Section: Object Lessons

The Mortarboards of Life

From Kindergarten to the Memorial Gardens, graduations are forever. Mortarboards fly from skinned up knees to tree house trees because commencement services never cease. As you go from building blocks to Tonka trucks, Tonka Trucks to life’s mountaintops, you have one graduation and commencement service after another. You graduate from the … Read more »

The Path of Least Resistance

Each time I turned the small tractor towards the north I could see the storm clouds growing higher, wider and darker. I knew I had less than 20 minutes to finish tilling the garden. This would be the third and last time I would till before planting. I parked the tractor and … Read more »

What Is the Big Deal About Grace?

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
My mind was racing. “I have to be at work at 4:00 … Read more »

Present Help in Time of Trouble

We live in a world that brings us challenges and difficulties. No one can escape it. But we can all make the best of it by realizing that, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1. It is marvelous and comforting to take hold of God’s promises.
God even … Read more »

Mishaps Happen

It was time for summer vacation, and we had planned a trip to the mountains of North Carolina. My daughter had mastered the art of riding a bicycle only a few months earlier and was anxious to take her bike with us. After several stops in various spots along the way, we … Read more »

Peanut Butter Jars

I have a tradition. Almost every year I go to Wal-Mart before Christmas and buy Mollie, my wife, a new set of drinking glasses. I purchase a new set of glasses that match. Why do I do this? It all started years ago when our two children were at home and … Read more »

The Good Shepherd

The rising sun cast its rays on budding bushes and trees. The smell of Spring was in the air—fresh and green. As morning dawned on the Quinn Farm in central Texas, the seasonal sounds intensified.
Baa…Baa…Baa—a ewe bleated for her newborn lamb. Baa…Baa—the baby responded. This constant cry of communication, multiplied by hundreds … Read more »

Hey Houston, We’ve Got a Problem Here

The church Jesus established when He dropped His head in the locks of His shoulders and died, is on a mission—a mission from God. The mission is to go into the entire world and preach the good news to every nation. If you are a child of God, then it becomes your mission, not just … Read more »

Let’s Go Target!

Some time ago, my sister and her daughter Sonia came to our house to visit. During their stay, we did all of the fun things three-year-olds love to do. We walked our dog, played on the jungle gym, swung on the swings, slid down the slide, and squeezed through what must have been miles of … Read more »

Styrofoam Cups

2 Corinthians 4: 1&7 says, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;… But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
Have you ever watched what someone does with a Styrofoam cup after they finish … Read more »