In the New Testament book of James there is a passage that might seem a little masochistic at first glance. James 1:2-3 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” This passage is not telling us to enjoy … More Choose joy!
I love the Jason Gray song “Good to Be Alive,” which contains the lines “I want to live like there’s no tomorrow / I want to love like I’m on borrowed time.” Former Lincoln Christian University student Steve Szoke was given thirty-two years to live on Earth and former student Sam VanGeison only twenty-six. When … More He rang true!
Dr. Bob Lowery, my favorite professor in both college and seminary, passed away in 2011 at age 62 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. When I visited him in the hospital just days before his death, he was very close to death and was heavily medicated. I didn’t know whether he would be able … More Finishing well
Sometimes the inspiration to keep on plodding comes from looking at the life of someone who has suffered much but who still somehow finds a way to keep going. My Aunt Francie’s life was changed dramatically when she was 21 years old, when a driver who was passing another car on a hill ran into … More I will not die before I die!
I was ready to quit my master’s degree program. I had made an appointment with the professor who was in charge of my thesis project. My plan was to gracefully bow out of the program. I had finished all the coursework, but I made the mistake of looking at the bound copies of master’s theses … More Plod hard daily!
Sometimes the key to success in life is to simply keep plodding. Plodding means putting one foot in front of the other without ceasing—deliberately focusing on the next step, willing yourself to keep moving forward. William Carey, considered by many to be the father of modern missions, accomplished many amazing things in a lifetime of … More Focus on the next step!