Iron Mountain ski jump

Iron Mountain ski jump

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith for the Years of Winter… ©

“Juwan is taking an active part in his improvement,” Robert Johnson said. What an interesting phrase, what an insightful comment.

It was said by a sophomore on the Indiana University basketball team, about frosh player Juwan Morgan.

Isn’t it obvious? Doesn’t one always have to take an active part in improvement? Well, no.

Many of us want to improve, but we don’t take an active part in our improvement. We want someone else to force us to improve, or to somehow do it for us.

At this national championship basketball tournament time, March Madness, I suspect the teams that will do best are ones where the players are taking an active part in their improvement.


My youthful ambition was to be a journalist, and write a column for a newspaper. So I think of this blog as an online column. I started it several years ago, when we followed the grandchildren to the “place of winter,” Iron Mountain, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula [The UP]. I put that in the sub-title, ”Reflections on Faith from a Place of Winter for the Years of Winter, where life is defined by winter even in the summer!” [This phrase is explained in the post for March 20, 2014.] We no longer live in “the place of winter.” The grandchildren grew up, so in May, 2015 we moved “home,” to Bloomington, IN, where we met and married. It’s not a “place of winter,” but we are still in winter years of the life cycle, so I continue to work at understanding what it means to be a follower of Christ in winter…

I tweet as yooper1721.

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