Volume 15.11 | November 2014

  • The right choice

    At two years of age, my daughter Audrey has entered the delightful world of making choices—and making them known, usually, it seems, as loudly and emphatically as possible! Tantrums aside, I’m glad that she’s learning to exercise her free will, and it’s interesting to watch her learn about various choice options. In life, making the […]

  • Blind man’s lead

    I had just moved to Winnipeg, Canada, and the Internet connection at my apartment had yet to be installed, so I was on my way to a nearby café to get online and do some work. Halfway there, I suddenly wondered if I had remembered to take my wallet and stopped to check my backpack. […]

  • In a fog?

    Are you faced with options, choices, and decisions, but you don’t have any idea which direction to take? You know you want to move in the direction God is leading, but the problem is you don’t know which direction that is. You’re floundering, not knowing where to go, what to do, or how to do […]

  • Riverside walk

    Long discussions regarding possible changes made the future seem foggier by the day. Several years earlier, my husband and I, together with a few friends, had founded a humanitarian organization to try to help in the difficult aftermath of civil war in the former Yugoslavia. From day one, it hadn’t been an easy task, but […]

  • Making great decisions

    Perfect decisions are few and far between; however, a great decision is always possible! Great decisions don’t all have fairytale endings, but they do achieve the best outcomes under the given circumstances. The most successful decision-makers usually don’t act on impulse, intuition, or even experience alone; they have a system that they work through step […]

  • Back on track

    I use the GPS on my phone all the time. For someone like me, who’s always on the move, life is so much easier with easy clear directions. But I also remember the sinking feeling of finding myself in an unfamiliar area without a map. Once, while on a visit to my parents in Texas, […]

  • An octopus on roller skates

    What do a record-breaking tightrope-walker, a martial arts expert, and a successful businessman have in common? They have learned self-discipline. In each of their professions, discipline is the key—discipline that’s manifested in allocating time to practice, honing their skills, and in some cases, giving up things in their diet or personal life to achieve their […]

  • Stolen silver

    Victor Hugo’s literary classic Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, whose already difficult life is brought down by one lone decision when he steals a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving children. As a consequence, he spends the next 19 years in the notorious Bagne of Toulon prison. Unable to find […]

  • A challenging thought

    Recently I came across a familiar Bible verse, which I’ve read, heard, and even quoted hundreds of times, but when meditating on it, thinking of its practical application and the enormity of the consequences of ignoring it, I more fully realized its importance. Matthew 6:14–15 says, “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father […]

  • The magic of forgiveness

    “I wish you had been born a boy!” I don’t know how many times I heard my mother say that as I was growing up. I understand better now, considering her own upbringing and the attitudes of Argentine society at the time, how disappointing it must have been for her to have had only one […]

  • A bridge to cross

    Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.—Ephesians 4:32 ESV Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.—Paul Boese (1923–1976) Without forgiveness, life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.—Roberto Assagioli (1888–1974) Love’s power does not make fussy historians. Love prefers […]

  • Prodigal decisions

    The prodigal son is probably one of the better known of Jesus’ parables.1 It tells of a young man who leaves home, goes astray, regrets his decisions, and eventually returns to the loving, warm welcome of his father. It’s a theme that’s been retold countless times in literature and life, portrayed in art, danced in […]