Tag: courage

Never Give Up

I have never been a fan of the phrase, “Failure is not an option!”  Or in the words of the wise and wrinkled puppet Yoda, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” With all due respect to little green men and Gene Kranz who was the flight […]

Consider The Cost

It was a very chilly 23 degrees here in the middle of Michigan this morning, bringing with it the first real frost of the season. It kind of puts one in an autumn mood – you want to go shuffling through piles of leaves as the cool breeze […]

What Faith Is

It was a very chilly 31 degrees here in Michigan when I got up this morning, with the hint of the first snow of the season in the air. This cool weather is rather early for us here in the Lower Peninsula but for my homeland in the […]

One Leaf

A leaf fell to the ground today. It had been feeling the chill in the air for some weeks and the last few nights of frost were just too much to bear. The life of this little leaf had been short, but wonderful. When the first few rays […]

It Came To Pass

The cycle of seasons that we experience here in the Midwest is one of the main reasons I stay. The vigor of summer fades into the varied red, gold, and yellow hues of autumn before the white blanked of winter is pulled up tight under the landscape’s chin. […]

Legacy

I never really knew these men. I have heard stories about their lives and tried to imagine how they lived and where…and what they lived for. Were their lives hard? Coming over from Finland and settling in Northern Michigan could not have been an easy. Having to learn […]

Bravado Is Not Bravery

“David didn’t kill Goliath because he set out to slay giants. He set out to give sandwiches to his brothers, and Goliath got in the way.” -Rich Mullins Often we think we have to fight the ‘big’ fight. We have to get in there and duke it out […]

What I Do Know

We never really know where life is going to take us…or when. I did not know that at 5 years old I would spend over a month in the hospital because of an infection in the bone marrow of my right foot. I did not know that at […]

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