Thursday, November 26, 2015

Where God Shows Up

If God had first gone to some theologians, they would have wanted to consult their theology books.  They, perhaps, would have had some heated conversations over fine points of His plan, and argued over the location selected, and the people who were to play the key roles. 

If He had knocked on the doors of Congress, they may have put him off to a more convenient time.  They are, after all, busy men and women of power.  And let’s be politically correct here; is there a proper slant on this fantastical event that will not offend others, and will it appeal to the masses?  After all, we have to keep a balance of power in mind.  And maybe they would have delayed the vote until after Christmas break, and then would have missed the entire event.

If He had gone on stage at Carnegie Hall, He perhaps would have been rejected for lack of proper dress.  After all, His tux might have been a bit out of style; and sandals with tux – no way.

The networks would perhaps have rejected him for lack of a newsworthy appeal.  They could never sell advertising to the birth of a common baby boy.

Where did God show up?
He appeared to shepherds on a hillside, near Bethlehem, a mundane little village. 

He led three wise men who willingly followed a new star, and they came prepared with gifts for this yet unseen King.

God showed up to a peasant girl of fourteen who was quick to say “Let it be done to me as you have said.” 

And to a carpenter, who was to serve as a father figure and roll model for His Son.  

God showed up in welcoming spaces and places.  He walked into open and receptive hearts and minds.  He inhabited thoughts and ideas that were willing to embrace him and make room for him.

The important question is this – Are we open and accepting to His fantastical story of redemption?

Are we willing?

P Michael Biggs
Words of Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Choices

For 2015 I choose to give thanks.

I choose the one I love, and for that I am thankful.

I choose to cherish my step-children and grandchildren, and for that I am thankful.

I choose to appreciate, love and respect my siblings, and for that I am thankful.

I choose my thoughts and actions, and for that I am thankful.

I choose to eat with great mindfulness, and for that I am thankful.

I choose to worship God and hold my own spiritual thoughts, and for that I am thankful.

I choose to read good, wholesome and enriching material, and for that I am thankful.

I choose respect and show great tolerance of others, and for that I am thankful.

I choose to be a responsible citizen in my homeland, and for that I am thankful.

I choose responsibility, and for that I am thankful.

I choose to have a grateful heart for abundance, for grace, for peace, and for amazing love, and for that I am very thankful.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Don't Let Fear Drive

I believe in fear.  It can help us from time to time.  For instance, I fear being hit by an automobile and that is why I don’t walk into traffic.  I fear falling off a tall building and that is why I don’t peer over the side of a skyscraper.

But I can’t let fear drive my life.  If I allowed fear to drive, I would never have tried for half of the jobs I’ve held.  I would never have sung my first solo nor gone for a job interview on my 65th birthday, which I landed. 

Fear almost derailed my early writing career.  Every time it came time to press “Publish” I panicked.  “What if nobody reads this?  What if it is lousy writing?  What if they laugh at me?”

If I had listened to fear after my first public drum solo on ‘Wipeout”, I would have quit drumming right on the spot.  It was awful and I was embarrassed. 

Fear can be a good thing if kept in check, but fear is a lousy driver.  It runs off the road.  Fear stops in mid sentence.  Fear keeps an otherwise great police officer from going on duty because he/she never knows what they will face on any given day.  And Fear has derailed many a good great enterprise.

Fear can’t drive because it first wants to see around every curve, up every hill and behind every wall and through ever doorway.  And there are some amazing discoveries on the other side of fear. 

I’m going to do the driving, thank you very much.  I’m going to continue trying some things, spreading my wings, stepping out into new adventures, even in spite of my fears. 

I believe in my ideas.  I believe in my abilities to accomplish and become better.  I believe in my sense of right and wrong and in my ability to make some great choices.  And I believe in my hopes and dreams.

Life does not come with a guarantee. 

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Do Something Wonderful

Last week I wrote a blog titled “DO”.  This week we go the next step with the words “Do something wonderful.”

I love the whole idea of that thought.  It
speaks of the power of choice, focus, and dedication, forethought, planning, and dreaming.


If I were speaking to your group right now, I’d be raising my voice; and perhaps getting a bit excited and would probably thunder out DO SOMETHING WONDERFUL.

And the amazing thing is that your “wonderful” doesn’t have to move the world off its axis.  It can be the small acts, done with attention and forethought and LOVE.  What is your best work?  Then go and do it with wonder and amazement.

My friend Alene in Centralia, WA makes the best coconut cream pie you have ever tasted.  It is simply wonderful.

My friend Chuck has an amazing bookstore in Spartanburg, SC called Christian Supply.  He knows how to provide for needs you have today and will have in the future, and with an amazing staff to boot.

My friend Harold Ivan Smith is one amazing writer and speaker.  I have often said that Harold can take an idea, a few words, and so arrange them into a masterpiece of logic.  The man simply has a way with words.

My friend Bob is an amazing audio engineer in Nashville, TN.  He has honed his craft for a bunch of years now and is known for quality and excellence in what he does.  His string of projects would wow and impress you.  They impress me.

What do you do that is wonderful?

Perhaps it is something as simple as raising children into responsible adults.  You do know that one of the greatest contributions you can make to a society is to produce future leaders and give them roots and wings.
Bottom line; let’s go do something wonderful - in word, in thought, in deed. 

My aim is to give you words that inspire, enlighten, and encourage.  And along the way, perhaps they are wonderful too 

Have a great week.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Friday, November 6, 2015


We’ve stumbled over this word long enough.  We all know how to say “do” and we know how to spell it.

But do we DO it?

Break it down for a moment.
DO - to perform, accomplish, act, carry out, complete, make, execute, or get something done.

You know – DO!

Sometimes we need a push in order to go DO.  I did for my serious writing streak.  

My step-son, J Paul, casually mentioned that if I really wanted to do some free-lance writing then I should consider starting a blog and prove that I have something to say and the stick-to-it-iveness to do so.  A cleaner word for that is pertinacity. 

And so I began.

And so, today, I DO!

What do you want to DO?

I talked about being a writer for thirty-plus years.  And I dabbled in it in some jobs I held. 

Now, today, I actually embrace the label “WRITER” for my life.

It is in the doing of something that the living it out happens. 

I want to win the lottery, but I never buy a lottery ticket.  Do you think that has anything to do with me never winning the lottery? 

What do you want to DO?

Take the action steps to begin the process. 

You don’t need anybody’s permission, or a validation stamp, or even an endorsement from Oprah or Ellen. 

Just DO!

And write and tell me how that is working out.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time