Before Buying.

Before purchasing any new item, I ask myself a series of questions and practice limitations to ensure I do not purchase anything I do not need. If by the end of this you think “holy golden calf, this all seems ridiculous” you might be correct. However, there might be some aspects of my thought process … Continue reading Before Buying.

Wearing Responsibility

“We are not a voice for the voiceless. The truth is that there is a lot of noise out there drowning out quiet voices, and many people have stopped listening to the cries of our neighbors.”  -Shane Claiborne New York City. March 25, 1911 Over 146 garment workers perished of fire, smoke inhalation or jumping … Continue reading Wearing Responsibility

A Definition of Spirituality

Spirituality is the connection and practice of a person’s values and beliefs. I work, however woefully, to ensure that all of my actions, purchases, and words are in line with my values. Our actions are an extension of what we value and our beliefs are evident in how we act.   For example, I value … Continue reading A Definition of Spirituality

Just sit with me.

I imagine that this sort of thing happened with Jesus and his disciples: One day Jesus and his disciples were walking a dirt road toward Jerusalem. Seeing a nice plain Jesus stops and says, “Let’s sit. I have a lesson I wish to teach you.”  After being seated Peter asks, “Lord, what is the lesson … Continue reading Just sit with me.

Don’t forget, You’re Going to Die.

“Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us discover what matters most.” -Frank Ostaseski There is an app that reminds you five random times a day that … Continue reading Don’t forget, You’re Going to Die.

Stop telling me it is “All in God’s Plan.”

When I started this essay Rebecca and I were accepting the fact that our first pregnancy may end in a miscarriage. By the time it was completed, we had received word that we were no longer pregnant with our first child. Two weeks prior, on a Friday, we were meeting with Rebecca’s doctor and were … Continue reading Stop telling me it is “All in God’s Plan.”

Falling short isn’t falling off.

The season of Lent is not to be confused as a season of perfection, and it is easy to get frustrated when there is a failure to stick to the plan. You might have purchase something you did not intend to, turned on the app you swore you wouldn't, or eaten something you aimed to … Continue reading Falling short isn’t falling off.