A Burn-Out Prayer

A Burn-Out Prayer

There are times we simply need to be honest.  With ourselves. And with God. And ask for help. Ask for God’s strength in the middle of our exhaustion. David did. David the king, David the shepherd-boy, David the musician, David the warrior. He frequently asked for help...
A Burn-Out Prayer

Second Things Second

I coined a phrase years ago to help keep me focused: “Second things second”. It’s a reminder that there will always be something secondary competing for my attention and effort. And that it needs to be kept in its place, priority-wise. Many times in life we’re...
A Burn-Out Prayer

What They Kept

The clothes on your back. Two pairs of mittens, six pairs of socks, two pairs of boots, a sleeping bag. And two pounds of personal possessions. That’s what Ernest Shackleton, leader of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition told his twenty-eight member crew they...
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Life Water

Have you ever been thirsty? Really thirsty. Like working all day in the sun thirsty. Or hiking in the desert thirsty. Parched and withered, and just needing a drink of water? Have you ever tasted water that was brackish or fouled? You nearly can’t stop yourself from...
A Burn-Out Prayer

Good Tacos

One of the unique things about being an elementary music teacher was getting to see every student in the school each week. Every class we’d have an opening question. Sometimes as simple as “What did you do over the weekend?” or “What do you have planned for next...
A Burn-Out Prayer

Pushups For Donuts

In a small college there was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christensen. He was a serious, studious man who taught the required survey course in Christianity. Every student was required to take this course in their freshman year, regardless of major. Dr....
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Holy Monday, Batman!

A man walks into a church. He’s a visitor, it’s his first time at the church. He’s in a good Sunday-morning mood, excited to be in God’s House. He greets everyone he meets with enthusiasm. He sings the hymns out loud, and ignores the funny looks he gets from those...
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The Basin and the Towel

Ask any art teacher: The most common mistake students make is to fail to look at what they’re drawing. Observation is a fundamental drawing skill. Because we often overlook far more than what we consider, and regularly glance past things without examining them. So it...
A Burn-Out Prayer

Restore The Heart – Part 3

Today is Friday. Today I have three blessings for you: One: May the presence of God in your life reveal his loving nurture and your transformation. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the...
A Burn-Out Prayer

Restore The Heart – Part 2

In a far away city, a wise king rules his people with justice, mercy, and kindness. In the city is a well of fresh, clear water. This is the city’s only water source and everyone drinks from the same well. One night the king’s enemies send a witch to poison the well....