When Disappointment Strikes

Life never works out the way we think it will. People let us down, tragedy strikes when we least expect it. Circumstances are often outside our control, and we all have limitations that keep us from realizing our dreams. It's difficult to avoid disappointment, especially when we have visions of success...

What is Done in Darkness

When I was in high school, I was deathly afraid of public speaking. I had a project due in a history class that required that I make an oral presentation, and the closer the deadline came, the more I started to panic. I forged a doctor's note to get myself out of class. Then I did it the next day and the next. I'm not sure why I thought I could continue with it, but don't underestimate the power of fear. I was finally caught...

The Writing Is On the Wall

One of the things that seems to argue against Christianity is the prosperity of those who reject it. If Christianity is true, then the universe was rigged by its creator to reward one kind of life and discredit another. Those who live out his values should receive the life he planned for them, and those who reject his values should end up in disaster.

The Wake-up Call

We can't avoid difficult times in our lives; circumstances spin out of control, people fail us, and our finances can be devastated with one turn of life's events. It's not always enough to have a positive attitude and bounce back. Popular wisdom says that “life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it,” but things don't get better just because we put on a smile.

The Pride Trap

The world sets us up for a fall. We're told that we're defined by our self-sufficiency, that successful people call their own shots and make things happen for themselves. It is particularly the case for men; providing for ourselves and others is one of the things we take pride in. We're pushed to climb the ladder and make a name for ourselves.

With Shouts of Grateful Praise

When I was growing up, we had a tradition at Thanksgiving where everyone had to take a turn to reflect on the year and share what they were thankful for. I was self-absorbed, as a teenager; when...

Not My Idol

The gods of ancient Rome and Greece didn't care if you lived a moral life. They only demanded that you honor them. Honoring them sometimes meant engaging in the same kind of highly questionable behavior they did. Socrates got in trouble and was branded an atheist because he pointed out that the gods were just expressions...

A Prayer For You

There aren’t many things I value more than spending time with people I care about. Maybe you feel the same way, that the most meaningful times in life are spent with people who love you. The world has a way of snatching up...

His Dream Cannot Fail

Have you ever given up on a dream? Something you always thought you would achieve, or that you wished could happen? It’s a difficult moment when you finally accept that not everything has worked out the way you’d hoped. Life sometimes seems out of our reach. The older we get,...

Me Too

One of the most surprising developments in the Weinstein sexual exploitation allegations is its effect in causing so many to come forward with similar allegations against other alleged abusers, and in...

A Father Who Does Not Change

My dad passed away a couple years ago. One of the things I miss about him is how I never needed to worry about my relationship with him. He never varied. He was always happy to see me; he’d open his arms to embrace me and tell me he loved me, as if not a day had passed since the last time we were together. In all my ups and downs in life, he rarely lost his temper,...

What Is Love?

If I tell you that you are loved, how does that make you feel? We’re all dying to know that we’re loved. There are no words more powerful, or more likely to disappoint us after we hear them. The problem is that the love we’re talking about doesn’t mean the same thing to different people and in different situations. We use it to describe a lot of things, like our favorite...

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