Thriving and the Now Factor

I was thinking about "thriving" on my way home from the gym yesterday, wondering about how to even begin talking about it.  What in the world is thriving?   The dictionary says this: "to grow or develop well or vigorously."   That resonates, mostly because of my recent adaptation of the word "grow", exchanging it …

The Questions, The Moral Fight, and Love

I don't like politics.  Men and women struggling over power, wealth, and good.  Forces of human action contending valiantly and corruptly, if need be, to control, coerce, or more nobly, to free.   Senators beaten with canes in full view (see pre-Civil War politics), Congresswomen shot at close range in grocery store parking lots, and …

Honor

"You can't compare men back then to men today.  There's just no comparison." So said one of the more compelling Civil War Reenactors I talked to at the "Battle of Waynesboro" in Waynesboro, Virginia last weekend.   What he meant was that there was something that the combat veterans of the American Civil War understood, …

In Secret

I'm plowing back through Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount.  It never gets old.  In Matthew 6, Jesus says (essentially)  to be careful about what you do in public.  Dallas Willard calls this this principle of secrecy.   Pride is insidious, and even as we make a move to be generous or kind or …