How to Improve

I have a child who is in the process of a vertical learning curve related to blame or responsibility. This is a nice way to say that blaming other people facilitates irresponsibility & this is no bueno.
These conversations challenge me to look at areas in my life where I might be blaming people & not taking responsibility for my actions, words & attitudes.
I’m seeing with stark clarity that the attempts to blame others limits my ability to grow & improve.
Are there places in your life where you seem quagmired? Is it possible that you might need to think about being proactive & taking responsibility for the things you can change?
Let’s be sure that we let the Holy Spirit speak truth into our hearts so that we don’t deceive ourselves, limiting how much we grow & improve.

Happy 4th of July!

I love America!  I love our heritage, roots and history.  I love the way we celebrate our nation on this day with hot dogs, barbecues, baseball, fireworks, watermelon, grilling, swimming and the stars and stripes.  We live in a wonderful country!

I know this because I am extremely fortunate to get to travel around the world and I see nations that are very different than ours.  I go to nations where the absence of freedom is normal.  I visit nations where it can be dangerous to express a dissident opinion.  I visit regions where being a woman is a burden of survival in the most depolorable conditions.

We live in a very great nation and today we celebrate freedom, one of the core values on which our nation was founded.  May we also recognize that freedom is tethered to responsibility.  Without maintinaing responsibility, our freedoms will erode and become an elusive memory.  We are a great nation today because of the sacrifices made in the past.  This makes me pause to consider if we are making sacrifices today that will keep us great in the future.

Let’s be sure that we continue to pray for America 🙂

continually learning & growing

One of the things I totally enjoyed about teaching High School was not only watching my students learn, but also my own learning experience as I taught.  I learned lots about the content I was presenting, about the diverse learning styles of very different students & about myself.  Needless to say, I love to learn & being a mom has ramped up my learning curve WAY MORE than any High School or college teaching I’ve done.  Here are some things that I’m continuing to learn through my kids:

  • giviving & being generous is better than being a “getter” or being selfish
  • what’s evident on the surface doesn’t always reflect accurately what’s happening in a person’s heart
  • patience – ’nuff said
  • responsibility is a process & sometimes we take 3 steps forward and maybe 1 or 2 sideways :/
  • different is different, not better or worse, just different
  • little things can often be WAY MORE cool than big things ,)

credit downgrade

 Everyone has been pretty uptight about the credit downgrade from S&P for the US and this is undoubtably a really big deal.  It seems to me that credit & blame sometimes go in the same playing field – credit when it goes well & blame when something fails.

So here are some interesting thoughts / questions:

  • how often do we take the credit for God’s work in our lives?
  • do our talents & hard work get more applause than God’s hand working in & through us?
  • do we blame God for the failures & shortcomings in our lives?
  • is taking credit for God’s work in our best interests?
  • is the blame game merely the deflection of responsibility or does it have any value?
Paul said that God’s grace was very effective in his life – credit given where credit is due.  Seems like a healthy strategy 🙂