Free Parking

Welcome back! At least that is what I am saying to myself right now. I feel like I have been really busy lately.

Oh wait, I have. Being a school teacher, this is a crazy part of the year. So yes, I have been busy but now I am ready to write!

I started a series back in August. Here is the first post, and also the second. These can help give you context.

Free Parking

You have probably figured out by now that this series will all have Monopoly titles. While these titles may not be specifically related to the content, they will be directly drawn from the game.

Hence, Free Parking.


In the rules of Monopoly, Free Parking is just a space. It is a free space on which to land. You don’t get anything or pay anything. There are house rules that are certainly different from the original though!

On my road trip, we had one day in which we took a mini trip to Philadelphia.

Even though I had never been to Philly before, I had some places on my wish list that I needed to visit.

Liberty Bell, check.

Liberty Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed), check.

See the steps where Rocky ascended in the movie, check.

Eat a Philly cheese steak sandwich, check.

These were places (or food items) that I knew about. We also discovered a few more hidden gems along the way.

So in order to keep this to two minutes, I will have multiple posts regarding Philadelphia.


Here is the first connection from Philly that I would like to share.

It involves the Declaration of Independence, more accurately, the signing of the Declaration.

I am not concerned with how many signers there were.

It doesn’t matter where they were.

The signatures are of differing sizes, so what.

I am intrigued by the timing of the signing.

When these men laid ink to parchment, they were not free men. They were still under British rule.

The founding fathers chose to identify with the spiritual King, not their earthly king.

They were acting on their future freedom in America, not their present prison from England.


For me, the connection came to me when we were standing in Liberty Hall.

It hit me about the timing.

Technically, British rule still applied. But these men did not want that fact to determine the outcome of their life.

They were free. They said it, signed it, and sealed it!

What will you do with your freedom?

Go to Jail, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200.

You might recognize the title of this post. You certainly will if you have ever played Monopoly.

As I mentioned in my last post, (click here to read) I recently was on a road trip with my family.

In the rule book from the original Monopoly game, there is a reference to Atlantic City. The creator of Monopoly had vacationed in Atlantic City with his wife. When he made the game, he named all of the streets after streets that he saw in Atlantic City.

So I made it my mission, as a lover of board games, to find these streets.

There are some websites with pertinent information and of course generic internet searches.

I was warned by some locals that the streets are not exactly the same ones that are used in the game.

I was lenient in my expectations. Over the course of the week, I took selfies with all of the streets in the game.

Take a look.

I hope you can read the words!

My wife and kids were also enjoying the adventure.

Before the week was out, I completed the quest!


So what would the connection be here?

John 10:10 says that Jesus came “to give life and life more abundantly”.

It is my opinion that my quest in Atlantic City was part of the “life more abundantly”.

God gives blessings to His children. And I feel blessed by HIm every day.

What blessing are you enjoying today?

Advance Token to Boardwalk!

Recently, I had the privilege of spending 9 days with my family on a road trip!

We made our way to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Including two day trips to New York and Philadelphia, the trip totaled out over 2600 miles!

I had a lot of time to think about many things, specifically, this blog.

And in the coming weeks, you are going to read about various aspects of the trip.


But before I sign off, I want to try and show you how my brain works.

During this road trip, we encountered so many places, objects, and monuments.

Whenever I see these types of things, I look for connection.

A connection between what is seen and what is unseen.

I see the Liberty Bell and think about true Freedom.

The relentless waves from the Atlantic ocean illustrate God’s love.

Do you see the connections?

It is my opinion that there are connections all around us.

God wants to show us himself.

He also wants us to see Him.

He wants connections to be made.

What connections have you made today?

Holy Zamboni!

This week was a first for me. I taught my son how to use the riding lawn mower.

It was cool to see him drive the tractor. He is 16 so maybe this will inspire a driver’s license push?!?!

Riding Mowers & Lawn Tractors | Troy-Bilt US

He didn’t want to learn last year when I asked him about it. But the other day, he said he was ready.

It was fulfilling to pass along this little part of living to my son.

After all, I won’t be here forever.

I am not trying to be morbid here. Just realistic.

As parents, don’t we have the responsibility (and ability) to pass along what we have learned?

What have I learned? Time will tell.

Heaven does not have grass which needs to be mowed. The knowledge my son now has about the mowing will not have any bearing on his soul.

But the idea that I can pass along lawn mowing experience means that I can also pass on life and spiritual knowledge as well.

I just pray that any eternal truths will take root in his heart.

As an encouragement, pass along the right, true, and beautiful things that you know.

P.S. I wonder if…instead of riding lawn mowers there are riding gold polishing machines?!?! Holy Zamboni!

Holy Haircut!

Hello friends!

The following paragraph is from my friend. He sent me a text this morning. Other than my daughter’s name, which is not Jane, I have not changed anything else. Didn’t need to. Thanks for reading!

I saw the picture of *Jane* getting her new hair style. As I looked the Lord brought this to mind. No longer will she be known as, “you know, the girl with the long braid.” She has changed her identity. People will see a new *Jane*. She is no longer defined by her hair. I think, as Christians, sometimes we need to change how others see us. Do we like how those we may be trying to influence /witness to define us? Do they see someone with validity or not? Can they see past “the long braid” and see God?