Tag Archives: Personal Accounts

  • 04-The-long-dark-night

    The long dark night

    I had walked to the health store, ten blocks from home, to pick up some vitamins. Though I loved walking and made this trip often, something felt different that day. I had fumbled with my change and forgotten my list. On my walk home I stopped at a crosswalk, waiting for the light to change. […]

  • 05-A-piece-of-peace

    A piece of peace

    Have you ever had one of those days where it seemed like the world was against you, and where it looked like everything that could go wrong, went wrong? It was February 29, a day that only comes every four years. Looking at a list of things that had fallen on my schedule for that day, it seemed […]

  • 06-communication-with-god

    Communication with God 

    “God finds ways to communicate with those who truly seek Him,” Christian author Philip Yancey wrote, “especially when we lower the volume of the surrounding static.” Nearly 300 years earlier, Isaac Newton made the same discovery, which he explained this way: “I can take my telescope and look millions of miles into space; but I […]

  • 08-god-to-do-list

    God’s to-do list

    I’ve always been an accomplishment-oriented person. I prided myself in knowing what to do, having my to-do list all prioritized, with the most important tasks highlighted, circled, or written in large print. I’d zip around town, stopping here and there, knocking off the “minors” while on my way to accomplish another “major.” Some years back, […]

  • 02_The_smallest_coin_in_the_world

    The smallest coin in the world

    Just before I left for India, where I was going to spend a number of years as a volunteer, a friend gave me a very original and, I thought, useful farewell present. “I’m kind of worried for you,” she confided. “You’re going to a difficult country and this might come in handy.” On the small […]

  • Playing God

    Playing God

    I’ve often wished I had a truckload of money that I could use to help others. There are many people I know who need financial help for one thing or another, and it would be great to have the means to be that help. I daydream of coming along and dropping a bunch of cash […]

  • Where is your treasure?

    Where is your treasure?

    As a child, I loved to visit my grandmother Sabina’s small house in the mountains. Aunt Iota lived next door, so my sister and I would spend our days exploring with our cousins, going to the waterfall, swimming in the river that ran behind the property, or climbing the many mountains in the Mantigueira Ridge. […]

  • Heavenly investment

    Heavenly investment

    At my age, people usually start to earnestly think about their future. Besides children, careers, and living arrangements, the subjects of pension plans and capital investment tend to pop up. There are a lot of different possibilities to choose from for financial investments and it’s not easy to decide, since at the end of the […]

  • Stepping out from a first-world mindset

    Stepping out from a first-world mindset

    Almost every single day, I’m struck by how lucky I am to work where I do. I’m a teacher at an inner-city school that serves families from all around the world. I work in the library, where it is normal to see, at any given table, a group of four students working together who represent four different […]

  • I never lost by giving!

    I never lost by giving!

    In the early years of my business activities, I believed that money was everything. When my wife complained that there wasn’t enough love in our marriage, I retorted that love wouldn’t keep food on the table. Since I believed that material things were everything, I didn’t believe in God or His supply. That changed gradually […]

  • Gaining by giving

    Gaining by giving

    Giving is easier to talk about than to do. This is especially true when it involves sacrifice. On the other hand, the Bible shows that God greatly honors this kind of giving. “Jesus sat down at the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many […]

  • My year without clothes 

    My year without clothes 

    Well, not literally. I can explain. At the start of last year, I made a resolution to not purchase any new clothes or shoes that year. I had a combination of reasons for that: I didn’t need more shoes and clothes. I’m not one of those shopaholic types, and with a combination of going to […]