We all want to be comfortable. I’ve been on an endless quest for almost 20 years to make sure my bed is the most comfortable place on the planet. We cycled through pillows, toppers, sheets, duvets, and mattresses. There are so many options and so much to try. Most of us want our lives to be like I want my bed: comfortable. When you consider our common desire to be comfortable it’s quite odd to note that the greatest advances in our lives often come when we are uncomfortable.
We live in a world filled with experts. Social media has given them a platform, and now they let us all know their opinions (even when we don’t ask for them). Some of the experts we’re encountering are, in some regards, experts. They have a baseline of knowledge that supersedes the average person’s understanding of the subject matter. When COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 started earlier this year, we came face to face with this reality! Many of us are familiar with colds and the fl
I used to coach high school football. I loved it. I loved the practices, the preparations, and the Friday night performances. I remember once when a parent got upset because we had credited his son with 12 tackles and not more. I can still hear him screaming at me, “You know it was more than that!” In case you don’t know… twelve tackles in a high school football game is an incredible achievement. We used to say, “Coaching would be an amazing job if it wasn’t for the parents.”
How often do you talk about Jesus? I’m not talking about a quick “Jesus loves you.” I’m not even talking about you’re “Thank you, Jesus!” when you passed that police officer speeding and didn’t get a ticket. I’m talking about a real, in-depth conversation about your faith… a thirty-minute, uncomfortable, but necessary conversation about the things you need to address, change, and be encouraged within your faith. It’s probably been a while. We don’t have a lot of forced conver
If you really want to ruin your perspective of the church or even your experience with church, make it all about you. The more you care about your own desires and views, the more you’re going to be dissatisfied in an organization that’s not, inevitably, centered on you. Most of us have been told tens of thousands of times that we’re special and that we deserve all we’d ever want in life. While that sentiment makes for cute greeting cards and coffee mugs, it’s just not true. I