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I like order, and I have high expectations. These are two things that don't always help in relationships, especially the ones you do not choose – you know, the relationships you are born into (family) and the relationships you have to have (neighbors and co-workers). In these cases, most of the time, you just have to work with what you have and do the best you can.

I have heard many people say that 2016 – with its reports of wars, political tensions, violence and wide-scale computer hacking (really, you can generate fake news?!) – was a rough year.

Over the last few weeks, the book of Revelation has been very comforting to me. I don’t mean that I am reading today’s new and predicting the “end of the world” tomorrow. What is comforting to me is not that Christ someday will be King. What is comforting is that He already is King!

I’m not sure how clearly it comes through in my writing, but I am a fairly moody person. It is not unusual for me to wake up feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Maybe something didn’t go right yesterday. Maybe an important relationship is feeling a little strained. Maybe life isn’t working out as I expected. Whatever the cause, it can lead to mornings – and if I am not careful, the rest of the day – feeling let down. (Charlie Brown has always made perfect sense to me.)

Having the right amount of hope is important: too much, and you are heading for disappointment and disillusionment, maybe despair. Too little, and you are already there!
 
Looking back over the ups and downs of my life, I can see that I have been “in the ditch” on both sides of this road.

Sometimes it doesn't take a counselor to figure out what is bothering you. Sometimes, you just aren't getting what you want.