Great Expectations

God created mankind in His own image…

 There is an educational concept called self-fulfilling prophecy. It is defined as an expectation that affects behavior and causes that expectation to be fulfilled. If we continually tell a child that he is lazy, or a hard-worker, or mean, or kind, in each case he will gladly oblige. We need to set high expectations for ourselves and others. If we are made in the image of God, we are only limited by ourselves. And God, well, He isn’t even limited by reality.

…in the image of God, He created them. Gen 1:27

To Infinity and Beyond


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 This verse certainly applies to children, and I use it often when writing a word of encouragement on a graduation card. But I’m so glad that this verse has no expiration date. God has plans for our future until we take our last breath in this world, and the exciting part is that He has plans for us beyond that. Our value and usefulness extends into eternity…and that defines hope.

The Mind is an Amazing Thing

Finally, Brothers (and Sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. (Phil 4:8)

true–not fake or shallow

noble–not frivolous

right–not what is merely convenient

praiseworthy–not critical

With so much negativity in the media  in the news, it is difficult not to dwell on it. There is a lot of good in the world, and a lot of very good people.

Lord, help me to keep my mind focused on these things so that I can become these things.

For such as a man thinketh, so shall he be.

Welcome to Looking Up

This blog is not about the presidential election.

But it was one of the inspirations. During this pre-election period I noticed a few things. Many people are very passionate when they believe in something, and many are compelled to express that passion. Another observation is that there exits the need for hope and encouragement at a time when 80% (I made that up) of what is out there is negative, discouraging, and demoralizing. And finally, I optimistically believe that most people feel a great deal of satisfaction by encouraging or helping others.

That is what this blog is all about–lifting, learning, and interacting. Kinda like a chat room in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. So grab a cup of coffee and join in.