Have you ever read the full story of Joseph in the Bible?
A descendant of Jacob, Joseph was sold into slavery at the age of 17. His step-brothers hated him as he revealed his dream that one day, they would all bow down to this younger brother. He was Jacob’s favorite son and was given a coat of many colors. Some of you may remember the stage play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
As a side note for many of my old SF church friends – I have many fond memories of performing Dreamer – What Really Happened to Joseph every weekend for months! In spite of the loss of one of our brothers, we chose to live on.
Joseph’s life endured many twists and turns until he finally became second in command in Egypt – only the Pharaoh had more authority. This was unheard of for a foreigner to rule Egypt. However, God used Joseph to interpret dreams that would one day save Egypt and Israel by storing up a percentage of harvest in the good years and rationing the food in the lean years.
Joseph definitely had the courage to live on in spite of his circumstances. Here is what I have learned from this Bible series. Continue reading “Joseph’s Story”
This world of technology creates a new level of self-imposed anxiety.
Have you noticed that in your life?
Try leaving your cell phone at home the next time you go out for a day. Many would be hard-pressed to separate from their electronic devices even for an hour. It is a mini-computer for that perfect solution to a portable office. For others, it is merely a communication device when, and only if, they want to be conversing with the outside world.
We learn to synchronize our personal calendars with family members so everyone is aware of the whereabouts of their loved ones. Gone are the days of – “Let me check my social calendar (i.e., their spouse or partner).” We use it for relaxation, quick-fix camera shots, stream data, personal hot spot, etc. There are many applications to download and the usefulness is limited only by our imagination. All of this is generally within our control and our preferences dictate the functional use of our little electronic anchors.
But what if we LOSE control of our devices?
I am not talking about the forced updates or the occasional drop in the toilet. No, I am talking about actually losing your cell phone.
Such was the anxiety I experienced recently during an afternoon movie outing… Continue reading “Lost and Found”
What is this?
No, it is not a new texting acronym nor is it a chemical formula or advanced math calculation.
So what am I trying to say with these four letters? What do they represent?
For those of you who have been following this blog site, you understand that this is my journey of courage through some rather difficult circumstances and events in my life. Time has moved forward yet the wounds still seem fresh every now and then.
If you ever experienced loss in your life, this message is for you. Here is the translation:
Continue reading “T + P + C = H”
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” – John 8:7
It is a shame that when change occurs, human nature acts out in a selfish manner. Who is truly entitled to cast blame and doubt on anyone except the blameless?
Yet no one is blameless even though some believe they are above the others.
Let us get deeper.
When devastation occurs in a person’s life such as the loss of a loved one, would you not agree that this is a “major storm” in life? Who would want such tragedies to occur? Who can we blame for our circumstances?
Who has the courage to choose resilience over resistance? Continue reading “The Storms of Change”
Have you ever considered the importance of a lighthouse? I am fortunate to live in Northern California where I can visit lighthouses along the coastline. Born and raised in San Francisco, I grew up near the beach and always heard the fog horns blaring their warning sounds so that ships would not come too close to the shores.
Active lighthouses shine their brilliant lights that pierce the evening curtains of fog that line the coastline. For some, it is a comfort to know that land is towards that beaming light. For others, it is a fair warning to stay further out in the ocean.
While postcard pictures of these lighthouses display bright colors, one is sometimes disappointed when they approach the lighthouse in its current day. Weather and the salt air makes it difficult to maintain the original colors while rust and peeling paint are the usual sidings of these lighthouses.
Why am I writing about lighthouses today? Continue reading “Why a Lighthouse?”
My son and I spent some time this evening to assemble his high school graduation invitations. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I had spent time to create a simple mail merge document to print the mailing labels. The return address was already provided by the company the school used to print the package.
Due to limited seating, we were allowed to send a finite number of invitations so immediate family members and close friends were on the guest list. There was a bit of hesitancy as we had to figure out the order of the materials but it did not take long before we had our system. He assembled the invitation and stuffed it into the tight-fitting “inner” envelope and passed it to me for the outside assembly.
The process was swift and after I placed the postage stamp on the last invitation, Continue reading “The Graduation Card”
Have you ever thought about the events in your life that caused you heartache, grief, or struggle only to realize that there was a hidden lesson waiting to be revealed at the right time? Perhaps you are experiencing that right now and simply want to give up, convincing yourself that there is no possible good that would come out of this personal trial? Continue reading “What It All Boils Down To (in your life)”
I recently attended a personal development seminar and learned a lot about myself and how to handle the obstacles that have hindered my growth in business and my personal life. We all face obstacles and regardless of their sizes, they are all called by the same term… Continue reading “Who Is Your Hero?”
Last year, we took a drive up the California coastline to see the Redwood trees. If you ever get the chance to do this, I would highly recommend it. The majesty of these giant trees date back several thousand years. I would consider myself as tall but when I stand next to any of these Redwood trees, I feel as small as an ant!
One of the famous stops for tourists is the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree. It is wide enough for most cars to drive through but you must possess nerves of steel when going through such the journey. I was unsure whether my vehicle would actually fit. One tourist yelled out to me – “drive fast!” With my son inside the car to enjoy the experience with me, I aligned my steel chariot, folded in the side mirrors, took a deep breath, and slowly let go of the brake.
As the car moved towards the narrow opening, Continue reading “Life Is Like A Drive … Through The Tree!!”
Driving along Highway 5 in California (especially between Southern and Northern California) can be a pain in the “you know where” (due to the long hours of sitting in traffic). Given the two-lane roads in both directions, this has contributed to the traditional “are we there yet?” type of car ride. It’s better in the summer time too (sarcasm).
My drive home from SoCal was no different this year except that delays can reach one-and-a-half hours as trucks had to rev up their engines to advance into the one-lane road to freedom. So what did I learn from this trip? Continue reading “The Long Ride Home…”