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Let It Rain

Let It Rain

It’s raining today. It’s interesting how people can have such different reactions to rain. For a farmer, rain is a lifesaver. It means that the crops will get enough water to grow. For a person on their way to work, rain can be terrible (especially if they forgot...
As Is

As Is

I was browsing on Ebay the other day, reading ads for used cars. I remember one advertisement in particular was for an older, worn-down vehicle. Somewhere in the description were these words: “As Is.” As Is “As Is” means the buyer agrees to buy the product without the...
What to Do With Forced Rest?

What to Do With Forced Rest?

All of us are dealing with the ramifications of the COVID-19 virus. For many of us, this includes social distancing and not doing the things we love to do (e.g., hanging out in groups, going to sporting events or concerts, going to work/school, etc.). Bored and...
3 Lessons from the Rajneeshees

3 Lessons from the Rajneeshees

My wife and I just finished watching a fascinating documentary called “Wild, Wild Country.” It follows the story of a cult called the Rajneeshees, who travel from India and settle in Antelope, Oregon, where they build a commune (basically a small town) from scratch....
Do. What You Can… And Let That Be Enough

Do. What You Can… And Let That Be Enough

The other day, I was feeling frustrated. I was dealing with an injury, and it wasn’t progressing as quickly as I wanted it to. I was going to physical therapy, and doing my exercises, but the reality was that I was going to have to accept a less than ideal situation....
Give a Gift of Grace

Give a Gift of Grace

A few years ago, a colleague of mine sent me an email. He wanted to organize a research project on grace. I thought it was a great idea. Even though I think grace is really important, there isn’t much research out there on what exactly grace is, or how it works. What...
Sometimes Jesus Calms Us Before He Calms the Storm

Sometimes Jesus Calms Us Before He Calms the Storm

There’s this interesting story in the Bible where Jesus calms a storm. Here’s what happened: Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to...
What Do You Do With an Unwanted Thought?

What Do You Do With an Unwanted Thought?

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Ben. Ben was a good kid, and enjoyed reading, watching baseball, and playing with his friends. In almost all respects, Ben was a happy, normal child. But there was one thing that troubled him. He had an unwanted thought. The...
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