The Perfect Plan

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Our society believes in vision. I must set lofty goals. Plan my work and work my plan, they say. Will that guarantee my success? Believing isn’t enough. Last year, hundreds…

Imaginary Friend

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René Descarte is known for saying, “I think. Therefore, I am.” What we think defines the reality of our environment. We believe what we see with our minds. But is…

Check Your Pulse

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I do many things on impulse, without thinking. Can I overthink a situation? Maybe my first thought is correct. On the other hand, what if my belief is wrong? Our…

The Magic Lamp

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Just believe. That’s all I need for the magic to happen. Those words from the great encouragers sounded so good when I was a kid. Were they right? If a…

Hearing Aid

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I’ve heard people say, “God never talks to me.” Is that because God isn’t talking? Or is it because they have a hearing problem? Hearing is different from listening. My…

One Essential Part

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At two years old, I loved putting together picture puzzles. If only the puzzles of life would fit together so easily. At first, the puzzles were simple. I quickly learned…

God’s Greatest Miracle

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When I was young and thought I was smart, I prayed to be a miracle. I wanted God’s glory to be revealed in my life. Then I realized how dangerous…

Underdog

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In sports, I often cheer for the underdog, wanting the little guys to defeat the giants. I want the weak to overcome the strong. If I don’t care about the…

Prayer for Salvation

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Five dollars and reciting the “sinner’s prayer” will buy a cup of coffee. It won’t buy salvation, so I’m bothered when preachers say, “If you said those simple words, you’ve…

The Fine Print

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I’ve learned the hard way. Before I sign a contract, I must be sure I know what I’m agreeing to. Even a comma can change the meaning, so I must…