Baby God


According to my four-year old grandson, “Baby God” was born today. Not Jesus, Baby God.

Funny, huh?

On second thought, I love it. The Israelites weren’t allowed to speak the name of God so God’s son could not possibly be called “Baby God”.  Jesus was His earthly name but “Baby God” says it all.

Too often we separate Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit and we forget they are one in the same. This is definitely not going to be an essay on the Trinity. Are you kidding me?

On this Christmas day, think what it might mean if you rethought the name “Jesus” and substituted “Baby God”. Would it possibly change how you feel about God? Would you see HIm in a more approachable way? Would you realize that He isn’t the angry God you might have been led to believe? Would you see the love that He gives evidenced in His voluntary time on earth?

Sometimes a four-year old has a better understanding of God than the rest of us.

Merry Christmas

an alphabet of thank, “M”

"manly" man

“manly” man

Meals, manicure, most, miles, many, mangoes, mustard, manipulation, men, manly, manners.

Today I’m thankful for “manly” men. What is that exactly?

I’ll describe one I know intimately.

A “manly” man is:

  • A gentleman
  • Well-mannered
  • Kind
  • Strong
  • Well-groomed
  • Tender
  • Helpful
  • Kind
  • Funny
  • Fun
  • Adventurous
  • Loving
  • Lover
  • Sensitive

A “manly” man is not crude, vulgar, self-centered, self-serving, sloppy, ill-mannered.

I’m thankful for all the “manly” men I know. And there are more of them then there are of the other.

a heartwarming post to start your day and make you feel good

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I hope  you find this as inspiring and heartwarming as I did. I know this person very well. 🙂  You’ll be getting my version of the same story in the future. It’s just taken a long time to write it. I am publishing this to “” as well.

Faith, Hope, and Love

Two years ago yesterday Down syndrome became my reality.

Two years ago today I sat in this same hospital where I now sit. Scared.

Two years ago today I watched as doctors performed an echo-cardiogram on my son who was less than 24 hours old.

Two years ago today I ran into a young man with Down syndrome sweeping the floors of the maternity ward. Scared for my son’s future.

Two years ago today my then dreams and hopes turned to fears.

Two years ago today I knew one thing. I loved my son.

Today Down syndrome is just another part of my life.

Today I sit in the same hospital. Happy. Smiling.

Today I’m thankful for my son’s health.

Today I saw several young people with Down syndrome. Working. Enjoying lunch. Enjoying each others company. No longer scared for my son’s future.

Today my fears have turned to hope.

Today I know much more.

Today one thing remains from two years ago today: my love for my son.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

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Thinking should be a law


(You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?

I thought about all kinds of noble answers to this query like, everyone should have to love each other, everyone should forgive each other, blah, blah, blah.

While this would be great, I’m not dense.  It just isn’t going to happen. Not in this world. But then I thought, maybe there’s a way to accomplish all the love and forgiveness part through the backdoor.

So for me, I’d love to make it a law that everyone should really “think” before making decisions.  I am quite convinced most people don’t even know how to think. They “think” they do (good pun, huh?). But good thinking requires putting aside one’s own preconceived ideas and what other people think and do your own thinking.

We are bombarded with so many words, the constant texts, tweets, e-mails, twenty-four hour news, that we erroneously adopt those views and assume we’ve thought it all through when all we’ve really done is absorb other people’s thoughts.  Then we make decisions based on what we’ve heard not what we’ve ourselves have thought. We simply regurgitate.

I don’t think anyone would disagree with me that lack of analytical, quality thinking is behind the dumb mistakes we see friends and families make. Think about your own life. Wouldn’t you agree that your biggest mistakes have come because you really didn’t think things through?

Thinking is a skill. It needs to be rehearsed and practiced just like any other skill. We don’t do it, of course, because first of all, we don’t take the time and secondly, because we think we already know how. One only has to look at one’s own actions to know this isn’t true. You might want to read about one of my more non-thinking moments here. 

I’m all for intuition and think there are certainly occasions we can trust our intuition and at times should trust that before we trust our thinking. But that’s rare. Usually reserved for crisis situations. 

Many tomes have been written on how to think. John Maxwell and M. Scott Peck have authored some excellent books on this subject.The best place to begin is simply ask yourself this question anytime you proffer an opinion, “Is this what I really think?”

So for today the universal law is “Think, people!”