Child coloring w crayons

Writing with Crayons

Don’t you love the smell of crayons?  That very distinctive waxy smell opens the floodgates for all kinds of memories.  I have such a vivid image in my mind right now of one of my own children handing me a picture she just made using crayons.  The huge proud smile on her face beaming up…

Everest Beyond the Limit - Discovery Channel

Mountain Climbing

One of my favorite shows is “Everest: Beyond the Limit” on the Discovery Channel.  The show follows several people on their quest to reach the top of Mount Everest.  Some make it to the top, others don’t.  To even make the attempt requires not just time and money, but also extensive preparations in the form…

Atlanta cityscape seen from above

Living in Godly Suburbia

I had an interesting thought the other day as I was driving through Atlanta.  I’m not an Atlanta-area native, so I have a difficult time figuring out where one city or community ends and the next one begins.  I’m sure the city of Atlanta proper has boundaries…I just can’t tell where the city of Atlanta…

Flickr image "Uh oh" by Dave 77459, usage via CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license

Giving Your All…Even When You Don’t Want To

Have you ever had times when you notice apathy starting to creep into your work?  Maybe you’re in a difficult work environment, under lots of stress, work for a difficult boss, deal with demanding (and sometimes inconsiderate) customers, feel like you’re surrounded by incompetence…You’re feeling underpaid, undervalued, and just weary from the daily grind.

Steam Locomotive No. 844

Full Steam Ahead!

I used to work for a railroad.  The engineer on a train has a huge responsibility to safely operate and move that train over sometimes difficult terrain and in all kinds of weather.  When you have a train roughly a mile (or more) in length, hauling over 10,000 tons of freight, running in excess of…

"Me Myself and I" original photo by Paul Evans, 6 Aug 2012

Me, Myself, and I . . . A Brief Conversation

ME:  “Lord, if it be Your will, make me into a vessel that You can use.” MYSELF:  “But, to become like Christ means we are to share in His suffering!” ME:  “Lord, if it be Your will, make me into a vessel that You can use.” MYSELF:  “But, pain and suffering is not a cup…

Scooping Up Manna

    I wrote “Scooping Up Manna” on March 3rd, 2011 as an entry in my private journal during a time of great internal struggle and turmoil over whether or not I would choose to be obedient to follow after God.  This poem is based on the Biblical account found in Numbers chapters 13 and…

Where’s the Starting Line?

Every journey must start somewhere.  The Bible says that we are to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1), but where is the starting line?  In the journey of life, there could be several occasions where we could draw a big line and say, “This is it!  This is where…