The Soul Felt Its Worth

Sometime after Thanksgiving I noticed an unsettledness in my spirit, disquiet in my soul, angst in my mind, and ache in my heart. Interestingly, other people have shared they’re feeling similar things.  With winter coming and the season of death approaching, I wonder if we’re experiencing a communal longing.  Could it be that regardless of our … Continue reading The Soul Felt Its Worth

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Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

I love playing games and often do pretty well at them.  Honestly, this is so much the case that multiple people have said, “Lang ALWAYS wins.” The problem with this is it’s because I’m quite competitive … though I’d like to think I’m recovering from this. 🙂 One reason my competiveness is a problem is there … Continue reading Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

Meditation on the Transformative Power of Loving All of Us Just as We Are

You know what helps me become less selfish and more giving?  My wife Lisa's love of my selfishness.  What I mean by this is Lisa loves ALL of me exactly as I am.  She accepts every single bit of me for no reason, which is what love does.  As a yoga teacher I end up … Continue reading Meditation on the Transformative Power of Loving All of Us Just as We Are

The Day I Died: Why Falling 30 Feet Off a Cliff Headfirst Became a Beautiful Thing

Ten years ago today I should have died.  In a freak family hiking accident, I slipped, slid, and plummeted THIRTY FEET headfirst off a cliff onto a boulder.  In reflecting on this traumatic event, I can truthfully say this horror has been transformed into one of the best things that ever happened to me.  It … Continue reading The Day I Died: Why Falling 30 Feet Off a Cliff Headfirst Became a Beautiful Thing

Meditation on Transforming Suffering Into Sweetness

What do you and I do with suffering?  There is SO MUCH hurt, fear, and pain in the world.  Even when my family, friends, and I are doing great, watching the news, reading the headlines, and so on brings me face to face with sorrow.  It's unavoidable.  My bias is to ignore it, make a … Continue reading Meditation on Transforming Suffering Into Sweetness

While Open Hearts Get Broken, They Also Receive the Most Joy

This week I've been struck by how easy it is for me to close myself off from both compliments and critiques from others.  It reminded me how vital it is to live with an open heart and mind, because even though such a tender mentality will sometimes break our hearts and leave us ostracized, to … Continue reading While Open Hearts Get Broken, They Also Receive the Most Joy

Meditation on Infusing Your Life with Play (Especially the Struggles)

As we were leaving for work I heard a crash and smashing sound in the kitchen.  It seems as Lisa grabbed her purse from the counter, a full bottle of wine next to it had decided to go full kamikaze onto the floor.  In the car I told her how I appreciated her showing such … Continue reading Meditation on Infusing Your Life with Play (Especially the Struggles)

God’s Backside is Beautiful: How Recognizing Past Divine Touches Changes Our Present

I listen to podcasts and books while I run and when I walk to/from work.  I can’t remember who it was, but the other day a speaker talked about a super interesting and somewhat famous Bible story, and what she/he pointed out BLEW MY MIND … so naturally I wanted to share it with you! … Continue reading God’s Backside is Beautiful: How Recognizing Past Divine Touches Changes Our Present

The Rhythms of Love: The Importance of Dancing Between the “City” and the “Desert” like Jesus Did

In our fast-paced, breakneck, go-go-go society, I think it’s easy to forget the importance of rhythms in life.  When going through my second divorce, I remember seeing people madly in love and thinking: “Bah! That sucks!”  The thing was, my love tanks were empty.  Then, after being refilled by both examining and rebuilding myself in … Continue reading The Rhythms of Love: The Importance of Dancing Between the “City” and the “Desert” like Jesus Did

What > Why: Why Life and God Don’t Often Tell Us Why Bad Things Happen

I never got a real answer for why my second wife left me, which, as you might imagine, amplified the heartbreak quite a bit.  Likewise, nearly 10 years ago in a freak family-hiking accident I slipped, slid, and fell 30 feet off a cliff onto a boulder headfirst.  I SHOULD have died, but didn’t, YET … Continue reading What > Why: Why Life and God Don’t Often Tell Us Why Bad Things Happen