We are known by the promises we KEEP, not the ones we MAKE (5YTL)

I read an article recently that included this phrase.  It really jumped off the page at me, because I am hypersensitive to people who make commitments and fail to come through. Don't get me wrong.  It's not like I've never let people down against a commitment, but I have a pet peeve with people who do this habitually.  It causes me not to trust their ability to follow through, and it makes me hesitant to accept their commitment in areas that matter. "I know she says she wants to volunteer ...
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Fear and Judgment (5YTL)

Recently, I shared a link to a piece that I read online via social media.  The title of the piece is "Real Christianity vs. Whatever The Heck It Is Conservatives Actually Follow."  Having shared that, I received varying types and levels of feedback, and I want to be clear about my feelings on the topic and perhaps focus more clearly on my thoughts, versus the broad brush with which the author painted his opinions. When the author of that article dubbed his interpretation of modern day Christi...
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No Shame In Your Game (5YTL)

We've all experienced it. There's something(s) in your past that has haunted you.   It was something that you said.   It was something that you did.   It was something you ignored that you regret.   I'm talking about shame. What is the price of shame?  How does it rule us when we allow it to?  Why do we do it? As we sit here is the wake of an unprecedented US Presidential Election, we've all seen a great deal of behaviors that could invoke a sense of shame.  I, myself, ha...
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Run To The Fire (5YTL)

We all know that firefighters are tasked with running into live fires.  It is an insanely difficult job, and I am glad it is not mine.  After all, the fire is where the danger is.  The fire is also where people have the greatest opportunity to make a difference. A few years ago, when I had the pleasure of attending Donald Miller's Storyline Conference in Nashville, I learned that a big part of his life's mission is to "save many lives."  He teaches that our lives are stories, and well-crafted...
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