Conditionally Connecting With Others

Jeff Cultural Observations, Mercy 3 Comments

It is highly likely that our deepest relationships are with people who have something to offer to us that we value.  Our nature is reluctant to enter into commitments that are one-sided and require more from us than we receive in return.  Marriages fall apart often because one spouse feels like there are more withdrawals than deposits from the other …

What Do You Do With All That Mercy You’ve Received?

Jeff Forgiveness, Relationships

My little boy was my instructor last night around 9 PM.  He’s been devouring a new “bible” that I bought him and placed in his little hands on Saturday with the promise of $50 if he reads the whole thing.  It’s not an actual bible but more of a pictorial book which gives a very broad summary of scriptural accounts …

An Essential Ingredient

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH, General, Humility

Sometimes it does not matter how right we are.  We can have 100% clarity on the objective truth, be skilled at asserting that truth, have a thousand voices saying amen to that truth and, yet, still be completely wrong.  While seeking to welcome the unenlightened masses to the Light of the Gospel we could potentially cause the reverse effect of …

Go Ahead And Admit It

Jeff Cultural Observations, Forgiveness, Humility

Anyone else out there sick of hearing about U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner and the current scandal attached to his (unfortunate) name?  The congressman from New York has now entered intro a treatment facility as a remedy to his being exposed for sending lewd photos of himself to a plethora of women.  He still refuses to resign from his high office …

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Jeff Cultural Observations, Family, Hope, Spiritual Growth

Sitting at my office desk this morning for the first time in ten days I found myself feeling like I had never really left.  A smile found my face when, of its own accord, a blue-tooth device for my phone communicated in a computerized female voice that it was shutting down.  Right before I began typing the opening words above …