Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Physical Distancing: Limiting, Freeing or Both?

"Then I saw all the brown birds were trying to kill the yellow one, and that started my thoughts off as it might anybody's. Is it always kind to set a bird at liberty? What exactly is liberty? First and foremost, surely, it is the power of a thing to be itself. In some ways the yellow bird was free in its cage. It was free to be alone. It was free to sing. In the forest, its feathers would be torn to pieces and its voice choked forever. Then I began to think that being oneself, which is liberty, is itself limitation. We are limited by our brains and our bodies; and if we break out, we cease to be ourselves and perhaps, to be anything." - G. K. Chesterton

Friday, May 27, 2016

Life is One Big Series of Adjustments

King Solomon once wrote, "There is a time for everything...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance." This was certainly the case at the 2016 Fort Worth Texas Exes Scholarship Golf Tournament. Every year, this tournament raises thousands of dollars to help fund numerous scholarships awarded to deserving students in need of financial assistance. Congratulations to the Crossways Counseling team for, once again, winning the championship. Hook 'Em to Brent, Randy, Ryan and Peter for setting the record for the lowest 18 hole score in the history of this great event. At the same event, we also honored the life of Emil Milan, the father of Texas High School Gymnastics. Emil passed away just four days prior to the tournament he helped get off the ground. Emil was a true gift from God who spent his entire life helping mentor young men and women encouraging them to reach their dreams. On a personal note, he was a dear friend of the Kahle family and, although he'll be missed, we're comforted knowing where he is. God's peace to his family and friends.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Congrats 2014 Fort Worth Texas Exes Champs!

Congratulations to the Crossways Counseling team on recently winning first place in the 2014 Fort Worth Texas Exes golf tournament. This benefit golf tournament raised thousands of dollars to help create numerous scholarships that will be awarded to deserving students who are in need of financial support. Well done Randy, Ryan, Peter, and Brent! Thankfully, they didn't hook 'em off the tee box :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Got Peace? Got Fear? Got Life?

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree (today)." - Dr. Martin Luther

I've recently talked with a large number of people who are experiencing significant hurt, fear, and uncertainty in life. Of course, being confronted with such life challenges is nothing new under the sun. Nine years ago this month, my father introduced me to the aforementioned quote while we were sitting in the waiting room of the oncologist who was treating him for Stage IV Kidney cancer. In response to my question, "Dad, what are you doing to try to cope with what you're facing? (his impending death that would come some three weeks later)" my father articulated this quote off the top of his head. As I looked at my dad slumped in the chair, his body not even closely resembling his "earthly tent" that had one time measured 6'1" and 225lbs, he once again reminded me that to live and die in Christ is gain, but to live in fear is a death in and of itself. In fact, the words of Jesus are as true and applicable today as they were 2,000 years ago. "Who of you can add a single hour to the day by worrying? Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have enough worry of its own." Live life, laugh often, and love others like there is no tomorrow. We never know how many days we have left in life with our family and friends.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving for Abraham Lincoln

"My great concern is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God's side." - Abraham Lincoln
Amber and I had the privilege of seeing Steven Spielberg's new movie Lincoln tonight. Wow! Expletives aside, a phenomenal movie! I was reminded of what amazing sacrifices men and women of all races and ethnicities have made in the history of our country to better our world! Thank you, God, for the men and women you've used across time to point us toward you.             

Monday, January 17, 2011

Love: Live the Dream

"Modern psychology recognizes what Jesus taught centuries ago: hate divides the personality and love in an amazing and inexorable way unites it...By its very nature, hate destroys and tears down; by its very nature, love creates and builds up. Love transforms with redemptive power."        - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Options for Decisions and Good Judgment

"By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me." - Jesus

"You ultimately have to live with your decision your going to make, and you have to do what's best for you, for your family, and for you to ultimately be happy." - Lebron James

I love watching Lebron James play basketball. He truly has talents that are unmatched in his sport. Last night I "witnessed" him on ESPN declare that he was going to play for the Miami Heat next season. I also noticed something else that's quite common in our society today. He suggested that he based his decision ultimately on his desire to be happy. Certainly, that's one decision making process that many people use today. Unfortunately, there's one important flaw in that type of thinking. In his award winning book, Stumbling on Happiness, Dr. Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University proves emperically that we humans aren't very good at predicting that which will make us happy in the future. In fact, the majority of the time, we're dead wrong.

For his and his family's sake, I wish Lebron James peace and happiness in the future. Yet, I think it's good for all of us to analyze more closely the foundational thought processes we use to make decisions in life. In his classic, Strength to Love, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr wrote, "The end of life is not to be happy nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may."