thanks for goodness

This week it’s typical for people to express thankfulness for their family, friends, jobs, and health. And I’m very, very grateful for each of those things. But this year I’m also counting the smaller blessings that make life a bit easier or a lot more fun. James reminds us that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

So thanks, God, for…..


….the first glimpse of a new plant sprouting above the dirt

….old books bound in cloth

….Mad Men and The Office and Glee

….hair dye


….the smell of sawdust, permanent markers and gasoline (am I the only one …


This morning I spent some time talking to a staff member from Higher Ministries, a non-profit organization that reaches out to pastors and churches in crisis. During our conversation, Tony made an interesting observation: “Guys leave Bible college or seminary full of knowledge in theology but without adequate training in leadership and conflict management skills.”

I am continually astounded at the number of leaders I know who are unable to have the difficult conversation or who, like Michael Scott in The Office, equate leadership with being everyone’s friend. It causes so many problems and solves so few.

Henry Cloud talks about this in his book Integrity: The Courage to …