500 Words For Your Spiritual Journey

Every last one of us is on a journey. However, some folks are reluctant to admit "where they are" on their particular pilgrimage. Each of the following 500-word blog posts below are pulled from my raw and personal journals in hopes that you are encouraged to either start or continue your journey led by Someone who offers Himself as a guide.

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As Neurosurgeon Lee Warren writes, “One man finds himself in trouble and is driven to his knees, begging God for help. Another person looks at the problem and decides God has given him the middle finger, so he gives up on God completely.” (I’ve Seen the End of You)

However, discipline is the elixir of the Christian life. Not the discipline of robotic church activity, or lifeless busyness. God wants our heart and He wants our motives to be pure as we live out what we say we believe on the inside. 

From All That is Made, authors Geoff Gentry and Bryan Ye-Chung contribute, “It is hard to live on the Earth in the 21st century and not be painfully aware that life is full of noise. We bounce from  notifications, to social media timelines, to advertisements, to endless entertainment options. Most of us love it. Conversation is constant. We live distracted lives, turning our days into content that we fire into the world at an alarming rate. This hurried and marginless living is undergirded by the anxiety of always being “on.”

The new generation hates waiting. Instead of picking up the phone to engage in a real conversation, they prefer to send a quick text on that same phone. Oh, how God wants you to bring your stuff to Him and talk to HIm. Any relationship requires constant communication or a wall goes up.

During the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning there is a delicious segment called “The Dish”. Each week a chef displays a table of food he or she has prepared. The television hosts sit down with the chef to sample the feast. Afterwards, the chef is handed a white dish to autograph. One of the television anchors then looks at the cook, “If you could have this meal with anyone past or present who would it be?” 

When I had the privilege of teaching Religions and Cults to teenagers for three years at a boarding school, and then adults later at churches, I frequently said the following in class: “You cannot argue anyone into the kingdom of God.” I said that because some of the students, and even adults acquired a “I’m right and they are wrong” attitude which does not shine the love of God.

“Raise your hand if you have any questions.” I refused that offer from many teachers and professors during my elementary school days all the way through my college years, due to my shyness.  For some, it may not be shyness, but a reliance upon their own self-sufficiency. Regardless, struggling alone is a lonely road to […]

I love paperweights. My collection began when my sweet “Me-Ma” cross-stitched a mallard duck and gave it to me, encased in glass. Decades ago, I was given a brass doorknob from my aunt and uncle’s ‘ol furniture shop in Elon, North Carolina. There’s a glass Snoopy I received from an employer who previously used Peanuts […]

“When do you ‘wanna take the Christmas tree down?” Every year my wife and I ask each other that same question. The answer is always the same. “Let’s wait until New Year’s Day.”  Two doors down, our neighbor does something unusual every December. The week after Christmas, he carries his tree to the rear of […]