We have all come across the small dog behind a neighbor’s yard, barking, yelping and raising a fuss at you walking or jogging by. Annoying isn’t it?
It is the same dog that runs like the wind when you go to meet your neighbor and cross over the property line into that same yard, the dog that acts fearless, intimidating, fierce, and not to be reckoned with.
I have been that very dog, and so have you.
Have you made or broken any New Year Resolutions yet?
Have you hit the gym and the diet yet? Or quit already?
The end of year and/or the start of the year holds so many ups and downs of good faith commitments, goal setting, and optimistic claims for this year being a better one than last.
I am totally into that. Why wouldn’t you want to make this year better than last?
I recently heard a really clever message in church about the spirit of Christmas as seen in the movie “Elf’. It isn’t typical to hear a message like that drawn out of the characters in a Christmas movie about an elf in New York. (If you haven’t seen it, the movie is worth a watch.) You may not see Jesus in it, but you will certainly see some noble and Christmasy themes. One theme that I haven’t often seen at Christmas is the theme of new life coming out of nasty surroundings.
Yes it’s December - again!
The end of the year is a good time to take stock I suppose, but it used to get me all worked up because of the review of the year, and awareness that I hadn’t met all my goals (who does?) and objectives, and now I was about to start new ones without the old ones complete. So guilt, feelings of failure, and a looming Christmas to-do list, would sweep over me and get me a bit heavy through what is arguably the best time of the year.
by Jim Sim
The ballot boxes are filling up as I write this and for many people election day is a day of deep anxiety. And I’m not referring to those whose names are on the ballots, or those working hard counting them.
I’m talking about the people casting the ballots!
by Jim Sim
You have probably heard it said that 'talk is cheap'. Meaning, you can talk a good game, or promise the moon but your actions mean more. And most of us would agree with that.
And yet, your words can cost you; a lot.