Do You Believe Me Or Don’t You?


Isn’t it exasperating when you know the truth… when you know the answer… when you have already solved a problem… when you know what someone needs…

… and they don’t believe you?

How cool is it when you tell someone you have the answer… or know the truth… or know what they need… or can solve their problem…

… and they don’t think twice. They put all their faith in you?

Hear what I have to say about this and check out the beautiful surroundings in today’s video here:

Change of scenery this morning. From a morning completely booked with appointments to a large, gaping hole in my schedule, I was able to deliver bagels to the birthday girl and stop at a scenic spot for today’s message.

Jesus faces this situation in today’s Gospel (John 4:43-54). He leaves His hometown where nobody believes He is who He says He is. He’s exasperated! “Why can’t you believe by faith?” He might have said.

In Cana, a royal official (I identify him as a soldier in today’s video) believes from the bottom of his heart that Jesus can cure his son, who is near death. Jesus does.

Can you believe without fully knowing?

And what if you believe, but you don’t receive the miracle?

Do you… will you… still believe?


Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel:

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.

Who the Heck Says YOU Are a Writer?


I love hockey. Fanatic. Maniacal fanatic.

I played as a kid. Skokie Park District team and my high school club team, the Niles West Indians.

I stunk.


… maybe that’s a bit harsh. But I wasn’t very good.

Was I a hockey player?

Sure I was! I wasn’t a National Hockey League superstar. But I was a hockey player.

It’s okay to call myself a hockey player. It’s not okay to say I was a star in the NHL.

Jeff Goins is a writer, and although I have never met him in person, someone I consider a friend. He wrote a brief post on why you aren’t really a writer until you decide to call yourself a writer.

I agree.

Do you write? No? Well, then you’re not a writer. But if you write, then you’re a writer.

It’s that simple.

Was I a hockey player?

So who are you trying to convince? Somebody else?

Or you?

Listen and watch what happens when you confidently tell a person that you are (or introduce yourself as) a writer.

Try it. Observe.

Two takeaways:

(1) They believe you.
(2) You start to believe it, too.

Over time, you replace your internal dialogue. A person who doesn’t know you immediately identifies you a certain way. You, however, know you. If you haven’t already identified yourself as a writer, how can you convince yourself?

Unless you convince yourself.

Tell yourself you are a writer.

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