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Loving Imperfect People

Loving Imperfect People

Everybody you meet is a mix of the dazzling and the dismal. And these are just the people you’re given to love. Including the one looking back at you in the mirror. Here’s a brief meditation on how to love imperfect people. How to love yourself. Have a listen: I say...
Recovering from Shame and Blame

Recovering from Shame and Blame

The following is an excerpt from Chapter Three of A Resurrection Shaped Life. The school year had only just ended. Summer stretched out before me for an eternity. At least, that’s how it seemed to my ten-year-old self. I was playing with a couple of kids at the end of...
Forgiving Yourself

Forgiving Yourself

Jesus talked a lot about forgiveness. No wonder. Forgiveness is essential to being a whole person and can be remarkably difficult to do.  Most people who try to follow the teachings of Jesus have gotten the message that God is forgiving just because God is, well,...
Being Like Water

Being Like Water

“You are like stone. Be like water.” I first heard this at the height of my wary cynicism phase. In my universe, most other people and all of society’s institutions would eventually let you down.  To be fair to my younger self, I was only just learning to...
Exposed

Exposed

Even before noon, the high summer heat and humidity of South Georgia can be stifling. So it was not unusual for me to run into several of my elementary school friends at the city pool of our tiny town. On that particular morning, I noticed that my classmate Mary was...