Tip: A month ago I did a series claiming there are three basic types of anxiety: Surface Level, Life’s in Danger Level, and Foundational Level. The following topic is a mix of all of them. I would categorize this lesson as part rant. Ranting is a very healthy activity for getting emotion out and … [Read more...]
There Should Be Worse Anxiety Problems in the World (Pt 5)
I was recently talking to someone who asked if I had any suggestions for helping their child have less anxiety, and the answer was pretty simple: Make them do stuff. That’s it (for more tips, check out part 2 in this series). If we want to reduce anxiety, we need to live and realize how capable we … [Read more...]
There Should Be Worse Anxiety Problems in the World (Pt 4)
King Solomon wrote, “The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.” (Ecc 1:18) That is exactly what I have found as I’ve gotten older and more experienced – the more I know, the harder it is not to be sad and scared for the world. Growing up I remember … [Read more...]
There Should Be Worse Anxiety Problems in the World (Pt 1)
I remember riding the limo to the cemetery for my dad’s burial service staring out the window thinking how all the day to day things I would worry about were all so meaningless. They might have felt like they mattered in the moment, but they really meant nothing in the face of death. That’s the … [Read more...]
Sometimes It’s Best Not to Get What You Want
The last few weeks I’ve been writing about how the devil can use discouragement to mess with our heads. Another big way he messes with us is to plant doubt that God doesn’t care or even exist. The most likely time we’ll think this is when we pray for something we really want and may even need, but … [Read more...]
How Do You Deal with the Rough Times?
In late October I wrote a blog, “12 Ways the devil can Mess with You”; that’s when things got fun... fun is being used in the sarcastic sense. In that lesson I shared how I have largely overcome the main way the devil messed with me in my younger years (the voice telling me I’m stupid) and how it’s … [Read more...]
Motivational Speakers & your Authentic Self
I was recently talking to someone who had been listening to a motivational speaker. Notice I wasn’t the one listening to the motivational speaker. Motivational speaker is another term for charlatan – written with all due respect. These people are mostly modern day snake oil salesmen who promote … [Read more...]
Christmas: Based on truth or the world’s greatest hoax?
I recently sent an email to someone who did me a great favor ten years ago. They crossed my mind, and I wanted to thank them again for what they did because of how much it meant to me. I then added the line, “For what it’s worth, I’m praying for you and that your life is blessed.” I thought that … [Read more...]
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