The Reason to Forgive that Annoying Person

I know I’m supposed to like the whole Bible – especially anything Jesus said.  But there are a few parts that get under my skin.  One in particular is this passage from Luke 17:3-4: “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Microscopic Graces at the Swimming Pool

Recently while my family and I were on vacation, my three-year-old daughter loudly asked the question every parent wants to hear in a public swimming pool: “Daddy, can I go pee pee in the pool?” A young mom with long, blond hair and a number of elaborate tattoos looked over at me and chuckled.  But I wasn’t sure if it was a laugh that said, “I’m judging you” or “That sounds like something my kid would say.”

Our Earphones are Making us Deaf

My wife will be embarrassed that I shared this with the general public, but at my old gym, I called myself “the Mayor.”  My fellow gym members were okay with me having the title though.  I earned it. I worked the room every day, making friends with almost everyone there.  But at my new gym, the days of friendliness are over, and it’s not because I’m less friendly.  It’s because everyone wears earphones now.

Grieving Loss on Facebook

When I signed up for Facebook in 2008, I saw it as a way to connect with old friends and keep up with the self-affirming things everyone was posting about themselves. What I did not expect was that Facebook would become a place where people worked through life-and-death issues. But then Nan Taylor died.