In Luke 10:29, a man asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"
Jesus responded with a story of a man robbed, beaten, and stripped of his dignity. Several religious people passed him by, even though they were neighbors. Then a man who had nothing in common with him stopped and tended to him, and made sure he was safe.
If I were a silent voice in your head to help you build healthier relationships, you might hear me say: "People are funny, and I don’t mean 'haha.'"
One of my dear friends, upon hearing this quote, said, "Susan, you’ve got to go on the road with that statement."
Susan Carroll glanced in the rearview mirror at her second-grade son as they pulled into the parking lot on the first day of school. He seemed okay, but she had had false hope before.
For the past two years, both in kindergarten and first grade, Paul had awakened every school morning begging to stay home. He pleaded with Susan in the car, tears spilling down his cheeks. Day after day, she walked him to class where the teacher had to pry him away. Mother and son were both miserable.
I was talking with a young mom whose child battled anxiousness. She prayed for her child every day. She whispered scriptures over that little one.
She endured when others – those who hadn’t walked in her shoes – judged her when her child struggled publicly.
You’ve got a problem, and you can’t avoid it any longer.
You have to face the facts. You have more bills than you do money to pay them. But that’s not even the biggest problem. As the funds have diminished, so has your faith.
If I were a silent voice inside your head helping you to build healthy relationships, you might hear me say: “Meet people where they are.”
Don’t try to "change them," "fix them," or "correct them," but instead recognize where they are at that very moment.
For people of faith, prayer is supposed to come naturally. Right?
Actually, no. We grow in prayer, just like every other part of a Christ-following life. And luckily for us, we have some excellent teachers available to us in the Scripture.
If we could have coffee today, I’d say, “Our worry can’t change the world. Only God can.”
Luke 2:25 says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”
Frederick August Bartoli went from France to Egypt in 1856. He was awestruck by the grandeur of the pyramids and the beauty of the stately Sphinx. His artistic mind was stimulated.
While on this trip he met another visitor to Egypt, Ferdinand de Lesseps. Ferdinand was there to sell an idea to cut a canal from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. August was taken by the concept. He decided to design a lighthouse to stand at the entrance to this canal.
Father’s Day is a precious season for me. This Father’s Day, I’d like to share with you an amazing tribute that was given for my friend Russ Werch by his daughter Melodi. She wrote this: