December, 2015

Hearing God in our Emptiness

Hearing God in our Emptiness

The angriest emails I’ve ever received were responses to my articles about self-love and self-esteem. And yet . . . yet I remain convinced that the greatest obstacle to hearing God lies in precisely our self-love and self-esteem.   Most of us unconsciously believe that God speaks only to those who are mature and pure. To cover our inadequacies, we jury-rig our hearts with positive...

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Your Life Matters

Your Life Matters

We (I) often wonder, Does my life matter? We look at the lives of others, usually those who are most visible because of their accomplishments, accolades, or accumulation, and seriously doubt if our life has or will matter. Leigh and I just watched It’s A Wonderful Life for the 30th time, at least.  One of the reasons this movie has endured for 68 years is that it speaks to this universal...

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Seeing God Through His Metaphors

Seeing God Through His Metaphors

A friend once told me of a dark moment in his life, a time when he felt alone, frightened, and falling apart. He described his interior life like this: “I was an engine without oil.”   My friend instinctively took a common but abstract experience—loneliness—and brought it to life by painting a picture of his pain. He imagined his life as a movie screen and he projected onto himself...

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