Spilled.

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. — John 12:3 As I was praying this morning, the scene described in this verse came to mind. I…

Ordering Your Time.

I guess I thought I was doing God a favor when I left my job a couple of weeks ago. I was really proud of my contribution. My inner voice was saying, “He needs me to step off the assembly line of life and brainstorm and come up with this fool-proof plan to get fully…

Mom, I Quit My Job To Be A Missionary.

This week we celebrated a huge milestone in the journey of preparing for a life of missions work in Italy. Because we have reached a certain level of accumulated Outgoing Support (the amount of financial support needed to go and get settled in Italy) and Monthly Support (the amount of financial support needed for monthly…

12 Years of Chasing Dreams (Together).

Today, Amy and I celebrate 12 years of dream-chasing together. We’ve lasted longer, so far, than Amazon, Uber, Instagram, and Twitter! We were born at just the right time. I know this because our relationship started pretty much when Facebook started, and through it we have documented our journey. It’s been a gigantic success and…

What They Told Us To Do.

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” — Acts 8:26   Recently, I was asked to drive to the airport to pick up a group flying in from Nicaragua, returning from a two-week missions trip. Since I have done this…

Capturing Pokemon in Bologna.

I tried as hard as I could to get Zach to forget about his Pokemon trading cards and Pokemon GO. Seriously. It’s all he was talking about. Driving me insane. Then, I remembered I was the exact same way about things over 30 years ago when I was a boy his age. My parents couldn’t…

Back to School at the Williams House.

A table buried beneath papers and books became mission central last week as the first homework of the new year arrived. We had taken special care in choosing colorful backpacks they would like. On this day, however, backpacks turned into the dreaded things from which math, science, and spelling assignments came. The days of unlimited…

The Introvert’s Guide To The Great Commission.

We found a quiet place at the corner of the restaurant to have our lunch. Amy and the girls were at the front, talking with a family she apparently knew. Soon, Story bounced over happily and announced, “This family is going to sit with us and eat!” “What?!” I responded sharply before thinking. I hadn’t even…

The Object Lesson.

This weekend I attended a training event with a handful of other men. We were all connected by a dear man in his 80s who has been investing his retired years in the hearts of younger men daily. A couple of months ago I noticed what he was doing and thought, “This is what I…

Praying for the Harvest.

Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge…

What is your baseline?

Amy and I got into a discussion about contentment recently. We were in the car with the kids, which is either the worst possible time and place or the absolute best to have this talk depending on who you’re talking to. “When was a time in our life together that you felt 100% content?” I…