Author John Graves wrote, "a crowded world thinks that aloneness is always loneliness and that to seek it is perversion." Great power and an abundance of greatness come from times alone, being by yourself away from the noise and contributions of people.
We are four days into the self-quarantine. This is a new norm it appears. What appeared as if it was going to be for two weeks could last for two months or even more. We are preparing for the long haul.
I recently returned from the Dallas area where I was attending a leadership retreat. The leader of the retreat stopped early on the second day with a word of encouragement for the group. He shared his military experience and how the term 'at ease' is actually a command. When the highest ranking office in the room sees a higher ranking office about the enter the room, he or she yells to the rest "Attention!"
By mid-June, I knew I was in trouble. I told my wife and I told my staff I was in dangerous territory. I hadn't done anything wrong. I possessed no wrong motives but circumstances around me since the beginning of 2018 were choking me physically, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. They had been more than … Continue reading Ruthlessly Eliminating Hurry | A Personal Lesson
I have a summer goal to do 10 short hikes this year with one being a long, strenuous hike up Georgia’s Yonah Mountain. Being a few hours from the Appalachian foothills in North Georgia and other hikes which include some of Georgia’s beautiful waterfalls, I can not help feel I have neglected some of God’s most precious creation.
Honoring the Sabbath conjures up ideas of closed stores, quiet homes, and lazy days. A day of do-nothing. You go to church and then, you simply do . . . nothing. My wife grew up spending Sundays, the traditional Christian sabbath, at her grandmother’s home. With a house full of laughing, playful kids, it was down time for the adults after lunch. The kids had one rule - stay on the porch. You got off the porch and her grandmother would get a switch.