Welcome to this blog. In today’s superficial and often deceptive world we all need positive, encouraging truth to guide us, train us, and assure us. I find that truth in God and I try to pass it on. As a father and high school teacher I have had the opportunity to listen to, empathize with, advise, and challenge my children and my students. The following notes capture some of those interactions. Hopefully they benefit you also.

In writing I have tried to be genuine, humble, and open to listening and learning from God. I also try to put the advice into practice by God’s grace and power. As a reader I hope you approach these notes the same way. I pray they bless you and inspire you to become all God has designed for you to be and to do for his glory. He believes in you and wants the best for you. So do I. The most valuable gift I can give is to build you and others up and to help you draw near to God through Jesus. In time I hope God becomes your closest friend, your brightest future, and your deepest love.

Your friend and teacher,
Greenelsh

119 Listen and Be Heard

119 Listen and Be Heard

My wife and I manage the mobile home park where we live. Since I am usually busy teaching high school she carries out most of the day-to-day responsibilities. I just pitch in when needed. Last week one of the tenants called to rant, complain, and make demands. Most of...

118 Join the Family

118 Join the Family

Yesterday my 15-year old niece, who has been a part of our family since she was born, was officially adopted by my brother and sister-in-law. It was a momentous court proceeding conducted online due to the pandemic. Family and friends were welcome to join the virtual...

117 Humbly Return Home

117 Humbly Return Home

Each day this week has been enveloped by a thick, white smoke from two dozen fires blazing throughout California. Two days ago our county had the worse air quality in the world and temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The dry summer season and hot winds fuel the...

116 Cultivate Wonder

116 Cultivate Wonder

 During this pandemic it's good to get out whenever you can. Find simple, safe ways to break up your routine. Today is a beautiful summer day, so I rode my bike to the beach. Riding gives me a different perspective than driving. The slower pace offers sensations...

115 Cut Loose

115 Cut Loose

If you are like me you are probably wondering when COVID-19 will become less threatening, when businesses and schools will reopen in person, or when government will better serve all of its constituents. Times of uncertainty should cause us to re-evaluate our...

114 Go for the Greatest

114 Go for the Greatest

We can all learn from our experiences, ourselves, and others. In fact, a key aspect of wisdom is to glean lessons from the experience of others so you can benefit without having to go through it yourself. That's one reason the Bible says, "As iron sharpens iron so one...

113 Share Your Smile

113 Share Your Smile

I enjoy shooting and viewing photos. I read recently that worldwide, humanity posts nearly 2 billion photos every day--which is over 700 billion a year. That statistic is for photos posted. Even more photos are are actually shot. Compare that to 85 billion photos that...

112 Gain Freedom at the Cross

112 Gain Freedom at the Cross

In righteous indignation over a series of race-related incidents, including the preventable death of George Floyd at the hands of police, people in America and worldwide are seeking justice, equality, unity, and healing. Like all sin, racism steals, kills, and...

111 Develop Dual Vision

111 Develop Dual Vision

Last week I finished teaching high school for this school year. It was very rewarding to see our seniors graduate. Like so many people, they have been through a lot these last few months and I am proud of their academic accomplishment and perseverance in completing...

110 Rise to the Challenge

110 Rise to the Challenge

There is one week left of high school where I teach. Like most schools in America our school has been closed since the middle of March to slow the spread of COVID-19, but we have been continuing through online education. It's been a rough couple of months for...