What do you do when you see injustice or abuse right in front of you?

What do you do when you see injustice or abuse right in front of you?
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Sadly, we see it all the time. It’s on the news. Public service announcements. Advertisements for charities. Abuse and injustice is so widespread in our world, it is overwhelming. Almost numbing because we don’t know what to do, how to help, or if our small action would even make a difference. I have seen it overseas in Uganda. My sister is faced with it every day in South Africa. But what about when it isn’t on the news? What about when it isn’t in a foreign land? What do we do when it is staring us right in the face?

This happened to me just a few days ago…

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B Rosen via Compfight cc

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The Most Powerful Weapon for Making Positive Change in Your Life

The Most Powerful Weapon for Making Positive Change in Your Life
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Each of us has an area of life that we are wanting to improve. You already know the one I am talking about. It immediately came to your mind- that “thing” you just can’t shake. It’s like an itch you can’t seem to scratch. You’ve tried over and over, but so far, it’s mostly been met with disappointment. But what if there were something that helped us to finally find success in this area? I believe there is!

I was inspired this morning by my son as he was getting ready for school. He’s in kindergarten, so he is can get himself dressed for the most part. But he always needs a little help with something. This morning, it was his shoes. (Hey, some days are just easier than others!) After I took out yesterday’s double-knot, I handed Noah his shoe and said, “This one goes on your left foot.” He thought for a second, and then reported out loud, “This is my left foot.” Then he paused, looked up at me, and said, “Right and left are hard!”

That one simple statement hit me. Yeah, for a 6 year old, right and left can be hard at times. But I bet everyone that reads this has no problem with right and left. If you were getting directions, and someone told you to “hang a right”, you wouldn’t have to think about which way to turn. As for Noah, the more he works on his right and left, the more it will become second nature. (more…)

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Your Storm Will Pass and the Dawn Will Come

I can remember the calmest day I’ve ever seen in my life. I remember this day because it came after the worst storm I have ever experienced.

I grew up 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, and we had two things: corn and tornados. For some crazy reason, I decided to go to college in Pensacola, Florida. I packed my bags and headed South in the Fall of 1995. Two months later, Hurricane Opal hit Pensacola. I lived my entire life in tornado country and less than two months after moving from home, I get hit by a category 4 hurricane!

Some guys have all the luck.Hurricane_Opal

For about 14 hours, 80 guys were crammed into the hallway on our dorm’s floor. It pretty much sucked. But outside, the storm was raging. A few weeks later, I went down to Pensacola Beach, and it was a devastated. They used heavy machinery to pile up the pavement and other debris. The piles were at least 15-20 feet high for as long as you could see. This was a serious storm, and I had never seen anything like it.

As bad as the storm was, as an 18-year-old kid in his first semester of college, I only had one thought on my mind… No classes tomorrow! I was looking forward to an extra day off to do whatever I wanted to do.

But the “no class” announcement never came. Actually, all classes were scheduled, even my first period P.E. class (I was a freshman!). I was not happy about it. The field was going to be soggy, and it was going to be a crappy day.

Then I walked outside. (more…)

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Being Right isn’t the Most Important Thing

Over the past few days, I’ve written several times about the movie Noah. (You can read it here, here, and here.)

And this has really gotten me thinking about a much larger issue.

This issue is hurting the Gospel. This issue is destroying the reputation of the Church. This issue is building walls between Christians and our culture. The issue?

Being right.

Please hear what I am about to say and give it some serious thought….

Being right is not the most important thing. Or second. Or even third. (more…)

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