On Being Gracious

Many years ago, a friend and I were talking about how hard it was for us to accept compliments from others – saying things like, “Oh, you didn’t have to!” or “This old rag?” or “I’m really not that awesome” in response to kindness. This past Sunday, our church’s pastor talked about how it can be difficult for us to be gracious in receiving and that “we should never deny someone the opportunity to be a blessing” with their wordsRead more

Upright and Breathing

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”  ~Steve Maraboli~ Words to remember, to live by. Often, I am asked by friends, family and acquaintances when meeting, “How are you doing?” Sometimes I answer with, “Awesome! I am awesome!” Sometimes I answer with, “Good, I can’t complain.” Sometimes I answer with, “Hey, I’m upright and breathing. Life is good.” SometimesRead more

Of Comparison, Escapism and Avoidance

“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” ~Marcus Aurelius~ On a recent Sunday, my church’s pastor hit a personal nerve with his sermon. It had to do with the three largest words in the title of this post and how comparison and escapism-turned-to-avoidance can be very dangerous for our Christian faith. I would say theseRead more