Pray For What We Covet

Pray For What We Covet

James 4:1-3

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

I wrote a post about how covetousness is the gateway to all sin.  In it I talked about how it is commandment number ten and leads you right up from nine to six.  And here, in a letter from James to the Jewish Christians outside of Palestine, my thoughts are confirmed. Continue reading

How To Make Music Boring

How To Make Music Boring

My grandson brought to our attention that he had done a report for school but didn’t get a very good grade on the report.   The teacher had pointed out where he scored poorly and the weak points of the report.  But the teacher was giving him the opportunity to rewrite the report and improve his grade.

Now this was very surprising to all of us since he has always done very well in school.  From kindergarten up to this year he has never had a bad test score or report card.

What was even more surprising to me was this report was on the snare drum. Continue reading

Life Has Phases

Life Has Phases

My wife and I are on the verge of going south.

We own a home in Florida and our home up north is under contract to be sold.  We have to be out in about two months.  Then we can start a new chapter in our life together.

There was a point when I thought living where I currently reside was the final chapter in my life.

Some people probably think it should be.  They think I should just be content to work the job I’ve been working for 27 years until I retire and then sit in my current house and wait for death.  And maybe I felt that way about five years ago.

The problem was when I thought about it from the standpoint of this is it, this is as good as it gets, I became terribly depressed. Continue reading

Why I Don’t Want To Be A Manager

Why I Don’t Want To Be A Manager

Why I don’t want to manage people.  That is what I decided to write about today.

I was a manager for 17 years and It’s been about three years since I elected to step down from my management position.  The upside of that decision has heavily outweighed the downside.  The only real downside was the cut in pay and not having an office (which I’ll discuss in a later post), but the reduction of stress, frustration, anxiety and anger far exceeds the monetary difference.

It’s been interesting working beside the same people I use to manage.  Some of them I managed for over 15 years.

The old manager in me still wants to come out and teach but I try to just sit back and keep my mouth shut.

I often think to myself that maybe I’d still be a manager if I had another me to count on. Continue reading