Archives For Loving People

Hesitation for AppreciationI don’t appreciate people enough.  I try to, but for some reason I remember to appreciate people when they aren’t around and after appropriate phone calling hours.  Then when I wake up, the thought has disappeared.  I go about my life back to focusing on myself, and not taking time to thank those who contribute so much.

Working at a church means I’m constantly indebted to those who make ministry happen.  The countless volunteers who take time out of their already busy lives to greet people in the parking lot, or help organize our huge outreach events, or lead a community group each week.  I might be getting the paycheck, but those are the hands and feet of ministry.  The ones who willingly jump in with both feet and deal with the messiness of a recovery program, or a support group are the ones who deserve my thanks. Continue Reading…

I Always Wanted to be a BaristaCoffee is one of my passions.  I simply love good coffee.  But more than coffee I love coffee shops.  I like to sit and write, or sit and think, or sit and watch people.  The atmosphere of a coffee shop is totally unique.  The baristas try to learn your name, your drink order, and just get to know you as a person. Continue Reading…

Being an Outsider

08/06/2012

Being an OutsiderIt’s never fun being on the outside.  You sit looking at the in crowd wishing you were part of it.  We’ve all experienced it at some point or another.  Maybe you started a new job, where everyone is buddy/buddy except you.  Or maybe you have been in a situation where finances, race, gender, or hobbies excluded you from conversation.  I’ve tried faking it a couple times pretending I know something about golf, or cars, or whatever it took to get into the conversation.

But Jesus specialized in loving outsiders.

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