I wish you would’ve met Charles.
I assumed it was going to be a normal airport bathroom stop, squeezing my carry-on into the stall during an hour-long layover. But that’s when I ran into Charles.
I’m not sure I’ve ever met a man like him.
“Welcome to the world’s busiest airport,” Charles announced to the businessmen crowded into the men’s room, “and to the world’s busiest bathrooms!” I busted up laughing along with Charles, whom I have a hunch had... Read More
I have one lofty goal for 2019: rid my children of warts. “Aim high,” I always say. This may seem silly, but a wart-free household would be a major victory right now. You see, warts are gross, and the fact that my kids have them makes me feel gross and also like I have failed to ensure that they are clean human beings. Seventy-five percent of my children have at least one wart; I feel like this is a failing... Read More
“You are the light of the world.” If Jesus didn’t say it, we might think it was false teaching. But he did say it in his famous Sermon on the Mount. Through that sermon, he reaches ahead into history, puts his hand on your shoulder, and calls you to action. He doesn’t look past you or around you. His eyes are locked in on yours.
Hear it again, “You are the light of the world.”
What could this possibly mean? ... Read More
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and all across America kids (and parents) have been busy working on making a Valentine for every single person in the class.
Back in the day, you only gave Valentine’s cards to the people you really liked. Schools caught on a while ago that no one should get left out on feeling the love, so now they send home a list of all the students in class to make sure that no one gets overlooked. These... Read More
Do you sometimes struggle with self-esteem? Are there days you feel worthless and pretty sure everyone else thinks you’re worthless too? Are you at times broken, needy, and stuck way down in the dumps?
You’re not alone.
Millions of people today are flattened by depression just like some of the famous writers of the Bible were. (Just read King David’s Psalm 6 or Jeremiah’s book of Lamentations.) Throughout history, people have wrestled with the downs that come along with the... Read More
The Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo has women everywhere emptying out their closets and drawers and getting rid of whatever doesn’t “spark joy.” The goal is to help people clean up their clutter and get peace in their home.
I haven’t watched the show myself because I’m not a big saver anyway. Oh, trust me, I have some clutter, but I don’t like holding on to things I don’t need. Years of being a military family meant each... Read More
For the last several years, I’ve tried to be the light in a certain situation (outside my home—thankfully I have a wonderful godly spouse) and have suffered much for it. I finally decided enough was enough. It was time to leave.
I was relishing the idea of packing my proverbial bags when over the course of four days, three people I respect, individually and without the knowledge of the others, suggested I stay. One even told me rather boldly to... Read More
I sinned this week. And I really wish I could take it back.
I’ll spare you the details, but here’s the gist of it—I said something on a really public platform that really hurt people that I really care about. My sin wounded hearts, complicated lives, and damaged my credibility (and rightly so).
My intention was never to hurt anyone, but you know what they say about good intentions . . .
More than anything right now, I wish I... Read More
On January 23, the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, more abortion-related laws were passed. In New York, the law allows for abortion through the third trimester, permits non-physicians to commit abortions, and repeals protections for surviving babies. In Illinois, Governor Pritzker says his state is now “the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to guaranteeing the right to choose for every single woman.”
While I believe we cannot legislate morality, I also believe what... Read More
Unless you’ve been set up with an arranged marriage, your spouse is the only family member you get to choose. Parents, siblings, cousins, kids—they are who they are. God just plops them into our lives. But a spouse—that’s someone we get to pick. Since we get to choose who we’re going to marry, it’s best to not get married too quickly.
Now, by that I don’t mean you have to have long engagements. I also don’t mean that you shouldn’t... Read More