Jan 24, 2014

Community Post: When Fear Holds You Back in Your Work

Editor's Note: This week at The High Calling, we’ve been focusing on what holds us back in our work. On the Community page, several writers from our diverse network of bloggers offered their unique insights on the topic. Colleen Krantz shared how comfort zones can keep us from doing the...Read more +
Jan 22, 2014

How Your Need for Approval Can Hold You Back in Your Work

She wanted to sign up for volleyball this winter. Then again, she didn’t. I watched my daughter from across the kitchen table, while our waffles grew cold. The sign-up sheet and a ballpoint pen sat between us, next to the syrup bottle. “It would be fun— sooo much fun, Mom!”...Read more +
Nov 20, 2013

On Loss: The Hard Work of Your Last Harvest

My father-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, a few weeks before the first tulips popped their glossy mouths open, toward the spring sky. Our daughters were six and three at the time, and they immediately asked us if “Bop”—as they called him—was going to die. The prognosis wasn’t good,...Read more +
Oct 23, 2013

Small Things Done With Great Love

She wrote upside-down on the stationery, and she apologized for the mistake. But in truth, her upside-down words were the most right-side-up words I had read in a long time. Her name was Paula. She wrote me the letter nearly a decade ago, and it covered two sides of her...Read more +
Sep 18, 2013

Loving You Different: A Love Letter For Second-Borns

I loved you instantly, of course. It was the second time in my life that a delivery-room nurse had placed a wrinkled newborn girl in my arms. When my lips brushed across your cheek, I knew it would be a cinch to love you as much as I loved your...Read more +
Aug 21, 2013

The Guest of Honor

It’s my fourth birthday, and Mom stands on the hem of my memory. I’m playing musical chairs with cherry-cheeked friends in the next room. And I think I see Mom on the edge, putting candles in a cake while standing barefoot in the kitchen. But it's all so fuzzy. Fast-forward...Read more +
Jul 24, 2013

The Letters Between Us

Editorial Note: Jennifer Dukes Lee and her 11-year-old daughter Lydia enjoy passing notes back and forth. Today, they are writing to each other in this space, opening a window into their world. Dear Daughter, You brushed up against me in the kitchen last night, when you were browning hamburger and...Read more +
Jun 26, 2013

Work-Life Balance in the Family (Or, How to Cut Yourself Some Slack)

I’m sitting at the computer with two deadlines breathing down my neck. My office door is cracked open, and just now, I hear my younger daughter’s feet padding across the kitchen floor. She’ll peek her head in the office any second now. My fingers fly, rapid-fire, over the keys. I...Read more +
May 29, 2013

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

I easily get sidetracked in Bible study, especially on those Sunday mornings when my study partners are a handful of inquisitive fifth-graders. That’s exactly what happened a couple weeks ago, when we gathered in our tiny Sunday school room, which doubles as the pastor’s office at the back of our...Read more +
Apr 4, 2013

Holding the Story

I have loved almost everything about these moments at the front of a college classroom. I have loved telling my students how journalists are the first eyewitnesses to history and the first people to share it with the world. How we go into State Capitol press conferences one day and...Read more +