Did you forget what it’s all about?

Lots of us do. We lose touch with the bottom line. We forget that time we swerved at the last minute, escaping oncoming traffic and then trembling with an adrenalized awareness of how close death really is. Or we forget that long week we spent waiting anxiously for...

Do you know how to give in?

Most people don’t. Most people would rather die than give in, and they’re proud of it. It is an unmistakable mark of the sinful nature that we cling to our pride and self-regard so desperately. I read a news story about two young men who had a little...

How’s your joy?

Joy isn’t the same as happiness. It runs deeper. It can thrive in the presence of great suffering, and it can come to life again no matter how many times it’s died. Joy is a living thing. It is a symptom of faith and the evidence of grace. It bubbles up...

You’re not alone

But sometimes it feels like it. When you’re sick or tired or discouraged or afraid it’s easy to feel isolated, forsaken, forgotten. And no less an expert on suffering than Mother Theresa said that loneliness is the worst kind of pain. If you’ve felt...

What do you want for Christmas?

Don’t hurry past the question. It’s more than a throwaway. What you want is who you are. Jesus said that we should ask God for things because He delights to give us stuff, the same way a good parent wants to give gifts to their children. Consider Solomon,...