to Get More Done
Well, Andrew should be back in his little Tuscan village by now. We dropped him off at the airport for his Tampa – Philadelphia – Frankfurt – Florence trek Saturday afternoon. It really was great to have him home for a few days. I’ve been thinking about why it is … Continue Reading Life – You Have to Give it Away!
Yesterday, making my way from the Tampa Convention Center (left) to the parking garage, I peered over the walkway and into the street. (Yes, the scene looked exactly as colorful as my photograph!). I had the surreal sensation that I was – in effect – looking into day-to-day life but … Continue Reading Get Out and Emanate, Why Don’t We!
Yesterday when I hurried away from the Tampa Convention Center to grab my car and head home, I was surprised to find a rainy afternoon waiting for me in downtown Tampa. The cooling balm of the fresh shower seemed very appropriate in light of the keynote message I’d just covered for … Continue Reading Wondering about my signature…
Rebekah – my awesome wife – is the middle child of five siblings. Roy – the firstborn – lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lynda, an accomplished church music director. Next comes Rachel, a high-school English teacher who has been moored at Virginia Beach for three decades with her … Continue Reading Knowing who we are – and whose we are too
Sometimes life – and most especially the life-charged life – isn’t even remotely possible unless, first, some serious sacrifices have been made by people with the courage to give away their future so that we can enjoy ours. That’s a startling concept. And it’s a hard one for an avowed … Continue Reading Memorial Weekend Reaches Beyond the Uniform
Once in a while, as Great World Travelers will, our son – Andrew – makes his way to TPA (Tampa International Airport) and we enjoy a few days together. Yesterday evening his priority coded baggage rolled off literally first, and we headed up the Armstrong elevator to the 9th floor … Continue Reading Why I Always Park on the Roof
This morning I’m wondering (out loud) about The Church. Not my local congregation at First Presbyterian, or even the Presbyterian denomination as a whole (although the PCUSA does play a role in this discussion), but the whole ball of wax, The Church, in all of its varied configurations. Beyond the … Continue Reading When Religion is the Antithesis of Life…
“Who dares despise the day of small things?”(Zechariah 4:10) Gotta Love the Small Things: The temptation – when choosing a Big Picture blog title such as “The Life-Charged Life” – is to be too selective with my anecdotes, to routinely skip the everyday stuff, and to go directly to the … Continue Reading Love the Small Things
Enough people attend our church to justify two Sunday morning meetings. We average around 160 at the 8:30 “Contemporary Worship”, and 240 for the 11:00 “Traditional.” It makes good sense to offer the two worship styles, and seating 400 people simply won’t work at the one time… … Unless, that is, … Continue Reading 50th Birthday Party part II (Such wonderful fun!)
5oth Birthday party = A Big Hit! What an amazing weekend! Where to begin? I simply have to share about the past two days with my faith community here at First Presbyterian Church of Brandon. I need to be careful not to sound as if I’m writing advertising copy for … Continue Reading Birthday Party = A Charge of Life!!!!!
It’s a boy! I guess if there’s anything that has a charge of life about it… it’s the promise held in a brand-new child. Yesterday, many, many miles to the north, Naomi and Craig discovered that our 18-weeks and counting grandchild is a boy. Not, “It’s going to be a boy,” … Continue Reading The Grandaddy Journals, Part III
Well the timing couldn’t be better on the launch of this new blog. I set up “The Life-Charged Life” here at WordPress just a week ago, because my “Blogger” host site crashed and stayed down way too long. I picked the title based on my own observations regarding the question, … Continue Reading A Life-Charged Book in the Works
All that glitters is not gold: A few days ago I was talking with a friend about (yes, I’m embarrassed to admit this…) economics. I’m not exactly a math genius, but I do personally know the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business – he’s a brother by … Continue Reading The Emperor is Stark Naked!
Enthusiasm can be contagious. This is Scout, she’s Rebekah’s labradoodle. When Scout is excited, there’s really nothing else to do but to get on board for the ride. In this picture – taken yesterday afternoon – Scout evidently can’t contain her enthusiasm for her new haircut. Or maybe she’s just … Continue Reading Life Fueled by Enthusiasm
Blast off! Just a few seconds ago, I watched the Space Shuttle Endeavor take off on its final mission. Now that’s what I call taking the initiative and putting the Monday morning clichés to rest! “Life” (as in life-charged life) is a good topic for a Monday morning! So many … Continue Reading Blast-off! A Great Way to Tackle Monday Morning