Life's Important Stuff

Life-Changing Lessons Learned From Helping Others

In an effort to consolidate my blogs and because of its timeliness as I prepare to go on my third mission trip to Jamaica, I thought I would re-post a note I wrote before my second trip two years ago: Two years ago I went to Jamaica on this same mission project with Son Servants

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Being ‘Joyful’ Versus Being ‘Happy’

“Joy is essential to the spiritual life.  Whatever we may think or say about God, when we are not joyful, our thoughts and words cannot bear fruit.  Jesus reveals to us God’s love so that His joy may become ours and that our joy may become complete.  Joy is the experience of knowing you are unconditionally

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Giving What is Given

In solitude we can slowly unmask the illusion of our possessiveness and discover in the center of our own self that we are not what we can conquer, but what is given to us.  In solitude we can listen to the voice of Him who spoke to us before we could speak a word, who healed us before we

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How many people does it take to make a pencil?

Read, I, Pencil | Library of Economics and Liberty.

How my faith and career intersect

I was recently asked to give a talk at the WayFM Christian Business Leaders’ Breakfast on how my faith and career intersect. Afterwards some people asked for a copy of my notes and I thought I would write a narrative to make it easier to follow: As you all know, my name is Larry Johnston

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The journey IS the destination

“The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process God calls the end.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 28 We are so goal-oriented in our culture. It seems like I am always looking for some destination or another – some benchmark that denotes my

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All noble things are difficult

“Thank God He does give us difficult things to do…[they] test us for all we are worth…God’s grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milksops.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 7 On more than one occasion, I have heard somebody say, “Why does

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Looking for justice in an unjust world

“Never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost of His Highest, June 27. It seems to me that to be a true follower of Jesus means to accept the fact that I am going to be treated badly, partly because of what I believe, by

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Lessons learned through helping others

I recently returned from my second mission trip to Jamaica and wanted to tell you about my experiences there. If I could live anywhere else but Colorado, it would be Jamaica. There are many reasons I feel so strongly, but most of them I can’t really put into words. There are two things, though that

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