I took advantage of a "break in the weather' yesterday and took down all of my outdoor Christmas lights. The "dismantling took about three hours." That surprised me because putting them all up took about three days! The contrast struck me: How much easier it is to "tear down" than to "build up!" Why is this so? The answer is that to "build something" (even an outdoor scene of Christmas lights" requires creativity, intention, purpose, and considerable effort. To tear something down is sort of easy...
Sunday, February 14, is Valentine's day and this is traditionally a day for couples (married, engaged, committed, or engaged) to express their love for one another. In some ways it is sad that we need a specific day to remind us to share our love with those who are special to us. Still it is helpful to have a specific day when we can stop and focus our affection on the people we value most. This year, perhaps more than any other, is a year when we need to share our love...
I recently "connected" with Debra Laaser on linkedin. In doing so I learned that she and her late husband, Mark, had worked together, for over thirty years, developing the Faithful and True ministries which provides services especially for those struggling with sexual addiction. (You can read more about their ministry at: www.faithfulandtrue.com.). Their services include: counseling, workshops, articles, podcasts, blog posts, and books. They have a wonderful team of professionals dedicated to assisting individuals and couples in their struggle with sexual addiction. I believe most are aware that the need for these kind of professional services is rapidly growing...
I recently attended the circus with my wife, daughter, and two grandchildren. I love the circus and enjoy watching the many displays of courage, talent, and skill. In most of the "acts" it was human talent that was on display, but several of them featured the skills of various animals. As I watched a giant elephant sit "gracefully" on a stool with a young lady riding on it's back, I wandered to myself, "How did they teach him (I guess it was a him) to do that?
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.