All posts in " significance "

Life – simply what you make it?

By Dave Henning / February 16, 2024

“Life isn’t simply what you make it.  Often it is what it is.  We are not fully free to impose our meanings on life.  Rather, we must honor life by discovering a meaning that fits with the world as it is.”- Timothy Keller In Chapter 3 (“A Meaning That Suffering Can’t Take from You”) of […]


When blessing is reduced to a phrase

By Dave Henning / July 21, 2019

“When a blessing is reduced to a phrase we say out of habit, then it’s drained of its significance.  A blessing should be a sincere prayer that rises from our souls.”- Tina Boesch As Tina Boesch continues Chapter 1 of Given, she observes that the secular nature of Western culture strips our culture of the […]


The quest for significance – a delicate dance”

By Dave Henning / August 7, 2018

“But the quest for significance is a delicate dance.  If I do it by myself for myself, it’s death.  If I do it with God for others, it’s life, because whatever I do with God for others does not go back in the box.”- John Ortberg Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.  […]


The drive to significance – the creative impulse of God

By Dave Henning / October 23, 2017

“Unlike egotism, the drive to significance is a simple extension of the creative impulse of God that gave us being. . . . We were built to count, as water is made to run downhill.  We are placed in a specific context to count in ways that no one else does.  That is our destiny.”- […]


An effective life

By Dave Henning / January 21, 2017

“An effective life cannot be quantified. . . . An effective life has to do with the position and condition of your soul.”- Judah Smith In Chapter 7 (“An Effective Life”) of How’s Your Soul?, Pastor Judah Smith takes issue with a common childhood question often asked by adults.  That question- “What do you want […]


Hope while we wait

By Dave Henning / August 3, 2016

“God selected events to give us hope while we wait.”- Wayne Stiles “Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”- Romans 15:4 As Dr. Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 1 of Waiting on God, he notes that we try […]


Furnishing the sacred space

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2015

“When we eradicate clutter from our lives, we create a vacuum that aches to be filled.”- Bill Hybels “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter.  Fear God and keep his commandments, for that is the duty of all mankind.”- Ecclesiastes 12:13 Bill Hybels concludes Chapter 10 of Simplify by discussing […]


The Grace of Significance

By Dave Henning / March 6, 2015

“The grace of significance liberates me from the need to hurry.”- John Ortberg “He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.  He refreshes my soul.”- Psalm 23:2-3 Today John Ortberg discusses the third movement in The Cycle of Grace, Significance.  He notes that Jesus had a clear understanding about […]

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