The Worst in Others Can Bring Out the Best in Us

The Worst in Others Can Bring Out the Best in Us

John Certalic-  www.caringforothers.org

In reading the first chapter of the Book of Acts, I find myself drawn to the Apostle Peter and two relational challenges he faced. It starts with Jesus abruptly returning to his home in heaven forty days after his resurrection. Imagine the sense of loss Peter and the others must have felt knowing their relationship with Jesus would never be the same. Most of us have experienced the painful loss of a relationship where an important person in our life leaves us for one reason or another. I can feel Peter’s hurt. Can you?

Life is short

Life is short

By Carol Becwar

I recently attended a 50th anniversary celebration. And I was in the wedding party in 1967! At age 13, life seemed long, and sometimes slow. But as the decades passed and life got more complex, my perspective changed drastically. Now when I look at old pictures, or observe my children as adults who are accustomed to the rat race of life, I know beyond any doubt that life is short and crazy fast.

Alone with God

Alone with God

By Bob Wolniak, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

My first retreat experience came as somewhat of a surprise. I was a college student attending my first day of camp with hundreds of others my age, eagerly looking forward to spending time in worship, Bible study, making new friends, and deepening existing ones. Then we were told that for the next three hours there would be total silence in camp, and we were to spend that time alone with God. As an extrovert seemingly incapable of thinking without speaking, I nearly panicked! In spite of other instructions, I ended up wandering along trails in the forest in a daze. Eventually I sat down, took out a few pieces of paper, brushed some ants off, and began writing a prayer to God. To this day I still vividly recall this experience and its effect on the rest of my week—being more aware of God. In fact, it led me from that day forward to eagerly look for times of quiet to unplug and journal. Something I now cherish more than ever in a busy ministry role and increasingly full and frazzled schedule.

Limitations Are My Friends

Limitations Are My Friends

By Lee Heyward, brooklink.org

Several weeks ago I suffered a hamstring injury to my right leg. It’s nothing serious, just aggravating. My injury is a daily reminder that I’m over 60 now, not under 30. My doctor prescribed three things—restrict your activity level, rest your leg, and rehab. He smiled as I left, handed me a script and said, “This kind of injury usually takes 4-6 months to heal. Enjoy your summer!” How do you enjoy summer when you’ve just been directed to limit your summer?

The God Who Bends Down

The God Who Bends Down

John Certalic - www.caringforothers.org

 

I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he

bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! - Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT)

One day when our twin grandsons were still toddlers, Janet and I were babysitting

them in our home when they taught me an important lesson about listening.

“Hey George, bring down that red tractor we were playing with,” Grant shouted up the

stairs to his brother.

Reflections on birthdays

Reflections on birthdays

By Andrea Harris

Our family has just finished another birthday season. Most think we've completed spring, but it’s actually birthday season at our house. My children were born in April, May, and June, and even my daughter-in-law conforms to the season with an April birthday. My husband is the only one who gets his own special season with a birthday in February. He’s always been a bit of a nonconformist!

I Quit

I Quit

By Mike Kasdorf

If you’re anything like me, your response to a problem or challenge is to do something—be proactive, be a problem-solver. I think it’s because I feel a need to strive for something, earn something, do more of something. We humans always seem to be striving for more, don’t we? Even in a faith context it’s easy to fall into a ‘gotta do more’ thought pattern: “I need to pray more, read my Bible more, serve more, etc.”

Choosing Righteousness

Choosing Righteousness

By Jen Akin

Nothing is more explosive in my relationship with my children than when my selfishness comes up against theirs. This happens primarily between 3:30 and 5:30PM on most school nights.   Tired and hungry, we circle each other like tigers in a cage waiting for one false move. (For the record, the cage tends to be my 2010 Honda Civic.) Seem melodramatic to you?  Yup – that’s part of this rough time of day too. Nothing is right, everything is wrong.