emotional responses

I want it all, and I want it NOW! Disaster often accompanies the demand…

In May of 1989, the British rock group Queen released “I Want It All” from the group’s studio album The Miracle. Critics, and the public, often said the lyrics focus on rebellion and social upheaval. From this interpretation, multiple interest groups adopted it as their theme. However, songwriter Brian May has long declared the song is solely about individual ambition and impatience. The song tells the story […]

2021-02-01T16:40:46+00:00February 1st, 2021|

When the fog burns away, clarity and beauty awaken the mind!

Forty-eight years ago, my new bride and I moved onto a college campus outside Knoxville, Tennessee. Set among the hills along the banks of the French Broad River, the beauty of the area and the clarity of the blue sky easily awakened the mind and excited the senses. It was a seemingly ideal location to study and prepare for a life of Christian ministry. Nearly thirty years […]

2020-11-09T19:29:02+00:00November 9th, 2020|

Being consistently productive while working from home

Working remotely is an increasing trend. It is not simply a result of COVID-19 distancing requirements, although that has forcefully bent the curve upward. The design of the administrative functions of the Christian Churches Pension Plan has enabled the CEO/Administrator to work remotely for years. A few years ago, one friend working with HCA in Nashville, Tennessee negotiated the ability to work from home. Our Pension Plan […]

2020-08-20T14:02:13+00:00August 20th, 2020|

Balance – an elusive key for life

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life.” – Thomas Kinkade

“Balance is a feeling derived from being whole and complete; it’s a sense of harmony.” – Joshua Osenga, 12 years a Cubicle Slave

“He has made everything appropriate in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NASB

We all know how our life feels in proper balance. As Joshua Osenga defined it, we had a sense of harmony. The […]

2020-08-03T15:37:24+00:00August 3rd, 2020|

Want to change your mood? Change what is on your screen!

One useful step in changing your current mood and outlook is, “Change what is on your screen.” It can be done!

Seconds prior to joining yesterday’s church service, my watch buzzed on my wrist. A quick glance showed my “Weekly Screen Time Report” was available. My mind briefly pondered how life has changed over the past years, amazed that a watch could now report how I spent time […]

2020-07-13T18:03:44+00:00July 13th, 2020|

Calming the seas in periods of uncertainty

2020 has been one of the most unpredictable years in many generations, and there is more uncertainty ahead. Will public schools open in the fall? How will parents deal with children staying at home and learning online when their work situations are hanging in the balance? Will the COVID-19 virus continue unabated or will it begin to diminish? Will the people of the USA reach herd immunity? […]

2020-07-09T14:07:30+00:00July 9th, 2020|

A few ideas to make your day, your life, or your retirement better

Headed into the Monday of the first full week of July, we have found some impressive headlines in the news. Here are a sample. “This ONE change could undermine the retirement security of millions of Americans.” “This ONE thing could help more workers retire with money.” “This ONE decision can change your 401K.” “ONE foolproof way to create retirement income for the rest of your life.” “This […]

2020-07-06T14:54:18+00:00July 6th, 2020|

Labeling others jeopardizes the opportunity to communicate

Emotions are a natural part of the human life. We are, after all, created in the image of God who Scripture describes as jealous, angry, and loving. However, unleashing uncontrolled, unfiltered outbursts of emotion are not profitable when our goal is to communicate our beliefs and ideas.

It is natural and right to respond emotionally to the senseless, inhumane treatment and deaths of George Floyd, Ahmad Avery, and […]

2020-07-02T13:20:13+00:00July 2nd, 2020|

Listening – the first step to moving forward in every situation

We need to listen to one another more. We need to listen better. On this Monday morning, there are calls from every corner for better listening. In the last 12 hours Forbes.com has posted one article touting listening to one another if we are to bridge the great divide among us, and the other hails listening as the key to the work of Saleforce’s new chief marketing […]

2020-06-29T15:21:47+00:00June 29th, 2020|

Safely correcting course when you discover you made a wrong turn!

I have been guilty of making an abundance of wrong turns in my life. Duh! I am, after all, a man. You are well acquainted with the stereotype, men do not ask for directions, we crank the car and we DRIVE! Thankfully I have never made a wrong turn like the one depicted in the image above, or one driver’s missed turn recorded on Youtube here. […]

2020-06-25T13:00:56+00:00June 25th, 2020|
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