1A53C225-0385-4AB6-A484-D4646838458D“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Many people I know claim to have numerous friends. While I admire hundreds of people, I have come to realize that I have a small cadre of true friends. As the Proverb states, a real friend is closer than a brother. During some of the most difficult periods in my life, a handful of people actually gave me their unwavering support. Some of my “friends” distanced themselves and gossiped about my misfortunes. As the wise saying goes, “true friends walk in when others walk out”. Now I am not so vain as to think I have always been a true friend to others either. Being a true friend requires sacrifice and I have not always been able to fulfill that role. Perhaps my own standards have limited how many friends I have. Still I will press onward and try to love others as commanded.


2905515E-7704-41D4-8755-94CC544D9D7D“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬


In many ways, our culture has become very self-centered to the point of feeling proud of our own self-worth. Why do we praise pride? I believe it takes our focus off God who deserves all our focus and praise. We can feel joy for doing our best, but I believe pride merely tries to conceal something which we do not want others to discover—ultimately our own powerlessness without the power of God.

Mother’s Day

59C4C9FC-FA37-4ED2-80AE-2D9739E99AAB“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Mother’s Day
Our modern Mother’s Day started in the US in the early twentieth century and is a day set aside to recognize and honor all mothers. But the essence of honoring one’s mother was displayed by the young man in the above painting. He was celebrating his high school graduation at the beach where he ultimately gave his life while saving his mother from drowning. My daughter painted his portrait and presented it to his mother the following Mother’s Day. Truly he honored his mother with the ultimate sacrifice.


3353C613-E0F4-4581-98E6-D3B342F0D0B1“”Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20:12‬ ‭ESV

March 12 is my mother’s birthday. Today I honor her in Heaven for sacrificing so much for me and for loving me enough to make me fiercely independent. There are so many precious memories, but one stands out above all other. My older brother died of melanoma at age 24 just 3 weeks before Christmas and my mother, along with my father, made sure that Christmas was extra special for everyone else. That kind of courage and love defined my mother and I am indeed thankful.


6A432AC9-DC2A-4464-86F7-0BA289F39171Honorable: worthy of honor:

morally correct, honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, full of integrity, decent, respected, respectable, venerable, virtuous, good, upstanding, upright, worthy, noble, high-principled, fair, just, truthful, trustworthy, trusty, law-abiding, incorruptible, reliable, reputable, dependable, faithful, illustrious, distinguished, eminent, great, admirable, glorious, prestigious, noble, notable, creditable, renowned, esteemed
During President Bush’s funeral today, the word honorable came to mind and seemed to sum up this man’s character. He was a member of the great generation and leaves us with great respect and admiration.
In contrast, I recall a recent court experience where the judge was called honorable, but the synonyms listed above certainly did not apply. This judge accepted the position of honor, but failed to assume the responsibilities of fulfilling that expectation. In a nutshell, that summarizes most of our society’s problems.