The Weekly Babble

God has Called You

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:33

God has called you to be a leader.  That’s right, a leader, YOU, the person you see when you look in the mirror.  It doesn’t matter whether you think you are leader material or not.  He has called you to lead.  We have all heard statements like, “She is a natural born leader” or “He is more of a follower instead of a leader.”  I understand the statements and in the right context I agree.  Not everyone is gifted with the ability to lead a large corporation or congregation well.  Just as not everyone is gifted with the desire to serve all the time with little or no recognition.  Being gifted

Hold Please

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:40

“Your call is very important to us.  Please wait on the line for the next available representative.”  If my call is so important, why isn’t there someone to answer my call when I call?  I’m sure none of you have ever been frustrated for being put on hold for an extended period.  It is probably just me.  Why are we irritated when we have to wait, and should we be irritated when we have to wait?  Can waiting be a good thing or is it always a waste of precious time?  It depends doesn’t it?  Most people would say, “5 minutes is nothing, I could wait five minutes for anything.”  My response, “Ok

Seeing the Inside

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 07/23/2018 - 08:02

“Well, open ‘er up and see what’s inside.”  Where might you hear these words?  At a birthday party or anytime a gift is given, would be a reasonable guess.  What about from some young explorers looking for an excuse to use a new Swiss Army Knife, or a biologist trying to find an explanation to the sudden deaths of a particular species.  Even doctors often need to look inside a body to determine the cause of pain, and in extreme cases, the cause of death.

God is Watching

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:54

God is watching you.  Did you ever hear those words from your momma?  If you did, you know they were never meant to bring comfort.  It was a statement meant to bring conviction.  It didn’t matter whether a sinful thought or act took place.  It was a more authoritative way of saying, “Be good, watch out, think about what you are doing and know there are consequences to your actions.”  Is the statement true?  Is God watching us, and if so, should moms be using this statement to strike fear into their children?  Well, yes, it is true.  God is attentive to the activities of man on earth, and ye

No Money, No Stress

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 08:59

Money continues to be the leading cause of stress for Americans, a new survey finds.  This is the opening statement in an article by Dennis Thompson for Healthday.  Is the statement true for you?  Whether it is or not, we all have felt what it is like to not have enough money to pay for  something.  When that “something” is food or electricity, stress can easily enter our life.  If the “something” is a desired purse or new golf club, stress will probably not make us lose any sleep.  What if (gotta love, what ifs), what if money was never a factor?  What if we neve

Taking Time Off

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:13

I’m taking some time off, isn’t that a funny saying?  Time off of what?  How does someone go about that exactly?  Will a hammer and chisel do the trick, or would a pair of scissors or hedge trimmers work better?  We all know time cannot be adjusted with a tool or taken off anything.  We can, however, adjust the way we spend our time, and that’s what’s going on today.  I made an adjustment to how and where I usually spend my Sunday mornings.

Description by Comparison

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:08

“If so and so jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?”  Where have we heard those words before?  You got it, from our moms.  Aren’t Momisms great?  Taken literally one would have to ponder a response.  I loved jumping off bridges when I was a kid, as long as there was water below.  More than one bridge above Lake Hamilton has provided me a diving platform, but I knew better than to bring that up when the Momism came at me.  I understood the point being made.  Do not do something just because someone else is doing it.  Be your own person.  Make wise decisions.  Think befo

Meeting Childlike Needs

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:14

Being the kind of father a child needs is not difficult.  It does take work, but you don’t have to be rich.  You do not have to be smart and you do not have to have muscles like the Hulk or reflexes like a ninja.  You only have to be there.  There when he needs you.  There when he does not need you.  There when he wants you.  There when he doesn’t.  The mere presence of a father in a child’s life speaks louder than words ever will. 

Church Camp

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:02

My first experience at church camp was when I was 49 years old, and I loved it.  It is probably safe to say that me loving church camp is not the same as a 10 year old loving church camp.  The kids love the bunk houses.  Everyone packed into one big room with bunk beds that can be pushed together to act as a second floor.


Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:49

Graduation, we all know what it means.  It is a somewhat lengthy word and would give a nice score in scrabble, but it’s not one of those words only used in books.  It is common.  We get it, but if you look at the dictionary definition it seems a bit off.  It does not have a sense of motion in it.  I don’t know about you, but I cannot think about graduation without thinking, “What’s next?”  Graduation is not about finishing.  It is about continuing.  Although the element of completion is in there, the excitement of opportunity earned through the completion is much greater.  None of us want t