Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What Lies Beneath

Today we are having new carpet installed in the house. The mess is tremendous.

As we removed the carpet from the rooms we begin to see the flooring/foundation. There were some obvious aging marks but for the most part all was well the foundation was strong.
However in one of the rooms, in a small corner the flooring was rotten. Water had leaked in and caused the damage. Now we have to replace the floor with new wood. The kicker is we had no idea this was going on.

This provoked a thought about what lies beneath.

What if in this new year we all did some personal improvements or at the least inspections. What would you find if you started digging around your spiritual/personal life? What if you could remove the layers for just a moment and examine the foundation of your heart.

What lies beneath? Beneath the show we put on for friends, beneath the act at the job, beneath the drama in our families?

How is your flooring? Sometimes we don’t even notice the small things that leak in and begin to destroy our foundation. Things like greed, gluttony, and pride they all start off small but if left unattended do some major damage.

What lies beneath?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Spending at Christmas

Instead of spending more money this Christmas spend more time.
The memories you make from spending time with friends and family will out last the gifts you recieve.
Spend more time Spend less money

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tis The Season for Voices

There are voices in my head! These voices are driving me crazy!

Have you ever heard statements like this?

I have a theory where some of these voices come from.

Some come from the commercialism of the season. They say Buy more, Spend More, Go here and get this and when all is said and done they say Spend, Spend, and spend.

Some come from past experiences. You may still hear the voice of disappointment and aggravations. These usually come from the people closest to you.

Some come from the greed in our hearts. This voice says “Bah Humbug.” This voice wants more but refuses to give more.

But then there is a voice that says be compassionate and spend less give more. A voice that sometimes gets drowned out due to the season. This voice says to be still and know something greater. This voice says there is a reason for the season.

The question is what voice are you listening to?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tis The Season

Here is a great idea for gift giving.
If you are having a hard time finding that perfect gift for the person who has everything try this...
Give a gift in thier name to a trustworthy cause.
Here are some suggestions


Food for the Poor

This is something Nikki and I are doing this year.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Gift.

What kind of gift are you going to give to your love ones? Will it be a gift card so they can get what they want? Will it be money? As you consider your gift giving here are a few things to think on.

Give a relational gift - I read this from Advent Conspiracy. Maybe we should put a little more effort to making the gifts we give mean something. Not spend more but give more. Consider the person and what they mean to you. How can you celebrate that relationship through a gift? It could be as simple as a picture in a nice frame.

And another thought

Nikki and I try to give gifts that speak to one of three areas Physical, Spiritual or Educational.

The simplicity of the gift we received on Christmas from G-d meant something for the relationship between us and Him. Maybe we can honor Jesus through the gifts we give; they simple need to mean a little more.