Today seems like a good day to revisit a story...and more importantly, a man who I've had the privilege of watching evolve over the past 3 years. Working as a Probation Officer opened the door to meet a lot of characters that I'd otherwise never met. It's funny how people tend to point out … Continue reading So, Remember the Story About the Guy…
Lets Just Call This The Lead In To An Uncomfortable Story To Write I'll say right now I'm not sure how long I'll keep this post up. Even now, 24 hours after completing it and considering whether to put it out there, I'm troubled by the picture. The natural mind wants to scream out protest … Continue reading Challenged!
This is a short story...but I get so much from my probation clients. Many things go unsaid but are simply absorbed by me...but this time, I have something to write about. 9:00am Monday Morning: One of my favorite guys comes walking into the office for an appointment. He's on probation for a felony committed in another … Continue reading Bypassing Thanksgiving
This will be short, and it may morph into something more as I have several drafts that could connect to a larger story in the near future...but for today, I just want to write about a scene I pictured as I read a story. The story takes place somewhere in Israel during the time of … Continue reading A Glimpse of Modern Day Religion?
Funny Where Things Go Sometimes I woke this morning feeling pretty flat and uninspired. The thought occurred that I needed to be aware of depression slipping in. Its weird, but sometimes I initially can't tell the difference between deep ponderings that take place in my mind, and situational depression that sometimes takes me out for short periods of … Continue reading Win!
Have you ever experienced the difference people can possess in their work ethic depending on if they're invested in the business, or just doing a job for the paycheck? I recently had a similar conversation with a man who expressed his frustration with the growing number of rental properties in his area because the renters … Continue reading The Family Business
I’m struck by the response of Jesus to his disciples in Mark 6:37 after they’d become wrapped up in the revelation of a growing problem. The disciples saw a multitude of people who had followed them out into a desolate place and it began to dawn on them that there were a lot of people … Continue reading You Give Them Something to Eat
It was still dark out when the front door opened and my friend walked in. We didn't talk much as I finished lacing up my shoes and putting on my hoodie. This was a typical morning routine, we were going running. From here, we met a third friend and then we'd be off on a … Continue reading Running Through the Finish Line
As a Coach, My Favorite Play Remembered It was late in the 4th quarter and time was running out. It was obvious to me the players were a bit disorganized. They knew what needed to happen, but how to get there wasn't clear. The players on the bench all had their own ideas of how … Continue reading Draining the Three
My friend's text message confronted me all evening. I wanted to respond, but honestly, I just didn't have the energy. I reread it a couple times thinking I'd find momentum to take another step, but there were no steps to be found. Early this morning my memory reminded me the text was still there...still knocking … Continue reading Get In Touch With My Feelings? What About the Facts?