The Maze

I don’t know what to do.”“I don’t know where to turn.”“I don’t know about my goals.”Three comments from three different friends this week reminded me of a Pastor Harry Cheales in Gloucestershire, England. Around A.D 1950, Cheales had a dream about the maze of life. He turned the dream into reality in his church garden. The maze was a visual …

Growing Season

It’s that time of the year: The flower beds in front of our house are brimming with exotic colors, thanks to the warming season, great soil, abundant sunshine, adequate water, and . . . . . . . . the absence of unwelcome weeds.Those acquainted with the joys of agriculture are familiar with the challenge of weeds. The usual joke …

Silence

I heard this story at a silence retreat: Four people went on a silence retreat. As the day faded, they decided to light a candle in the room, and meditate in stillness before retiring for the night.A sudden blowing of wind threatened to extinguish the candle. One person reacted instinctively: “O no, the candle is about to go out!”After a minute, the second …

How Content Are You?

Recently I heard the story of a gentleman who wasn’t content with his house. He had lived in the house for so many years; He wished the front door faced a different direction; He wanted different kinds of windows; He wanted a house with the latest and greatest appliances, etc.So, the man consulted a realtor about putting his house up …

Right or Left

Which are you – right or left-handed? As a left-handed kid, I remember times when this question determined if I got to do certain things or not. Talk about discrimination (which I knew very little about then). I remember how I used to be made fun of for how I threw a ball, swung the cricket bat, did high fives, punched …

Stuck or Unstuck

When your mind is not actively engaged with your present situation (life, studies, or occupation), where does it dwell predominantly? According to the Bible, God does not keep bringing up your past (Isaiah 43: 25: I wipe away your sins because of who I AM. And so, I will forget the wrongs you have done.) Could it then be that …

On Rejection

Have you ever been rejected? It’s not a good feeling when someone declares that their friendship with you is over, when they ‘unfriend’ you, drop you like a hot potato, or just disappear for no obvious reason. Friends familiar with social media tell me that this is a continuous phenomenon online.When you are rejected, for whatever reason, the impact is …

Under Construction

My drive home from My work place should take about 25 minutes.  Because of extensive construction on main roads for the last two years, it takes about 35 minutes.  My car is dusty from driving through this area. By the looks of things, this will be going on for at least another year – or two.  I am sure it …

Your Eyes

This week, I have been mentally creating the scenes of the cross of Christ. One thing that has gripped me is the sea of eyes that are looking at the tortured and emaciated body of the Lord Jesus Christ.There are wondering eyes – those of people who came to Jerusalem just to celebrate the Passover, and wondering what this spectacle …

Your Posture Shows

My physical therapist shocked me the other day by saying that the primary reason I had some shoulder pain was due to poor posture. Talk about reality check ☹ I thought I might have lifted something unusually heavy, did pushups incorrectly, slept a wrong way, or was just encountering another challenge of advancing in life 😊According to Google, good posture helps reduce lower …