Compelled and propelled

I’m sure most of us would look at Mother Teresa and people like her and think we could never be like that; we could never be so saintly or make such a difference in the l …  »

A big brother

One day when I was nine, my older brother and I went for a swim. I hadn’t yet learned how to swim properly and could only do a little dog-paddling and floating on my back …  »

Perceptions

When I feel a sense of weariness creep in, because the queue of deadlines seems to be getting a little too long, I find it helpful to occasionally stop for a few minutes …  »

The forgiveness chain

I’ve always been impressed by people who can forgive. When I was a kid, it was that friend at school who didn’t get back at others when they made fun of his awkward ways …  »

The burnt saucepan

Not even the dark clouds and gusts of the icy wind outside seemed as bleak and cold as my heart. As I pulled a saucepan from the cupboard, measured water and dried beans …  »

What Hagar taught me

I had a basic knowledge of who Hagar was through the various illustrated Bibles I had read as a child. But this year, after deciding to read through the Bible cover to co …  »

God’s love

The Lord your God is living among you. … He will take delight in you with gladness. … He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.—Zephaniah 3:17 NLT I am convinced that n …  »

I’m God’s celebrity

My daughter Kristen is a celebrity. Has been since birth. My wife and I follow her every move and document her moods, faces, and actions. We talk about her a lot and shar …  »

Paying it forward

I’ve recently been reading about the “Pay It Forward Movement.” What stood out the most to me is how simple the philosophy is. Yet it’s still often difficult to be altrui …  »

Practicing empathy

I was watching an interview last Sunday, and the guest was asked, “What’s the greatest need in the world today?” Without hesitation, he responded, “Empathy. The world nee …  »

Loved and valued

When asked which was the greatest of God’s commandments, Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind [and] love your neig …  »

I care

I know you, I see you, and I care about you. I care about each of your heartbreaks. I care about how you feel. I care about what you think. I care about the difficulties …  »