A Story from The Costco Gas Pump

As anyone who gets gas at Costco knows, the wait is long and people’s patience often wears thin. I’m third in line now, with the two cars in front of me each pulling up to their respective pumps.

The first guy gets out. He’s young, black, and wearing a mask.

The second, I’m frustrated with because he’s taking much longer to get out of his car. I see his door open and two feet slowly touch the ground, one and then another. He’s at least 90 years old, white, and contrastingly, not wearing a mask. 

The first guy is noticing him too. He doesn’t exactly look steady.

Then the first guy begins emphatically waving down a gas station attendant. I know he’s seeking help for the older one because I watch him peek around the pump for an attendant and then quickly back to the guy. As we both now wait for assistance, he appears to keep his eyes on the older gentleman, as if standing at the ready, should he need some help. 

My own eyes start to well up. The first guy isn’t in a rush to get gas and get gone, like I am. He’s present, and caring for a fellow human being. He doesn’t care that the guy is white. He doesn’t care that he’s not wearing a mask. He cares because he sees a man in need. 

If I were a news journalist, perhaps my headline would be, “Young Masked Black Man Comes to Old Maskless White Man’s Aid at Costco Gas Pump.” 

But do any of these details really matter? In today’s times, yes. They shouldn’t. But because we’ve been so increasingly divided over the past 18 months, we rarely hear these stories. We see them all the time, but we barely acknowledge them, and we certainly don’t hear about them. Sadly, these stories don’t sell. 

I think they should, though. Because to me, this story is what America (and humanity) is all about. 

How Else Do We Bring Glory to God?

How else do we bring glory to God, 

if not by having hope in a world sown with fear? 

…If not by remaining calm in a sea of chaos 

…If not by knowing peace in the midst of uncertainty, 

how else do we bring glory to God? 

If we don’t offer kindness in a society full of hate 

…If we don’t act with gentleness in a world that pursues power 

…If we don’t call upon His name, sing His praises, and dance in worship, 

how else do we bring glory to God?

If we don’t use whatever gift we have, with all the strength God gives, to serve others, 

how else do we bring glory to God? 

“Mother” as a Verb, Rather than a Noun

The word “mother” is more powerful when used as a verb, rather than a noun.

Not all women are mothers, but all women are called to mother. And to give birth.

Women give birth to all kinds of things – books, films, songs, ideas, movements…

We mother each other every time we offer our comfort, concern, and care. When we see a need and rise to meet it.

We mother each other by encouraging and nurturing others towards their true selves.

We partner with God in the very important mission of bringing forth life, by helping others become more of who they truly are.

Happy Mother’s day! Let’s celebrate mothering today, in all its many shapes and forms!

It’s a Hard Knock Life

Hello everybody!!

It’s been a long time!! I’ve been busy running my new video production company (Vow Creative – http://www.vowtobecreative.com) so I apologize that I haven’t shared anything in a while. By the way, VOW Creative is actually an acronym for Vehicle of Wisdom, so I promise I haven’t forgotten about you!! 🙂

I hope that this post finds you all well and that you’re staying healthy, safe, and sane during these strange times! I also wanted to share a video I recently finished from my dog’s perspective. It’s a parody of Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life”. For one, it’s a hard knock life for all of us right now as we try to navigate our shifting environment. And for two, who couldn’t use a little humor to help ease some of the stress? Am I right?!

Happy Hump Day to all – especially those who can’t hump 😉

I hope this video makes your week a little brighter.

I think dog lovers, especially people familiar with the bully breeds, will appreciate the lyrics and visuals of this song. I’d love to hear what you think of it, so leave a comment below or shoot me an email!

Without further ado, here it is!

How the enemy Attacks Us and What We Can Do About It

These are the areas in our lives where the enemy tries to attack:

Affection: My heart, what I love

Adoration: My mouth, what I worship

Attention: My mind, what I focus on

Attraction: My eyes, what I desire

Ambition: My calling, what I spend my time seeking

Action: My choices, how I stand firm

It’s important for us to be aware of the places in our lives over which the enemy tries to gain a foothold. This awareness is enhanced when we arm ourselves with God’s truth. Using God’s truth as our fighting words will not change what we see, but it will absolutely change how we see.

God is unchanging, always true, and never fails to follow through on His promises. He is never late, never untrustworthy, and loves me more than I could begin to comprehend. He is to be trusted, and I will rest in Him.

 

What to Do in Times of Crisis

Sometimes the only right decision is to stop making decisions.

When we’re in a state of crisis, we often try to fix things with certainty. We want answers.

But this state of being is akin to quicksand: The harder we try to climb our way out, the lower we sink. The only way to survive is to make no sudden movements, to get comfortable with the discomfort, and to find peace without answers.

We can never glimpse the end of a path, but if we squint hard enough, we can see the next step. We squint by being still and quiet for a few minutes every day, through prayer.

We ignore the big decisions, knowing that they’ll make themselves, and we focus on the small ones. The ones right in front of us.

Crisis comes from the word meaning “to sift”. During times of crisis, if we let it all fall away, we’re left with what matters. What matters most cannot be taken away.

And maybe what we don’t know, we’re not supposed to know yet. More will be revealed. So we just do the next right thing, one thing at a time.

Making Hypotheses About Others

The way the brain works is this: We make a hypothesis about someone, and then our brain searches for information to verify our hypothesis.

For example, if we decide that someone is untrustworthy, our brain will find information to support that belief. In other words, we actively make our beliefs true.

If instead, we choose to believe that this same person is a flawed but good human being who is simply doing their best, we may find proof to back it up.

Be mindful of the hypotheses you’re making.

Balance

“Balance is created by equal forces pressing in on an object.”

This is well known in yoga where we practice balancing our bodies.

So what can we learn from our bodies?

Often, we try to find our balance by eliminating the pressures on our life. The demands of work, friendship, and family can all feel so heavy.

But what if all this pressure isn’t what’s throwing us off, but actually what’s holding us steady?

 

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Why Not Be Polite?

“Everyone is God speaking.

Why not be polite

and listen to Him?”

-Hafiz

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Life is much too important to be taken seriously.