I’m a 35-year survivor of chronic pain and all its twisted passions. As anyone who suffers from debilitating pain can tell you, it’s a grueling, infuriating and wearisome road, to be certain. I recall speaking to my Grandma Stroud (RIP) about it when I was about 10 years into my journey of suffering. She had … Continue reading The Dysfunctional Relationship between Chronic Pain and Dark Emotions
I was never a monster, I was just kind of a jerk sometimes. Due to my constant sighing and eye-rolling, people could easily tell I was frustrated when I was young. James 1:19 says, "My dear brothers, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily." I was like the … Continue reading Worn Down by Kindness
I was driving to work the other morning, about 6:30 a.m. or so. It was a two-way street with only one lane going each way, and even though there was nobody behind me for miles, a small sports car felt the need to pull right out in front of me. Now, I’m normally a calm … Continue reading A Life of Rage (aka “Lower Your Sights”)
My dad has taught me for years that, financially, we should plan as if we’re going to live to be 100 years old. Spiritually and emotionally, however, I would like to assert that we should live as if the world is ending at the stroke of midnight. Because, for some, it just might.
I have no excuse to be angry anymore. I’ll never get an apology from the boy who hurt me. I’ll never get an apology from the punks who bullied me, AND..this is the tough part...I can't change what happened in the past. So I must let it go.
Naysayers will scoff when those of us who are followers of Christ say things like, “Jesus understands,” or “Jesus cares.” I get it, man, I honestly do. Don’t you think every Christian at one time or another has wondered, “Is this all real? Am I just fooling myself? What if there is no HEAVEN? What … Continue reading Jesus Felt the Terror of Humanity
Negativity is a silent force of destruction, yet goes unnoticed and unchallenged by millions. I wonder sometimes if I’ve been a negative person since my first breath. I look at pictures of myself as a child, and all the smiles seem forced. I know I was bullied a great deal, and extremely unhappy at times, … Continue reading The Destructive Power of Negativity
Could there possibly be a purpose for our pain? A reason for all the suffering? A rationale or goal for our affliction? The very thought seems insulting, but it may be true. As someone who has suffered chronic pain for over 30 years, and after two major back surgeries, I certainly have experienced my share … Continue reading Finding Purpose in the Pain
This is a picture of my Uncle Aaron, with a group of Police Officers at an outreach event. Now, anyone who knows my Uncle “A” would tell ya that, in the “good ole days” (which actually weren’t very good at all), the last people he’d wanna be pictured with were cops, and he sure wouldn’t … Continue reading The Transformation of Uncle “A”
I'm gonna be straight up, brutally honest here, because I highly value you as a reader, and I think you deserve the truth. Some days, even as a Christian, even knowing I'm going to Heaven when I die, even knowing God has my present and future in His more-than-capable hands, I still get frustrated. Tired. … Continue reading When Ya Got Nothin’ Else…