Category Archives: Snapshots of life

Thoughts about life in its most routine and simple form.

Simple act of love or veiled criticism?

My attempt at a gentle teaching moment for a child I’m close to but who is not my actual child wasn’t met with appreciation. I certainly never intended to overstep. I care deeply about a large number of kiddos in … Continue reading

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Touch of kindness makes a difference

Big Jim didn’t like the formality at all. “James Salles” on his nametag just wouldn’t do. He promptly requested a Sharpie and took care of it. Now that’s better, he said. The proud Texan and his wife, Sue, (or Mother, … Continue reading

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I can fix that, but should I?

How has life been this week? Working through any disappointments? It’s hard for me to watch anyone be let down. I tend to take responsibility for reversing such situations even when it’s not my responsibility to bear. I also will … Continue reading

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Introverts living in extroverted world

She bounced into The Alabama Baptist student intern role with no hesitation, blending right in with the staff in such a way that we felt as if we had always known her. We’ve been blessed with a great number of … Continue reading

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Helping carry their pain

It’s been four years since I wrote this particular Rashional Thoughts, but I wanted to share it again because of the number of people I’ve encountered lately who are carrying loads and loads of pain. The man carried himself with … Continue reading

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Is the team better with or without you?

I’ve always been taught to leave a place better than I found it. While this well-known saying most often refers to a physical location, it also can play out in relationships and team experiences. Am I pulling my weight on … Continue reading

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Evaluating my faith, obedience

My friend had to cut our phone conversation short because she had to “cram” for her Bible study class coming up that night. “I know this isn’t the way I’m supposed to be studying the Bible,” she said. “The study … Continue reading

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