Michael Kelley draws from the experience of planting a vegetable garden -- from seeds to harvest -- to reflect on how to cultivate gratitude in one's heart.
Michael Kelley notes how the Herod, volatile and murderous, and Joseph in his humility had something in common: They both recognized they must respond to this infant born in a meager stable.
Michael Kelley ponders whether there is a difference in giving thanks "in" all circumstances and giving thanks "for" all circumstances.
Be careful in the midst of a tragedy, Michael Kelley writes, in how theological insights are placed before those who are hurting.
Michael Kelley ponders the question, Does our work really matter? Remember, he writes, that "God is sovereign. You are created in His image. He is making you more like Jesus. And He is providing for the good of others through your job."
Michael Kelley ponders whether it is possible to "thank your way into a spirit of gratitude, or is doing so disingenuous and fake?" One key, he notes, is to remember that "true gratitude is rooted not in circumstance but in the character of God."
Michael Kelley notes that the Bible conveys wisdom "in keeping your mouth shut. Certainly not all the time, but certainly more than most of us do." A "quietness of speech," he notes, is "a part of growing as a disciple of Jesus."
God doesn't need to be convinced to give you what you need, writes columnist Michael Kelley. "He already knows what we need, and He is going to give us just that," he notes. "Of course, that does not mean that God is some kind of cosmic genie, granting the selfish wishes of anyone who rubs the lamp in just the right way. It's better than that."
Michael Kelley warns of idols "based on our own thoughts, desires and preferences." Jesus, however, will "tell us the uncomfortable, unvarnished truth about ourselves, Himself and the world," Kelley, of LifeWay Christian Resources, writes.
HomeLife magazine executive editor Michael Kelley explains why we should embrace the threat that Jesus poses to our lives rather than eliminating the threat by clinging to our vision of what our lives should be.