Witnessing a theft, idiots, and what’s in a name?

The Theft

As I walked my two oldest kids out of the door at the grocery store, we moved out of the way as a man wearing a hoodie squeezed by us. It was a bit unusual as the temperature was around 80 degrees. He was carrying a black bag that looked heavy. As he walked/jogged away toward a black lowered Honda Civic. Two men, who appeared to be employees from their name tags and clothing, came sprinting after the man in the hoodie yelling at him. Continue reading “Witnessing a theft, idiots, and what’s in a name?”

Am I honoring even when I am emotional?

After the phone conversation ended I was still emotional. I wasn’t angry. The best word would probably be frustrated.

I had just woken up and I was still groggy. The stress level in the house was above normal. I was not in the best state of mind. A situation needed to be addressed. Rather than thinking through it I decided to tackle it head on. I don’t suggest doing this. Continue reading “Am I honoring even when I am emotional?”

Lying to my wife

It was quite unexpected when I found myself lying to my wife. I am not in the habit of lying to my wife. As a matter of fact, I try to be as truthful as possible. I believe trust is something that is built and is foundational for a strong marriage.

It happened all of a sudden. My mind went from one thought to another and I was immediately deep in thought. My wife noticed and made a comment to the effect of, “I see you are deep in thought, what are you thinking about.” Continue reading “Lying to my wife”

Having confidence that you are where you are supposed to be.

As I was driving to work the thought came to my mind. How would I approach life differently if I had confidence that I was called to be where I am in life (at work, church, family, relationships, etc.)? What if I had a history of God being faithful to me and me to Him? If I knew God would take care of me financially would I stop striving? Would I stop worrying?

I knew I would be at peace if I had confidence that I am where I am supposed to be and doing what I am called to do at this time in my life. I felt like God spoke to my heart in that moment, Continue reading “Having confidence that you are where you are supposed to be.”

Do not repay evil with evil: Is my first response love?

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” – 1 Peter 3:8-9

As I read this scripture last night I felt like God was speaking to me through it but wasn’t sure what it was. I thought through my life and the people who I felt have wronged me. I have forgiven each of them and have spoken blessing over them to the best of my knowledge. Regardless of my thoughts, the feeling that God wanted to communicate something to me through the verse wouldn’t go away.

After working I went to bed without a thought in my mind. I had one dream I remember and it was weird (like most). In the dream I had been staying in a home with a friend. I had some keepsakes from my kids in the home. A greedy land baron was trying to take the land from me. Continue reading “Do not repay evil with evil: Is my first response love?”