Besides being a really great typist, my brother is an incredible drummer. Seriously. Maybe they're related? Anyway, in high school and college, we had a pop-punk band together called Grade A, and had some amazing times.
I spent Christmas with my family. We shared a house with my brother’s family. It was great to catch up. One of the random conversations we had was about typing speed. I’m convinced that typing as we currently know it will not be a thing in a decade or two. You’ll either dictate everything or use your thumbs on a screen. Keyboards will be special tools used by programers and old people like me. He didn’t agree…
Maybe you've noticed this too? This time of year you often see people you haven't in a while either by traveling home, or a family picture posted on social media, or an old-fashioned Christmas card. Often times I realize how many years have passed since I last saw family or friends by the size or number of their children…
The first time I ever heard of an upside down Christmas tree was about 10 years ago when my aunt was trying to figure out how to fit more presents under her tree. Those branches become a full stop to presents being stacked, and all the presents spill out onto the floor. And so her idea to get one the hip flipped Christmas trees was purely practical. While flipping a Christmas tree seems so weird today, tradition tells us…
Christmas is still the one time of year where you can hear worship songs proclaimed in the streets. This past Monday Allie and I brought the family down to the “Blink” Christmas light show at Quincy Market. While there, we listened to a group of carolers do their best Pentatonix impression, singing, “Mary Did You Know?” They beat boxed and all. It was pretty impressive.
Have you ever been prophesied over? Maybe it’s something that happens regularly for you, but it’s not something that happens to me every day… or come to think of it, every year. A lot of that probably comes from the Christian tradition I come out of, but still, I’m not sure how often prophecy is a part of the average Christian’s daily experience. But there was one time.
Until a couple of weeks ago you would have had no idea who John Chau was. If you've been paying attention to the news cycle, you'll know him because he was the missionary killed while attempting to make contact with a tribe on the remote North Sentinel Island located about 850 miles off the eastern coast of India.
Last night as Allie and I were getting ready to drift off into turkey induced tryptophan trance, we got into a discussion about setting up the Christmas tree. Because of her work schedule she was suggesting we set it up in the afternoon… while it was still daylight. I would have none of the non-sense.
In our house, the kid’s rooms are downstairs and everything else is upstairs. This means that if I need to communicate with one of my children while they’re downstairs, I have to actually make the journey. That’s a lot of work. So I have two choices: A) Purchase a cell phone and text them messages like, “It’s time for dinner.” B) Use the resources the Lord has provided and send one of their siblings downstairs to deliver the message. Who am I to question the Lord’s provision? I’m choosing B every time.
There is this phenomenon known as knowledge blindness. It’s when you know something so you assume everyone else does too, but they actually don’t. Imagine for a moment you work in a gas station in an area you’ve lived in for a long time. You know all the streets and landmarks. Getting around the town is second nature to you.
The adoption process is almost always long and hard, but I love seeing families adopt children. Many of my friends are foster parents, and social media has allowed me to watch the process from the outside. First, they bring home a child, but their faces are covered up with a heart or some other cute emoji. Over the weeks, months, and years they give updates about the child and the situation.
In the Pixar classic "Toy Story" we meet Woody the cowboy and Buzz Lightyear a spaceman from the future, two toys that would become friends by the end of the movie, but begin as bitter rivals. Woody is the cowboy incumbent top-toy who is threatened by the newcomer's flashy style, newest-latest great thing status, and admiration of the other toys. When the rivalry boils over the two find themselves lost and in danger of being left behind forever if they don't catch up with their child, Andy.
I was recently watching a TV show where a partially drunk bridesmaid gave an uncomfortably awkward reception speech. This bridesmaid’s marriage was on the rocks. Her relationship with her husband was complicated, to say the least. The result was very little marital bliss and a whole bunch of pain. Her glorious reception speech went as such, “Marriage is hard work. I mean, one second everything is great, and then you step on some invisible land mine and boom, KABOOM!
Resources for dating.
In March of this year, CNN reported that there has never been a better time to be single. Not only are there more singles in the U.S. than ever before, it seems like the trend will continue. People are marrying later if they marry at all. 55% of millennials say that getting married is not an important milestone to become an adult. That stat that has shifted significantly in the past 50 years.
When I came up with the title “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone” I was thinking metaphorically dangerous. Maybe dangerous for your spirit or emotional state. I had no idea that it is physically dangerous to go alone.