Last week somebody sent out a tweet quoting an old Polish proverb. It went like this: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” I read it and laughed. I laughed because I happened to be visiting some friends in a small town who were up in arms about the location of a proposed playground. The proposed playground had the entire town at each others’ throats. I’ll repeat that: a proposed playground was dividing families, churches, school boards and on and on.
It is often said a man is his worst critic. But I think the truer statement is this: a man is his own bully. All day long under the yoke of comparison and shame, we speak cruelties to ourselves. It’s ok to tell ourselves “you could have done better on this or that,” but many […]
Build your own green folder. Allow it to become your spiritual and emotional survival kit. It’s not out of the norm to keep a first aid kit in your car or a few gallons of water in your basement for an emergency. We should follow the same guidelines for our souls. In your times of mental clarity and hopefulness, file away the quotes, phrases, verses, prayers and letters of encouragement you know you will need in times of disbelief and despair.