What is your purpose? Do you know? I have asked myself this question over and over again, and the answer has changed throughout my life. When I was in middle school, my main two purposes were to eat a ton of food and attract the attention of pretty girls. I won't say which of the … Continue reading What Is Your Purpose?
"Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you … Continue reading Who Are You To Judge Your Neighbor?
"...patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools." - Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 (NIV) I read this recently, internalized it, and recognized the wisdom contained within. A Christian should never be quick to become angry. We serve a just God who has blessed us richly and created … Continue reading Anger Resides In The Lap Of Fools
At the beginning of the month, Katherine Reynolds Lewis wrote a piece for NPR titled, "Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It." As a father and a teacher, I found this issue to be of double importance to me. The article is definitely worth a read. Here are my three main … Continue reading 3 Takeaways From “Why Children Aren’t Behaving, And What You Can Do About It”
Have you ever seen a beautiful bunch of grapes as they glisten on the branches of a vine? It is a mouth-puckering experience to be sure. The grapes are perfectly red and full of sweet deliciousness. They can be eaten fresh, or they can be transformed into world-class wine worth thousands of dollars. Now imagine … Continue reading I Am the Vine – You are the Branches
The first time my wife went on a road trip with my brother and me back in college, she was overwhelmed by all of the noise. It was our habit to blast alternative rock as loud as possible, sing along, and then engage in intermittent discussion without turning down the music. Sitting in the back … Continue reading The Noise
None of us want our children to fail. I hope my sons never get their heart broken by a girl. I hope they never get made fun of by their friends in a locker room after they fumble a football or miss a free throw. I hope that they never struggle while learning a subject … Continue reading Learning Through Failure
As I was hanging off the edge of the Hilton in College Station, it struck me as weird that I was not afraid of the 110 feet between me and the ground. What I did fear was humiliation. I looked down and saw colleagues and students cheering me on as they live streamed my descent. … Continue reading Overcoming Your Fear
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your … Continue reading The Prism Effect (A Story of Light)
"I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night." - "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin Today this song was played in church, and as tears welled up in my eyes, I was transported back to one of the most … Continue reading Microwave Prayers
Today we commemorate The birth of our great nation I'm proud of America Without a hesitation Our history is a mix Of proud times and those of shame We should not throw out the good Or forget when some defame Let us become a country That is honest and upright Poor, tired, huddled … Continue reading The Heirs of Freedom
"Our walls can't be breached." - Hector, from Troy (2004) In Homer's Iliad (or the movie, Troy, for those of you who prefer Hollywood to Greek classics), the city of Troy is besieged by a coalition of Greeks led by Agamemnon. The Greeks are trying to achieve the impossible feat of breaching the walls of … Continue reading The Walls of Troy
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul." - Psalm 23:1-2 (NIV) Back in the spring of 2015, I received a phone call from the headmaster of the most prestigious local private school, offering me the history teacher/department chair position. I had visited … Continue reading Green Pastures & Quiet Waters
Coffee is as good of a reason to get out of bed as any other. This is twice as true on a cold winter's morn. Bryan regrettably caste off the layers of heavy blankets as he pried himself away from the warmth of his wife's side. It would be an hour or so before Jillian … Continue reading A Week Before Christmas
It seems as if everyone wants something for nothing these days, regardless of age. Something For Nothing Some students want an "A", but they don't want to read, think, write, and reflect. Some parents want their children to be college-ready, but they don't want them to struggle and fail for a time to achieve academic … Continue reading Something For Nothing
During the past few weeks, my oldest son and I have incorporated a new tradition into his bedtime routine. After brushing his teeth, we head outside to see the moon and get a gift (typically a leaf, stick, or handful of grass) for Mommy. This we have been doing for sometime, but recently we added … Continue reading Snippets in Chalk
A throwback to our 2011 Thanksgiving experience in Africa.
Written By: Special Agent Jillian Leigh Hunt
To Recreate a Favorite American Holiday on the Other Side of the World.
Plan and Shop for all Necessary Supplies in Order to Cook a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal for Around (10) People.
Limited Budget, Non-Working Oven, Propane for Gas Stove Might or Might Not Last the Entire Day, Electricity Might or Might Not Stay on the Entire Day, Make Necessary Substitutions for American Ingredients Not Available in Uganda.
MENU: (3) Chickens, Stuffing, Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Garlic-Lemon Green Beans with Toasted Cashews, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Carrots, Creamed Corn, Chocolate Coconut Pie, and Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream.
Once we realized it was already November (!!!), the other volunteers in the house realized we needed to start planning for Thanksgiving! Such a food centered holiday would take…
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There are those that think life is about titles, and checkpoints, and status, and image. Then there are those that think life is about living. Sometimes you can have both, but eventually you have to choose one over the other. I choose living over these invisible gremlins that rob us of joy. Happy Thanksgiving! … Continue reading Two Types of People
A picture's worth a thousand words, right? I can't argue too much with this statement. Many of my best memories have been captured on camera for me to relive when flipping (or clicking) through photo albums. So much goes down during special occasions that it is hard to remember it all. The holidays are no … Continue reading Thanksgiving Presence (As Opposed To Presents)
What separates the great and grateful From all of the irate and hateful Is that they don't deflate or take bull When others denigrate and say "fool" They choose to step off of their pedestal Take risks, adapt, and leave the wading pool They'll fail and grow, but the critics will be cruel They'll give … Continue reading The Frightful Flight of the Neophyte
First cold morning of the year Sitting by the fireside Flames cracklin' in my ear Thoughts that spread a mile wide The orange dancers dance away Doing the job of a thousand shrinks Calming the worries from yesterday Helping me work out all the kinks Something 'bout the focused heat Can't be achieved … Continue reading I Prefer The Fire
Go into the world and make a difference, they say Follow your passions and pursue them each day Step out of your comfort zone without much delay As long as you do this, everything will be okay But the reality is much different than this If you rock the boat, get ready for the … Continue reading Opposition To Change
This morning I woke up to the news that a gunman had opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, killing 20 and injuring even more. As of right now, there are 50 dead and over 400 injured. My heart breaks for the victims and the families of the victims. Is it just me, or … Continue reading In The Midst Of The Storm
November in North Texas is a tad more intense than it is in the Hill Country. Pushing shopping carts for Walmart eight hours a day in the cold made this reality all the more apparent. Don't get me wrong. I was grateful for the $8/hour job because it was the only job at the time … Continue reading Drink Deeply From The Well