Archive for the ‘Spirituality’ Category


April 7, 2023

I gave a presentation on the Internet Wednesday. The topic was manufacturing transformation. Someone asked a question about what skills he should develop–innovation? I replied, no, develop curiosity. Broaden your reading. Listen to a wide variety of podcasts. Ask questions. Be amazed. That will lead to being innovative.

I write this post on Good Friday. This anniversary remembers a series of events that has provoked the spiritual transformation of millions of people. Spiritual transformation also transformed the ways millions of people have lived their daily lives, related to those other humans around them, lived within themselves.

The events aroused the curiosity of millions as they try to imagine what it was like in Jerusalem all those many years ago. And to put themselves in the places of the various actors on that stage. What was it like to be a member of the Jewish ruling council? Or Pilate? Or the women followers? Or the close friends?

Better to be curious about what the meaning in your own life. Have you been transformed? What has that meant? What could that mean for how you live tomorrow?

For millions this has been a day to pause and reflect. Grab a bit of time today (or whatever day you happen to be reading this) and pause and reflect.

What Is The Spirit Seeking To Do Through Me?

November 21, 2022

Some people think that all you need is faith. They are suspicious of what they call “works.” The idea is that you cannot work your way into heaven.

Other people follow along with the Apostle James who taught that faith without works is dead.

Many of us are at work seeking God. We are not so arrogant as to think we know all about God.

As we seek, we ask the reverse question–what is the spirit seeking to do through me?

I am not an innocent bystander. God’s spirit moves through the universe seeking people who will infuse themselves with the spirit and follow where it leads doing what is required.

Dwell On What Is Real, Not On the Surface

November 16, 2022

There is the flower, then again there is the fruit.

Do you dwell on the surface beauty of the person, or on their inner depth?

Do you dwell on the surface words of your scripture, or on the spiritual depth they reveal?


August 4, 2022

The woman next door dressed most of the summer in the back yard in very skimpy bikini swim suits. Yet, she did not exude sensuality–that special personality.

A teenage girl talked with me about a career in entertainment. She possessed a marvelous singing voice. Her posture, however, portrayed defeat. I tried to guide the discussion into the areas of self-assurance, personality,

I was a nerd as a teenager with no particular personality until I was almost 30.

Listening to Guy Kawasaki’s podcast interview with Abraham Paskowitz about surfing brought out a key component of personality–that inner joy with being and with doing what you love.

I think Jesus had that characteristic–doing what he was meant to do and enjoying it immensely (well, except for those three days).

The Apostle Paul’s preaching was so bad that once he put a young man to sleep. He was unfortunately sitting in an open second floor window, fell out, died, and had to be revived by Paul–who went on preaching. But he must have exuded that inner joy of doing what he was meant to do.

Having a personality infused with the fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, and so forth–shines through the personality. People can tell. We can tell. It’s quite a way to live.

Further Questions of Ourselves For Guidance for the New Year

January 7, 2022

A couple of days ago, I asked a number of questions to guide us toward health for the new year. Let’s take it deeper with some questions from today’s reading in the Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community.

  • Why do we call impossible what God calls possible?
  • Why do we call unforgivable what God has forgiven?
  • Why do we compromise with what God calls sin?

How we need to know God’s heart, and reach out in His love and wisdom to others.

Maybe those are questions we can write on a note card to place on our desk to remind us daily. Especially when we are discouraged. Or when we are judging others harshly. Or when we are tempted.

Become the Master Over Anger and Lust

September 30, 2021

Evagrius teaches us, “The man who strives after true prayer must learn to master not only anger and his lust, but must free himself from every thought that is colored by passion.”

Evagrius was writing to monks in the 4th Century–to those who chose to separate from society in order to deeply seek after the spirit of God. True prayer meant that deep meditation where ones soul meets with the spirit of God and becomes transformed.

I’m not writing to male monks in the desert. You all are from different cultures and countries and religious backgrounds. But we all, American or Chinese or European, male and female, young and old, business people or technologists or retired, we all have in common the desire for God’s spirit to infuse and change us.

Some people in America think not wearing a surgical mask to protect themselves and others is true freedom. That is not what Paul was describing in his letter to the Galatians when he attempted to describe true freedom that comes from letting Jesus lead us into the kingdom of heaven.

True freedom is for those who live with-God and together master the turbulence of unmastered passions.

Asking In Prayer

September 20, 2021

Many times while I was at prayer, I would keep asking for what seemed good to me. I kept insisting on my own request, unreasonably putting pressure on the will of God. I simply would not leave it up to his Providence to arrange what he knew would turn out for my profit. Finally, when I obtained my request, I became greatly chagrined at having been so stubborn about getting my way, for in the end the matter did not turn out to be what I fancied it would.


How often we think we are smarter than God! Not thy will but mine be done.

How much better to seek the spirit within and without and go with the flow of God’s spirit.

Attached To Your Power Source

May 28, 2021

This week I interviewed the CEO for my technology blog. The company manufactures fabric with solar cells stitched in as part of the finished product.

Imagine that you are hosting some sort of outdoor reception. Perhaps in the large back yard of your mansion. Or perhaps at a park. You would like to have some lights. Perhaps you are generous and thoughtful enough to wish to provide some power outlets for your guests to charge mobile phones. Or wire one or more as a WiFi hotspot to provide Internet connection to your guests so that they can be rude and check social media during the reception (OK, I joke).

This company provides fabric for tents, canopies, or even large coverings perhaps to cover outdoor storage in an industrial setting providing enough electrical power to charge an electric fork lift.

The power source is attached to the product. It’s integral with the fabric.

This morning I thought about how life in the spirit must be like that. We have receptors like solar cells build right in. If we are so inclined we can tap into the power source.

The writers compiled into the New Testament must have had a vision similar to that. About us connected directly to the power source of the spirit. Our lights on and WiFi available to serve others.

The Wind Blows Where It Wishes

March 15, 2021

We read in the gospel of John, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

We moved from Ohio to northern Illinois last year. The terrain is similar–mostly flat. But Indiana seemed to suck much of the energy from the winds and storms before they reached Ohio. Up here, there is nothing until the Rocky Mountains that interferes. Yesterday and today we have winds of about 20 mph (32 kmph) with gusts up to 40 mph (64 kph).

The other day the winds were almost this strong, and it was my day to run sprints. For about a mile, I ran short sprints all out followed by a recovery walk for a bit. Running into the wind was difficult. Today, I’m looking out the window of my study and wondering if I should venture out before the snow comes in a few hours. I am unfortunately too heavy to be blown away (I’m working on that), but it’ll be a struggle.

In New Testament Greek, the same word is used for wind and spirit. You look at context for which meaning to pull out. Of course, the writers sometimes work a pun on the two meanings of the word. Thus Jesus, the master craftsman with words, ties together two thoughts–one that people obviously experience and one they may not be entirely sure about.

The spirit is like the wind in many ways.

Sometimes a gentle breeze the soothes the skin and soul.

Sometimes a force that propels you forward.

Sometimes, like in my running against the wind (sorry Bob Seger), it makes us stronger.

Sometimes it is a force that gets our attention causing awe or fear.

Mostly, like the wind, the spirit although not directly visible is real.

Spiritual Way of Life

January 6, 2021

What captures our attention? To what do we turn to feel empowered? Whom do we admire? How do we pass time?

I found this description of a people:

People wear fine clothes to adorn their external appearance.

They carry sharp swords by their sides and worship might rather than righteousness.

They know only to make merry by indulging in food and drink.

They crave to possess more riches than they could ever use.

This could have been written at almost any time during the past 4,000 years of humanity. This one was probably written 2,500 years ago or longer. I am fascinated by ancient writings, say the Proverbs which supposedly date back 3,000 years to the time of Solomon or before. What fascinates me is that we never change.

Yet, these (except for guns substituting for swords) words could have been written by a spiritual observer today.

These are not the path to a spiritual life.

As we contemplate the type of person we would like to become this year–this year of recovery from the Covid pandemic–we need to find these writings that help remind us of the spiritual path.

This path is well trod. It is actually straightforward and easy, yet we humans prefer the devious route, the hard route. Jesus, for example, talked of his burden as light and his yoke as easy. Take him at his word, and put it into practice while simply following his teaching.