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When in Distress, Follow the Example of Jesus

When in Distress, Follow the Example of Jesus

We all go through times of distress. The other day, I was feeling quite upset. My uncle was sick with Stage IV cancer, and his prognosis didn’t look good. I was also dealing with some personal issues and insecurities that were causing me to feel sad and down. I was in...
How to Follow the Humility of Jesus

How to Follow the Humility of Jesus

I love reading the Gospels. I think part of the reason is that throughout my life, no matter how frustrated or upset I have been with religion, I always liked Jesus. I always thought he was on point with what he said and did. As much as I thought those WWJD (What...
How to Rejoice in Suffering

How to Rejoice in Suffering

There’s an interesting passage in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome where he encourages his readers to rejoice in their suffering. I’ve always struggled with this idea, because it seems out of touch with reality. I don’t know anyone who likes to suffer. When I’m...
Why You Shouldn’t Count the (Sunk) Costs

Why You Shouldn’t Count the (Sunk) Costs

Before you made a decision growing up, your parents probably told you to count the costs. Usually this is good advice, unless the costs are sunk. What is a Sunk Cost? When we make a decision, we often consider resources (e.g., time, effort, money) that we have already...
How to Navigate the “3-Lane” Highway of Life

How to Navigate the “3-Lane” Highway of Life

We have all heard the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Being able to differentiate between the things that are up to us and the things that...
How Do We Love God?

How Do We Love God?

I like to evaluate my actions or behaviors through the lens of whether or not they are consistent with loving God and loving others. Loving Others I think I have a pretty good idea of what it means to love others. Loving others is difficult to do in practice. But I...
5 Strategies to Accept Negative Things in Your Life

5 Strategies to Accept Negative Things in Your Life

In my life lately, I’ve been working on acceptance. In the past, I’ve resisted acceptance. Acceptance seemed weak, like I was okay with failure or not being the best I could be. But as I have grown older, I have realized I do have some limitations. There are certain...
Why It’s Important to Say Yes to Life

Why It’s Important to Say Yes to Life

One of my favorite books is called “Love Does” by Bob Goff. There was one particular story in the book that taught me an important lesson: Whenever possible, say yes to life. How Bob Became a Diplomat to Uganda Bob is a lawyer, and one day he received a...
What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

I’d like to do something a little different today and share a parable by the theologian Peter Rollins. (Note: The language in the parable is framed toward Christians, but if that’s not your tradition, try to substitute language from your own religious or cultural...
Leave Judgment for God

Leave Judgment for God

As human beings, we have a bad habit of judging others. It’s easy to do. We see someone who is doing something we view as bad, or living their life in a way we disapprove. So we look down on them. We criticize them. We think they should be making better decisions or...
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