Sometimes the truth makes you feel bad.

Sometimes the truth makes you feel bad. But that's because feeling bad is often the prelude to feeling good. You see, joy isn't a narcotic, it's a quality of spirit. It's a perspective. It's the shape of your soul. When I was a young man, someone said to me, "You have...

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Do you know where your reward is?

Do you know where your reward is? Most people don't. They think God's rewards are in this life, so they feel cheated. But Jesus made it quite clear that our real reward lies on the other side of death, not here and now. There's a little bit here, to be sure, but the...

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You are what you say.

You are what you say. There's no doubt about it. It’s an absolute. “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45) In other words, what comes out of me is the surest indication of what’s inside of me. This is a basic Christian truth, but we ignore it...

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Sometimes the weird stuff is the best stuff.

Sometimes the weird stuff is the best stuff. Our universe is strange. Light is really waves and photons, and matter is really atoms and molecules, and time and space are relative, and we could go on and on. (We haven't even mentioned quantum mechanics.) C.S. Lewis...

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Are you trying to prove yourself?

Are you trying to prove yourself? Most of us are. Because of a deep insecurity, we try to prop up our egos by inventing identities like SuperMom, InvincibleMan, or my favorite – NeverFail. Peter said, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” (Mk 14:9) And then in a matter...

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Sometimes it’s better to be wronged than be right.

Sometimes it's better to be wronged than be right. These days everyone is trying to win an argument. In our zeal, we care less about knowledge than victory and so we win fights we should lose. Wise people know that losing sometimes leads to better learning and...

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You aren’t what you feel.

You aren't what you feel. One of the great lies of our time is that my feelings define me. They don't. They’re real, for sure, but they’re not always true. Most of our feelings come and go based on circumstances, biology, and a whole host of lesser variables. They do...

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What do you want?

What do you want? Most of us have a list. It might include things like better health, more security, more friends, more stuff. It probably includes a few dreams and ambitions. It may include an understanding of yourself. All of these are good things, but there is...

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What’s under your couch?

What's under your couch? If your house is like ours, there’s stuff under there. You won’t know it until you vacuum, but then you see the truth. A little pet hair. A pinch of leaves or dirt. A renegade Cheeto. But despite all this, you enjoy your couch. You know you’re...

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Made any good trades lately?

Made any good trades lately? I love the story about the Native American woman who was picked up while hitch-hiking in the New Mexico desert. As they drove, the hitch-hiker noticed a brand-new circular saw sitting on the seat between them.  “Nice saw,” she said.  The...

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Your story isn’t over yet.

Your story isn't over yet. But it's easy to think it is. We make a mistake, we fail, we sin and assume that's the final word. Game over. Epitaph written. But it's not true. When I was in the military my dog tags read, "Atheist". I was the guy always arguing that God...

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Do you do what you don’t want to do?

Do you do what you don't want to do? We all do. It is what philosophers call "the human condition". It is the result of what Christians call "the sinful nature". When I was in the military, one of my fellow Marines went to prison because he abandoned his post. He was...

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You can’t fix something that isn’t plugged in.

You can't fix something that isn't plugged in. My computer wasn't working right. So my buddy and I were trying to fix it. He's a tech, and so we swapped out some parts, replaced a few others, and put it all back together only to find that we had made it worse. Now it...

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Do you believe in Judgment?

Do you believe in Judgment? Lots of people don't. They pretend that the nature of God is such that He will not allow anyone to be separated from Him eternally. On the surface, this seems like a pleasant thought. But it doesn't hold up under scrutiny, for the Son of...

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