Timeless truth in a changing world



Vanity of Vanities

“John D. and 24 others like your status.”

“Barb S. and 10 others +1 your photo.”

“Greg T. and 6 others commented on your post.”

“@someone_special favorited your tweet.”

Do these statements look familiar? If you’re registered with one of the big social networks, you are probably bombarded with alerts like this throughout the day. And if you’re like most social site butterflies, you get a euphoric kick when people comment/share/like what you have to say. But do you place too much importance and value on your social media success?

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Living With Technology

I have a love-hate relationship with technology. On the one hand, I love this world of instant information. It’s amazing to pull up the Internet on your phone and find an answer to a question. It’s fun to check Facebook or Twitter wherever you are. It’s neat to Google a recipe or order a book or (ahem) read a blog post or two. Texting has formed a closer relationship between my brother and me and keeps me in touch with friends who are far away.  And since I do, after all, keep a blog, I honestly can’t do without a computer and access to the Internet. So there are certainly many good things about technology. Continue reading “Living With Technology”

One Thing Needful

One Thing Needful

Hello, dear friend. Let me introduce myself. My name is Martha. I have a sister named Mary and a brother named Lazarus. We are good friends of Jesus of Nazareth and His disciples. I’m sure you know us well. Yes, my brother was the one whom Jesus raised from the dead. It was amazing. Words just cannot describe that scene. Shortly after Lazarus came back to life, my sister Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume as an expression of deep gratitude. And what is recorded about me? You know the story well. Look it up in Luke 10:38-42. Yep. That’s me, complaining about my sister not helping me enough. What a legacy. Continue reading “One Thing Needful”

The Cat’s in the Cradle

Who can forget the haunting words of Harry Chapin’s 1974 hit song “Cat’s in the Cradle?” As a child I could sing along with the memorable refrain:

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

Even as a child something about this song got to me. I couldn’t put a finger on it but it made me sad somehow. Perhaps it was the tune, maybe it was Chapin’s voice, possibly even the words themselves, or maybe a combo of all three. Growing up, I “knew” (though didn’t completely understand) that it was about a dad who never really made time for his son, then watched in sadness as his son grew up and had no time for him either. He finally came to the tragic conclusion, “He’d grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.” (Even as I type this I’m fighting back tears.)
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