Articles published in 2020

Dealing with a pandemic of fear and loneliness

There's a lot of unknown for us right now, at work and at home. Fear of the unknown, fear of losing control, fear of losing everything, fear of homeschooling my kids. And loneliness … if this lasts for the long haul, will I be forgotten by those outside my house? Will this isolation create tension with those inside my house, in my relationships with my wife and my kids? Here are a few practical things that might help us fight our loneliness.
Tags:  Fear, Loneliness, COVID-19, Radical Mentoring, Harris

A little kindness goes a long way

Okay, so this isn't a cure for the corona virus, but did you know that being kind to others actually helps boost your own immune system, slow down aging, elevate your self-esteem and improve blood pressure? And then, of course, there's the ripple effect that happens for others. A little kindness goes a long way!
Tags:  Kindness, Theology of Work

Sow a little kindness

We take action against injustice. We defend the defenseless. We resist those who oppose us. But Jesus asks us to sow kindness and mercy into our responses. Even in our righting of wrongs and defending of rights, the greater power will always be found in showing kindness.
Tags:  Kindness, Mercy, Theology of Work

On being resourceful

During the gold-rush days in the mid-1800s, tentmaker Levi Strauss, observed that the prospectors needed strong, rugged clothes. So he conceived the idea to use rough tent material to make the Levi jeans. The idea worked, and in the course of time the Strauss company became the world’s largest apparel maker. God blesses rightly conceived and properly motivated ingenuity in His people, as He did the know-how of Saint Paul in behalf of the Gospel. He blesses their efforts to spread His Word by person-to-person testimonies and by the use of the mass media. He doesn’t want them to travel by oxcarts or in slow boats to China when they can use aircraft.
Tags:  Resourceful, Resourcefulness, Ingenuity, Gospel, Concordia

Resourcefulness

Resourceful thinking is fresh thinking that doesn’t capitulate to the pressures of life. Sometimes it means discarding some old rules for the sake of beholding something more important. The Bible gives us several examples of resourcefulness that pleased God. We can learn from these.
Tags:  Resourcefulness, Ingenuity, Creativity, Marty

Like an ostrich

Resourcefulness is a good thing, right? The Bible uses the ostrich as a model for resourcefulness. Although they cannot fly, these creatures have other traits that more than make up for this apparent deficiency. But other actions and attitudes associated with ostriches show the dark side of resourcefulness, and serve as a warning for us.
Tags:  Resourceful, Resourcefulness, Service, Inspiration Ministries

Doing nothing

Helen Keller once said, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
Tags:  Initiative, Inspiration Ministries

Who sets the tone?

What if you were to choose—before even arriving at work—what sort of attitude, perspective and demeanor with which you were going to approach your day? Instead of waiting to react to whatever might be going on at the office, you would be taking the initiative to be one of the actors that everyone else reacts to. You would be taking the initiative on your own behalf and also on the behalf of the entire office culture.
Tags:  Initiative, Peace, Theology of Work, Edwards

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