Monday, July 31, 2006

I'm back

Last week I totally revamped my website, check it out at It made me realize how important it is to maintain this blog. The entire first half of 2006 was dedicated to polishing Evidence of Grace, which is due for release in June 2007, writing another book, and starting yet another. No, I'm not as busy as I sound. I only started the new book last week. I'm very excited about it though and hope to finish it in time to start book 4 of my Jenna's Creek series by the end of the year.

Amidst all the writing and promoting and scheduling speaking events, I remind myself of what's really important. I recently told someone that another person didn't think he liked her. This man's actions do not make him seem warm or approachable. He told me since he became a Christian, he has agape love for all men. Then in the next breath, he said if someone didn't speak to him, he wouldn't speak to them.

Is it possible to have agape love (an all encompassing love) for our fellow man, yet the world can't see it by our actions? I don't think so. We all like to be told that we're loved. Especially women. We need to hear the words, fellas. But even when we're not told, we should be able to see it, feel it, experience it.

It is easy for me to judge this man who says he loves everyone yet lives as if the world is a great annoyance. But what about me? Do I reflect God's love back to everyone I see? Or do I complain so much about the heat index and gas prices and how my steak in under-cooked in a restaurant, they'd rather not spend time in my presence?

Today, let's take a serious look at ourselves. Do the people in your life know you love them? Do they know how much you look forward to Spring or the first snowfall? Do they know how the sound of a baby's laugh or the song you first danced to makes a lump rise in your throat? Or do they know you hate waiting in line and remember all the bad words you said when you found another ding in your car from a shopping cart?

Have a blessed week...and don't forget to be a blessing to someone else.