The True Reason for the Season

The True Reason for the Season

Say “Happy Holidays” all you like. It doesn’t matter how hard you try to ignore it. There is only one real reason we celebrate December 25. There is only one true reason we take it off as a holiday. It is to celebrate the birth of a savior. Too often we become wrapped up in the gift buying and forget the real meaning. I send this as a reminder. Take a moment during this season …

Accepting Grace

Accepting Grace

This is the week of giving thanks for what we have. It’s also the week that we give to others who are in need. However, what happens if you’re the one on the receiving end? While some people find it easy to accept as much as they can get for free, others might feel uncomfortable. They don’t want others to know they are in trouble. Pride keeps them from asking for help. Or they see …

To Go Back in Time

To Go Back in Time

Some days it would be nice to go back in time. To undo the mistakes we made when we were younger. If I had exercised more, I wouldn’t have the weak back I do today. If I hadn’t refinanced my house to pay off my debts, I’d have no house payment. If I’d been a Christian when my children were younger, they would be members of a church. These are all things I wish I …

Whoosh! There it Goes

Whoosh! There it Goes

The election is almost here and over. Thank you, Jesus. Of course, that means Christmas is right around the corner. Doesn’t it seem like this year has just flown by? The older you get, the faster time seems to pass. You say you’ll get to that project tomorrow. Before you know it, tomorrow is next year. How many of us say we’d like to travel, yet never seem to? There are also a lot of …

Rooting for Jesus

Rooting for Jesus

This past weekend was the Florida/Georgia game. Two hundred thousand people pulled into downtown Jacksonville for the game or to tailgate with other Gator and Bulldog fans. Trust me, you don’t want to go downtown on Friday or Saturday unless you’re a fan. Traffic patterns are adjusted and getting anywhere is a real bear. I wonder what would happen if instead of cheering for a football team, all those people started chanting the name of …

I Don’t Need No Educatin’

I Don’t Need No Educatin’

I’ve been taking a Citizen’s Academy course to learn how our local sheriff’s office works. Talk about a real learning experience. I also just finished with a two day writer’s workshop. All this education, even though I’m published, will help me in the long run with my writing. A lot of people quit educating themselves once they’ve achieved a goal. They think there’s nothing else for them to learn. That seems to be true of …

Do You Consider Yourself Selfish?

Do You Consider Yourself Selfish?

When most people think about being selfish, they think of not sharing. But you’re also selfish if you don’t consider other people. According to http://www.dictionary.com, the definition of being selfish is be concerned with one’s own interests. How many times have we ever heard the blaring of a loud radio in the middle of the night? Was the person playing the radio worried about anyone sleeping? You might say you only do that during the …

Rich vs. Poor

Rich vs. Poor

There’s a battle on both sides of the political spectrum. The poorer people want the rich to pay more taxes. The rich are tired of people feeling they are entitled. Which side is correct? Both. God meant for the richer Christians to bless the poor. Leviticus 23:22 says, “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them …

Getting Back to Shame

Getting Back to Shame

This past week, I started my classes for the Citizen’s Academy. No homework, just getting knowledge about how our local sheriff’s department works. The tour of the jail was very bothersome with all the young people behind bars. The inmates were not shy about acting up behind their sliding glass doors. One even flipped us off. I don’t recall any hiding their faces. Jail is no longer something embarrassing. It’s now a rite of passage …

Where Do You Leave Jesus?

Where Do You Leave Jesus?

How many people do you know who behave different in church on Sunday, than they do at work on Monday? There’s the woman who’s so polite and courteous on Sunday, yet away from church she can out cuss a member of the Outlaw Biker Motorcycle Gang. There’s the man who takes up the offering, is all smiles to everyone in his pew, but goes home and treats his family like they’re mud beneath his feet. …