All posts tagged: love

Vision for the Mission

Of all the footage, dialogue, and shared memories, the Moon, white in the blue Florida sky, framed by an Apollo 11 cockpit window, is my favorite. As a few lucky men await a fiery launch into their future and our history, battling the inner turmoil that must accompany even the bravest of pioneers, a vision of their mission floats visibly and reassuringly in broad daylight. Anyone can have a noble mission, but do you have vision? Proverbs 29:18 tells us of the significance of vision. Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law. In no game of Taboo is the word “happy” listed beneath the word “law.” Yet, we know that “all the Law and all the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:35-40). The heart of God’s law is love, which begets joy. How can we ensure joy on our journeys? How can we stay focused on the mission to love God and others? Solomon recommends vision. Vision:┬áthe ability …

Story for My Daughter on Her First Birthday

Thirty years ago, the nurse did not ask my mom, “do you have a playlist?” And because I – a tangled mess – was cut out, I’ve always wondered which song played the day my mom and dad drove me home. It must have been some country song because the car radio was usually tuned to 99.9 KLUR. So, twelve months ago, when the nurse asked if I had a playlist, I paid close attention to the songs streaming through my phone. Which song would welcome you to the world? “Why aren’t my songs playing in order?” “It’ll only shuffle unless you pay for the upgrade,” your dad said. Minutes became hours, and it was anyone’s guess if an electric guitar or a banjo would introduce the next song. That evening, the doctor and nurses and strange shadowers experienced my eclectic music taste: Switchfoot, Judy Garland, City on a Hill, The Rolling Stones, Chris Tomlin, Bob Dylan, Jakob Dylan, Alison Krauss, Jars of Clay, Modest Mouse, Doc Watson, Tom Petty, Jill Philips, and Aaron Shust. …