11 09, 2019

Leveraging WantPower on the Journey of Transformation… a post by Clif Roth

By |2019-09-11T21:27:41-04:00September 11th, 2019|Body, Character, Creation, Dark Night, Desire, Hope, Human, Imagination, Sexuality, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In her book The Willpower Instinct, Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal describes three aspects of motivation to change:  WILLPOWER, WON’TPOWER, and WANTPOWER.  The goal of the book is to help persons develop self-control.  I have found these categories extremely helpful.  I’d like to share my slight adaptation and an application:   Willpower speaks to our volitional capacity (decision making/personal agency), Won’tPower speaks to our evaluative capacity (controlled by conscience), and Wantpower speaks to our transformational capacity (connected to desire and imagination).  Recently I have used these categories to address problematic (unwanted) sexual behavior. As soul care providers, if we stop short of helping

21 02, 2018

The Thrill of Overcoming…a post by Jim

By |2018-02-21T15:29:15-04:00February 21st, 2018|Decisions, Discipleship, Emotions, Fruit of the Spirit, Grace, Holy Spirit, Imagination, Love, Romans 12, Trust|2 Comments

When I was in High School part of the requirement for our 11th grade Physical Education class was to wrestle other students in the class. I hated it. On a mat in front of the entire class with someone who was stronger than me. My record was pretty pathetic until the one time that I somehow got my opponent in a full-Nelson hold. He went limp and I pinned him for the three second count (never mind that the hold was illegal ... I didn’t know that and had no idea how I wound up getting him in such

6 11, 2017

Wild Geese…a poem by Mary Oliver

By |2017-11-06T21:52:17-04:00November 6th, 2017|Beauty, Body, Clarity, Creation, Despair, Empathy, Faith, Humility, Imagination, Loneliness|0 Comments

This is a beautiful poem that speaks for itself and the first few lines are of particular encouragement for those tortured souls...you know who you are. Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over

17 10, 2017

Serve Well but Don’t Neglect Prayer…a post by Jim

By |2017-10-17T16:13:12-04:00October 17th, 2017|Burnout, Clarity, Discernment, Humility, Imagination, Listening, Prayer|3 Comments

Joy and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this summer. We saved 5 years to do something very special. We traveled to Scotland and very much enjoyed a couple weeks there. In our time there I was reminded of a couple things. First, we should have saved for 10 years! Traveling is expensive. Second, the history of Scotland is violent. So much fighting between clans and other groups (e.g. Vikings and English). Third, the topography of that small country is amazingly diverse. From the pastoral land in the southeast to the rugged mountains of the northwest. A beautiful country. But

28 08, 2017

I Lift My Eyes To The Mountains…a post by Joy

By |2017-08-28T17:21:31-04:00August 28th, 2017|Beauty, Creation, Decisions, Discernment, Holy Spirit, Imagination, Psalm 121, Rest, Stillness|1 Comment

  PSALM 121: 1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.   Psalm 121 has always been one of my favorites. My father had all 4 of us children memorize the entire Psalm when we were young. It’s amazing that these verses have come to my heart and mind at different times in my life, even after having not read the Psalm for a very long time. Today, as I look at the mountains in front of me and all

31 01, 2017

Beacon of Light…a post by Joy

By |2017-01-31T01:54:57-04:00January 31st, 2017|Beauty, Community, Holy Spirit, Imagination|1 Comment

As a child I remember that my mother loved to light candles for many of our evening meals. For me, it made the meal time extra inviting along with the delicious food served, and the ordinary conversations of daily life. Time permitting, my father would tell a favorite story using the candles as a prop that we as children, and even as adults, loved to hear. As a college student returning home for a visit, and when Jim and I were first married, I remember the candle light in the window welcoming us home.  It was as though it

17 01, 2017

I Have a Dream…a post by Jim

By |2017-01-17T19:00:27-04:00January 17th, 2017|Community, Desire, Future, Imagination, Responsibility, Vision|0 Comments

Martin Luther King, much like Martin Luther centuries ago and the Apostle John and the Old Testament prophets of old, had a vision of a different future. They had a dream of what life might look like when the kingdom of God is more fully lived on earth. They called people to live that reality. We cannot live well without a vision, without a dream, without hope of something better. At so many levels and in so many places we see the brokenness, suffering, and sin of people on the edge of the vision. Indeed, all of us need

29 12, 2016

For Longing…a New Year blessing from John O’Donohue

By |2016-12-29T21:56:00-04:00December 29th, 2016|Beauty, Desire, Emotions, Faith, Future, Imagination, Trust and Faith, Uncategorized|3 Comments

For Longing Poem by John O’Donohue blessed be the longing that brought you here and quickens your soul with wonder. may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe. may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take. may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship – be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul. may the one you long for long for you. may

23 11, 2016

A Thanksgiving Invitation…by Tom and Oriah Mountain Dreamer

By |2016-11-23T14:46:01-04:00November 23rd, 2016|Community, Desire, Emotions, Human, Imagination, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

Thanksgiving is upon us and with it comes the requisite gatherings with family and friends, or not. These spaces of holiday gatherings can be either interesting or disinteresting.  The usual suspects arrive and tell the usual stories with the usual chatter.  What could make these interactions different or interesting?  The following poem leads us in a beautiful invitation to have an interesting holiday with whomever we are with and most importantly ourself.  The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream

25 10, 2016

Silence and Imagination…a post by Rich

By |2016-10-25T12:46:56-04:00October 25th, 2016|Imagination, Self-Clarity, Solitude and Silence, Spiritual Disciplines, Stillness|4 Comments

A good friend of mine, Pastor Dan Braga sent along to me Andrew Sullivan's article entitled, "I Used to be A Human Being."  Sullivan writes,  "The Judeo-Christian tradition recognized a critical distinction — and tension — between noise and silence, between getting through the day and getting a grip on one’s whole life. The Sabbath — the Jewish institution co-opted by Christianity — was a collective imposition of relative silence, a moment of calm to reflect on our lives under the light of eternity. It helped define much of Western public life once a week for centuries — only to

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