Constructive Construction (A Normal Christian Life)

This is the framing of the lower floors of a planned 24-story office tower that will open its doors next year. It will boast dramatic 360° views of San Francisco, the Oakland Hills, UC Berkeley, and the surrounding areas. Shorenstein Properties ‘dubs’ it 601 City Center, and I highlight ‘dubs’ because it's just a block away from the Golden State Warriors headquarters. Shorenstein broke ground in Q2 of this year and they expect to build for another couple of quarters. That’s about a year of construction.

Occasionally, you might find a person or two staring at the work, but, for the most part, people just walk by this everyday activity. Business as usual. We are more amazed when buildings are demolished. We have a peculiar fascination with the quick destruction of something grand. What takes months, maybe years, to build, can be destroyed in only days, or even hours. Society pays more attention to the quick fall of the mighty than it does the day-to-day, continued effort to develop pe…

Serve God with the Matchless Wisdom of Solomon

[This post originally appeared here with the title:  Wise As Solomon.  I wrote it as a guest blogger for Liz Petruzzi.  Be sure to visit her site and enjoy her heartfelt blog.]
Wisdom was nicely packaged along with a dreamy and delectable fruit dangling from a forbidden tree.At least, that’s how it seemed for the woman… No, this isn’t the opening lines of a romance novel.It’s our history.It’s the framing of an eternity apart from God when you spin it from a crafty serpent’s vantage point.But the fruit was supposed to be looked upon with reverence and awe toward God, the Creator, by anyone who fears Him.
We can read about this fruit in Genesis 2 and 3 and recall the passing of events that determined the fate of humankind.A universal death sentence, all because someone aspired toward something good (wisdom), but in a way that dismissed a required reverence toward God.And Adam continued to dismiss his fear of God as he tried to cover up his sin and hide from His Creator.
The fear of the LORD…

Sunshine Blogger Award

This blog post is a little different.  It's unplanned and not my regular, biblically-based writing.  I'm happy to announce I'm a Sunshine Blogger Award nominee.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer recognition for bloggers across all genres who inspire "positivity and joy."  While there is no formal evaluation or vetting process, and no tangible prize, I am truly honored to receive this award because it comes directly from a fellow blogger who also puts pen to a page and appreciates the value of every post and every word.  So, much thanks to you, Tim Kiser of The Profit Dare, for nominating me.

This is a good time to send appreciation to everyone in my blogging community.  We have developed a wonderful sense of community and mutual support and I appreciate you all.  There will be times I don't acknowledge a kind favor, but it's not because I don't care.  It's just too easy to miss things that file into my online activity stream.  Please accept my ap…

Our Master’s Voice: Comfort Outside the Comfort Zone (Animal Instinct Trilogy, Part 3)

[Apologies for a very late Part 3.If you’re able, read Part 1, then Part 2, then this post.This trilogy includes some extraordinary but true animal stories and offers insight into some of our human tendencies, a.k.a., animal instincts.]
My dog Izzy has grown almost completely blind and deaf, and her sensitivity to odors is failing as well.We rescued her from a shelter so we don’t know her complete care history or even how old she is.But she’s been in our family for over 10 years and she’s definitely showing signs of old age.Often, when she stops during her walks, she loses her bearings and starts up again in a different direction.Even when I tug on her leash, she somehow believes that her poor sense of smell is a better compass than her master's guidance.And, inside the house, she bumps into walls and furniture, and often bumps around in circles because she doesn’t know which way is right. Izzy is out of her comfort zone.As her owner, I’m also out of sorts because it’s hard to direc…