Aaron Jeffries | @churchhusher
After arriving home my children ran from the van, to the door, as they do every time. Typically my oldest wins the race as he knows the fastest way to get there. This time however, my youngest won the race and my oldest threw a fit.
After calming the situation down, (my wife and I don’t talk to our children like babies we explain things to them) I told him not to be so consumed with winning, that sometimes it is okay to lose. After a little whimper and sigh it was over and now they’re back to being best of friends.
I say all this to say that too often our being right and them wrong is celebrated -- when our ultimate goal in life is to glorify the Father in heaven. While on earth Jesus had to deal with a lot of argumentative folks, and every time Jesus opened His mouth, he was right and they were wrong. But he didn't argue. He stated the truth and let those who heard make up their minds.
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, SO THAT YOU MAY NOT GROW WEARY OR FAINTHEARTED. Hebrews 12:2-3, Emphasis mine
Aaron Jeffries lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen, and has been blessed with two amazing little boys. Join him as he writes about life and our amazing Heavenly Father. He can be reached on Twitter at @churchhusher.
Kevin Welborn | @theKevinWelborn
I don’t have a nemesis. Some days, I want a nemesis. At least an archenemy. Archenemies are typically less diabolical than nemesises. Nemesisises…nemesisi. What is the plural of nemesis? It doesn’t matter, I am certain that no one is allowed more than one nemesis.
Anyway, if I had a nemesis I would at least always have something to do. If I was bored, I could just conjure up some scheme that would antagonize my rival. When shenanigans happened, people would just comment, “Oh, it’s just Kevin and the Bad Guy again”. Were a nemesis to be had, make no mistake that tomfoolery and escapades would be a certainty.
The real truth is that I do not want an enemy. Much less an archenemy. Now, I know that the Bible calls Satan “the enemy”, but I mean that I do not want another human being to be my enemy. I am also aware that preaching the Gospel of Jesus will be very offensive to some.
But to have a bona fide enemy? That is a heavy thought.
Janice Eicholtz | @JanJanMom
Recently, I attended a baby shower. As I was putting the finishing touches on the gift and signing the card, I signed as usual: Love, Erik, Janice & girls. Only this time, I thought about it. I wondered how much longer I would write my kids' names on my cards. What is the grace period before young adults are expected to be in charge of gifting others on their own? Of course, this led to me thinking about this era of delayed adulthood. What benefit is it to delay adulthood? Is it so that we parents can save face? "Well, I know my kid did (insert terrible action), but he is only 20...that is really still just a child."
Do we really benefit from a society that is not expected to mature until they are 30? I see teenagers from the ages of 13-19 on a daily basis. Some of them don't even have the discipline to put their trash in the trash can. They just drop it on the floor. Why? Parents are too tired and stressed out to take the time to teach their children how to clean and maintain. They choose to do it themselves. So, a whole group of folks are not picking up after themselves AND they are EXPECTING OTHERS to do it for them. Adulthood should start in the teen years. Messages of old are not being passed along to our teens as they used to be. For my own amusement, I'm going to review some of my favorite advice.
Joseph Brazil | @blackdog575
Quick, name the president of the United States sixty years ago. Now think back and recall which college basketball team won last year’s NCAA tournament. Unless you were that president or a member of that team who won it all, chances are you had some trouble remembering their name.
(For the record: President Eisenhower and Duke University)
Their legacies were, at the time, well distinguished and carried some importance among their respective professions. But now they’re largely footnotes in history, replaced by more current presidents and the anticipation for who will win this year’s tournament.
(My pick is Virginia.)
Think for a moment what you consider your greatest achievement. What made you decide on this? Clearly, it must mean something special. Perhaps it took years of work or it might have cost you a hefty sum. Yet whatever we perceive as our lasting accomplishment in life, it counts for nothing in the end.
Jeff Weddle | @anti_itcher
It’s been 24 years since I was in high school algebra, and I still haven’t used algebra one time in my life. Not once, which means my low grades don’t mean a thing, right?
Well, not exactly. I am now old enough to have a kid in high school algebra. My daughter is currently struggling her way through algebra too.
As she brings home her failed tests and horrible quiz grades, it would be really nice if I could lecture her. It would be nice to tell her to buckle down and do the homework and get the grade up. But I can’t. Want to know why I can’t?
Ellen Martin | @ellenmartin03
Something I struggle with on a daily basis is quickly saying something harsh or something that I don’t mean. I find that Christians, myself included, can be so quick to judge and criticize the behaviour of others. We need to remember that everyone is messed up somehow and we all need love and grace.
Proverbs 13:3 says “The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Further, Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The tongue is a powerful thing. It can be used to build one another up, or tear one another down. We need to guard our tongues. It is so easy to say something that could hurt others. We hold the power to either make someone’s day better or worse.
Cipriano Martinez | @ciprianom79
I would like to start off by asking you a simple question -- Are you a busy person?
My answer to the question is, "Yes." I am a busy person.
I find myself doing a lot throughout any given day. With a nine-hour work day, Monday through Friday, taking kids to practice, studying for upcoming lessons, making contact with program directors and church leaders for my Celebrate Recovery State Rep position, sending emails throughout the day, spending time with the kids and family, not to mention house work, and I’m sure many other odds and ends in between.
You can see I’m what most people would consider "busy." With all this busyness, can I still have time for the Lord? Maybe many of us try to fit God into our busy lives when we have room, and when we don’t have the time or space we might throw in a quick prayer or two in just to have peace of mind.