Daring to Dream, daring to change

This week’s post is taking us a step back from the practical and challenging us to think about something important: when we dream and plan only to find ourselves somewhere else.

Sometimes, it’s a good somewhere else, like in the case of Mark’s career goals. Read Loneliest Mop Bucket in the Worldmore in “God Didn’t Fulfill My Dream.”

Sometimes, it’s a surprising discovery when we’ve reached our goals and had our dreams fulfilled: God’s built something else along the way. Check out Bob Goff’s reflection, “Sometimes We Build What We Didn’t Plan to Build.”

And sometimes, we find ourselves exactly where we don’t want to be. In those times, we’ve got to keep the faith and seek God’s dreams for us. Corey says, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

 

This post attempts to inspire those of us who dream and set goals.

Photo by Alan Levine. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

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When you’re feeling down from being judged

Whether the accusations are true or not, knowing how to handle someone else’s judgement of your character and lifestyle choices in a healthy manner is a pretty big challenge. Here are a number of resources- more than usual- to help you as you seek to honour God in your attitude and dealings.

A great story about our tendency to judge and what God might have in mind comes from Carlos Whitaker: “Strangers, Sweaty Palms, and Selfish Sinners [the story of holding that strange man’s hand.”

Moms, take a moment to read another mother’s reflection on choosing not to judge, but to honour others in “When You Feel Judged.”

One way to deal with judgement is to stop caring so much. Consider joining Mary DeMuth in turning your reputation over to Jesus.

What do you do when you’ve been criticized? Mark offers 12 biblical responses.

Or how about taking a completely different approach to relationships? Instead of judging, look for these ways to make a positive difference in someone’s life.

This post is addresses the topic of judging others.

Workplace Relationships

Today, we’re considering workplace relationships from three different angles.

We’ve all done it- screwed up at work. Consider these three simple steps on “How to Handle Workplace Mistakes” with coworkers.

Are you somebody who treats others with respect and dignity? Read “How Does Your Workplace Showcase Human Dignity?” for both a challenge and inspiration to love your coworkers, no matter their status in the office hierarchy.

Considering sharing your faith with your coworkers? You may benefit from the following video:

 

This post is for adults and provides resources, ideas and examples of relationships with coworkers at their workplace.

Imperfect Parenting

photo by Barbara ReyesNobody is a perfect parent. And who decides what perfect parenting is, anyway?

Good parenting, on the other hand, we do know a thing or two about; and it ain’t always pretty.

“Does that bookshelf really have to be perfect?” is a good reminder to take advantage of opportunities for relationship building with your kids.

Consider this story of a dad dealing with letting his teenage sons see him fail. Or, this mom’s confession about the hard times when one kid’s crying, another’s pouting, the third spilled the pancake batter and the patience is a bit hard to come by.

How about an ‘everyday theology’ for parenting? Check out this short review of the book Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People.

 

 

This post is for parents of children and teens and it addresses issues of failure, modeling/teaching, patience, love, and relationship building.

Photo by Barbara Reyes, hosted by Marion Doss. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.