Tag Archives: Personal Accounts

  • 02-Shine-your-light

    Shine your light!

    I first met Marina almost 20 years ago at a workshop organized by a Japanese NGO for Bosnian refugee women. She was warm and friendly and was definitely adding her own very original artist’s touch to the event, even though she was just helping these women make some simple greeting cards. A few years later, […]

  • 03-How-to-make-a-difference

    How to make a difference

    A sad part of my day is when I listen to the news. Almost everything is about people facing terrible situations. Both Christians and non-Christians face very painful suffering in one form or another in many parts of the world. Much of the news is about some tragic circumstance somewhere. It ranges from financial crises […]

  • 04-who-is-my-neigbour

    Who is my neighbor?

    I was reading the familiar story of the Good Samaritan1 from a well-illustrated cartoon Bible to a group of eight- to nine-year-old Sunday school students. It ended with the question Jesus asked: “‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ The expert in the […]

  • 05-Georges-story

    George’s story 

    “This humanitarian work you do—is there some religious motivation? If it’s religious, I’m an atheist.” The old bum tugging at my arm looked more like a beast than a man. His shriveled body bore all the marks of extreme alcoholism, but his eyes were alert and pled with mine. “I was once an atheist, too,” […]

  • 06-Light-up-your-corner

    Light up your corner

    I stirred at the now-familiar sound of a baby crying plaintively. Behind the partitioning curtain, I could hear his mother’s despondent, weary voice trying to soothe him. I was fifteen, and I was in the children’s ward of the hospital after having undergone a tonsillectomy the day before. Contrary to expectations, there had been some […]

  • 07-The-power-of-a-smile

    The power of a smile

    Smiles are powerful. You’ve probably met a few gifted people, like I have, who radiate warmth and friendliness all the time. They smile so much that just being around them charges your spiritual battery. Babies are experts in this as well. Without saying a word, they lighten your day with their smiles. These days, many […]

  • 08-The-joy-of-serving

    The joy of serving

    For the last few years, I’ve volunteered in a project teaching underprivileged youngsters. I was brought up in a typical Indian upper-middle-class family, and for most of my life, I’ve lived in an affluent neighborhood of the city where I was raised and have enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle. So it was bit of a culture […]

  • 09-Momentum

    Momentum

    When suffering a big loss or being overwhelmed by life’s obstacles, changes, and problems, it can almost seem impossible or hopeless to win—but this is when putting up a fight and giving it your best effort can result in a major, “impossible,” come-from-behind victory that changes history. I never saw this point so clearly made […]

  • 02-Dont-roll-over-Beethoven2

    Don’t roll over, Beethoven

    When my father had me listen to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony  for the first of many times, he was undoubtedly trying to impart to me his passion for classical music. I was only a small child at the time, yet I remember it vividly. The music started off gently depicting a peaceful pastoral scene, as I […]

  • 04-Taking-stock

    Taking stock

    I don’t imagine that the word “spreadsheet” invokes excitement or joy in any but the most hardcore of office warriors. I know it sure doesn’t for me. Nevertheless, this week I needed to overhaul one of our spreadsheets, adding functionality, such as a constant automatic tally of items gone out in a month, remaining stock, […]

  • 05-Between-rock-hard-place

    Between a rock and a hard place

    I’d been going through a few tough weeks, when I began questioning my faith. Not questioning God, but questioning how much faith I had to face difficulties. I’d also been concerned about growing older, berating myself for becoming such a wimp, not able to keep up as I used to. So I gratefully accepted an […]

  • 06-The-first-day

    The first day

    “However much you’ve prepared beforehand,” my friend warned, “the first day at university will still be an overwhelming experience.” I wasn’t sure why she thought something as innocuous as a university could be overwhelming, but I told her that since I’d done all right in high school, I was sure I’d manage university just fine. […]