The Sticker On Your Car

Runner stickers. I’m sure you’ve seen them. Us runners kind of have a thing for ‘em. They’re the oval shaped stickers that runners put on the back of their car. 5k, 10k, 13.1 or, the biggie, 26.2.  These all represent running distance accomplishments.  Let me ask you a question, what would an oval shaped sticker …

Be Grateful For Yellow Snow

I’m Tommy, and I run by faith. Recently, I was out for a run after a fresh 5 inch West Michigan snowfall.  With the thick snow hanging from the tress, it was a blanket of Pure Michigan white . Well, except for the little pile of yellow snow. Sorry to ruin your Normal Rockwell moment, …

Craziest Christmas Ever!

Hall and Oates once sang, “You Make My Dreams Come True. Ooh Ohh. Ooh Ohh.” Do dreams really come true? Dreams are weird. Sometimes, dreams feel very real. Sometimes they’re terrifying. Sometimes, they’re are just…odd. Like the time I dreamt that the only way that I could move was by swimming through the air. My …

You Are Not Alone

‘Tis days before Christmas, and you’re in a shopping zone, yet this year, you feel strangely alone. The stockings may be hung by your chimney with care, but this time around there’s nobody for you to share.  That doesn’t sound very joyous, does it? Well, wait. There’s a character in the Christmas story who might’ve felt …

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Tom Petty wasn’t kidding. He sang the song, “The Waiting Is The Hardest Part.” From waiting rooms, to call backs. Traffic jams, to being a kid on Christmas Eve. Waiting is hard. But, worth it. As we approach Christmas, I can’t help but think of the story in Luke chapter 2 about somebody who knew …

Don’t Be A Karen. Be A Mary.

As we move onward to Christmas, I’m beginning a short series of messages to help us all focus more on Christmas in the midst of Chaos and COVID. I feel bad for anyone named Karen. It’s become “a thing” to call someone who complains, “a Karen “. That’s not saying that anyone named Karen is …

Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs…

Labels. They’re helpful when buying clothes and food. But in the front yard? I don’t know about that. For the last several months, “labels”, in the form of political signs, have made statements for all of us to see. Candidates you like. And, candidates you don’t. Now, if you think this is a going to …

When Life Makes You Want To Say Bad Words

Sometimes, life stinks. Ever feel that way? Yeah, me too. Whoa! Wait. You’re surprised that I’m saying that? C’mon, circumstances happen. Admittedly, I’ve had a bit of a rough stretch. Nothing life altering, but just some tough stuff. Stuff that is frustrating. Stuff that is time consuming. Stuff that makes you want to say bad …

Marriage Ain’t Easy, But…

My wife, Patty, and I have officially been married 28 years! And while I’d like to say that it’s always been great, it hasn’t. But, without a doubt, GOD has been great! Through 28 years, we’ve been Senior High youth group leaders, given birth and raised 4 kids, and opened our home to countless others …