Checkers or chess

The place where I get my haircut has checkers tables in the waiting room. My son looks forward to every haircut just so he can match wits with me across the table. The trick is, I forgot the rules. I know it sounds silly, but it had been so long since I had played checkers, … More Checkers or chess

When everything’s important, nothing’s important: the value of prioritizing

I developed a bad habit in medical school. I took up highlighting as a study tool. There's something so academic about thoughtfully marking up a page with a highlighter and silently nodding to yourself. I remember sitting in the library, secretly hoping people saw me diligently pouring over the material with thoughtful consideration for important … More When everything’s important, nothing’s important: the value of prioritizing

Slated for destruction: are you trying to salvage what God is trying to break apart?

Facebook has turned out to be pretty neat. It serves as a scrapbook of my life, and with the "memories" feature, it lets me look back through the years and relive moments I had totally forgotten about. Today was an especially poignant memory. "The house was power washed today, and will be painted by next … More Slated for destruction: are you trying to salvage what God is trying to break apart?

The dark places

A while back my wife was helping to set up an event at our church building. As we were putting on the final touches the night before, we needed to button something up in the sanctuary. She asked me if I would go along with her. I assumed there was some heavy lifting, or a … More The dark places

Chasing cars: when pursuing passion doesn’t honor your design

I have a pug. Just saying it feels like a confession.  You see pugs aren’t really impressive or practical dogs.  They were literally bread to be lap dogs.  So when we moved a few years ago from a small city lot, to a home with a few acres, it was an adjustment for our pug … More Chasing cars: when pursuing passion doesn’t honor your design

Faith can move mountains, but what about mole hills?

When facing impossible circumstances, it’s easy to run to God. When there are no other options, faith can suddenly appear. But what happens when in the midst of a crisis, we become distracted by minor problems.  When my wife was pregnant with our third daughter, we faced the biggest challenge we had ever encountered to … More Faith can move mountains, but what about mole hills?