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To Love and Serve Others, You Need Empathy

To Love and Serve Others, You Need Empathy

I was listening to a sermon awhile back, and the pastor shared an interesting story that struck a chord with me. The story provided insight into how we can love and serve other people better. Waiting in Line at Mustang Donuts He was waiting in line at Mustang Donuts...
The Key Isn’t the Mess, It’s the Response

The Key Isn’t the Mess, It’s the Response

I was listening to a sermon the other day, and the pastor was talking about how to deal with the “messes” in our life. It’s something we can all relate to, isn’t it? We all have certain aspects of our life that feel like a mess. Maybe our job is a mess right now. Or...
Let Down Your Drawbridge

Let Down Your Drawbridge

When we are in pain, we have the tendency to raise our defenses. This actually makes good sense. We don’t want to get hurt again, so the prudent thing to do is to protect ourselves. We retreat back into our castle, behind our fortified walls, and pull up the...
How to Use Negative Emotions as Information

How to Use Negative Emotions as Information

Most of the time in life, we try to avoid or escape from negative emotions. This is really common in counseling. Most of the time, people seek counseling in order to “feel better.” On one hand, this makes a lot of sense to me. Anxiety feels bad. Depression feels bad....
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...
Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Depression can be one of the most painful experiences we can have as human beings. I have sat across from clients who couldn’t muster up the energy to get out of bed in the morning, thought they were worthless, and considered ending their lives. I haven’t personally...
How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food,...
Why Problems are a Good Thing

Why Problems are a Good Thing

Most of the time, we think of problems in our lives as a bad thing. We want to remove or get rid of our problems. I think this is a natural tendency—problems can cause pain, stress, and anxiety. These can be unpleasant emotions, and it’s natural to want to get rid of...
What Are You Willing to Suffer For?

What Are You Willing to Suffer For?

When trying to figure out a direction for your life and career, people often ask themselves questions such as “What is my passion?” or “What am I most interested in?” You might be asking yourself some of these questions right now. The Wrong Question If you really want...
How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

A common dilemma in life is how to help without enabling. Here’s what I mean: It’s natural to want to help others who are in need. We all need help sometimes, and it’s important to use our time, money, and resources to help people who are struggling. Also, if you...
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