Tag Archives: Editor’s Introduction

  • 01-Planting-trees

    Planting trees 

    “The Man Who Planted Trees,” by Jean Giono, is the allegorical tale of Elzéard Bouffier, a humble shepherd who single-handedly transformed a barren region of southern France by planting nuts as he watched his sheep graze on a different hillside each day. It also inspired the motto that appears on the cover of each issue […]

  • 01-learn-grow

    To learn and to grow

    Children are natural learners. As long as their basic needs are met, their thirst for new information and experiences is boundless. If they’re happy and have interesting things to do and safe places in which to do them, that’s even better. Neuroscience research tells us that 90% of a child’s brain development occurs at a […]

  • 01-the-secret

    The secret

    Living a Christian’s life in today’s complex and intricate world can seem quite difficult. So many things demand our attention on a moment-by-moment basis. Most of them aren’t bad, but they take our time and can keep us from growing in our faith. Yet we all know people who seem to have found a way to […]

  • 01-gods_invitation

    God’s invitation

    In working on this issue of Activated, I came across this great quote: “Relationship with God isn’t about what you do, how you do it, or where you do it—it’s about knowing who God really is.” Even Jesus’ disciples struggled with really knowing God. One day when they were observing Jesus while He prayed, they noticed how […]

  • 01_Principal_and_interest3

    Principal and interest

    In the course of working on this issue, I came across an inspiring story about two great men of God. I’d like to share it with you. Charles Spurgeon, the famous evangelist, and George Müller, the thief-turned-Christian who founded and directed five orphanages, both lived in 19th-century England. Once Spurgeon ran a campaign to raise […]

  • 00-The-most-significant-decision

    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 […]

  • 01_Christianity-in-action

    Christianity in action

    One winter some years ago, a group of friends and I were traveling on a mountain road in a passenger van in the southern United States. It was past dusk on a Friday evening, and we were heading to a ski resort a few hours away. We were nearly there when someone pulled up next […]

  • 01_the_secret

    The secret

    At the time Paul wrote his letter to the church in Philippi, he was languishing in a Roman prison, yet in his introduction, he describes true happiness not as him being released, but as the Christians there having loving, harmonious relations with one another. Then he goes on to describe how they can do that: […]

  • 01_what_is_success

    What is success?

    For Christians, success cannot be measured simply by money. It’s not about becoming the richest or most famous, but about using the talents God has given us to the best of our ability.1 The person doing the most with what he’s got is the one who is truly successful. How do you do that? When […]

  • 01_The_mountaintop-

    The mountaintop

    In his very last speech, given in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King imagined God asking him what era he would like to live in. He goes on to survey all of human history, starting with Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery, goes through Greece […]

  • 01-living-the-angels-message

    Living the angels’ message

    In this weary world of ours, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the recurring bad news of terrorism, war, natural disasters, and suffering. The message of Christmas—peace on earth and goodwill toward men—has never been more relevant. And yet I know I sometimes feel my efforts are like a drop of water in the […]

  • 01-god-promises

    God’s promises

    In the book of Genesis, chapter 12, when Abraham was 75, God promised him descendants. And again in chapter 13. “Some time later,” in chapter 15, God promised him a son and descendants as numerous as the stars. In chapter 16, when Abraham was 86, he fathered Ishmael, but God told him he was not […]