Ultimately, we will not be judged by the number of hours we put in at the office or the salary we command. For work is just a means to an end. Ultimately, I think our lives will be judged on how we lived and how we loved, what we learned and what we taught, and what we did in this lifetime to grow closer to God.
My new book, “Thaddeus Squirrel, A Spiritual Fable”, is now available at Amazon.
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- 21 Simple Rules to Live By (by Mahatma Gandhi).This post originally appeared on my Patheos Wake Up Call column, 1/20/17. Do you have a code or set of rules you live by? I often resort to my favorite authors and books for guidance, but I recently came across … Continue reading →
- Spiritual Wisdom in A Light-Hearted, Entertaining Fable: Thaddeus Squirrel #BookReview and #AuthorInterviewOriginally posted on Becca's Inspirational Book Blog: How does passion lead to purpose? In Tom Rapsas’ new book, Thaddeus Squirrel: A Spiritual Fable, the main character realizes that working day and night foraging for acorns, more than he would…
- My new book for young adults, the spiritual fable Thaddeus Squirrel.I recently published a new book, the spiritual fable Thaddeus Squirrel. It’s a book that was over 10 years in the making which requires a short explanation. When my daughter was a little girl, I used to tell her fairy … Continue reading →
- “Dear God, I’m doing the best I can.” (Remembering Huston Smith)To readers of The Inner Way: First, a sincere thank you for reading. Second, as some of you know I write a regular weekly column at Patheos called Wake Up Call. My duties there have kept me from updating this site as often … Continue reading →
- Wise words from Canada—and the smartest guy you never heard of.This story first appeared July 27, 2016, at Patheos where I write a regular weekly column called Wake Up Call. I’ve honored the deceased recently, including my buddy Terry, a good man who passed away at 55 from a sudden … Continue reading →
- 60-Second Inspiration: The Value of Praying for Nothing.Each morning, I say the prayer of gratitude. Along with my early morning run, it’s one of the most important things I do all day. I give thanks for all the good things in my life—my family, my health, my … Continue reading →
- Why Spirituality is a Better Escape Than Drinking, Sex or Drugs.What’s your favorite form of “escape”? Personally, I’m a big fan of craft beers. In fact, I’m sipping a Flying Dog Mango Habanero IPA as I write this and it tastes pretty darn delicious. But I fully realize that drinking … Continue reading →
- “Jesus is just like you and me”: the radical message of R. W. Emerson.Imagine graduating from one of the top religious schools in the country, entering the ministry, and after a few years deciding the job isn’t right for you. You find yourself troubled by public prayer, the act of communion, and most … Continue reading →
- My wise 86-year old friend just passed away. Here are his final words.I first met John Gray in early-2014. He was a reader of this column and we began a regular exchange of ideas via e-mail. I soon found myself collecting some of his choicest sayings and, to his great enjoyment, wrote … Continue reading →
- A 10-step guide to being “spiritual but not religious”.I will soon be writing about the brand new book from Thomas Moore, a modern-day translation of one of the New Testament gospels, The Book of Matthew. But as I did a little research on that book, I was reminded … Continue reading →
- 21 Simple Rules to Live By (by Mahatma Gandhi).
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