Posts In: Personal Reflections

"Institutionalized" Christians?

April 8, 2007
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Being with Jesus

March 15, 2007
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Transition

I’m 59 years old and find myself in yet another life transition. About six weeks ago the company I had worked for for the past three and half years terminated my position due to the difficult economic times we are in. Since my livelihood has primarily been in the construction industry over the past 25 years, and since my job loss was due to a depressed housing market and the subsequent economic crisis, I have been left income-less at a very difficult time for the very industry I have been depending on to support my family.
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Decisions

In just two days from now votes will be cast and America will decide who their next president will be. That decision, made by millions of Americans, will have ramifications for this nation and our way of life for decades to come. Decisions are like that. They play an integral role in who and what we are and are becoming. Granted, some decisions may seem less weighty in the magnitude of their consequences than others, but all decisions wind up defining and shaping us in one way or another.
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Wasted Time

January 22, 2007
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Living with Anticipation and Hope

January 16, 2007
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Continuing to Grow

January 3, 2007
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What If?

Currently I’m a builder by profession, a carpenter by trade. By that, I mean, at this season in my life I make my living building things, primarily homes. But to identify myself, or be identified by others, as simply “a builder”, or as “a craftsman”, is to nearly completely miss the point of who Dave Smith is. There are a number of things (numerous is more like it) that go into the making of who I am. My personal history, my family of origin, my personality, my likes and dislikes, my convictions, my beliefs and core values, my thoughts, what moves me emotionally, what motivates me, how I relate to others, the “why” behind the “how” I relate to others, my deepest desires, my deepest hurts, my greatest fears, my successes, my failures, to name a few.
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