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 painted for us by popular culture. We believe we need to reach some pinnacle of success or affluence to be happy, and when we don’t,...

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...

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...

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 it came my turn, I often had to scramble to think of something. When you're intent on your own plans and dreams, the idea...

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, the less time we have to reach the goals we always hoped for.

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, and even when he did, it wasn’t for long.

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 food and activities, and we even...

That You May Have Power

A popular screenwriter on the Avengers movies was asked recently why superhero movies had become such a phenomenon in recent years. His answer was vague. People like a struggle for good and evil, he surmised, what he calls “myth-making,” and admitted he didn't have a smarter answer than that. I think that's only part of what's happening. Something much more basic is at work, and it's not...

From the Inside Out

My kids are growing into adults. I stand by with some amazement as they change and develop into what I hope are the people they are meant to be—the people that God created them to be. My job is to help them reach that goal.

How Will It Be?

One of the ways we end up looking foolish is by spending our time and money on things that, in the course of time, don’t matter at all. I’ve spent money on things that I’ve rarely or never used. Or paid for extended warranties for things that don’t break in the time you’ve insured them for, possibly because you didn’t need them or use them much in the first place. Or invested in opportunities that went nowhere.

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