Volume 14.01 | January 2013

  • Lasting Change

    The New Year is more than just a marking of time—or at least it can be. Many people see it as an opportunity to make a new start in some area of their lives. Perhaps it’s our new calendars with their fresh images or our new diaries and weekly planners with their unspoiled pages. Perhaps […]

  • Happy New Day!

    In most countries the New Year is celebrated on the first day of January, but in Cambodia, my home for three years, we got to celebrate New Year three times every 365 days. First comes the international New Year on January 1st, best known for late-night parties and morning-after hangovers. Then there is the Chinese […]

  • The Journal

    When the thought first crossed my mind that I should make a New Year’s resolution to keep a daily journal, I immediately dismissed it. Too many past resolutions had fallen by the wayside, and I could foresee ending the year with a journal full of empty pages. I also didn’t have time for another project, […]

  • Hope Eternal

    “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:2–5 ESV). This is one of my favorite Bible passages, but for […]

  • What’s The Point?

    When I turned 60 last year, I did some soul searching. I clearly hadn’t achieved all I could or should have in my life so far. Was I therefore a failure? Give me a minute before I answer that. I’d gone through some changes recently and was now at a place both geographically and career-wise […]

  • Little Green Steps Of Progress

    One day Joe broke his arm. They said it was par for the parkour he practiced. Joe was a traceur. He lived in a world that consisted of one giant obstacle course, climbing and leaping, escaping and reaching, vaulting and rolling across his busy cityscape. Joe pushed himself on his runs, sometimes over cars or […]

  • Through The Fog

    Changes are awfully unsettling for me. I like my little nest, where everything is just so and nothing jostles me too much. I like routines and schedules, the comfort of knowing what’s going on—both immediately and in the future. Change can be exciting sometimes, but mostly it’s really tough. It’s tough leaving behind stuff I […]

  • Aim High, Finish Strong

    I read an article in a running magazine that explained how caffeine could enhance a runner’s performance in a race by diminishing the perception of fatigue. I tried it in a marathon, and sure enough, not only did I set an all-time personal best, but I did so after expending precious energy conversing with a […]

  • Day by day

    Life is often pictured as a journey. Step-by-step, day-by-day, we travel along a road that is uniquely ours. Although we sometimes share our joys and griefs with others we meet along the way, nobody else’s journey is exactly the same. The one thing that we do have in common, however, is the possibility of a […]

  • You and I, together

    You need Me. You need what I have to give you. You need My strength, My love, My supply, My protection. I have all this for you and more. I am your life source, and because I am, your life can be wonderful, beautiful, rich, and filled with what I know will prove most important […]