2017 is going to be the best year ever! 2016 was the worst year ever!!! In my attempts to achieve greater balance in my thinking and verbal proclamations in general, you will not hear me make either of these statements. Because my aim, at present, is to resist what the psychologists call “dichotomous thinking”. According to… Continue reading This is going to be the best year ever! (Or is it…?)
Be kind. Be tenderhearted. Be forgiving. Easy to say, but so hard to do. I struggle a lot with perfectionism, and often nurture a critical spirit. And this spirit rears its ugly head the most when I’m feeling bad about myself. When I don’t feel good enough, or smart enough, or simply enough generally, I find myself… Continue reading Kindness is hard for a perfectionist like me
Sometimes it feels safer to stay in the dark because we’ve been there for so long. It’s all we’ve known, and it’s comfortable. But maybe you haven’t switched on the light yet – maybe there’s a much brighter and more hopeful world yet to discover in a relationship with God. This relationship is one full… Continue reading Is the dark more familiar than the daylight?
God’s love is made complete in us when we love other people? That’s a pretty amazing concept… Certainly, our love for others is evidence that the Holy Spirit is in us, and that we understand the love of God. And it’s only when we know his love deeply that we can love effectively, without pretention.… Continue reading We haven’t seen God, but our love points the way to him
Did 2016 feel like a “dry wasteland” to you? Did your wasteland look like several seasons of illness, or a family conflict, or the loss of someone you love? Did your wasteland look like a broken friendship or a failing marriage? Maybe you struggled with unemployment, or a general lack of direction and relentless feelings… Continue reading Say goodbye to the “dry wasteland” of 2016
As you reflect on the birth of Jesus this week, remember why he was sent. Christ was sent to earth by God as a baby, who would grow up not to condemn – but to save us from our sins through his death on the cross. Jesus came to take my place, and yours, and… Continue reading Why did Jesus come?
When we love, we pursue truth. Are you a truth-seeker? When we love, we seek to protect others. Are you an advocate and protector of the people around you? When we love, we trust. Do you have faith in the people entrusted to you? And how do you show that faith? When we love, we… Continue reading Five things that happen when we choose love