I didn’t label this category as “Christian Living” although that could easily have been its name. The idea here is that we will discuss a wide range of issues and topics that relate to taking care of your spiritual needs and learn how to take care of this important aspect of a thriving life and family.

4 09, 2017

Suffering: Why we suffer, what we learn, and what to teach.

By | 2017-09-04T10:41:14+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Mindset, Spiritual Life|4 Comments

Suffering.  It’s everywhere we turn.  On television, across the country, across the world. No one can escape it.  It does not discriminate.  We all will suffer in one way or another.  But why?  Why is there is so much suffering and what are we supposed to learn from it all? As a father or mother, what should you teach your kids about suffering? As a friend consoling another friend who is suffering, what should we say? As a Christian, what does God say? There is no iron clad, cookie-cutter answer that is perfect for every scenario.  Sometimes, no words are the best words.  But we must wrestle with the issue of suffering and land somewhere with it.  It is an escapable truth that must be dealt with. Watch the short video below for a few of my thoughts then share yours with me.  I’d love to hear.  Tweet me at @natejwhitson or find me on Facebook at natejwhitson and let me know where you’re at with the issue of suffering.  What are you learning and teaching about it? […]

9 08, 2017

Hypocrites among us. What should our response be?

By | 2017-08-10T13:30:40+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Leadership, Spiritual Life|0 Comments

Hypocrites:  a pretender, liar, or deceiver.  Strong words.  Stronger yet are the emotions we feel when confronted with them.  What should we do?  How should we respond to people who are found to be frauds? At the writing of this article, I just finished reading about the immediate resignation of Ole Miss football coach, Hugh Freeze.  Hugh was the coach there for the past 6 years and was someone who, apparently, was deeply devoted to the Lord.  I followed him on Twitter and was always impressed with the Scripture verses he’d post and the things that he would say.  By all accounts, he seemed to be a Christian man on a mission to mold the hearts and minds of young men and not just win football games.  I loved what I saw and heard from him from a distance. But as you can probably guess, Hugh has, apparently, lost his way. At the same time, he lost His way, too. […]

7 08, 2017

My Loser List

By | 2017-08-08T07:57:35+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Mindset, Spiritual Life|2 Comments

Do you consider yourself a loser?  I doubt you do.  In fact, my guess is that you would emphatically say, “NO!  I am not a loser!”  If that’s true (and I agree with you, by the way, that you’re not a loser), then why aren’t you winning more in the areas of your life that matter most to you?  Why aren’t I winning more either? The answer may lie in your list. Or, as you will see, it may be your list that is lying to you. […]

31 07, 2017

Follow Jesus – Nate J. Whitson

By | 2017-08-03T12:26:46+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Spiritual Life|0 Comments

Follow Jesus.  What does that even mean?  Let’s be honest:  We can’t even see Him!  How in the world are we supposed to follow an invisible man?  How are we going to know if it’s Him and not just our own imagination?  What if it’s just my own thoughts that I’m following?  All of this ‘following’ can be so tricky. I grew up in the church.  I’ve gone my whole life.  When I was 15 years old, I made a decision to follow Jesus.  Not because my parents hoped I would.  Not because I thought it was just a good way to have some fire insurance from hell.  But because I knew that Jesus was asking me to follow Him and I trusted Him. But the question from that day on has been this: How do I follow Jesus?  Practically speaking, what does that look like or even mean? If you’ve ever wondered the same thing then follow me further into this post and see what conclusions I have come up with so far.  (See what I did there?) […]

24 07, 2017

Fight!

By | 2017-07-31T14:29:39+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Key Relationships, Spiritual Life|0 Comments

Do you ever fight with yourself? I definitely do! When I fight and lose to myself, this is probably what you would hear me say, “Why did I just do that?! Dang it! I am such an idiot!” (Seriously, that happens.  Listen to the video below to hear more about this story I am about to tell.) It seems that no matter how hard I try, I am always fighting.  Not against other people though.  I am in a fight against myself and it is one of the most frustrating things in all of life. If you’ve ever read the Bible then you may have read this passage of Scripture from Romans 7:15-20. It’s exactly what I feel like I’m up against sometimes. “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate – I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Paul knew what it was like to fight against himself. Maybe you do, too. If so, keep reading. There’s hope for idiots like us. (Sorry, no offense) […]

19 06, 2017

The Surprisingly Simple Way To Find Your Purpose in Life

By | 2017-07-31T16:21:27+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Spiritual Life|0 Comments

What is your purpose?  Why are you here? What does God want to do with your life?  These are all big, important questions.  But finding the answers can be elusive and extremely frustrating.  How can you pursue these mammoth issues about tomorrow while still being fully present today? At some point, we all know how this feels.  You’re always looking forward.  Always pressing into tomorrow. Always dealing with the future and wondering what the big picture looks like or how to bring it into focus. As elusive or frustrating as this can be, it’s vital for us to pursue it.  Why is this gnawing question so important?  Because your soul can only find true satisfaction and peace when you do.  If you don’t pursue your purpose, it’s like being thirsty but never being able to quench your thirst. But there is hope in a surprisingly simple approach. […]

24 05, 2017

3 of God’s Greatest Gifts

By | 2017-07-31T15:47:54+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Spiritual Life|0 Comments

Think about all of God’s gifts in your life.  They would fill up page after page if you were to write them all down.  In fact, I think you should!  Take some time to reflect on them and write them down in a journal so you can see them in front of you.  It’s an amazing exercise and fills your heart with immense gratitude. But there are underrated and unexpected gifts that we rarely reflect on enough.  See if you can find them in this passage.  There are 3 that stand out the most. […]

1 05, 2017

The Wisdom Ladder

By | 2017-07-31T17:36:59+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Spiritual Life|0 Comments

In ancient times, wisdom used to be celebrated; just like selfies and funky Snapchat videos are celebrated in today’s world.  My how times have changed!  But I am hoping that, together, we can make wisdom trendy and chic once again. There are many benefits of wisdom.  However, not all wisdom is the same. It is laddered and made up of five unique levels. But before we look at that, let’s look at the benefits of a wise life.  Here are just a few benefits according to Proverbs 1:1-5 and the man that many scholars consider to be “the wisest man to ever live”, King Solomon: learning how to live a disciplined life for understanding words of insight living a prudent life in order to understand what is right, just, and fair to help simple people become wise to help young people have discretion helping the wise to grow wiser and to provide guidance and understanding as we journey through life There are 5 levels of wisdom and they are progressive in nature.  Think of them like a ladder with one rung leading upward to the next.  Here’s what I think they are. […]

20 03, 2017

Prayer and Me

By | 2017-07-31T18:00:48+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Spiritual Life|6 Comments

I have a confession to make.  It’s a sad one.  I hope you’ll pray for me when you hear it.  I have a lot that is undone in me, but this is one of the worst.  It screams of pride and selfishness and ego.  But I don’t think I’m alone in this, so I hope this post helps other people who can relate. My confession is that I am not good at, nor engage often enough, in prayer. While that, in some small measure, feels good to get off my chest, it really doesn’t relieve any of the guilt or pressure that comes with this confession.  The truth is, prayer and me are not very good friends. […]

27 02, 2017

Faith and Fruit

By | 2017-07-31T18:11:14+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Spiritual Life|2 Comments

All people are people of faith.  Some of us have faith in God.  Some have faith in themselves and do not believe in God.  Some have faith in science and nature.  Others have faith in their 401k, their status, or their family.  But no matter where you fall in this continuum of faith, it is my opinion that we all live by it and our lives reflect the essence of the faith we hold dear. Tony Evans in his must-read book, The Kingdom Agenda, tells a story we should all pay attention to in regards to this issue.  Here’s the gist of what he says: A man went to the doctor because his body seemed to hurt all over.  The doctor examined the man thoroughly but was very puzzled.  No matter where the man would point to or wherever he touched, the doctor could never find anything out of place.  Everything seemed to be fine and in good, working order. Yet, the man would point and touch different parts of his body and would always feel pain.  After much head-scratching and probing, this wise doctor eventually discovered what was going on.  What he soon realized was that the real problem that was causing this man so much pain was that he had a dislocated finger.  Therefore, everywhere and everything he touched would always hurt because he pointed to it with his dislocated finger. The point:  If we hope to thrive in any area of our lives, we must first discover what the REAL PROBLEM is before we can accurately diagnose and treat the symptoms. So what is the root problem in most of our lives?  It begins and ends with faith. Let me explain. […]