We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Join us for a Conference Call with John Fornof!

This Thursday, October 6th, at 8pm EDT, I will have the privilege of interviewing my good friend John Fornof. John is one of the master scriptwriters behind Adventures in Odyssey and Lamplighter Theatre. He was also one of our master teachers at the first Lamplighter Guild this summer. We’re looking forward to an hour or so of hearing from John on what makes a good writer and how to live a life that reflects God’s story in each one of our lives.

If you’d like to join us, feel free to call in to 712-432-0900 and enter access code 604578#. This call is open to all, so invite your friends!

Published in: on October 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beating of Our Heart

Sometimes, the smallest part of a machine can have the greatest significance. The Lord’s brother James understood this. He tells us in the third chapter of his letter that though large ships are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it too has the greatest influence in our lives–for good or bad.

For years my son Jonathan was parented by my voice. There were chores to do, actions to be corrected, lights to turn off (it bugged me if they left a room and left the lights on!), devotions to listen to and the list is quite endless. Now that I look back, looking through a different set of eyes, it doesn’t sound very fun to be a child. Trying to cultivate a work ethic, with good intentions, I placed responsibility above relationship–which always leads to frustration.

Then one day I came across Isaiah 40:11–“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”

I read it again and again. My eyes were opening for the very first time to the needs of Jonathan’s heart. It was right there in black and white. Allow me to explain by first asking a question. Have you ever seen a picture of a shepherd carrying a lamb? Where does he carry the lamb? Correct–on his shoulders. But no shepherd that knows anything about lambs will ever carry a lamb on his shoulders. They are simply too afraid up there.

Isaiah teaches us that the shepherd carries the lamb in his arms close to his heart. Why? Because there, the lamb can hear the beating of the shepherd’s heart. That is what my son was longing for, but instead he heard the beating of my voice. It’s time, mom and dad, to silence our words and open our hearts as we draw our children close to let them hear the beating of our heart. A caring hug may be a good first step.

Published in: on October 4, 2011 at 5:17 am  Leave a Comment