(As I wrote last week, I’m taking a little vacation from my blog. So this week I’m running an earlier reflection from August 26, 2013. I will resume writing my regular blog on Monday September 5.) Someone has said that going barefoot can be a spiritual practice. There’s a scriptural basis for this assertion. When […]
I’ve been thinking a lot about the human condition lately. The headlines in the news have stimulated my thinking. The phrase human condition is in itself interesting. Being human is a condition—maybe like heart burn or asthma. It’s a condition (though marvelous at times) that comes with built-in limitations. We’re human. That means we make mistakes. (Isn’t that […]
In his speech at the Dallas Memorial Service a few weeks ago, former president George W. Bush said this: “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” I thought his words were very insightful. While I was still pondering them, a friend gave me a short […]
Are you a perfectionist? It’s a good question to ask ourselves on occasion. What is a perfectionist? In psychology, perfectionists are individuals who possess an excessive drive for flawlessness. They set extremely high performance standards for themselves and are unreasonably critical of themselves when they don’t meet their standards. They also tend to measure their […]
Recently I turned on the movie channel and chanced upon a showing of An American in Paris. After watching it for just a few minutes, I was hooked. In fact I ended up watching the entire film. This 1951 musical features the music of George Gershwin and the dancing of Gene Kelly. Was there ever a more […]
Today won’t come back. When midnight strikes, today will be gone. Forever. Sometimes we don’t appreciate today. Today sometimes gets buried in all the things we need to get done. Or today is merely endured because there are some things we don’t like about today. Maybe it’s raining. Or maybe we’re at odds with a […]
The Book of Proverbs is a collection of pithy sayings that encapsulate the wit and wisdom of the Hebrew people. There’s the classic one: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Then there’s the humorous one: “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without good sense.” Today […]
The Cleveland Cavaliers (the city’s professional basketball team) won the world championship last week by defeating the Golden State Warriors on their home turf in game 7 of the finals. This victory is memorable for several reasons.