Life isn’t about what your circumstances are, but who you become despite your circumstances. That’s something I’ve been sharing with you this week. As a part of that we’ve spent time with Romans 5:3-4 (ESV) where Paul says that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…” But then in verse 5 … Continue reading Perpetuating the illusion
Who would you put in the following blank? When I think of someone who is courageous, I think of ________________. When I do it, my first instinct is to think about people who’ve done incredible things in the face of adversity. Through the years I’ve known World War Two veterans, so I think of them. … Continue reading Despite the odds
You've probably never thought of "courage" like this. But you probably should.
If you want to be stronger, you need to be honest about your weaknesses. Here's why.
When you hear "medicine" you probably think about being sick. Here's a way to think about medicine from God. It's deceptively simple, but incredibly effective.
When you think of someone who is "strong," who do you picture? If you do this on a daily basis, I think you can be strong too.
When I lived in Toronto I marveled at how many statues there were. They were things like warriors riding on horses or heroes from a previous age. From a distance they always looked impressive. But the closer you got, the more cracks you saw. There were fault lines and chips and discoloration. Isn’t that like … Continue reading Deeper and more destructive with time
The word “religion” isn’t very popular. People (including myself!) prefer to use substitutes like “spirituality” or “faith” as a way of bypassing this un-trendy word that can call to mind firm-fisted sermons, strict morality or chanting monks. But let’s pause on it for a minute. It comes from an old word meaning “to bind.” So … Continue reading Boundedness
Alongside literary giants like Shakespeare and Tolstoy are the Berenstain Bears. (Maybe that’s a stretch, but just go with me on this one.) In one of their timeless classics we learn about The Magic Toeshoes. Basically, a young bear wants to be a ballerina. But her toes are wobbly. So an old ballet master takes pity … Continue reading Your Magic Toeshoes