I love reading leadership books whether they are about leadership in the spiritual or secular realm. I find myself especially drawn to business literature for the simple fact they reflect bare bones reality; if you don’t produce something of benefit in a purposeful process, you cease to exist. Ironically, I find many of these secular books employing biblical principles—though they don’t call them that—with more regularity than many of the volumes that fill the Christian store bookshelves.
If homeschooling saves our children from any one thing in the public school classroom, it is that dreaded first paper at the return of every new school year that seeks to answer the question, “What did you do during the summer?” Since parents are the teachers in homeschooling, they know exactly what their children did all summer so this is a mute point!
With the long awaited coming of spring comes the annual spring-cleaning at the Smith household. It starts in the house as my wife and daughters wash windows, clean out closets and dust out nooks and crannies I didn’t even know existed. The Smith men—helped out by the outdoorsy Smith women—start by power washing out the old barn that has been cluttered by last year’s mud daubers and all the hay that has been thrown down to feed the four-legged menagerie. It’s a day that is looked forward to with both excitement and with dread. Excitement,
Sometimes the Bible is not an easy read. As a matter of fact, it can be downright uncomfortable. It contains stories that are hard for us to even speak of, yet teaching lessons we dare not forget. Such is the case of Lot.
My wife always wanted to take a big trip out west in a motor home. Seven years ago her dream became a reality. I loaded up our then seven children and all the paraphernalia that goes along with them as well as a seven-months pregnant wife and took off to the Wild West.
I remember when I was growing up in the late 60’s and early 70’s; more than one evangelical preacher predicted the apocalyptic day when our Bibles would be taken from us Christians. Believers were encouraged to memorize scriptures, goaded not by the Spirit of God, but by the intimidating threat that God’s Word would one day be unavailable. Now, some three decades later, the plethora of Bible translations as well as Bibles on cd’s, dvd’s, downloads and the internet could easily generate a long and hearty laugh at those fearful prophecies of old.