Let’s Stop Judging and Start Listening with Compassion

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Matthew 7:1-2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.7.1-2.NLT A professor stood at the front of a classroom of students pursuing their master’s degree in Educational Counseling. The following instructions were given, “As I read this story, raise your hand when you think you have ...

Truly

Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash O Lord , if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone! Jeremiah 17:14 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.17.14.NLT What is it that you really want to be healed from?  Is there a set of circumstances or relationships you need to be saved from?  How are your own efforts to be healed and saved working out? I have come to yearn ...

A Community that Cares- Employee Commitment to Creation Care

At the beginning of 2019, the staff of Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center made a commitment to make changes that would contribute to meeting the goal of reducing campus waste by 10% from combined fuel, propane, electric, and solid waste consumption by 2020. Every month leadership sends an email to staff with the latest news in the field of sustainability with an attached action step. The action step incorporates the news shared with practical ways of integrating it into ...

Gone Forever

Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4 NLT https://www.bible.com/bible/116/rev.21.4 What comes to your mind when you hear “gone forever”? Is it opportunities missed, wealth squandered, or broken relationships now out of your reach? I hear two words most often associated with “gone forever”: regret and relief. Regret represents aspects of life that ...

Experiential Learning Outcomes for Outdoor Science Education

Photo by Ellie Storms on Unsplash “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I’ll remember. What I do, I’ll learn.”                          -Chinese proverb This proverb could be the first identification of the styles of learning. It certainly is one of the earliest confirmations of what many educators have developed over the years. Many advocated children going outside to learn about the forest by walking in the forest. Encouraging students to bring a notebook along, stopping, seeing, drawing, smelling, digging, and measuring. ...

The Challenge of Honor & Respect

Photo by Product School on Unsplash So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 1 Peter 5:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/1pe.5.6.NLT Honor and respect are often associated with people who are established leaders. Up-and-coming leaders often wish to be shown honor and respect. Yet, there are challenges associated with honor and respect: Established leaders think they deserve it, and treat it as an aspect of power and influence over ...

Please Love and Know Me

Photo by Emmanuel Phaeton on Unsplash I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/hos.6.6.NLT Every person wants to be loved and known. Guess what, God desires the same thing! God wants us to show love and to know Him. This is far more important than any religious structure or system in our lives. There is a nasty tendency in humanity to try to ...

Cared for by God, Always

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/php.4.19.NLT You and I are cared for by God. Always. Along the way, we don’t always see the evidence of God’s care because we are blinded by the sheer force of stress or trauma we are dealing with. Questions burst out in hard times ...

Is a Fundraising Event Right for Your Organization?

From time to time I am approached by organizations looking for ways to improve their fundraising efforts. One idea on their list is inevitably an auction. Auctions seem pretty straight forward right? You get items donated, people pay for the items and your organization benefits from those purchases. I wish I could say it was so easy, but auctions can be much more complicated than they appear. There are few questions you should ask yourself before you dive in head ...

On Purpose

Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.10.10.NLT “Did you mean to do that on purpose?” is a phrase a co-worker would often say to me when reviewing and managing my overcrowded schedule of commitments. It was a polite and humorous way of asking me to examine my priorities and purpose. Jesus asks the same question when ...

Body

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself… 1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/1co.6.19.NLT Image by Mimzy from Pixabay We live in a time where there is intense debate over one’s body and the personal freedoms and responsibilities associated with one’s body. Some laws regarding one’s body and corresponding rights have been considered by the highest court in the ...

Top 5 Contributions Millennials make to the Non Profit Sector

Millennials are the hope of the future. Having worked alongside this cohort since they were in high school, I have found them to be intelligent, hard-working, and committed to the kinds of community values that make the world a better place. Millennials are an amazing gift to non-profits in five important ways: Quest for meaning: Millennials are motivated by meaning, by a purpose greater than themselves. Every non-profit needs motivated employees and volunteers who align their personal Photo by Annie ...

Wealth and Relationships

Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away. Proverbs 19:4 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.4.NLT One of the great experiences at Warm Beach Camp is the formation of life-long friendships. Recently, at one Family Camp, people who have been coming for generations upon generations gathered to grow in God and enjoy each other’s relationships. As I have watched people connect with each other over the years, I see people truly enjoying each other for who they are. The relationship is not established ...

Blaming God

People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord. Proverbs 19:3 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.3.NLT   It’s time for confession. Have you ever blamed God for something that was clearly the result of your own foolishness? I don’t want to admit it, but I have. Dr. Henry Cloud, in a book titled Necessary Endings describes foolishness as the person who never takes responsibility for his/her own actions. In earlier years, I took way too many risks ...

Choose Honesty

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. Proverbs 19:1 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.1.NLT If you were given the choice of being honest and poor compared to being dishonest and rich what would you choose?  I suspect many of us would ask if we could be honest and wealthy. The truth is, some of the most honest people I know do happen to be wealthy. It is also true that some of the most honest people I ...

More than Enthusiasm, Please

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. Proverbs 19:2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.2.NLT I am guilty of jumping into something with enthusiasm as my primary energy. When I find out how much knowledge is needed to be effective, it is very sobering, and quickly becomes hard work to do it right. While enthusiasm can be a wonderful encourager, it is not a foundation on which to make decisions. Good decisions are based on conviction, knowledge and application. It takes time ...

Alert, Thankful and Praying

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/col.4.2.NLT In this scripture, the apostle Paul is encouraging us to give priority to prayer in our lives. He gives us two challenges as part of the encouragement: Come to prayer with an alert mind Pray with a thankful heart Alert Mind: “Pay Attention!” From the parent’s correction to the coach or supervisor who is giving specific instruction, we have all been admonished to be ...

Honesty and Faithfulness

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/luk.16.10.NLT Effectiveness and impact in life are directly related to being honest and faithful. It begins with little decisions and small choices. Taking each situation and handling it well leads to being trusted with more.  Honesty and faithfulness are quiet and effective ways to grow. Rarely, do these ...

Are you willing to listen?

Photo by Melody Jacob on Unsplash “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” Luke 6:27-28 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/luk.6.27-28.NLT They waited diligently for several hours for him to be released from the county jail. A plan had been put in place. Support was set up. There was a home and a job. It was a wonderful opportunity. All ...

Stay True

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/2ti.1.7.NLT I have never lived in a time like this. There is incredible freedom. Substantial cultural pressure to conform is intensifying. Connection with the world is increasing every day through technology. Polarization around ideology and power are pulling us apart. Much of this pressure is contrary to the ways of Jesus, as written in the Bible. As a ...