Thoughts on Fear and the Future

I came across a quote today. It comes at a time in life when I have trouble looking to the future with faith. All my past experiences lead me to understand that God is faithful in all things and that He desires to prosper me and my family to His glory. This review of personal history should provide ultimate confidence in the steps I am taking. However, I find myself lying sleepless with fear of future failure.

When the past becomes more glorious than the future, we’ve got a problem.

– Greg DePriest Continue reading “Thoughts on Fear and the Future”

“Forged in Crisis” by Nancy Koehn

All these leaders were made. They were not born.

This book was given to me by my great friend, Greg DePriest. Upon receiving it, I moved it to the top of my reading list. This is the best leadership book I have read in several years. It is more than a modern repackaging of the same cliche materials that have been circulated and recirculated over and over again for the last 2 decades.

Forged in Crisis is a collection of 5 short stories. The heroes are shown in their humanity with intriguing insight into their triumphs and struggles.

One quote that particularly resonated with how I often feel came from Bonhoeffer:

“It is strange that in all my decisions, I am never completely clear about my motives. Is that a sign of lack of clarity, inner dishonesty, or is it a sign that we are led beyond that which we can discern, or is it both?” – Bonhoeffer

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“All In” by Mark Batterson

Read this book along with my small group. The basic premise is that you will not experience the fullness of God in this life unless you are all in. I am not going to write much about this one except to say that I did not care for it at all. While I do believe that the more one submits himself to God, the greater the joy experienced (joy does not = happiness); I have a strong distaste for the legalistic approach taken by the author.

“Hippie-Crit” by various contributors

One of my eldest daughter’s closest friends attended the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga. My daughter and wife have made the trip to visit her quite often over the past 4 years. On their most recent visit, they went to a local restaurant called Yellow Deli. As they discussed the restaurant, my family realized that the operators were part of an intriguing religious sect with communities of followers across the country. This particular sect was headquartered right next door to our family friend. This fact drove even more interest. They came home with a manuscript produced by the group for me to read. Continue reading ““Hippie-Crit” by various contributors”

Quotes from “The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery” by Henri J. M. Nouwen

As often occurs, I read this book at the request of a friend I admire who would like to discuss it. This particular individual touts the diary of a catholic priest’s 7 month monastic sabbatical as her favorite book of all time. While I am not quite so captured, I did find myself embracing this work at a deeper level as I journeyed through the months. I chose my words in that last sentence carefully. It’s not that I ‘liked’ the book more as I read on; it’s more like a sense of self-reflection began to occur as the days and various thoughts were contemplated.

Worry/Anxiety:

When God is my only concern, when God is the center of my interest, when all my prayers, my reading, my studying, my speaking, and writing serve only to know God better and to make him known better, then there is no basis for anxiety or stage fright.

Beauty/Loneliness:

On this earth the experience of great beauty always remains mysteriously linked with the experience of great loneliness.

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