When I was 10 years old, my Uncle Aaron (“Uncle A”) introduced me to the rock band KISS, and my life was never the same. Many people enjoy music, but then you have people like me: SUPER FREAKS. I have music playing in the car on the way to work, all day while I’m working, … Continue reading No Pain is Wasted
This is a picture of me from the early 80s, along with my mom and my sister. You can't see the pain behind my eyes, can you? Yet it's there, like so many others; bubbling, boiling just below the surface. Why? I don't know, why do people hate themselves so much? There are so many … Continue reading My Mama — The Angel Who Saved My Life
This morning I’m dreaming about Heaven. I suppose it’s because I’ve had a tough week, and my back and leg pain has been worse than normal. Hey, I know this life is cumbersome, exhausting, overwhelming and infuriating at times, but there is still much beauty to be found, if you look for it. Beyond that, … Continue reading Thinking About Heaven…
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.
Being brutally honest here, I have days when I simply do not like that fifty-year-old dude staring back at me in the mirror. I'm not as thin as I used to be. I'm not as young as I used to be. The enemy of my soul, as well as my own self-doubts, combine to really … Continue reading God Don’t Make No Junk (i.e. “Loving Yourself”)
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
None of my best friends and few of my family members and co-workers were voted “most popular” in school. That’s not to say we weren’t liked; just that most of us didn’t stand out from the crowd much. As for me, I quit the football team after my sophomore year (due to growing back problems), … Continue reading Those of Us Deemed of Little Consequence
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
Some fathers left before their children were born, some fathers have chosen to separate themselves from their kids, and still others were never known by their offspring. While we dads are FAR from perfect, we ALL have a Heavenly Father who wants to help fill that gaping hole in our spirit left by imperfect dads.