Life is Found at Arm’s Length

I will dance with you, but I’ll keep you at arm’s length and look the other way. I know you’re there, but won’t acknowledge your presence unless absolutely necessary. You think I hate you, but I’m really just trying not to give you the wrong idea. If I get too close, I will disappoint your…

What Will it Cost You?

Before going on a trip, making a big purchase, or starting a large project, the cost must first be considered. And cost is often not bound up only in numbers and figures, but also in the physical and spiritual realms. For Christians around the world, faith in Jesus Christ and following His Commission can cost…

Step Into the Ark

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5) This verse precedes God’s commandment to Noah to build an ark and prepare for the destruction of all mankind, save for his own family. When he…

The Game of Adulting

Being an adult is hard. We have to make big decisions, and not just once or twice, but on a daily basis. Even little decisions multiply into big decisions, but it’s hard to realize that in the present. There are not too many children who have the capacity to understand the reach of their decisions,…

Am I Not Better to You than Ten Sons?

Why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons? (1 Samuel 1:8b) Those were the words that Elkanaha said to his wife, Hannah, because she could not have children, but she longed to have a son. To her, all the best that Elkanah could offer was still not enough. But…

God’s Inexpressible Gift

I started a journal in March of this year. It is worn around the edges, and the cover is not so white and clean as it once was. It has traveled halfway around the world and back, so the wear makes sense, but its pages are not so filled as the mileage would suggest. I…

Just One Day

What would happen if you committed just one day a week to the Lord? On that day, you would only allow yourself to spend time with Jesus. No worldly forms of entertainment; just prayer, study, and worship. If you have kids, “just one day” sounds impossible. And even if you get “a day off,” you…

Clothed and Unafraid

(This first section is meant to be read in the first person, as though you wrote it, as though your heart were in it, and I pray that God would put your heart in it.) What’s deep inside me that I don’t want anyone else to see? What if it were suddenly exposed? What would…

The End-All-Be-All of Life

If you are broken, let me cry with you. If you are over the moon, let me rejoice with you. No matter how you feel, don’t let any emotion have solitary dominion over you. You are not meant to be alone. I pray that God would give you true friends in this life who you…

Bloody Taxes

Last night, I learned about the coldest inhabited town in the world, Oymyakon, Siberia. The road that must be taken to reach that town is called “The Road of Bones,” because those who died in the harsh conditions while building it were made to be part of the road. It was commissioned by Joseph Stalin…