We’re changing the way we approach our Sunday Morning Music posts. For the next month, these posts will be authored by artists so you can get a glimpse into what inspires them. We hope you enjoy today’s post from our friend, Trent Dabbs.
Whoa! Magic clerk won by only 1 vote. So fun to have so many of you chiming in.
Which is your favorite this week? [...]
I have a lot of conversations with people worried about what they do. Worried they aren’t making an impact. Worried their life isn’t panning out the way they expected.
But I know for a fact that the person you are becoming is far more important than the work you are doing.
This isn’t just my spirituality talking either. I believe good character creates sustainable success [...]
Oh, I know. You’re thinking that if I say Jesus loves my arrogance, I’m enabling arrogance. I’m not. You shouldn’t be arrogant, and neither should I. But I am. And Jesus likes me more than you like me and we are all going to have to get used to that.
I remember once making a long drive across Scotland with a friend and her child. The child squealed and complained and whined for about a hundred miles. It was all I could do not to jump out of the car. I couldn’t believe how annoying the trip was [...]
It happens and it really stinks. You’ve been married for years and suddenly you find yourself attracted to somebody else. Maybe he or she works in your office; maybe you even met them at church.
A long conversation turned into a test-flirt that got rewarded and then the touch of a hand and pretty soon you’re talking about how to navigate some pretty serious deception. Maybe you never thought it would go this far or you planned on stopping it before it reached this point but … you didn’t and now you’re cheating on your spouse [...]
A few days ago somebody sent out a tweet saying they were praying for my salvation. As I read it, I more or less appreciated it. Things like that used to make me angry, but maybe I was just tired and in a more sensitive mood. My take on the tweet was that I could use all the prayers anybody was willing to give, and also that I sincerely hope when I see Jesus face to face, I am one of the ones He says He knows.
I think my attitude toward fundamentalists, legalists and the overall self-righteous is beginning to change. Can you imagine being the guy who sent that tweet? I picture a man going to bed at night feeling smug, feeling some standard of measure that he’s attained, a standard of measure based on comparing himself to others [...]
I was recently asked what I thought about the new Pope. I struggled for an answer.
I love that Pope Francis is known as the Pope for the poor. I love that he comes from Latin America. But to be honest, Jesus talks about how we shouldn’t practice our righteousness before others to be noticed, and that’s hard to reconcile with the pomp and circumstance that comes out of Rome when a Pope is chosen. That hardly seems like the kind of entry Jesus Himself had into Jerusalem, riding a simple donkey.
But Catholics aren’t the only ones who are guilty of making a big deal out of earthly leaders [...]
Last week was a close one. Street compliments only won by a few votes. If you want your video to win, your vote matters [...]
I realized recently that I had a refrain of jealousy that was cropping up when I spent time with friends who had what I perceived to be a relatively large amount of leisure or rest time. People who took the time to, say, take care of themselves or work out or rest when they were tired. People who asked for help and took time for themselves. I had a nasty, withering “must be nice!” little twitch that became so common I had to admit it was about me and not about anyone else.
Our jealousy teaches us so much, if we let it. I wasn’t envious of anyone else’s marriage or home or car or even their writing success or speaking opportunities. What I wanted was other people’s ability to care for themselves. I wanted their space and freedom and rest. And so my envy guided me to my own deep need to slow down and care for myself well, instead of pushing so hard and constantly getting frustrated with the people around me who had the audacity to care for themselves instead of wringing themselves out like I had been doing for so long [...]