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2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...

What is DOCTRINE?

Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

Six Ways to Persevere Through the Sluggish Times in Ministry

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know the kind – where you really aren’t “in to” what you’re doing and you feel like you rather be doing just about anything else.  What do you do when those times correspond to your time in ministry. I wrote this...

A New Definition of Family

If we are going to effectively work with and understand kids today, we have to understand what a family is. Family, after all, is a defining characteristic for all us - some for the better and some for the worse. It seems like an...

What Do You Want to Be Known For? (Another Jacob Moment)

The other day my eight-year-old son Jacob and I were talking about whether or not he wanted to continue with Karate. Let me give you a little bit of background. Jacob begged to start taking Karate for a couple of years after he turned five. Because of schedules and whatnot, we weren’t able to actually sign him up for it until he was seven.  That was last fall.

He was a natural (at least that is what he will tell you everyone says to him).  He picked it up quick, and what was supposed to be a once-a-week thing turned into and three or four days-a-week thing.  He couldn’t get enough of it, but then something started to happen.  He began to miss his free time.  He still loved karate, but he felt like he didn’t have any free time to play or hang out with his friends.  Then, to top it all off, he had some medical issue that have kept him out of karate for the last couple of months.  That’s what sparked our conversation this past weekend.  It went something like this (I’m paraphrasing):

ME: So, do you want to go back to karate?

JACOB: Well, sort of yes sort of no.

ME: What do you mean?

JACOB: Well, I like all the extra time I have, but Karate is kind of what I’m known for.

ME: What do you mean by that? (Yes, it is one of my favorite questions.)

JACOB: Well, it’s something I’m good at, and when people thing of me they think of Karate.  It’s what I’m known for.

ME: Is that what you want?

JACOB: No, I want to be known for Jesus!

There it was, another of what I’ve started to call “Jacob moments.”  The moments where God speaks through my young son with wisdom beyond his years to convict me of things in my own life!

It’s easy to get caught up in the things we are good at and forget who gave us the ability to be good at them.  So, what are you known for?  What do people think of when they think of you?  Is it Jesus?  Why not?

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