May 242017

I forget about May. May is hard. It doesn’t seem like it should be, but it is. The kids are prickly. Lea’s called on to be a superhero twice as often as normal. There are multiple concerts and football games (really).

Some days this month I’ve felt up on plane. Other days I’ve felt like I wiped out immediately but forgot to let go of the rope, and nobody in the boat is looking at me.

And people. Sigh. People are disappointing me. Now there aren’t very many folks who wake up considering my ongoing assessment of their choices as a significant factor in how they might make future ones, and I get that. I also get that there’s a pretty well-known verse about a mote and a plank.

And then I wonder: how much of it is my own filter I’m looking through? Am I disappointing people? Which ones?

“Can I explain this to Jesus in 30 seconds?”

Still not a bad way to live.

And beat it, May.

 Posted by at 11:40 am
May 022017

Longtime readers know I’m a big advocate for remaining faithful to your spouse. I got a little spun up on it late last week and needed to do something with my agitation, but it actually played rather well into a larger post series I’m preparing. So I’m thankful for that too. And it’s got me chewing on a point I don’t think I’ve ever made on the issue on before.

Back when I was eagerly making video recordings of television programming I thought I’d want to be able to watch forever (an assessment I almost never got correct, by the way), I grabbed a replay of an early episode of The Phil Donahue Show, on which outspoken atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair debated “The Preacher of Bourbon Street” Bob Harrington. It was mostly forgettable. But one thing that has stuck with me was that at one point, Harrington said that he heard regularly from people who advocated a Christian lifestyle as simply an easier, fuller way to live (implicitly irrespective of any theological considerations). He asked O’Hair whether anyone ever shared similar sentiments with her about atheism.

As I recall the question went unanswered, but it’s a question that has occasionally recurred with me over the years as I’ve considered different issues. And it’s one I think is germane to the issue of marital fidelity. I advocate for it passionately for a lot of good reasons. But I’ve never pointed out that, even beside any moral or other value-based point: it’s so much easier to do it right than it is to do it wrong.

How? Well, is it not a simpler, more satisfying life when you don’t have to worry about leaving your email at home up, or your phone unlocked, or the hamper or the car unpoliced? When you don’t have to periodically manufacture a travel history?

When you don’t have to remember anything because you just tell the truth?

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Apr 192017

Pulling for East Limestone second-grader Ashleigh Jones tonight, who darted back into traffic after getting off her school bus with her brother and was struck by a car yesterday afternoon. She was airlifted to UAB, where she remains in critical condition as I type. It can go so wrong, so quickly. Prayers for her and […]

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Mar 122017

We had our season-end, and program-end, celebration for Upward basketball and cheerleading yesterday. Kevin Davis of Kevin Davis Creations came in and did a fantastic job again for us this year. He is a funny fellow who relates well to children and loves God. He was also accommodating of our modest budget. I recommend him. […]

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