Category Archives: Personal

What Keeps You Going?

My answer to this question has been developing and changing my whole life. When I was a kid, the excitement of learning kept me going. I was and still am to a large degree inquisitive. There was always more to learn and that drove me to seek out answers to all kinds of questions.

In my teens and early twenties it was helping people. It was all about other people and what I could do to make their life better. This drove me into the helping professions: first psychology and then ministry.

In my thirties it was becoming an expert in practicing my field: innovating, trying new things…it was all very exciting to start things and watch them grow.

Now that I am approaching my forties the answer is shifting once again. I think in the next phase of my life it is going to have something to do with mission: equipping people for evangelism, studying with non-Christians, and discipleship. I feel more and more compelled toward those areas in ways that weren’t ever as obvious as they are today.

With each successive stage I always wished I had gotten there sooner and learned the lessons earlier but each stage was necessary for the next and the effects and results are cumulative. No step can be skipped and no experience can go without loading into where my heart is at today. For that I am grateful to God for bringing me this far and look forward to seeing what He does with me on the next leg of the journey when I turn 40 in January!

What keeps you going? How has it changed over time?

James D. Dabbs (1936-2017)

It is hard to believe that just a few short days ago we buried our father. Everything went by so quickly and while we expected he didn’t have much time left none of us saw him passing as quickly as he did. He will truly be missed and the impact he has had on ourContinue Reading

How to Put the Guard Spring Back in a Ryobi 10 Inch Miter Saw

After searching high and low for the answer to my question and finding very little help online, much less pictures of how to do this I thought I would post this here for anyone searching for help. I was changing the blade in my Ryobi miter saw this morning and what should have been aContinue Reading

Settling into Auburn

Over the last week we have made the move from Bakersfield to Auburn. It has been challenging and exciting and I can see God’s fingerprints all over the process. The people at both churches have been a tremendous blessing to us as have been both of our families. We are excited to see what GodContinue Reading

Looking Toward 2016

Another trip around the sun and another chance to look at life from a new perspective. As the New Year rolls around it reminds us that we always have an opportunity to start afresh, to turn the page and write something on the next page that hasn’t been written before. Maybe the opportunity isn’t forContinue Reading

Resurrecting Evangelism…Here is One Missing Piece to Viable, Intentional Outreach in Our Churches

I just posted something over at Wineskins that I think you may find helpful. If you have a couple of minutes you might want to give it a read Resurrecting Evangelism…Here is One Missing Piece to Viable, Intentional Outreach in Our Churches

How I Told My Kids the Truth About Santa Claus

A few weeks ago our 4 year old son Elijah asked a question that was profoundly insightful and forced an important conversation. Here is what he asked “What did Santa Claus do to God? He knows everything about us…what did he do to God?” Kids need plenty of room to have their imagination. At theContinue Reading

Asserting Our Rights

We had a busy weekend…so busy that there was one event we had to drive separately to because Missy had to be at something else before that and we just couldn’t drive together. On the way home Missy was driving her car right in the right lane and I was in the left. I noticedContinue Reading

The Walk

Jonah started kindergarten last week and I can’t tell you how full my heart is each morning walking him to his class. Jonah’s school is right next to our church building and so each morning we park at the building and walk about a block to where his classroom is. I have made it myContinue Reading

Imitating Christ Doesn’t Mean We Do it Perfectly

One of the joys and horrors of having kids is to see them imitate you. There are times when kid’s imitation is the cutest thing ever and there are times their imitation teaches you a lot about yourself and things you need to change. I love seeing my boys play with their tools. They getContinue Reading

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