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Our Thoughts Mediate the Experience of Suffering

Our Thoughts Mediate the Experience of Suffering

When we experience pain and suffering, we often look to an external cause to explain it. I’m upset because I didn’t get that job. I’m depressed because my girlfriend broke up with me. I’m anxious because the world is a dangerous place. Blaming our Suffering on...
Do You Still Want the $100 Bill?

Do You Still Want the $100 Bill?

I recently listened to a talk by Eugene Cho, and he shared something that was quite impactful for me. He held up a $100 bill in his hand, and asked the audience if they wanted it. Everyone said yes. Then he crumpled up the $100 bill, and asked the audience if they...
Kintsugi and Redeeming Our Pain

Kintsugi and Redeeming Our Pain

“The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway Sometimes life doesn’t go quite as we plan it. Perhaps you have experienced this in the past. Maybe you are experiencing it right now. For example, you might have had high...
Do the Hard Thing First

Do the Hard Thing First

The other day, I had a long list of tasks I needed to get done. There was one task I was NOT looking forward to. I had to call the insurance company to follow up about a claim regarding a car accident I was in when I was riding in an Uber. It wasn’t a complicated...
How to Move from Asking “Why?” to “What?”

How to Move from Asking “Why?” to “What?”

We all experience difficult times in our life. Pain and struggle are universal to the human experience. Even Jesus promised his followers, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). We can’t get away from pain, or completely remove it from our lives. And...
The Problem with Anticipating Pain

The Problem with Anticipating Pain

I’ve been getting in a bad habit of anticipating pain. Here’s what I mean: Let’s say I’m entering a situation that is uncertain, or has the possibility for pain. I’m focusing on the possibility of pain at some point in the future, and it’s making me feel crappy in the...
What’s “Good” About Good Friday?

What’s “Good” About Good Friday?

I’ve always thought the name “Good Friday” was a bit odd. What’s good about Jesus getting brutally tortured and murdered? It seems like the opposite of good. Some people might argue that we call it Good Friday because of what happens on Easter Sunday—the resurrection...
Find the Problem You Can Solve

Find the Problem You Can Solve

Most people shy away from problems. They don’t like them, so they try to avoid them. This is natural—we all have a tendency to avoid pain and discomfort when possible. However, if you want to be successful in life, you have to counteract this natural tendency to avoid...
Ski for the Spaces

Ski for the Spaces

A competitive skier was doing an interview about how he navigated skiing through the trees. Skiing through the trees can be very dangerous. In fact, one of the most common ways that people die when skiing is by hitting a tree. But this guy actually skies into the...
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...
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