Author Archives: Larry

MOMENTS OF CLARITY

There are times in your life when things suddenly make sense. You see that relationship clearly, you know which job to pursue, you and your spouse actually know where you want to go eat that evening. Ok, the last one is a joke, but you get the idea. We call them epiphanies, revelations, or moments of clarity. We cherish those moments.

I believe the reason these moments stick out in our minds is, for the most part life is not so clear. In fact, life can be frustrating, overwhelming, and confusing. Stress, busy schedules, and mixed up priorities complicate our modern society. We have so much competing for our time and attention. Sometimes my life feels like a car on cruise control, but the speed is set way above the limit. Continue reading

BE GRATEFUL FOR THE LITTLE THINGS

Next time you are with a small group of people, ask them what they are thankful for today.  Chances are, the people in your group will have trouble coming up with something to be thankful for.  I have observed that in these instances, people begin to search for something  that was utterly, fantastic to share.  Which leaves most people with nothing much to say.

All of us have many things to be thankful for each day, but we have come to take these blessings for granted.  When was the last time you were truly thankful for things such as medicines, transportation, clean water, indoor plumbing, air travel, your job, and the list could go on and on.  Continue reading

GOD IS ALWAYS AT WORK

In the Gospel of John there is a story of Jesus healing a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. Can you imagine the gratitude this man felt when Jesus healed him?

You would think everyone who heard about this healing would be grateful. But some of the religious leaders were angry because Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of rest and the religious leaders were more concerned about the rules than the well-being of the newly healed man. Some people can find topics to complain about in the greatest of events.

Jesus let everyone know that “He and His Father are always at work.” The word used for always in the Greek literally means “forever and always, without exception.” So not only can God heal a man on a day of rest, but more things are possible because God is constantly at work. Continue reading

LEARN TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT

I can remember when modern technology started to take off.  The talk of computers, email, mobile phones, etc., was going to be our deliverance.  These technological advances were going to make us more efficient and give us more time for leisure.  Fast forward twenty years, and people are busy beyond belief.  Every person I talk to is overwhelmed with too much to do.

Can you relate to that?  Are you busy?  Too busy? Continue reading

YOU’RE WEIRD

We all have idiosyncrasies, quirks, and unconventional behaviors. In fact, some of us are just weird.

I used to think that I was normal and others were the weird ones, but I’ve come to realize that normal is a relative term. There really isn’t a “normal” when it comes to people. But our differences are something to celebrate. The fact that you like mushrooms and I can’t stand them is interesting. The idea that I could watch football all day and you haven’t watched a game in years, means we have different personalities. You may have different tastes in foods, fashion, or music than most people. That is a good thing. Continue reading