Tag Archives: Personal Accounts

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]