Volume 18.05 | May 2017

  • The most significant decision

    An American shoe representative was sent to a remote region of Africa. Before long, he wired the home office: “Selling shoes in this part of the world is pointless! Nobody here wears shoes!” He returned home, and the manufacturer sent another representative. This one wired back order after order. “Everybody in this part of the […]

  • Island memories

    About 30 years ago, my husband Gabriel and I had just welcomed our daughter into the world. At the time we lived on a mountaintop overlooking a lush valley on a beautiful tropical island in the Caribbean. Gabriel had his dream job working with musicians on a musical radio program. The valley was uncomfortably hot, […]

  • Joy, fulfillment, happiness

    We all have many opportunities and possibilities to move forward in our faith, our relationships, our work, our inner lives, and more. Of course, making progress in any area requires determination, discipline, effort, sacrifice, and hard work, but the results are worth it. I believe that joy, fulfillment, and happiness are intrinsically connected to being […]

  • The joy-filled life

    The discouragement was overwhelming and growing by the minute. So many things were coming at her; possibilities were expiring; problems were piling up. Teaching is never an easy job. And it’s the most difficult at the beginning and end of the school year—this was the last week. One of her favorite classes didn’t do well […]

  • Zero credits, full benefit

    As a college freshman, one of the things I disliked the most was required, zero-credit Physical Education (PE) classes. At my university, undergraduate students were required to take four consecutive semesters of PE. I hated the feeling of working for nothing. In addition, I was truly out of my element at PE. My first course […]

  • Stressed out

    I have a six-year-old nephew who loves video games. The other day I was sitting with him while he was playing a racing game on his Wii. The levels were getting progressively more difficult, the speed was faster, and the courses were more hazardous. I could see him becoming more and more stressed—his face was […]

  • An unusual taxi driver

    Ring, ring, ring… My cell phone interrupted my Internet browsing. “Sir, we have found the problem with your vehicle. You can come now and pick up the broken part as a sample to buy a replacement,” the cheerful voice on the other side informed me. “Already?” I asked. “Yes, and if you come down now, […]

  • Nothing to fear

    My worst fears came upon me the day I landed in the hospital. I dreaded entering the huge, ominous health factory, where impersonal doctors would study my symptoms with a distant professional look, and nurses would appear at my bedside at the strangest hours to stick me with a thermometer, an injection, or a cup […]

  • Riding the wave

    It was one of those mornings when you wake up and get barraged with one piece of bad news after another. Everything that can go wrong does, and there seems to be no end to this downward spiral. To top things off, my wife was away on a trip, and things are always worse when […]

  • The peace of God

    Inner peace The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:7 If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.—John Bunyan (1628–1688) Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from […]

  • The sunshine of My love

    You can’t make the sun come out on a rainy day, but you can work to change the mood around you. Most people feel happier and are more upbeat on a warm, sunny day than on a stormy one. You can warm and encourage the people around you by the sunny “rays” or good vibes you send […]