GUMPTION. A word with a hilarious sound, but heroic definition. The Greek word, deilos, is used when one is cowardly, and there is a needless fear of “loss.” Deilos, describes a person who has lost their gumption, or in other words their determination and courage. O Gumption, Where Art Thou? It might sound like the … Continue reading O Gumption, Where Art Thou?
Thoughts turn like the pages of a skeptic’s encyclopedia. Troubled times seem more like a series of pantomimed clues in a game of charades. Has certainty been shaken?Everyone’s mood more weathered than the change of seasons. Maybe it’s just the spring showers cascading a deeper hue of grey, hiding the rainbows from view. But, let’s … Continue reading Stalwart, yet Silent
Ten brothers had journeyed down to Egypt. Famine had overtaken their homeland. They simply needed food. Complications weren’t anticipated; after all, Genesis 41:56-57 informs us that, “The famine was over all the face of the earth…So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain.” As the brothers approached Joseph, the usual business formalities … Continue reading What Goes Around Comes Around…Or Does It?
Have you ever had a life-changing experience or a transformative encounter with someone? What emotions and memories come flooding into your mind as you recall your experience? As we take time to remember and reflect upon these defining moments, we can often relive the wonderment and reverence felt. Imagine how Pharaoh's butler must have felt … Continue reading Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Emotions give the impression to just appear with a like-minded mood. Actions can be thought through. Moments contemplated. Alternatives evaluated. However, we cannot always control our thoughts; thoughts just happen. The objective of Scripture is to awaken within us new thoughts that shape the trajectory of our heart. In the pages of the Bible, a … Continue reading Thoughts
Fear. The shiver in your boots kind. An emotional tremble-in-awe with a palpitating heart seized with dread. Not a “Boo, I’ve got ya!” startled kind. Not a worshipful awe that shines light on a meditative rejoicing, but rather, a moon-ish one, cascading a sliver of light to reflect the reality of surrounding darkness. A fear … Continue reading Dread’s Love Letter
The graphite tips dulled, the ink wells penned dry, and the cartridges emptied with the discourses on King David’s affair with Bathsheba are no jot and tittle. Volumes mark the explanations, and reading between the lines, to sort out the “whose to blames.” The story is captivating, yet heart-rending as the enigma of a Shepherd … Continue reading A Prophet’s Parable
The lion’s pounce pilfered. The bear’s charge bereaved. The giant’s mockery muted (1 Samuel 17:34-36). Though another king and a son’s hatred kindled the flight into the wilderness, and enemies exploited a nation’s weakness. Though it took many military successes to restore the kingdom, and such wars demanded the temple’s delay. The kingdom’s prosperity rose … Continue reading The Pursuit
“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel...”, the Lord said to Moses in Numbers 13:1. After spying out the land for forty days, their reviews on a travel site would have looked like the following: “It flows with milk and honey.” [5 stars] “Lots … Continue reading Wonderer or Wanderer?
The hiss lingers like a ringing in my ear, as Eden’s same infamous disruptor rattles off, “you will be like God (Genesis 3:5).” But, as the hiss dissolves into an allotted meditation, I come to a clearer impression of the world’s upside-down standards. Lost to the barrage of organized chaos our lives appear at times … Continue reading 2 Lost Words