I am a child of God

This song was offered at the conclusion of my sermon this weekend. We had spoken about the prodigal son and his brother. More or less, the message was that some people don’t want to accept you because they remember what you used to be. God still calls you beloved, even though others don’t! Oh, and the short one on the left is Ashlei! Stay blessed…john

Now you can understand a procrastinator

I know people like you!

You mock people like me.

You get-things-done-in-a-timely-manner people always make fun of us procrastinators.  Yes, I am a procrastinator.  In fact, I’m a Pro procrastinator.

One time in seminary, I decided to do an assignment early.  It was a bit difficult to muster the right attitude to get it done.  But I finished the paper about 10 days before it was due.  I laughed about it and considered it a blessing from Baby Jesus.

Baby Jesus forgot to remind me to turn the paper in on time.

I lost a whole letter grade because it was late.

Since then I’ve learned that I’m a procrastinator and there’s nothing wrong with that.  It’s how I work best. And my work gets done.  And it gets done well.

Here’s a great explanation of how a procrastinator’s brain (kind of) works.

Stay blessed…john

Stop being racist?

This is the most beautiful thing I have seen online today. Honesty goes a long way in healing what’s wrong with what we’ve become. What can i do to stop being racist? from r/NoStupidQuestions

I want to write a devotional

When I first began to take my faith seriously, I used The UpperRoom a lot.  I would read the day’s devotional, and I had older copies that I would read through constantly.  The devotional helped me think about everyday life as being holy, and to look out for the sacred around me. After a while, I had a goal–not quite a dream or an aspiration or a longing. The goal was to write an UpperRoom…..