My Prayer for 2017

My Prayer for 2017

  I pray that this New Year will be your best year ever. The New Year is largely a symbolic event that blows the breath of new possibilities into each of us. I hope that you will fill your lungs with dreams, adventure, marvel, light, and love. Love,  is both evasive and pervasive. I pray that the latter is true for you in this coming year. May you know success and the emotional rush of setting and accomplishing goals. I hope this is your year! Please may this be the year when saying “Black Lives Matter” provokes empathy and not controversy. And may those who believe “Black Lives Matter” accept that “Blue Lives” matter too…just as much. Let this be the year that we take long deliberate steps toward each other and not away. To be color blind is to deny much of the richness of God’s creation. May this be the year we not only accept but celebrate our diversity. The rainbow of our color and culture have been masterfully painted across our globe; I hope we can step back and enjoy the picture. I pray that 2017 will have numbers far better than these horrible statistics of 2016: 4,362 people were shot in Chicago for an average of 83 per week 957 Americans have been shot and killed by the police, many were unarmed 0 police officers have been convicted of murder or manslaughter 2.5 times is how much more likely you are to be shot and killed by the police if you are black EQUALLY IMPORTANT – 64 police officers were killed in the line of...

Sometimes It’s Just So Hard

We are so much smarter and more powerful than most of us give ourselves credit for. We grow and mature, we learn things and gain experiences that equip us quite well to live wonderful lives. However many times we don’t live up to our fullest potential…why? Because it’s hard. It’s hard to be successful at anything. It’s hard to live an enlightened or righteous life. It’s hard to be powerful. Sitting on the couch with a big ass bowl of vanilla ice cream slathered on top of a giant chunk of apple pie (oh my god I have a craving) is so much easier, and quite tasty. The truth is that with success, power, and enlightenment come responsibility. In many ways doing the right thing limits your choices in ways that may be very uncomfortable. Successful people get up early and go to bed late, they work harder, and sacrifice things that average people aren’t willing to give up. Enlightened people say no to things that compromise their core values. People who live mediocre or average lives compromise so much that they often can’t even identify their core values. It’s hard to live to your fullest potential, so most people opt out on their own lives. They won’t say it but it’s true. Ask a person what their dreams are, or what success is to them and rarely will you get a clear answer. Ask them why they are here on this planet, you probably won’t get a meaningful reply. I think the reason why people don’t want to think about being fully realized is because somewhere in their mind...

When life hands you a lemon…

It REALLY does suck, so you have a right to put on that great big sour-puss. I believe in the power of positive thinking, I think the “Secret” is really great stuff. However, I think it’s totally unreasonable to expect anyone to simply “make lemonade”. We are built (quite awesomely I might add) to feel a full range of emotions… sadness and grief among them. The problem is not feeling sad it is becoming immobilized by your sadness. Someone recently asked me “Why do crappy things happen to good people?”. First of all I think the question is incomplete. Bad things also happen to bad people. Even though it is possible to ‘attract’ certain things into our lives, many things simply happen to who ever was there. A hurricane is not selective, nor is a lightning bolt, or tsunami. Sometimes difficulty comes to us as a result of certain things we’ve done. If you don’t pay your bills you get phone calls. If you don’t respond to those phone calls they come and take your stuff…’cause and affect’. If you eat lousy food you may get fat. If you ignore your weight issue it may lead to more serious health conditions like heart disease or diabetes, ‘Cause…and…Affect’. Now I realize that these answers to the question may not be satisfying, but the simple truth is bad things happen to everyone. A more interesting question may be “Why do tragedies happen at all?”. Or “Why does God let tragedies happen?”. I believe that the reason is this…Tragedies and all difficulties give us an opportunity. We human beings are made in...