Tiny White Bugs – b

I was sitting at my desk, looking out the window at our beautiful yard and the golf course beyond. A number of months ago we planted a young Hibiscus tree about fifteen feet from my window. It had beautiful orange flowers on it when we brought it home and planted it. After a while, the flowers disappeared. We examined the young tree and found it was infested with tiny white bugs that were feasting off the flower buds. They were destroying the buds before they could bloom into beautiful flowers. The bugs have successfully resisted the spray that’s supposed to kill them. We have determined to keep working to eliminate the bugs, so we can enjoy the beauty of the Hibiscus flowers, even though it will be a battle. Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”

Have you noticed that it’s always the little things that seem to affect us the most? Perhaps it’s because they are not easy to notice or identify as the cause of our problems. Have you also found that even when we identify the little things as the problem, they can be difficult to deal with and eliminate from our lives? We may even choose to ignore them because they seem so small and couldn’t possibly cause us so much trouble, yet, they do! I’m Dr. Bob Like the little white bugs on my tree, the issues of life that seem insignificant can be recognized, dealt with and ultimately defeated. Don’t allow something that seems insignificant ruin what has so much potential for beauty in your life. It will take determined perseverance and faith, but with God, all things are possible.


No More Junk Drawers -b

At breakfast with my friend, Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger, we talked about how vital it is that leaders in the church live organized, disciplined lives. Everyone is watching. Pastor Bryan said to me, “Leaders who are disorganized and undisciplined are like junk drawers in a kitchen. Most of us have one or two of these drawers, filled with all kinds of things that were randomly thrown in them.” For the most part, the things in a junk drawer have become part of a mixed up mess of seldom or never-to-be used again items. In Philippians 3:7-8, we read that the Apostle Paul well understood junk, as he wrote this: “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. {8} Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ…” A junk drawer, jammed together with neglected and effectively useless items, is a picture of confusing disorder. It speaks of a lack of discipline and perhaps even laziness. We all (and especially leaders) need to clean out our lives of any confusion, lack of discipline or disorder and sometimes, even laziness. I’m Dr. Bob. People are watching. They value, are affirmed and secured when their leaders display steadiness, discipline and order. Eliminate the junk! (more…)


No More Junk Drawers

At breakfast with my friend, Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger, we talked about how vital it is that leaders in the church live organized, disciplined lives. Everyone is watching. Pastor Bryan said to me, “Leaders who are disorganized and undisciplined are like junk drawers in a kitchen. Most of us (more…)


Adversity Reveals Our Character

Discouraging experiences are inevitable. I heard Mr. Jalen Rose, a retired professional basketball player, say, “Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” When I heard this, I thought about the Jewish Queen of Persia, Esther.  (more…)


Requirements for All Things Possible-b

Requirements for All Things Possible

With God, all things are possible. When you make possibilities your destination, you can be sure that you can get there, because with God, all things are possible, and nothing is impossible. In today’s world, that’s better assurance than a bucket of gold or a stack of silver. In fact, (more…)


Requirements for All Things Possible

With God, all things are possible. When you make possibilities your destination, you can be sure that you can get there, because with God, all things are possible, and nothing is impossible. In today’s world, that’s better assurance than a bucket of gold or a stack of silver. In fact, (more…)


A Black Bird, a Dove, or a Blue Jay?

I have a pleasant view from my desk in my home office, looking out into the yard. I have a bird feeder there and often watch various kinds of small birds coming to feed on the seeds we’ve put into it. The behavior patterns of the birds remind me of how people interact with each other. (more…)


Turtle Faith

There’s a well-known story about a race between a turtle and a rabbit (a tortoise and a hare). The rabbit was much faster than the turtle, but he failed to take the race seriously. He got distracted along the way and lost his focus. The turtle just kept plodding along, determined to stay focused. (more…)


Finding and Understanding True Satisfaction

There are times when we struggle with knowing what will bring true satisfaction to our lives. Here are my thoughts on the subject.