What is the purpose of the Proverbs?

King Solomon's purpose for collecting the proverbs is stated in 1:2-4, which reads: Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs … Continue reading What is the purpose of the Proverbs?

Three ways to make the most of our second chances

Today is yesterday’s second chance! I have seen this quote or something similar to it several times recently. Second chances! Oh, how we need them! Oh, how we need each and every “Today!” However, today is more than yesterday’s second chance. It does provide an to opportunity try again. This effort needs to be intentional … Continue reading Three ways to make the most of our second chances

Are you longing for a better place to live?

Many, many moons ago, I was both humbled and blessed by being present for a momentous occasion. You see, a small group of ministers was gathered at Silver Maple Camp, which is south of Kingman, Kansas, for the annual Kansas Ministry Retreat.  The day, as I recall, was much like most days at this retreat. … Continue reading Are you longing for a better place to live?

Seeing the Sublime — Learning from Children

How many of life’s most important lessons do we learn from children? I really don’t know how to answer that question; but, I know it’s a lot. I mentioned previously that I hoped to share a story involving one of my children that helps tie this discussion about living the good life and seeing the … Continue reading Seeing the Sublime — Learning from Children

Are you living the good life?

Are you living the good life? Christopher Morley once affirmed that the good life consists of three basic ingredients: learning, earning and yearning. To a certain extent, we can agree with this. But, in my estimation, we must insist that there is more to the good life. It seems that Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevski captures … Continue reading Are you living the good life?

Lord, help us to be sweet

I had just finished speaking about living with no regrets. A gentle-spirited, older woman approached me. She was complimentary. She was not, however, her normal, cheerful self. She wore a worried expression on her face, which I was not accustomed to seeing there. So, I asked if there was something she wished to discuss.  “Well,” … Continue reading Lord, help us to be sweet