The downside to contentment

I have a theory. It’s not a popular theory. In fact, when I posed it as a question on Facebook there was some disagreement. But I maintain my thesis. Here it is: people who are content will not change. There would be no need. They will stay in their comfort zone with no desire to leave. It takes unhappiness, a burr in the saddle, some kind of discomfort to prompt or prod us to level up, so to speak.

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Peter’s denial vs Judas’ betrayal

A few months ago, while we finished our study of the four Gospels in the Come, Follow Me lessons for the New Testament I had the thought, “what is the difference between Peter’s denial of Christ and the betrayal by Judas that led to the arrest of Jesus?” Is Judas synonymous with betrayal because his actions ultimately led to the crucifixion of Jesus or was there something more I was missing?  I do not claim to be a gospel scholar or scriptorian.  These are simply my thoughts as I pondered the difference between these two men and why one is honored and one is sullied. Continue reading

The Lesson of the Poinsettia

Christmas 2018 I received a poinsettia as a gift.  It was part of my Christmas Secret Elf gift giving I was the recipient of.  You can read about that experience here.  One of the first gifts I received was a beautiful poinsettia in full bloom.  It was delivered while I was at work so my co-workers suggested I keep it there to help give our office space some beauty.  Easily persuaded I obliged.  It was fine until Friday.  I gave the plant a large dose of water to see it through the weekend and left. When I returned Monday morning it looked like someone had swapped out my beautiful, full-bloomed plant for a Charlie Brown Christmas tree variety.  It looked like a massacre had taken place with red dry leaves lying on my desk and the stems bare. Continue reading

Good Habits are Hard to Break

“By small and simple things” Alma 37:6

If you have been a reader of this little blog for awhile then you probably are aware that 2016 was a bit of a rough one for me.  I suffered a crisis of faith like I have never been through before.  But this isn’t about that, really.  That is in the past.  This is a testament to all that counsel of the “little things” given so very often.  The daily to-dos we are admonished to remember and I can assert the doing makes the difference.   Continue reading

Don’t be like Balaam

Every four years we study the Old Testament during Sunday School in church.  It’s a chance to refocus on stories in the book and discover ways the lessons in that book of scripture apply to our lives today.  This is an opportunity to learn and progress.  However, it’s amazing the human race has been going at the same life lessons over and over again.  Traditions and customs may change but human nature tends to run the same cycle.  One such example is found in Numbers 22-24. There is a sensational aspect of a talking donkey that tends to take the spotlight so I’m not going to mention it.  Instead, I’m going to focus on Balaam the prophet of God who happened to be a fence sitter.  That is the lesson here. Continue reading

Be Not Deceived

After traversing through a difficult trial that tested the limits of my faith, a church leader read Doctrine and Covenants 112:24-26 to me. Whether he intended to have me read it as a warning because of the actions of others or my own actions I’m still unclear. But it did get me thinking about the verses and led to a personal study. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject of being deceived. Or rather, how I can avoid being deceived in the days that blur the line between fact and fiction, right and wrong, light and dark. Continue reading