I met her at the airport. Within a few minutes, the woman told me, “I’ve been at two funerals in the past two months—and both were from suicide.”
A week later, on World Suicide Prevention Day, megachurch pastor and mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson performed a funeral for a member of his church who died by suicide. Hours later, he was dead—by suicide.
You don’t have to look far—whether in your personal life or on the news—to hear about suicide... Read More
That is my question.
Many of you already wear an activity tracker device. You have an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or a Garmin running watch. And I’m considering joining you.
I like to set goals.
I like to work out.
I like to record my progress.
So a Fitbit seems like an obvious purchase.
But I’m apprehensive about taking this step. It’s not just the cost or the hassle of checking and charging another device. I’m apprehensive because I don’t think... Read More
Perhaps you’re familiar with the saying “forgive and forget.” This concept takes its cue from God’s Word in Jeremiah 31:34: “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” God chooses to forget the sins of the people he loves. And we would do well to do the same. Marriages are happiest when we forgive our spouses and forget the offenses. The relationship between parent and child doesn’t work well when keeping score. But that doesn’t mean we... Read More
I had a light bulb spiritual moment the other day.
My friend and I were reflecting on the past summer, sharing struggles and spiritual victories and, most important, asking one another the question, “How’s your soul?” During that conversation, we both admitted that our regular time in the Word had slipped, despite the fact that our summers offered both of us a slower pace at work and a few extra days at home.
Think about that—The more time we had,... Read More
Woody Allen is credited with saying, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” If you check other sources, he might also have said that “ninety percent of life is just showing up.” I’m not sure how one accurately measures either of these statistics, or which quote he actually said in which context, or if you aspire to hold to the beliefs of Hollywood icon Woody Allen. But I think we can all agree on this: Showing up matters. In a... Read More
This summer, a Wisconsin woman answered her phone. A scammer claimed to be from the Social Security Administration and told the woman she would be arrested for money laundering if she didn’t buy thousands of dollars’ worth of gift cards.
She had already given them $4,000 in gift cards from stores around the area when she went to buy another $1,000 from the gas station where she was a regular customer. Employees sensed something was wrong. They wouldn’t process the... Read More
My wife worked at Kmart through high school. Her job was to use a price tag gun to slap price tags on all the products. She tells me she can still hear the sound the gun made: Ca-chunk, Ca-chunk, Ca-chunk.
Although we can’t hear the sound, we all possess a price tag gun. We carry it around, not in our hands, but in our hearts. And we don’t slap prices on products but on people. We value people based on... Read More
Every year over Labor Day weekend, a small town in Wisconsin gathers for the World’s Greatest Junk Parade. What started out as a joke between a few men has turned into a celebration of junk vehicles topped with junk decorations—including antlers, toilet seats, and whatever trash people find in their attics.
That got me thinking. Maybe we need a few more personal junk parades. Oh, I’m not talking about celebrating the junk in our lives, but maybe it’s time we... Read More
Have you ever had to grit your way through rehab?
Back in college, I collapsed my right lung in a freak soccer accident. A routine play burst a hole right through the tissue, turning my every breath into an agonizing groan. After surgery stapled my lung shut, I had to rebuild my strength by breathing into this plastic contraption for weeks until eventually my body regained its former strength.
Adultery is a little bit like that day on the soccer... Read More
My husband and I have lived on my husband’s income the entire time we’ve had kids, with me working here and there to supplement and cushion the budget. Recently, I decided that in three years, when our youngest starts high school, I need to get a full-time job and pigeonhole most of what I make for ten or so odd years so we have money when we’re old.
That’s a very American way to think, and it fails to take... Read More