Do you smell something burning?

77% of people in ministry say they have experienced burnout. Here are a few things that might keep you out of that statistic and wondering what that burning smell is. Don’t take yourself too seriously Don’t do anything for someone that they can do for themselves Take time off Develop a hobby Exercise You can’t…

There’s a hole in my bucket

I want to encourage parents and youth workers that your words are not falling on deaf ears. “In one ear, out the other” is a phrase that has been used for decades by frustrated adults attempting to communicate with teenagers.  I’m not saying that never happens, but what I have learned from teenagers is that when…

Don’t solve your kid’s problems

Over the years, I have encountered kids that struggle with how to deal with even the slightest amount of adversity. Some of these were children of parents who tried to build a “problem-free” world for their kid. I have also witnessed kids that navigate challenging situations and come through the experience better because of it….

You are going the wrong way

It’s fascinating to me to see a driver going the wrong way on a one-way street. The most interesting thing is how other drivers choose to engage the wrong-way driver. Some people just do their best to stay away from the car, while other drivers take it on themselves to correct the driver just to…

Sit down and start rowing

When I think about the struggle that kids and their families are experiencing I think about boats. Humans have used some form of a boat for at least 7,000 years. Just think about how many stories and poems have water travel at the center of the literary work. What about the scores of songs written…

The devil doesn’t like trains

My secondary title of this blog is: “Oh, don’t you let the devil ride…” Several gospel artists recorded their version of the song, but it was first recorded in 1969 by Gospel artist Brother Joe May. The song goes on to say that if you let the devil ride, he’s going to want to drive….

I’ve never met a beetle that I didn’t like

We were bug boys growing up.  We loved learning about bugs, snakes, lizards, mice, rats, wasps, we were fascinated by pretty much anything living.  I remember when we discovered that some bugs wore armor that protected them from would-be attackers. To learn more about those bugs, we did what everybody did in the ’60s and…

la familia es importante para todos

Warriors is a 1979 Paramount film about a New city gang who must travel from the Bronx to their home turf in southern Brooklyn after they are framed for the murder of a respected gang leader.  For me this movie is right up there with The Blues Brothers (the original) and Coming to America. I…

Your kid might need an oil change

Do you listen to your car when it’s talking to you?  I’m not talking about that luxury brand computer on wheels that can email the dealership when it’s time for an oil change. I was thinking more along the lines of the 1996 4Runner with 306,000 miles on it like the one I drive. When…

Your kid might need an oil change

Do you listen to your car when it’s talking to you?  I’m not talking about that luxury brand computer on wheels that can email the dealership when it’s time for an oil change. I was thinking more along the lines of the 1996 4Runner with 306,000 miles on it like the one I drive. When…