What we say after these two words, “I AM”, defines how we live our lives.
Richard Rohr in his book Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self talks about getting our I AM right. When we get our I AM right, everything else in our lives falls into place.
Try this experiment. Say to yourself, “I am tired”. Now say to yourself, “I am energized”. My guess is that your body instantly felt different depending if you told yourself you are tired or energized.
The position I played in football back in the day was strong safety. It was a defensive position. My job was to defend my opponent from getting in the end zone. It was all about defense. The better wall we collectively put up as a team, the least likely our opponent was able to penetrate that wall and score.
Being defensive served its purpose. When we played solid defense, we usually won. As they say, the best defense is often times the best offense.
Being great at defense served me well when...
We are all feeling some strain at this point of an ongoing pandemic that doesn’t seem to have any end in sight. I know I certainly am having COVID-19 and mask fatigue. I miss seeing people’s faces. I miss seeing people’s smiles. I understand the importance of wearing masks and I am doing my part, but I can’t wait to see people’s smiles again.
It’s easy to lose hope during this time. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one during this...
I have been doing a lot of reflecting back on my life lately. Not to live in the past, but to learn from it, so I can heal and grow.
I have lived the majority of my life with a sense of heaviness. I have felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.
There have been periods of happiness, but it’s almost always based on external circumstances.
As I am trying to understand the main source of my pain, God put this so strongly on my heart.
Overwhelming Need for Control
The number one...
As I am sitting down to write this our nation is in the middle of a heated political election that as of this time is undecided.
The county I live in, Boulder County, will move to safer at home level 3 restrictions due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.
The fires are still burning in many parts of the state of Colorado where I live.
There is a lot of tension, anxiety and fear in our world right now.
My question is how are we going to respond?
What if we did the opposite of the way the world...
What does it mean to live with courageous conviction? It’s not easy to define, but I definitely know someone who is living that way when I see it.
I think in this world we idolize athletes too much. Many athletes are gifted with great talent, but very poor character. We see it all the time in the news where a star athlete does great things on the field and horrific things off of it.
But there are athletes and non-athletes alike who I admire and respect because they live their life...
“The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” –William Booth
Learning to surrender control to God has been one of the hardest things to do on my journey since I have become a Jesus follower about ten years ago.
I have felt the need to control, manipulate, and do things under my own strength so life circumstances turn out the way I think they should. This is true in every area of my life including relationships, finances and career.
What it Means to...
To borrow the words from the Queen song “Bicycle Race”
Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
I started getting into road cycling after I blew out my knee playing football in college. I went from wearing shoulder pads to wearing spandex. Maybe not the most masculine shift, but I didn’t want to be that ex-jock that let myself go after my...
What do you crave? I crave dark chocolate, peanut butter and blueberry pancakes smothered with peanut butter and maple syrup. I crave a romantic kiss under the moonlight, deep conversation that is profound and meaningful and holding hands with the one I love.
But as I go on this journey of life and become more aware of what is truly important, I crave more than ever to live a life of purpose.
I haven’t always been that way. For many years it was all about me. I still struggle with...
Why do we stop doing something we know is good for us? Maybe your stop, start, stop, start is eating healthy. Maybe your stop, start, stop, start is exercise. Maybe it’s spending time reading the Bible.
My stop, start, stop, start is meditation. Whenever I meditate consistently my life changes significantly for the better. I have more peace and joy in my life. I am mentally stronger. I have more clarity and I feel so close to God. So why do I quit when it make me feel so good...