To Live Beyond Z

“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anais Nin              The fact is, we usually grow only when the pain is too much to bear. The discomfort forces us to open ourselves to a new way of doing things. Last week I wrote about living in chaos as I am trying to get unpacked and settled into a new location. The discomfort of having to move all my “stuff” for the fifth time in my life has made me finally give away things I haven’t used in years. The good thing is, I now have room for some new things to come into my life.             To live Beyond Z, we have to be willing to let go of those teachings, habits, or relationships that have held us back from growing into who God wants us to be. I held a lot of beliefs about myself and others that had kept me “small.” I was afraid of risking, trying new things that would use my gifts. I was afraid people would  judge my ideas and leadership and  discount them and me . But that’s the risk we have to take, if we want to blossom?….Isn’t it?  Who are we living this life for anyway?             In what way do you want to blossom today?             “We know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our heart” Romans 5:4             Be a Miracle            ...

From Chaos to Creation

Have you ever lived in chaos? It can be unsettling, confusing, disturbing at times. But it also can be creative, insightful, enriching. I have left a community where I had been the Co-Pastor with my wife Diane for 14 years. I have gotten an apartment for us, close to my new church (First Christian Church, Mooresville Ind.) where I will be the Senior Pastor. Diane will be staying as the Senior Pastor of Florence Christian, helping that congregation plan its future once she leaves. After 27 years living in the same place we will co-mingle (sounds enticing) between our two homes. It will be a new experience having to cook for myself (ok, in reality, I will probably eat out a lot), keep the house clean, and do all the things that Diane did that I took for granted. I will also be starting a new ministry by myself. The older I get the more I enjoy a routine to my life.  When our lives get predictable and settled, we get comfortable. It’s nice to be comfortable but unfortunately it can also get stagnate, and stale. A time of chaos can shake things up and open us to new possibilities. It’s hard for God to do a new thing when we are settled in our routine. Chaos can be fun and exciting if we trust that God will (as God has always done), take care of us in this time of change and creation. The world began in chaos but God created beauty, goodness, and love out of the chaos  and proclaimed ,”It is Good.” If you feel like...

At the TV Station

I had to drive through rush hour traffic this morning to be at TV  Fox 19  by 9:00 am to promote my new book “Blurring The Lines”.  The show began at  9:00 am .Of course I left early,so I would have plenty of time to get there…well I thought I had plenty of time . It was 8:35 and I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic that was not moving on I-75 on the Kentucky side. I still had to cross the river  and get to 7th street in Cincinnati  by 9:00 am.There was no way this traffic was going to start moving,there was no way I would be there on time. I asked myself,”should I just stay in my lane obey the rules and miss out on the interview?” I thought for a moment and then moved my car to the right inching my way into the far right lane. I think we give up way before we need to on any task.  I broke the rules! I drove on the right edge off the road ,crossed over the lane that was coming onto the  interstate at Buttermilk Pike. This lane was empty because no one was coming into this mess. I made a hard right turn and went to Dixie Hyw. I got there at 8:55 am .Sometimes you got to make your own rules. This is the link to the interview http://youtu.be/nM-bOaxPdDs Be a Miracle...

It’s been an experience!

It has been a fun ride over the last six months. Writing my novel, Blurring The Lines, becoming the Senior Pastor at First Christian Church in Mooresville Indiana, and creating my blog. My hope is to write at least once or twice a week about events in my life or the world. How we see God  engaging us to rise to a greater understanding of ourselves ,our relationship to one another and to God. Pretty lofty goals huh? In reality, my blog will be humorous, questioning, reflective, and honest. I look forward to interchanging ideas and opinions. Today I am pondering these questions: Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity? What disease did cured ham actually have? My new book “Blurring The Lines” raises some deeper questions of faith. I am looking forward to hearing your feedback after you read the book. After you read the book leave a comment or question about one of the themes in the novel. Be A Miracle...