The writer of the book of Proverbs uses a strong, passionate word to describe his wish for a husband’s love for his wife, “may you ever be captivated by her love” (Proverbs 5:19). The word captivated in this passage can also be translated “intoxicated.” I would say that both of these words are great descriptions … More Treasure and Heart
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!
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”
When I lived in the DR Congo, my Congolese brothers and sisters taught me the importance of gratefulness by how they prayed every morning. In the Swahili language, they prayed, “Asante Mungu sababu niliamuka,” which means, “Thank you, God, that I woke up.” Sometimes they added another sentence: “Usiku jana nililala kama wafu, halafu leo … More Thank you God I woke up!