From Tom . . . Getting Rid of All Those Tequila-Lime Wings or “Everything that Hinders and So Easily Entangles”

Today it came to me in the midst of my quiet time (an epiphany?):  Monday is garbage day.  It is Monday—and it hit me.  I had plenty of room in my garbage can out at the curb and I had noticed a day or two ago some outdated food in the freezer.  Because the garbage guy could arrive any moment, I interrupted my devotional time to examine my deep freeze.  It wasn’t long before my eyes beheld one or two packages of Tequila-Lime Chicken Wings.  I checked the dates and sure enough—one of them, actually both of them were out of date by years, not months!  But with the ice build-up, I didn’t realize that there were three more bags of wings—five in all, and yes, all of them seriously out of date!  I got back to my prayer time without too much disruption. Continue reading

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Get Mad and Get Over it!

I have to give my wife credit for this one. But I remember her reading an autobiography by Colin Powell a number of years ago. Deep within the text from this great leader he shared some of his life principles. One of those simply stated that he would: “Get mad and then get over it!” I’ve thought about that statement over the years. If we’re honest we can admit that most if not all of us have gotten really mad in ministry. In those occasions there can be a dangerous tendency to think that because we’re ministers or pastors we should be in better control of our emotions. Sometimes we think that if we’re really mature we would be beyond that. But on the other hand, when we allow those emotions to fester deep within our souls they can become septic and actually destroy not only our witness as leaders, but our own souls as well. Powell’s point is that if we quickly deal with the emotion and whatever issue is driving it, we can once and for all settle it. Too many times Christ followers and even pastors have been slowed down in the race with weights of bitterness and un-forgiveness around their ankles. These unresolved emotions can also turn into depression with physical side effects if not dealt with. But when the issues are resolved and buried, we can go forward unencumbered. Continue reading