Your #1 Dad Decision

[I] don’t know about you, but as a dad, there are days when I feel absolutely overwhelmed by all the decisions I have to make. Do you ever feel like you’ve been nailed by a two-hundred pound spitball trying to juggle your roles as a dad, a husband, and a work-guy? I mean, you’re the man. Your wife and your kids are looking to you for leadership, direction, wisdom, and a compass for how to navigate this life. Your decisions, good and bad, have everything to do with who you are and who they become. So what does all this have to do with your #1 Dad Decision? Absolutely everything. Read on…

Do You Wrestle with God’s Love?

Do you wrestle with the truth that God loves you? I mean, really? God’s love for you? Are you completely comfortable with knowing that God loves you and accepts you one-hundred percent as you are? Not as you want to be or “should be,” but really, just as you are today. Yes, I know it’s pretty remarkable to reflect on the truth that God loves you unconditionally for who you are, but in our busy lives, I for one, don’t stop to consider this enough. (Painting-Jacob & the Angel by Wayne Forte)

I’ve met many people who wrestle with God’s love. It’s kind of like getting wrapped around a truck axle in a spiritual sort of way. There are so many people who hunger and yearn for unconditional love, peace, and a deep sense of spiritual freedom. Yet, it often seems so elusive. So I wrote a story about it… 

Wide Receivers & Catching Footballs

I may not be Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald or Reggie Wayne, three of the top wide receivers in the NFL, but I do know something about catching footballs. I think you also know something about catching footballs too. Or something very similar. As children, we all tried to catch something. We all tried to catch the same thing, but it wasn’t a football.

Most of life goes back to elementary school, middle school and high school. It’s where the grooves of our lives are cut deep. It’s in our early years when the scripts of our life are chiseled into our hearts and minds that influence how we grow into adulthood. This is where many of us get stuck. Really stuck.

I wrote a story about catching footballs in my book, The Longing: Embracing the Deepest Truth of Who You Are. If may not be your story, but I hope you find glimpses of your story somewhere in it.  For this reason, I hope you’ll be encouraged and share it with others.

Is ‘Marriage & Unconditional Love’ an Oxymoron?

Is marriage and unconditional love an oxymoron? How can you, a husband or wife, learn to create the essential conditions for a mutually satisfying and loving marriage? (Without killing each other first!)

Next week, I’ll be celebrating my 22nd. wedding anniversary…Yahoo! If there’s anything I’ve learned about married life is this: Marriage is all about the simple, intentional choices we make everyday. ‘For better or for worse’ is all about better or worse choices in attitudes, actions, and priorities.

In most of my books, I’ve focused on the importance of creating loving relationships by loving God and loving others. Today, I’d like to offer a short excerpt from my book I Love You Unconditionally…On One Condition and a FREE PDF download of the Introduction.

Whose Feet Are You Washing?

One of the most scandalous events leading up to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ is the washing of the disciples feet. Okay, as if it wasn’t enough for the Son of God to die on a cross, but washing feet? Com’on! Isn’t that getting a little personal? A little too intimate? A bit too close?

What sets Jesus apart from any other religious leader is not his death and resurrection (though that is key), but his willingness and humility to wash others feet. Who else does that?!*%

In our modern, shoe-covered society, we don’t really understand the enormity of foot-washing, do we? That is, the caked-on mud, dirt, grime and smell of walking along dusty roads. It was a servant’s job. Not the work of kings, royalty, or a suffering savior.

What was Christ thinking when He washed His friends feet? It’s a story worth exploring this Holy Week

Do It Anyway: Thoughts from Mother Teresa

[O]ne of the most popular posts here on Art, Life & Faith is this poem written by Mother Teresa. When facing difficult people and an often-harsh world, Mother Teresa’s challenge to “Do It Anyway” offer a refreshing perspective of what it means to walk intimately with God. Mother Teresa’s simple and profound thoughts on the love of God, service to others, and living a simple life of faithfulness to God continues to inspire millions worldwide.

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Her inspirational thoughts of what it means to love others in the name of Jesus strike an authentic, beautiful chord for everyone who desires a deeper walk with God. We all need gentle reminders to continue in the way of Jesus…

The Prodigal God: Are We Loving Others or Judging Others?

[I] am only two chapters into The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian church in New York City and my immediate one-word response is: Amazing! Keller reveals the central message of Christianity: God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and moralistic self-righteous.

In short order, Keller informs us that the story of The Prodigal Son should really be called, “The Story of the Two Lost Sons.”

Both the Older Brother and the Younger Brother are lost, but the target of Jesus’ story is not the “tax collectors and sinners” who Jesus eats with. No, Jesus is pointing sharp, outrageous and scandalous words at the religious leaders who sit in judgment of all those younger brother types.