2018

  • Flirting with failure

    As the sun was setting, I walked briskly toward the bus station after a tiring day at work. I knew from experience that the city bus didn’t come by that often, and I didn’t want to miss it. A teenager sporting fashionable Oakley sunglasses, a plush black suit, and a haircut with designed grooves shaved […]

  • Give change a bear hug

    A friend of mine told me this bit of friendly advice in an effort to encourage me to welcome some new changes in my life. My wife and I had been living in the Middle East for some seven years, and it had been a great chapter of our lives, but we were finding ourselves […]

  • My life. My choices. My future

    You’ve probably heard some of these familiar sayings: The world is your oyster. There are no limits. The word impossible is not in my vocabulary. Never give up. If you can dream it, you can do it. The best way to know the future is to invent it. Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. […]

  • Looking goofy

    A good friend of mine decided to take up tennis. She bought all the gear, scheduled her first lesson, and headed off to the tennis courts. When she got there, though, she was immediately aware that there were other people around. There were kids in the playground, people walking their dogs, and a group of […]

  • Pots and pans

    When you enter a well-used kitchen that belongs to someone who loves to cook their own meals, and is good at it, you won’t find shelves full of shiny, flawless pots and pans on display. Instead, the pots and pans have blemishes. They have grease stains or nicks or dents. Do these flaws stop these […]

  • God’s party

    I can’t remember ever coming across this verse until the other day. At least, it never stood out to me the way it did this time. That could be because the book of the prophet Zephaniah is one of the lesser-known zip codes in the Bible: “The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always […]

  • A friendship encounter

    My day invariably begins with taking my jet-black poodle for her morning walk, an activity which is high on her list of priorities. We have a regular route which takes us about 10 minutes to complete. Just as we’re setting out on this warm July morning, I remember that we’re out of oranges, so I […]

  • Jesus—His life and message

    When the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the Law, so he could set us free from the Law, and we could become God’s children.1 God sent His Son into the world at a specific time and place to live as a human being, to […]

  • Getting to know Jesus

    I grew up in a Christian family, but when I was a teenager, feeling overwhelmed over the world’s problems caused me to start doubting my faith. When I was 18, though, my boyfriend was a firm believer. We had some discussions on faith, and he was so sincere that I started doubting my doubts. One […]

  • A climb that healed

    “If we can climb this mountain, there’s nothing we can’t overcome together!” I remember my dad struggling to smile and look hopeful as he pointed toward a rocky mountain about 100 feet from the highway. I was 13, and my dad, my older brother, and I were driving through the scorching rocky deserts of Mexico […]

  • The seasons of life

    Our theatre group regularly performs a dynamic skit based on a monologue from the Shakespeare play As You Like It, where he summarizes the seasons of our lives in seven stages: the crying baby, the reluctant schoolboy, the pining lover, the fierce soldier, the wise judge, the old man, and finally death. Shakespeare ends it […]

  • Pursuit of passions

    I love working out, and I also love food! Cooking a great meal makes me incredibly fulfilled and happy, and I’ve often read cookbooks like they were novels. So, knowing how passionate I am about food and fitness, and seeing all the workout videos and amazing recipes I share on social media, you might imagine […]