Enjoying the Journey

Over the last few weeks I have been privileged to spend time with a number of high school seniors. One of them is living in my own home! Just yesterday I was on the campus of the school I graduated from twenty-four years ago. My heart was filled with both memories from my past and thoughts of the future of the seniors who now walk those halls. Parents, pastors, teachers, coaches and youth workers have a big job every day, but the spring months are especially crucial. Remember your senior year! The senior year is one of the most exciting times in life. Big days and decisions lie ahead. The senior year is one of the most anxious times in…

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It is my privilege to work each week with hundreds of middle school, high school, and college age young people.  It is fascinating that the older I get the younger they seem!  Not long ago (in my mind) I sat where they sit.  Making decisions and seeking direction. Recently I spent several days just meeting with kids, listening, talking, praying.  Full of hope for their future, every one of them is in the middle of a season of decision.  Decisions that will alter the course of their life.  Perhaps I am more concerned than they are because I have seen so many poor choices and sad casualties. Meeting after meeting it seemed that the conversation returned again and again to…

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Recently I wrote a post on the discipline and joys of staying where God put you.  Like the Psalmist David we sometimes feel like we would like a change of scenery and circumstance.  He wrote in Psalm 55, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.  Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.  Selah.  I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.”  We have all been there. There are days when the word escape sounds beautiful.  The problem is that leaving does not always bring the peace that our pragmatic hearts promise.  There is a rest in the middle of the storm.…

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Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations is on my Kindle.  I must confess that I have read…and stopped reading the story several times through the years.  It is a strange book.  Pip, the young orphan in the tale, provides insight into the ambition of the human heart. We all have it.  Great expectations. Some would say it is the driving force behind advancement and progress.  Others would admit that it is the root of so much disappointment.  Ours is a day of low expectations.  Sad people have settled for less because something didn’t turn out the way they thought it should. The problem is not great expectations.  The problem is that so often our great expectations are just that – ours.…

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