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Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
Have you been shipwrecked? A shipwreck is the destruction or loss of a ship by sinking. The ship is what was to get you to your destination. And now the ship is gone. Like the loss of a ship, perhaps you have lost something. Maybe your loss is a relationship,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
Why do we stop? Inspiration starts in a flurry of energy. Perhaps we stop when the energy of our inspiration meets the weight of reality. It is when we stop moving. It is time for new inspiration for the next part of the journey. We cannot force inspiration, but we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
This is not your own doing. It is a gift of God. We cannot claim credit. Something in us wants to--desperately. Yet the uttermost point of humility is recognizing that no credit goes to us because we cannot, and have done, nothing. There is thus no room for boasting. "For... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
Life isn't always about growth. It is as important to stop as it is to start things. We often ask ourselves what we will start doing or what we will continue doing. Margin is created--in life, with finances, in our relationships--when we stop doing things. Perhaps we stop because something's... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
Faith requires that we take risks into the uncertain and unknown. We risk failure, being wrong, being criticized, being undone. Humility requires that we evaluate the results of these risks and look at ourselves honestly. We need to be teachable, to be willing to admit where we can improve. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
It takes faith to let go. Letting go is difficult when you don't know what to hold on to next. But you can't let go and hold on at the same time. That is when God trains us to hold on with faith to Him. That faith will sustain you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
Learn to fail on the hill. It is difficult but necessary. Hills are high points on the journey above the valleys in our lives. Sometimes failure on these hills prepares us to climb the long journey of the mountain up ahead. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
Failure can be some of the most painful experiences of our lives. "I will never fail again!" We tell ourselves in response. We think: If we fail, we won't matter. If we fail, we will let people and ourselves down. If we fail, we will lose our significance. When we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
We are often too busy telling ourselves why we can't do something. Why it won't work. Why we're not qualified. Why it could never happen. The question to begin asking is, "How?" That will open up the possibilities of what could be rather than limit them. We then began asking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
How can we know the way? We know the way when: A. We know where we are; and B. We know where we need to go. We often know neither of these things...not well anyway. That is why we are disoriented. We may try speeding up, try getting busy. Yet... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
We must turn away from our goodness. The danger of our own goodness is that it is possible to do good without God. In our own autonomy, we can be moral. This is doing good things without God's love, without His power. This is the great temptation of being moral.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
At the heart of envy is weak desire. This weak desire leads to idolatry. Envy is the desire for what is someone else's, a strong enough desire to take it from that person. The desire often goes unexpressed, hidden in secret. Idolatry is placing anything in a position above God,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
"He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted." Isaiah 61:1 We often choose poor substitutes for the healing power of God's love. Career. Wealth. Success. Power. Fame. Possessions. Addictions. None of these things can heal our broken hearts. We are so accustomed to settling. The healing must come from God... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
The way to healthy conflict is to build trust. Conflict is when opposing ideas, principles, values, and concepts come in contact with one another. It creates friction. Some of us enter into conflict too quickly, while others of us shy away from conflict. When you are on the same team,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
"Passion may need structure to survive, but for structure to grow, it needs passion." -Simon Sinek Leadership expert Simon Sinek notes that only 10% of small businesses survive their first three years. The problem is usually not passion. It's structure. "Why" you do what you do needs a strong "How"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
The journey to confidence begins with faith, Confidence is knowing that you are capable of doing something based on the experience of having done it before. But before you have done that something, you have not done it. You only need faith to begin without confidence. Confidence is the outcome. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
One problem with being isolated is that we lose our resoursefulness. Facing problems on our own can tap into the theme of being "self-made" but it can also separate us from our resources. In our pride, we may think we have everything we need, but humility recognizes that we do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
We don't like to wait, especially longer than we had planned. Yet within waiting, we must learn to prepare. Take the example of rain. Rain is a sign of blessing and favor. Rain often represented provision and life to people and cultures dependent on agriculture and the land. We often... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
We can turn from anxiety to trust. It is possible. Our anxiety is often in relation to the future, and so one secret is this recognition: we can plan, strategize, and attempt to influence the future, but we do not have control of the future. Yet, we desire control of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
There can be a gift in our sickness. Getting sick is an awful experience, but within this there is a gift. (Note: here, I am referring to a short-term mild sickness. J. Todd Billings has an excellent book on the subject of wrestling with long-term illness called Rejoicing in Lament.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
"Without risk, no faith." -Soren Kierkegaard The essential component of faith is taking action that places us into the unknown, uncertain, and unseen. A risk is this very action of faith. Yet these potential risks often create fear within us of loss and failure, which we interpret as danger. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
This year, set goals of sowing instead of goals of reaping. Often when we have not reaped well, it is because we have not sowed well. To sow is to plant seed. To reap is to harvest the fruit of seeds planted in the past. That implies a process. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Jerome's Blog
The ugliness of seduction reveals the beauty of love. Seduction is dependent. It depends on the action of another to acquire it's aim, the aim of the benefit and pleasure of the seducer. This is one aspect of seduction. Seduction also promises something to the seduced, and the seduced must... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Jerome's Blog
Embrace Impossibility. When life does not work out as we had planned, sometimes we are faced with what seems impossible. Maybe it's a job, the health of a loved one, a conflict, a circumstance, a trial. Yet within impossibility are 3 great rewards. 1) Humility-we come face to face with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Jerome's Blog