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Bursting Through The Hurdles, No Matter What

In a 110 meters hurdles event at the Chinese University Games, a hurdler took a whole new approach to the race. Straight from the start, he failed to clear the first hurdle and clipped the top of it. When he tried to clear the second hurdle, it was even worse. He...

Hurdles of Holiness

What if there was someone you loved so very much . . . respected, revered, honored, but you could never personally encounter their presence? You could only experience their presence through someone else. And that “someone else” was not even one of your closest friends...

Tainted Alcohol

Confession . . . the Smith family consumes alcohol in moderation. Hopefully, that isn’t a deal breaker for you. But – yes, we do drink. (And – Scott has given his permission for me to share this story!) Therefore it wasn’t a big deal when on vacation a few years ago...

Ever Been Helpless?

No one wants to feel utterly helpless. It is human nature to want to feel as if we are in control of our lives . . . but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. Do you remember a time when you felt absolutely helpless? What did you do about it? What was...

Did You Have a Blankie?

Have you ever “attached” yourself to something? Like – really attached? Some babies attach themselves to their pacifiers for comfort. Other small children have a special stuffed animal or my personal favorite, a blankie, and that is their comfort piece. I still...

You’re Full of Yourself!

Have you ever been in a debate with someone about a political or moral issue and you find yourself saying, “If you’ve already made up your mind about this then why are we discussing it? Why bother?” Or . . . have you ever been told, “You are just so full of yourself!”...

Dependent on Nothing and No One

A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend the night at the Homeless Shelter that New Story Church in Winston Salem offers throughout the winter months. Part of the experience was the time we sat around the dinner table with the guests of the shelter. That was a...

I See You! I Hear You!

Forgive me for a tv example . . . .  but years ago there was a show Parenthood (now on my gluttonous guilty pleasure Netflix)in which the father figure, Zeek, had some difficulty relating to his wife, Camille. Throughout the series, especially in the beginning, he...

Happiness is Happenstance

Have you ever felt “happy” to only find that within a matter of minutes, the day “tanked?” One phone call, one text, one email, one exchange with another human being . . . bad news, a difficult situation to face, harsh words were spoken. . . and the feeling of...

Changing One’s Mind

The Help is a great movie giving us a very real depiction of what segregated life was like for African Americans in America prior to some laws that brought about slow change. When “The Help” begins, aspiring journalist Skeeter returned from four years at Ole Miss to...