We have all been hurt before, or maybe even betrayed by somebody at some point in our lives. (If you don’t know what that feels like, be on guard, because it will inevitably happen to you at some point. It even happened to Jesus and He was the Son of God!) None of us are immune from the pain of these moments and recently I was reminded of just such a thing. Continue reading
Today, a lot of people are talking about the tragic death of Chris Cornell. (Although I bet the majority of them haven’t recently listened to his music. Today, they probably will.) If you listen to some of the man’s lyrics overall, and even reports of his last performance, this guy was desperately trying just to tell us something. Here is an article that I found rather interesting in regards to that.
Too often, those that have been consumed by the darkness of depression are also trying to tell us something. It’s about time we started to listen. Continue reading
Help me to believe in my unbelief.
The words a friend of mine once suggested I pray at a time when my world was collapsing in front of me several years ago. At the time, I was hurt, frustrated and full of sadness to an extent that it blinded me from ever seeing God’s plan for me several years later. Unbeknownst to me at the time, He was setting the stage to teach me some valuable life lessons, draw me nearer to Him and use these things (including this blog) to help encourage and inspire others in their walk with God.
I find myself now in a similar situation with this endless job search that is driving me nuts. Continue reading
Here is another good song to get you thru some of the heartbreak you might be experiencing—whether it’s waiting on God to come thru and answer your prayers or being denied something you thought you really needed. It comes from one of my favorite Christian artists, TobyMac. Hope it encourages you as much as it encourages me. (Lyrics below the video.)
The power of a good song can get us thru tough times or rough seasons in life. And it’s even more powerful when somebody recommends it to us at the times it’s most needed. Music can provide a lot of encouragement, so feel free to suggest a good song if there is a particular one that helped to redefine or shape your life. I started this idea in a previous post, so from time to time, I’ll share some of the songs that I encounter in the hopes that it strengthens you with whatever you’re going thru too. Lyrics are also posted below.
When I’m working at the office or traveling to the office I usually opt for a good podcast, like many of you do. Sometimes music just doesn’t cut it when you’re going thru a difficult season of life. Especially if those melodies stir painful memories in the subject matter. Yet the information contained in a good sermon or life skills podcast can offer up perspective that we may just as easily have overlooked in the past.
Such is the case with one particular podcast I came across called the Jocko Podcast. I don’t know that much about it since I just started with one episode. But in short, it’s a podcast hosted by a retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink and director, Echo Charles that discuss discipline and leadership in business, war, relationships and everyday life. Yet from the particular podcast I had selected (Ep. #56), Jocko mentioned how the root of the show always seems to drift into the exploration of human nature at some point.
I had hoped to learn how to better manage stress and sleep deprivation, since that was what was in the episode’s description, yet it ended up being so much more than just that.
If a certain concept keeps showing up in your life over a short duration of time, take note my friends, it could be something that is in your benefit to take careful note of. One of those things that’s been showing up for me has been the notion of leading thru action, and not just words.