According to Facebook memories, nine years ago today was the day that I kissed a goat. At the time, I was pastoring at Enon Missionary Baptist Church, which sat just outside of Ashmore, Illinois. We were having our church’s Vacation Bible school which we combined with another church for that summer. Continue reading “The Night That I Kissed A Goat”
I saw a meme a few days ago that had a person getting punched in the face by 2016 and 2017. This person was staring blankly at 2018 as if she was just assuming that the same was going to happen. There was just a preparation for failure that was apparent. But, what if it didn’t have to be like that? Continue reading “What if 2018 is Awesome?”
Everyone has problems. Everyone has something that they want to complain about. Everyone has an issue with something in the world and wishes that it would change. Everyone has something that they defend passionately. However, not everyone offers a solution to the problem. And that …. is a problem itself. Continue reading “Bring a Solution”
Every person will make frequent changes over the course of their lives, hopefully for the better of both themselves and their social surroundings. This is the way of life. We learn and we change to adapt to our surroundings and then we affect our surroundings based upon the changes that we make. This, in turn, becomes the catalyst for someone else’s change and the process goes on forever. People changing people changing people. Continue reading “War of Change”
I had a friend once who was so suspicious of the banking system that he wouldn’t even take out a checking account let alone set up any kind of savings. He literally kept all of his cash in a jar at his house. I would criticize him at the time about needing to put his money in the bank but the more I think about it, it wouldn’t really matter. Banks are not going to give you much of a return on your money. You might as well keep it in a jar in your bedroom or a hollowed out stump in your backyard. Continue reading “The Best Return on Your Money”
What are you passionate about and to what lengths would you go to experience those things? For years, I worked in a variety of jobs out of necessity, not really doing anything that I enjoyed but merely surviving. I had to have a job if I wanted to have a home. I needed to have a job if I intended to continue to have a legally licensed vehicle. The jobs weren’t terrible. I worked at McDonald’s flipping burgers. I made headlights at North American Lighting. I put together Oprah magazine at R&R Donnelly’s. I worked in the dairy department for Wal-Mart and even drove a fork truck for Coca Cola for a few months.
Those jobs were fine. They paid the bills. I definitely was not passionate about them. Continue reading “Start Winning”
It is amazing to me that people still pay so much money on television. In his article on cable cutting, Trent Hamm tells us that, “the average American cable bill is $100 per month.” That’s the average, mind you: many people pay more than that, and some pay substantially more. Such a bill adds up to well over a thousand dollars a year.” Continue reading “What would you do with an extra $1,000?”
I have had so many moments in my life (many of them after I got married) where I have decided that I was going to make some changes that I have lost count. Change can be a good thing right? As long as it is a change that is beneficial. Why, then, is it so hard for me to make changes?
Is it too hard? Am I too weak?
Some changes come easy for me. The decision to move was an easy change to make because I wanted to move. The decision to have children (though I was still a little reluctant about the timing) was an easy one to make because I have always wanted to have a family. The decision to marry Elisa was a no-brainer. Spend five minutes around her and you will understand completely.