Showing posts from May, 2016

What is it With Memorial Day?

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day and why is it important? Some of us get the day off, but other than that we don’t really celebrate it for what it is, and sometimes don’t even know what it is for.   Memorial Day, first known as Decoration Day, is a Federal Holiday in the United States for remembering the people who have died serving in the country’s armed forces. It started after the Civil War when many went out to decorate the graves of those who had fallen. It ended up being a part of the healing process for our nation as the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers were decorated and honored for their sacrifice.   It is immensely fitting that we honor the lives of those who have sacrificed themselves for the freedom we enjoy today. To not honor their lives is to forget the price that true freedom always costs. Freedom is never free. It is paid for, often severely, by those who have gone before us.   This coming Monday we should not just enjoy a day off, but remember and …

The Protection of Rules

I once heard a statement that goes like this, “He who is enslaved to the compass has the freedom of the seas.” That is so true.   Many today look at freedom as being the absence of rules and regulations. They feel they are being oppressed if there is some standard they are to follow. The truth of the matter is that true freedom can only be found if you follow the rules and regulations of a given discipline.   When you know how to read a compass, and the rules and regulations on how to navigate the sea, then and only then do you have true freedom to roam the sea as you please.   If you want to fly a plane there are many rules and regulations that you must follow. Once these rules are learned the freedom of the skies belongs to you.   If you ignore these rules then you are sure to meet with certain disaster. It will not be the joys of freedom you experience.   The same is true of life. If you want to live this life in true abundance and freedom then there are some rules and regula…

Finish Strong

The end of the school year is fast approaching and everybody is ready for it to be over. The kids are tired, the parents are tired, the teachers are thinking of retiring, and the temperatures are rising.
  It is in these times we find it hard to stay the course and finish strong. We rationalize that we have done well all year so let’s kick back and just coast out the rest of this year into the next.
  I keep telling my kids, however, to buckle down harder and finish strong. Finishing strong is a character trait that many fail to develop. We work hard till we see an ok product, but then we don’t put in the last few moments of hard work to make it a great product.
  In life it is always good that when you see the light at the end of the tunnel to barrel down and finish strong; rather than let up off the gas and coast till the end. It will be the difference between an average accomplishment and an accomplishment that changes the world.
  Paul understood that finishing strong broug…

Mothers are Special

Mothers are indeed special. When I think of Mothers I obviously think of my own, but I also look at my wife and how she is a mother to our children. What is clear is that a Mother’s job is never done. From caring for the needs of the children on a continual basis, to praying and directing the children day in and day out, it is a job with no pay and long hours. It is a responsibility of ensuring the survival of the next generation physically and spiritually. It is a love that flows from the heart from what seems to be a river that never dries. Mothers are indeed special and it is right and fitting that we have a day that honors them.
  Mothers who pray for their children and point them to Christ should be Mothers that deserve even more praise. These are the Mothers that realize there is something more important in this world than its possessions. They realize there is a God in heaven that their very own children must honor and follow if they expect to be successful in this life and…