Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

When my daughter was very young, I overheard her praying for the rain to stop and for the next day to be nice. I said, “Honey, I don’t think the Lord minds us asking Him to stop the rain. He wants us to make our wants and wishes known to Hi... Read More »

Finding Contentment

Finding Contentment

Twenty-five years ago I came across a gem of wisdom that was to save my sanity. The thing that amazes me now is how easily I could have missed it. I was feeling happy and fulfilled at the time, satisfied with my life and where it seemed to ... Read More »

Relief from Loneliness

Relief from Loneliness

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother,” the Bible tells us. That friend is Jesus, who also promises, “I am with you always” and “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” His presence can fill the aching void within that we all... Read More »

“I Was Here First!”

“I Was Here First!”

My three-year-old son Manuel was playing an educational game on the computer when his six-year-old sister Alondra demanded that he let her have a turn. Manuel’s response was typical. “I was here first!” I don’t know where Manuel picked that... Read More »

A Soccer Ball and a Sea of Smiles

A Soccer Ball and a Sea of Smiles

I am the father of a large family, a full-time Christian volunteer, and a part-time sports coach. During our family’s two-year stay in India, I always packed some sports equipment when we traveled. Our time there included many challenging a... Read More »

Loneliness—and the Cure

Loneliness—and the Cure

There is a mystery in human hearts: to every one of us, from time to time, there comes a sense of utter loneliness. Some of the loneliest people in the world are those who are constantly surrounded by others, yet they feel that no one truly... Read More »

Do Some People Really “Have It All”?

Do Some People Really “Have It All”?

Question: Why is it that some people seem to lead charmed lives? They have perfect looks, perfect health, lots of natural abilities, and lots of friends—everything—while people like me seem to have no end of deficiencies and problems. Answe... Read More »

You Are Unique!

You Are Unique!

Do you know who the happiest people are? Those who have the courage to be themselves, just the way God made them, rather than try to be something they’re not in order to fit in or impress others. Struggling to live up to what you think othe... Read More »

Chasing Happiness
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Chasing Happiness

In the movie The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Will Smith’s character makes the observation that the United States Declaration of Independence includes in its short list of “unalienable rights” the right to the pursuit of happiness—not the r... Read More »

Divine Nature

Divine Nature

God has given us “exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these [we] may be partakers of the divine nature.” What is the “divine nature”?—It is the essence of God, how He thinks and how He acts. And through the promises He giv... Read More »

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