"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
 - Mother Theresa of Calcutta


What is it about some people?
Some people that you meet
They move forward
No matter the circumstances
They not only survive
They thrive

What voices do they hear
What messages do they tell themselves
When they are up against it
When life is falling down
Or opportunity is knocking
And it's time to make a decision

What is it about some people
Some people that you meet
They stand still
No matter the circumstances
They not only stagnate
They backslide

What voices do they hear
What messages do they tell themselves
When they are up against it
When life is falling down
Or opportunity is knocking
And it's time to make a decision

They both hear voices of judgement
They both hear "you can't do it"  
They both hear "you won't make it"

Fear is there
That's for sure
For both
So what's the difference?

I'm not certain
I could be wrong
But the one that moves forward knows
Knows deep inside 
She'll be OK—no matter what the outcome
The one that shrinks back
Just isn't sure
She might not make it
She'll wait until she's sure

by Ken Carlson More poetry here
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From the Blog: The Problem With Religion

I have a problem. I like to be right. I've always been this way—at least as long as I can remember. 

In grade school, sometimes the only thing I had to hold onto was the fact that I was right about the answer. One not so emotionally intelligent teacher gave me some advice on how to deal with bullies that called me names; she told me to tell them to "prove it." For all the bullies and for the bullied out there—you know what happened when I said "prove it." The bullies just started chanting prove it, prove it, prove it. 

I learned though—that I could know the most and have at least some confidence as I went through my life. I definitely enjoyed proving people wrong—which didn't win me very many friends as a young student.

So midway through high school, I decided to completely choose my religion. I was cocky, bold, and used to getting picked on. Not such a great combination. I soon took the messages of love that were given to me by my church and turned them into messages of exclusion. I was genuinely worried about the souls of my friends, my girlfriend, and co-workers. I quickly learned as much as I could about how to evangelize everyone who was far from God (at least from my point of view.) I wore t-shirts that proclaimed my devotion to Jesus and every conversation I had with someone that didn't believe like I did was an opportunity to tell them about the "good news."

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How's That Working For You?

You're ambitious.
You're successful.
It seems you have a pretty good life.
You know though--that everything isn't what it seems.

We tend to do the same things over and over again in our lives expecting different results. We chase the dreams of our 20s only to find in our 40s that none of those things really mattered. What we really wanted was a life of joy. A life of friendship. A life of adventure. 

Instead, we find ourselves living for someone else's idea of a perfect life.

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