Why we do What we do -Big Idea (1993) I grew up watching episodes of animated, anthropomorphic vegetables telling stories and teaching life values and principles from a Biblical stance. VeggieTales, as it was called, had a knack for retelling Bible stories and setting it in a different context (The Good Samaritan retold where the nations were identified by who wore shoes versus pots on their heads) or taking popular tales and putting a Biblical application on it (Lord of the Beans). Time and again, I was captivated by the creativity of storytelling the creators poured into each production. Additionally, … Continue reading Why we do what we do
Last year, in July I received news that one of my precious friends and inspirational coworkers, Kevin, passed away. At his memorial service, someone had shared that Kevin was a piece of the portrait of Jesus in that he was the kind of person that would go with you. He would walk with you and journey with you and listen to your story. So many of us there shared stories of how Kevin was just…present…he was always there, supporting and serving and loving. I treasured everything that people were saying about Kevin, and one of the statements that stuck with … Continue reading A piece of the portrait of Jesus…
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. ( John 1:8, NIV) I have a necklace that I wear around my neck. There’s a pendant with a moon on it, but not just any moon, it’s the waxing gibbous moon. Waxing Gibbous is the phase when the moon is past half-full but not quite than fully lit–the moon phase at my date of birth. It’s kind of cool because after being exposed to light for an extended period of time, I can go to a place where there’s no light and the moon … Continue reading He came only as a witness to the light.
Mufasa’s Ghost: You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become… Adult Simba: How can I go back? I’m not who I used to be. Mufasa’s Ghost: Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are. -the Lion King (1994) Identity. Isn’t it interesting how something so intangible can have such a hold on our lives? We all share a common goal to find our identity. Even as we pursue other dreams and aspirations, ultimately everyone strives to … Continue reading Remember who you are…
“Go. Live your dream.” -Hook Hand, Tangled (2010) (To those of you who know me–bet you were waiting for when the Disney quotes would start, huh?) We’re all dreamers; we all have dreams. At a very young age, we find ourselves exploring what a wonderful world this could be through our imagination by playing pretend or our passions to pursue as an adult. Children always get asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” amongst others that peer into the uninhibited array of choices they have in their minds of what life could be. As we grow … Continue reading Go. Live your dream.
“So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss And my heart turns violently inside of my chest.” (How He Loves – Jesus Culture) “Sloppy wet kiss?” …really? Whose idea was this? Why does it have to be “sloppy”? Why not “precious” or “tender” or something not “sloppy”? The less-detailed (and maybe more civilized) lyric “unforeseen kiss” isn’t necessarily that much better. Who on earth would want to be kissed like that–without seeing it coming? Sounds sketch to me. When I think of a sloppy wet kiss, the first thing that comes to mind is my black Lab’s tongue generously slobbering … Continue reading Sloppy Wet Kiss?
“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:6-7, NIV) From my early childhood onward, my parents emphasized the importance of critical thinking. They prompted my sister and I to be mindful of what was being input into our brains through the media and entertainment. One of our common exercises to practice filtering information was through family discussions following the movies we watched together. Initially, we’d enjoy conversations about what we liked and didn’t … Continue reading Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.