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Friday, April 22, 2011

Security Blankets

Recently at an office luncheon, an interesting subject came up - security blankets.

I'm not quite sure how the subject came up, but as we were eating lunch I experienced one of those moments where what I was thinking in my head came out of my mouth. You know the kind that I'm talking about. After you say it, everyone else in the room sort of looks at you with an interesting smile and you see it all happen in slow motion - NOOOO, I DIDN'T SAY THAT OUT LOUD - all the while your internal voice plays in slow motion.

Well, after I admitted to my security blanket one of my colleagues suggested that I write a blog about it. And yes, I was referring to a blanket I received the day I was born, that is now full of rips and holes. As a matter of fact, I don't sleep well without it to this very day. So, here we are.

With that being said, I'll pose the question to you. What is your security blanket? Is it something that is full of holes that you still sleep with? Or is it something that is truly Holy?

Today is Earth Day, a day when we celebrate our planet and try to make it a cleaner place. Is your security blanket having the chance to enjoy a beautiful day and listen to birds sing?

We are also in the midst of Spring - a time where flowers bloom and things come back to life after the dead of winter. Is your security blanket being able to plant a garden, nurture it, see the fruits of your labor and enjoy them with others?

One of my favorite times of year is the beginning of baseball season. I have the chance to play outside with my children, teach them the game like my father did with me and my brother and pass on that knowledge from one generation to the next. Perhaps a certain sport is your security blanket.

With summer right around the corner, many are planning an upcoming vacation with family at the beach, lake or mountains. Vacations with family are times that conjure up nostalgia with the anticipation of making more family memories. Is family your security blanket?

Whatever your security blanket is - and I'm excited to hear about it - we have to remember what makes it all possible, especially on this day, Good Friday.

The Security Blanket where all security blankets come from gave us the Earth to enjoy the birds sing. He made the flowers bloom and came back from the dead. He lives with us every day, from one generation to the next. He is the one that gives us the ability to make more memories if we choose to remember Him. And He is the one that was nailed to a cross for us and was truly Holy.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Difficulties

I am in the midst of writing the most difficult piece I've imagined. It's amazing how one wants to paint a picture, yet the canvas is blank.

Each of us come across a life experience that we pretend to know how to deal with. Yet, when that life experience looks us in the eye, we tend to shy away.

What about those that can't shy away? When we don't say anything at all, do we make it worse or better?

I've come to believe that God writes in wavy lines. We don't really understand how we get from Point A to Point B, but we do get there with grace. Amazing Grace.

We look up to people and we all have heroes. Some of those heroes are untouchable and others are right next to you. When it is all said and done, the grace we are given is really something our mind can't comprehend.

Yet that same grace makes us believe there is something better. For you, for me, for all of us.

As difficult as life may be, rest in the fact that there is something better for us and let grace give us our peace.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Resolution to Commitment

As one calendar year ends and yet another begins, we all start with the best of intentions. And, honestly, what's not to like about starting fresh? We have what we view as a clean slate with 8,760 hours ahead of us to change the world, one day at a time.

Let's be honest with ourselves for a second though. As good as our intentions may be, how often do we truly follow through on our New Year's resolutions? I'm quite sure that there are many that have and do each year. I say kudos to those that have because those are the ones that have really committed to a goal. More often than not, however, we make resolutions and never quite follow through with myself being just as guilty as the next person.

It begs the question - Why do we make resolutions each year to begin with? Do we make them with the intention of following through on them or do we make them to make ourselves feel better?

I believe that people make resolutions because they want to better themselves and want to accomplish their goals. However, throughout our everyday lives it can certainly be difficult to accomplish those goals and it can certainly be easy to forget what they were in the first place.

The key is not to make a resolution, but to make a commitment. Whether it is a commitment to being a better spouse or parent, a commitment to improving your overall health or a commitment to becoming closer to God - if we truly commit to something in our heart and soul, it is much more likely that we accomplish what we set out to do.

As we close the book on one decade and open a new chapter with another, may 2011 bring us all happiness, health and a true commitment to our resolutions.