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The best investment

The best investment

Ronan Keane

Some time ago, I came across a quote that was attributed to Confucius, and it fits with this issue’s topic of investing in people and the importance of learning: “If your... »

Growing pains

Growing pains

Elsa Sichrovsky

During a weekly spelling test with a class of first-graders, I noticed that one of my students, Cindy, hadn’t written anything on her test. “I can’t remember any answers!... »

Overcoming personal weaknesses

Overcoming personal weaknesses

Maria Fontaine

Life is often likened to going to school, and that’s a good analogy. God allows all sorts of things to happen in our lives to test us, to see how we’ll react to them, to... »

A pilgrim’s journey

A pilgrim’s journey

Uday Paul

My favorite railway in the world is Australia’s Indian Pacific. The line runs between Sydney on the east coast to Perth on the west coast, traversing a whole continent an... »

The joy of learning

The joy of learning

Sally García

“The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be happy as kings.” This line, inviting us to a world of exploration, was penned by Robert Lewis Steve... »

Diamond in an anthill

Diamond in an anthill

Curtis Peter van Gorder

I came across a gem of an article from a 1997 Reader’s Digest about what was then the world’s largest-producing diamond mine—the Argyle mine, in Western Australia. At its... »

Ordinary days

Ordinary days

Li Lian

In Ann Kiemel’s book I'm Out to Change My World, there’s a section in which the author is explaining to her mom about an ongoing difficulty she is experiencing in her lif... »

Tetris blocks

Tetris blocks

Chris Mizrany

Some people think that everyone has a place in life, and we all just need to find our place and “fill” it. Others believe that we are all free to make our own way, follow... »

Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons

Keith Phillips

Have you ever noticed how some people can stay afloat when engulfed in troubles and hardships, while others sink to the bottom? What sets the swimmers apart from the sink... »

Just be there

Just be there

Chandra Rees

Most parents will probably attest that one of the ongoing challenges of parenting is spending quality time with your children. What makes it especially tricky is that wha... »

Teach me

Teach me

Marie Alvero

Today a quiet piece of knowledge came to me. For a moment, I had a glimpse into the mind of my child, when she didn’t know I was watching, and I saw a side of her that is... »

Seasons of life

Seasons of life

Message from Jesus

When you hit bottom, when dreams give way to disappointment, when all you’ve worked so hard for goes to pieces, you are tempted to despair. In extreme situations you may... »