I am a very active person. To be quite honest, it takes a great deal of discipline for me to slow down and get out of the traffic and crowds of life … and the world we live in doesn’t seem to help! It has become loud and noisy. Have you noticed how hard it is to find a sliver of quiet in an otherwise sound-filled world?

We’ve had numerous friends get laser eye surgery. Most are very happy to leave the days of glasses or contact lenses behind! Especially, those who had horrible eyesight. But imagine living life out of focus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no activity, relationship, or situation that is not impacted by our eyesight. The same is true of our spiritual “eyesight.” My view of God, myself, my friends, life’s difficulties—so many things—are either filled with Kingdom light or are darkened by wrong thinking.

One thing I’ve learned as a fisherman: If you can see the fish they are easier to catch! I spent years fly-fishing for trout without polarized sunglasses. However, upon moving to Colorado, I came to discover that you can “sight fish” for trout, meaning you look into the stream to target a fish to cast your fly towards. Polarized sunglasses cut down on the glare coming off the water and allow you to see what’s below the surface. Very exciting—especially when an 18 inch rainbow comes into view! The ability to see clearly is not just important in fishing, it is important in life, and Jesus knew this was true.

Not too long ago, I awoke in the middle of the night, needing to head to the bathroom. On my way back to bed, my eyes had not yet adjusted to the darkness and I veered off course, smashing into the corner of a dresser and cracking a rib. Ouch! Seeing clearly can keep us out of harm’s way!

I recently bought a new pair of eyeglasses because it was getting increasingly more difficult to see using my old prescription.

The expression "pay it forward" is used to describe the concept of repaying a good deed done to you by doing something kind for someone else rather than for the person who was kind to you.  “Paying if forward” rather than “paying it back.”

The method of training people in a trade or art through mentoring—called “apprenticeship”—is not as prevalent as it once was. This year I had the chance to visit the art district of Raleigh, North Carolina. Moore Square is home to artists of all kinds, a community of friends, many of whom take pleasure in mentoring the next generation of artists.

The world is overflowing with the idea of fertility and generations. From the beginning of human history, one of God’s first directives to His people was to be “fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). From a physical point of view, that means, “have sex and make babies.” God’s creation reflects this theme through every living being. The survival and legacy of any living thing, be they animal or plant, is seen in its ability to reproduce: butterflies must lay eggs and bear caterpillars, sheep must bear lambs, trees produce seeds and seedlings. This is portrayed all the way down to the microscopic world.

Where do significant, world-changing ideas come from? Generally, you’ll find that most of the ideas you’ve been influenced by did not find their source in organizations or books. Rather they have been passed on from generation to generation through people.

Welcome to my blog! I’m going to begin by posting around the theme of my personal calling in life: investing in the lives of others, especially the next generation.

I am currently reading Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak. It’s a very good read on the topic of vocation and calling. He speaks of the idea that calling is not something we attempt to achieve, but a gift we are to receive.  He encourages us to observe our life and listen to what it tells us about who we are and what our God-given passions are.