After the “Amen”

There’s a continuing debate in business circles about the importance of “doing the right thing” vs. “doing things right.” Basically, it boils down to this: The former focuses on the end goal or desired outcome in light of the bigger picture, while the latter takes into account the details and necessary steps needed to accomplish the task or reach the goal. In an ideal world, both would be equally important, and it would be about “doing the right things right.”

As I thought about this delineation between two seemingly good and “right” approaches, it occurred to me that we often prioritize one at the expense of the other in our own lives. We get so bogged down in the details that we forget the overall focus. (Think: We’re so busy with “doing” that we lose sight of the whole point—knowing Christ and becoming more like Him.) Or, we focus so much on accomplishing the task, itself, that we overlook the details. And let’s face it—sometimes, the how and why matter just as much as the end result. Continue reading

Red Ribbons of Hope

 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household. (Joshua 2:18)

I love everything about Christmas–the sights, the sounds, the smells. I love the lights and decorations, the hustle and bustle of the airports and malls, Christmas music (but only after Thanksgiving), and my mom’s molasses cookies and homemade eggnog. I love that the season seems to bring out the best in people–everyone is just a little more patient, a little more gracious, and smiles linger just a little longer. Continue reading