There’s one Christmas movie that is good all year-round: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart. It’s a movie I’ve come to appreciate much more now that I am an adult. Why? Because it offers some valuable lessons about surviving life and finding hope when things are hard. In the story, George Bailey is a friendly, caring, small-town guy who has
1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.” 2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others
It was quiet that day, the guns, the mortars and the land mines for some reason hadn’t been heard. The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk. Just then an army sergeant came in and said, “Why aren’t you with
His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very bright. He became a Christian while attending college. Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not sure how to go about
Life is good on the mountaintops of celebration. But no matter how much we’d like to spend our lives up there, we need to walk through the valleys of challenges, too. Life is tough in the valleys. Still, there are valuable lessons we can learn in the valleys that we could never learn if we stayed on the mountaintops. If you find yourself walking through
A few years ago, a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. The convention lasted all week, and all the salesmen had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. As they hurried to the airport to catch their return flight, they rushed down the airport’s corridor with their briefcases in hand.
As a minister was addressing a group of men, he took a large piece of paper and made a black spot in the center of it with a marking pen. Then he held up the paper before the group and asked them what they saw. One person quickly replied, “I see a black mark.” “Right,” the preacher replied, “what else do you see?” Complete silence prevailed.
Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss. What I didn’t realize was that it was also a ministry. Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a moving confessional. Passengers climbed in, sat behind me in total anonymity, and told me about their lives. I encountered people whose
One evening, an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a “battle” that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between the two wolves inside us all. “One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. “The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness,
One of my biggest pleasures each summer is the many types of flowers sprinkled around my yard. I love everything from the daisies and petunias to my beautiful and elegant rose bushes. I not only enjoy them when I spend time outside, but I frequently cut some in the morning and take them to school for my desk. One particular morning in June, I