Feb 2, 2014
Terry’s life was lining up. His sales team was humming. A promotion to branch manager looked likely. His kids were happy at school. He and his wife had a vital teaching ministry at church. And just lately, in a few conversations with coworkers, he’d shared his faith. Then came the...Read more +
Jan 26, 2014
In 30 Women of Faith conferences each year, Patsy Clairmont speaks in huge arenas to tens of thousands of women. She talks about her agoraphobia: fear of open spaces. During 17 years of anxiety, her world finally shrank to the size of her bed. Patsy’s recovery began in a self-help...Read more +
Jan 21, 2014
A puppy once said to an older dog: "After some study, I have mastered philosophy. I have learned that happiness for a dog is in his tail. Therefore I chase my tail. And when I catch it, I shall have happiness!" Upon hearing the puppy, the older dog said, "I...Read more +
Jan 12, 2014
The head of a large technology company felt nervous and stressed, but afraid to talk about it. If customers knew, he’d lose face. Employees must see his confidence, he thought. His peers couldn’t know—they were the competition. So behind a calm face, he lived in doubt. Drowning in fear, he...Read more +
Jan 8, 2014
At the age of eight, Glenn Cunningham suffered terrible burns in a schoolhouse fire. Although his mother convinced the doctors not to amputate Glenn's legs, they said he would never walk again. Ten years later, however, Glenn was a runner. Eventually he developed the technique of negative splitting: running the...Read more +
Jan 7, 2014
"Cat's in the Cradle" is a song about a busy father who keeps putting off being with his son until he finds the time. Years pass, and one day the son cannot find time for his father. My friend, Dave, told me about the moment his wife confronted him about...Read more +
Dec 19, 2013
Recall a Christmas when your entire life seemed to wait for one never-to-be-forgotten present. For me it was a tennis racket. My parents had great fun presenting it to me that Christmas morning. I remember it so vividly. But the greatest Christmas gift—for everyone—is Christ himself . As a child...Read more +
Dec 15, 2013
Years ago, a large shoe manufacturer sent two sales reps into the Australian outback. The company’s crazy sales manager thought he could drum up shoe business among the tribes living off the land. Sometime later, telegrams arrived from both shoe reps. The sales manager tore them open. The first one...Read more +
Dec 8, 2013
Columnist David Brooks listed the qualities of a good president. 1) Leaders live surrounded by both yes-men and critics. They must constantly choose and improvise. So even more than experience, a good leader needs character and self-knowledge. 2) Leaders are internally driven. Their outlooks were grounded before they took on...Read more +
Dec 2, 2013
Bobby was a farm kid who went into town to see the circus. His father gave him a dollar with instructions to spend it wisely. Bobby ran to town, found a roadside spot, and watched amazed as the parade passed before him. As the last clown brought up the end...Read more +