Screaming at the Screamers

The confrontation was very loud with profanities being hurled back and forth. One man was complaining that the other was interrupting his evening out with the family. How ironic. The tense, nose to nose confrontation of two men put an entire restaurant full of people on edge. Normal dictates what feels right to us. Everywhere around us, the rhetoric is heating Philippians 4:8 says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (New Living Translation). In a climate that has become so coarse, this verse doesn’t even seem to

Please Help Me!

It was one more panicked phone call where I felt mostly inadequate to give advice that would help the situation. When trouble strikes, we want to be able to do something or say something that will fix the problem. “How can I help …?” “What can I do?” I’ve been on the other end of many urgent calls from people wanting the right words to say or the right actions to do. Many times, words or actions will do little or nothing to bring positive change to the situation. In the most difficult situations, words generally mess things up. Promises of help seem like a cruel joke. Just being there and being available as a sounding board or a connecting place is the most significant thing a person c

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