New Contributing Author Added

tamarI hinted last week that some new things were in store for Unfinished Ministries. The first, as you can tell, is our new official logo design! Along with the logo, the next year will bring an expansion in the writing, resources and services offered by Unfinished Ministries. Part of that expansion is the addition of more writers. These authors will bring insight, humor and variety to the content Unfinished Ministries shares with you throughout the year.

Our April series is written by one of our new contributing authors, Tamar Eisenmann. Tamar and I have been friends since college. Her depth of Biblical understanding and insight has always challenged me to continue growing in my own understanding of God. While I know her personally her credentials, linked above, speak to the her high level of expertise as you begin to get to know her through her writing. If you wrestle with questions about God, I encourage you to stay tuned and engage in the conversation Tamar’s writing is certain to bring about!

Are You Dried Out and Tired?

staying in the streamLast week I talked about us being like a sponge and when life squeezes us whatever we are filled with is what will spill out.  But, what happens when a sponge dries out?

Once it’s been wet and then dries out a sponge becomes stiff and abrasive. It’s actually a pretty useless item until it gets wet again.

I can tell you from experience I know what it feels like to be a dry sponge. To be all stiffened up with nothing left to give. I know how harsh and abrasive I can be when this happens and how all the fruit grown—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness and self-control—become raisins and prunes.

It is a very desert place to be. And it’s definitely not a place where I like who I am very much. 

Feeling Disappointed in People

When others don't care about the things you care about.

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am a person of passion. The things I believe in I can be intensely passionate about and always take with dead seriousness. I’m never trite, never cavalier about things I believe to be significantly important. Honestly, I’m pretty much serious about everything and take everyone else that way too…which means if you’re joking, you’ll probably have to explain it to me!

The trouble I have found with this characteristic though is the great disappointment I feel when others don’t seem to care as much as I do about a particular topic. When they don’t sense the importance, or feel the responsibility that I do. How is it that I can invest so much emotional energy into things that others brush off or get too distracted to notice?

Three things I have come to learn are important to dealing with my disappointment.