(NOTE: While this story is 100% truth, I share it not to try and teach some great life lesson. Rather, I thought I'd write something funny for a change. My family still laughs every time we bring up "Uncle Brian.") Thirty years ago I spent a few months working with a gentlemen who was a … Continue reading The Tale of Uncle Brian (or, “I’m a Big, Dumb Liar”)
“It’s Crazy” A Poem for Laura By Rob Weddle It’s crazy how beautiful you are That you’re just as lovely inside and out That your spirit glows, trickling heaven about That you enter a room and it illuminates throughout It’s crazy how you stuck with me That you never split through my "stupid" years That … Continue reading New Poem – “It’s Crazy”
“I Weep” By Rob Weddle I weep for this world, once so bright and thriving with possibilities Now bitter, cynical and short-tempered I weep for my children, tangled up in a country working against —not FOR— them, as it was when I traversed a youthful path I weep for my grandchildren, so bright and alive … Continue reading New Poem – “I Weep”
In 1930, Writer John Maynard Keynes thought machines of the future would be of such benefit to people in the 2000s that the problem wouldn’t be “How will I ever get it all done?” but rather, “What will we do with all our free time?” Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, Newsweek magazine … Continue reading Wrestling With Anxiety
A while back I was discussing “spiritual deserts” with my daughter, and she said, “As you know, Moses was in the desert for 40 years. I know you’ve waited a long time for your dreams to come true, dad, but the desert can be a time of refreshing. I don’t think it’s meant to be … Continue reading When Trapped in the Spiritual Desert
I work at a Christian university, and we have a staff/prayer meeting every Tuesday morning, at which we take turns bringing the devotional. I’m told young people call them “devo’s” these days. When I think of "Devo" I think of "WHIP IT!" so perhaps I'm a bit out of touch. Moving on. I did the … Continue reading Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself!
I’ve heard people say, “I don’t wanna just survive, I wanna thrive.” In a scientific study from 2015, Psychologists Judith Mangelsdorf and Michael Eid state: “A survivor is a person who lived through hardship or disaster. A thriver is more than that. It is someone who not only goes through an exceptionally positive or threatening life event, … Continue reading Adversity Gives Us Wings
The idea of God-approved suffering is a hard pill for many to swallow. Then there are those who argue, “Does He SEND the suffering or just ALLOW it?” Wow, that’s a deep question, and as I’ve stated on many occasions, I’m a storyteller, not a theologian, so I won’t tackle that one. What I would … Continue reading Suffering — Blessing or Curse?
My grandson, Joshua, will be six years old next month, and is in kindergarten. While he’s one of the smartest in his class—just ask me, I’ll tell ya—he never attended preschool. As is the way in our family, we teach kids while we play, so they learn and have fun. It’s not really something we … Continue reading “I’m a Big, Brave Boy”
Fat… Ugly… Stupid… Worthless… Yeah, growing up I was called all that and more. Why? Because I was a bit chubbier than the other kids. I look back at pictures of myself and think, “I wasn’t fat. How could children hurl such ghastly names at me?" But they were kids, not that this is an … Continue reading You Are Not Ugly