Volume 18.11 | November 2017

  • 01-Four-loves-2

    Four loves

    In modern English, the word “love” conveys a range of emotions, but the classical Greeks were more precise. They had four words that have all been translated as “love” in English: Storgē roughly fits our English word “affection,” especially the type of affection within families. It can also be used in a “put up with” […]

  • 02-Love-in-the-workplace

    Love in the workplace

    No, I’m not talking about coffee break romances, but rather about whether it’s possible to run a successful business with love. An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that it is.1 It uses the analogy of the computer. Love should be the operating system (OS), and the other business strategies—sales, marketing, distribution, etc.—the apps. […]

  • 03-the-art-of-caring

    The art of caring

    My prayer is that in all the busyness of life, in the abundance of urgent needs and priorities, we don’t lose sight of how important love is—both in the big picture and in our daily choices and priorities. Sometimes we forget that all our accomplishments are nothing without love. “If I had the gift of […]

  • 04-Opportunities-for-love

    Opportunities for love

    There’s an important and easily missed form of love that’s manifested in the small matters. For example, helping a person in need, preferring them over ourselves, showing sympathy when someone is stressed or worried, offering a prayer, or being a listening and sympathetic ear. When we choose to take the time to stop and help […]

  • 05-God-s-touches

    God’s touches

    Not long ago, some friends of ours wanted to move to another country to explore new work possibilities and be closer to their family. Though they had countless difficulties throughout their preparations, including a last-minute complication at the airport, with the support of friends and the power of prayer, their move was a success. They […]

  • 06-Loving-myself

    Loving myself

    One of my cherished childhood memories is of my older sister reading my favorite Bible story—the Good Samaritan1—to me from a picture Bible. I’ve never forgotten that “my neighbor” is not only the person who lives next door but also anyone whose path crosses mine. Yet it was many years before I began to fully […]

  • 07-1-corinthians-13-life

    A 1 Corinthians 13 life

    I was reading 1 Corinthians 13 today, and meditating on the practical application of the verses. I wrote down my thoughts and hope they’ll be an inspiration to you. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. I’ve recently […]

  • 08-An-enduring-romance

    An enduring romance

    I recently had the opportunity to be around a couple who had 35+ years of marriage under their belt. Watching the way they interacted with each other raised the marriage bar for me. As we gathered to enjoy a meal outside, Jen came to the serving table to get a plate for Greg. “Greg loves […]

  • 09-The-eccentric-couple

    The eccentric couple

    I first met Danica and Milic over 13 years ago. They were already affectionately known as “the grandparents on the mountain,” because the name of the small village where they live, Suhodol, means “dry hill.” To reach it, you have to drive on a steep trail, and during harsh winters, there’s no way to get […]

  • 10-The-bond-of-kindness

    The bond of kindness

    When I think back on my unforgettable freshman semester in college, an image of a six-foot-five, lanky fellow with longish black hair comes to mind. Steve was a senior in my department, but we first met in a General Education course. He won my admiration by joining me in the front row, the spot avoided […]

  • 11-Kings-and-queens

    Kings and queens

    Some years ago there was a popular song about righting all the wrongs in the world. I don’t remember all the words, but the gist of it was “If I were king of the world, I would do things differently.” There would be no more war, or hate, or suffering, or any of the other […]

  • 12-God-is-love

    God is love

    Going through a difficult week recently turned out to be an opportunity for me to reflect on God’s love for me and my love toward Him. While I know that God’s love for me is ever present and never changing, at times it seems that my love for Him is hinged on my circumstances and […]