Category: Parents

A Legacy-Leaving Father In-Love

9 Months, 3 days ago, I published this blog post in honor of my father in-love, Fred Augsburger. THIS MORNING – January 30, 2017 @ 2:15AM, he heard the words, “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant, Enter Into Your Eternal Reward.” WELCOME HOME!   *A Celebration of Life for Fred Augsburger will be held February 11, […]

Sing Your Own Story

  I was recently watching a segment of The Voice, a made-for-TV vocal competition in its seventh season. One of the musician coaches, Pharrel Williams, gave memorable counsel to a young artist. Williams said, “Don’t sing anyone else’s story, sing your own.” I jotted that one down. Irish writer and poet, Oscar Wilde, is known […]

Sticks and Stones

  It’s a lie. Absolutely not true. The rhyme I heard on the playground in elementary school is simply false. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Words matter. Words make a difference. There’s a catchy song by Hawk Nelson that I […]

Fruit Full Faith

A YEAR AGO TODAY…A MENTOR OF MINE CHANGED HIS ADDRESS FROM EARTH TO HEAVEN…HERE’S A REPOST OF WHAT I WROTE THAT DAY 10/11/12: Today, our world lost an authentic down-to-earth saint. Not a saint in some formal religious way, but an everyday kind of saint.  He was a dad, a grandpa, a great grandpa, a […]

A Visible Legacy

  Sometimes you get to see your legacy, sometimes not. As a pastor for 34 years, people have come and gone. Sometimes you see the spiritual legacy of transformation from your ministry influence. Occasionally, you wonder if you have really made any difference. Mostly, I’m blessed to see a visible legacy. Especially, I’m seeing my […]

Top 5 for June

  Just in case you missed them, here are the top five posts for the month of June. The biggest surprise to me is the Valentine’s Day post is still running at #4 several months past February. It seems that search engines keep directing people to the blog. However, I’m not so surprised that The […]

Father’s Day

  At my home growing up in Oregon, the third Sunday of June each year was always at least one celebration. But sometimes, it was a three-for-one deal. If that third Sunday happened to fall on June 21st, it was my dad’s birthday, the first day of summer and Father’s Day all on the same […]

Learning From My Father

  It’s almost Father’s Day weekend again! A year ago, I was on a fourteen hour three-leg “red-eye” flight from Florida to Oregon to be with my dad. After speaking with him by phone nearly every day during his month-long stay in the hospital, I wanted to spend more time with him and try to […]

The Bamboo Principle

  Have you heard about the Chinese Bamboo tree whose seed goes dormant when planted? No amount of attention to the seed will arouse it from its sleep. However, careful care and nurture is required during this dormancy. Even though no visible signs of life are noticeable for FIVE YEARS, at the end of that […]

Pass It On

  One of the grandest things you can do in life is to leave a legacy that extends beyond you to generations to come. There is no better place to start than with your children and grandchildren. What are you passing on to the next generations after you? Is it something that brings pride or […]