Peers and Judges

Peers and Judges

Judging is a technical skill. Like anything else, it requires study and practice.

Parents, teachers, supervisors, even police, landlords, waitresses, and pizza delivery guys operate as judges from time to time. The rest of the time, among peers, we don’t judge; we only have an “opinion”.

If we do well in smaller courts of life and have good opinions among our peers eventually, other people will ask us to judge them. Some call this “job promotions”, others call it “getting the girl”, “respect from children”, or “winning elections”.

It starts with being serious in whatever small things we may judge.  · · · →

The Problem of Sovereignty

The Problem of Sovereignty

Among many, one trait fails to set Christians apart from all others: blame-shifting. We all like to blame our problems on someone else—our obstacles, our challenges, our injuries. But, for Christians, we have one bigger problem that forbids us, supposedly, from doing so: The Doctrine of Sovereignty.

God is “sovereign”. He has power over everything—everything! Nothing happens to me which has not first passed through the approving hands of my Father. No matter how painful, unfair, inconvenient—all things that happen to me are for my own good if I am truly a Christian.

That’s hard to accept.  · · · →

Why Say What You Do

Why Say What You Do

Walking your talk isn’t easy. Best to just make your walk first, then talk from it. Never make any commitment until you’ve determined that you can and will do whatever it takes to keep that commitment.

But, why is it so important to keep every commitment?

What promises are most important—promises that promise the greatest return? The most important promises to keep are whatever the most difficult are to keep. Keeping challenging promises, makes us challenging promise keepers.

Only God keeps every promise. He reserves the most promising promises for people who keep theirs, especially the small and difficult.  · · · →

Go Until it Feels like too Much

Go Until it Feels like too Much

To most people, the work necessary to finish and succeed feels like too much.

As you progress, as you advance and move forward, you start to sweat. You get tired. You get exhausted. You get hungry for food so much that you can easily forget about your hunger to finish.

It even looks like too much.

People watching see neither results nor your vision, they only see your exhaustion. If you’re running a race they have not run themselves, they think you’re just abusing yourself.

So, they’ll tell you to quit. “Love yourself,” they’ll say. But, they just can’t know.  · · · →