Cheerful (or Not)

Cheerful (or Not)

As I stood in line at the grocery, my thoughts were interrupted by the young man in front of me.  “Are you okay?” he asked. Startled, I looked up. “Yes.”  “You’ll get through it,” he said. “Whatever it is.”  I gave him a baffled look. “You just look so sad,...
Living the Dream

Living the Dream

College freshman often struggle to pick a major. I, on the other hand, was quite sure at 18 that I should study elementary education—which was ironic since I was lousy at school, had no desire to be in a classroom, and wasn’t sure I wanted to work with kids. Why in...
Serving by Saving Lives

Serving by Saving Lives

I’ve almost drowned 4 times. That 4th one was the most embarrassing because I was not only a lifeguard—but a lifeguard trainer. In my defense, there was a rip tide involved. Here’s what happened. I was at Ventura Beach, California, with some friends—many of whom were...
Making Broken Beautiful

Making Broken Beautiful

I didn’t just crack the face of my cell phone last week—I pulverized it. Actually, the brick step I dropped it on was the real culprit. At the time, I shrugged it off. Accidents happen. This is part of life on a planet with gravity.  My initial response of...
Deep Learning: Acceptance

Deep Learning: Acceptance

I’ve known the story of the prodigal son as long as I can remember. Last week my knowing moved from surface to deep understanding.  I knew people like the self-indulgent prodigal son. I also knew people like the smug, self-righteous older brother. If I were asked...
Changing Tracks

Changing Tracks

I love those times when I hear a message or find a passages in Scripture that strengthen my faith. The message of hope and courage takes hold. I start dreaming of all God could do in the situations that are close to my heart. I get crazy excited. I feel the...

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