How amazing that God gives many of us the opportunity, during our short time on Earth, to get extremely close to another human being in the context of a lifetime covenant marriage! Such a relationship is set apart for deep intimacy in every area—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The problem comes when we think that … More God’s gift to me!
Several years ago, I heard a true story about an old man who once toured a Wycliffe Bible Translators center in North Carolina. He listened to the tour guide talk about the Bibleless peoples of the world, describing how translators were giving their lives to translate God’s Word into the heart language of these peoples. … More I’m not retired–just redeployed!
My father-in-law died from a stroke a few years ago. He lived in Ontario, Canada, and we were unable to go see him before he passed away. I feel regret when I think about my interactions with him after I married his daughter. He was a gruff man and was hard to talk to. He … More Don’t let it slip by!
During college, I took the opportunity to leave no room for regrets when saying goodbye to a missionary woman named Carolyn, with whom I had grown very close during my senior year of college. She and her family were returning to the DR Congo to continue their missionary service. I had dated her daughter for … More No regret goodbyes!
It would be a sad thing to get to the end of your life only to say, “I sensed that God wanted me to do something significant with my life, but I was afraid that I would never be able to do it, so I took the safe route.” William Borden was only 25 years … More No regrets!
I am trying to remind myself to be more mindful in everything I do. I know that many ordinary things hold beauty that I can see if I train myself to pay attention to them. Think of how many times we walk past flowers every day without taking the time to see them, let alone … More Stop and smell the roses!
One of the biggest problems we have in our culture is our extreme future orientation. We simply don’t have time to enjoy today, because we are always thinking about tomorrow. One indication of our extreme future orientation is how much money we spend on insurance of every kind. There is wisdom in being insured for … More The “good ‘ole days”
One day when my daughter Sammy was three, I was holding her on my hip. We were standing in the dining room of our home, and she was trying to tell me something important—but she could tell that I was looking away at something else. So she grabbed both of my cheeks with her little … More Are you fully present?
God wants his children to talk to him about everything. I like how Brother Lawrence, a monk from the 17th Century, challenges us to not limit in any way our conversations with God. “The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His … More Practicing the Presence
Have you ever wondered why God wants us to pray when he already knows what we need and what we are thinking? The answer may be found by looking at human parent–child relationships. God is our heavenly Father, and we are his children. I hate when our children go from being small, wanting to share … More Talk to me my child!