Being criticized?

It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs […]

5 things I’d do if I were single

For those who are single, each day that passes makes it more difficult to resist the pressures and temptations to rush into a poorly considered relationship. “You’re not getting any younger, are you? When are you going to get married?” “So, things didn’t work out right with so and so? Man, you have no luck…” […]

How to cut off bad roots

You have identified the root of your problem. Very good. Now, how do you cut it off? That’s the question many have been asking. By definition, cutting is an aggressive act. Even a smooth, razor-sharp, small cut will cause some injury. Cutting means something sharp penetrates something else and makes an opening, an incision, or […]

Uncovering the roots (2)

(Read yesterday’s post here) The Bible talks about sins that are known as“deadly”, in other words, the most harmful and dangerous—because they givebirth to other sins. Let’s look at some of these sins, or bad roots: 10 Principal Bad Roots     100s of Bad Fruits Anger Anger causes behavioral problems, destroys relationships, makes a person […]

Uncovering the roots (1)

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way… The heart knows its own bitterness. Proverbs 14:8,10 Why do I do the things I do? Why do I behave this way? Where do my problems come from? The wise seek to understand (through reason) their own way. Knowing ourselves helps us identify our weaknesses […]

The heel of the loaf of bread

A couple was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Intrigued by what was behind that rare achievement, a guest at the dinner party asked the husband: “What’s the secret to staying married for so long?” He replied, “It’s quite simple, really. You know the heel of the loaf of bread? I love eating it. But every […]

Beautifully imperfect


I can’t feel happy for… (2)

Okay, so if you did your homework from yesterday’s post, you should have a name or two (or several) of people who bring out the worst in you. No matter how hard you try, you can’t feel happy for them. Now, think of the answers to these questions: Why does that person’s success make you […]

I can’t feel happy for…

Is there anyone you know whom you really can’t feel happy for, no matter how hard you try? A relative, a brother or sister, mom or dad, son or daughter, a colleague, that guy in sales, that girl in school, your ex… Anyone? Do you secretly rejoice when something bad happens to that person? Do […]

How are you coping?

When life’s problems get out of hand; when the stress is too much; when you really don’t want to face the music — how do you cope? I have noticed how people develop “coping mechanisms” to deal with unpleasant situations in their lives. It’s the refuge they run to when they just don’t want to […]