• #221
    Jul 13, 2014

    Answered Prayer in Murky Water

    Post Race Selfie
    Humility is a Dangerous Prayer Request

    In that same mirror, though, reflected the face of a finisher. I had finished last by a large margin, but I had crossed the finish line. I had done it, but I wouldn’t say I had conquered it. My impetuousness had been tempered with humility, and yellow-vested prayers had been answered.

  • #217
    May 7, 2014

    Walking Out of the Toy Store

    Photo credit: Crystal George
    Contentment in an Unexpected Place

    Sitting in a tiny, Italian restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, my wife asked me what was my biggest takeaway from my day representing MINI USA’s Final Test Test Drive program at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). I couldn’t answer her without a broken voice and tears escaping under my glasses and down my cheeks.

  • #216
    Apr 27, 2014

    What If I Told You My (Teenage) Dreams Came True?

    Hearst Interview
    Making Space for a New Dream

    I was whisked away to an adventure that would in no small way make the heart of those dreams come true.

  • #213
    Apr 17, 2014

    11 Words I Needed to Hear

    NYIAS Foyer
    A Stranger on a Mission—To Me

    In the din of a bustling convention center, a wiry stranger walked up to me, leaned close to my shoulder, said one sentence, and then walked away. Before the gentleman even finished his deliberate sentence, I felt like he was sent to to deliver it to me.

  • #209
    Mar 16, 2014

    Bungy Jumping into Community

    Bloukrans Bungy
    Support for When We Are Stretched

    The challenge, especially for those of us who consider ourselves self-sufficient, is to reach out to our friends. The reward for this vulnerability is more than refreshment. It brings a renewed sense of purpose, a sense of belonging, an appreciation of the Sovereign.

  • #203
    Feb 5, 2014

    The Invisible God I Saw on Vacation

    Arenal Waterfalls
    The Symmetry of Symbiosis

    My wife and I were on a romantic getaway in a jungle hotel. We toured the Arenal rain forest with a public-university-trained nature guide explaining the eccentricities of the flora and fauna that we saw as we meandered. What struck me more than anything were all the symbiotic relationships—both plants with creatures and creatures with other creatures. In their current state, neither could survive in their current form without the other in its current form.

  • #201
    Jan 26, 2014

    Bungy Jumping with Walter Mitty

    My Bloukrans Bungy Jump Leap
    Enjoying the Snow Leopards of Life

    So, while I didn’t really need to learn Walter’s primary lesson, it was the “two” of the movie’s “one-two” educational punch that hit me so hard that I got emotional in the theater.

  • #197
    Jul 26, 2013

    Hillary Clinton & The Swimsuit Competition

    We Can't All Be Beautiful

    The leftist podcasters’ conclusion surprisingly sounded the same as some of the memes I’m seeing from women of the religious right. “All women are beautiful. Love your body, no matter what it looks like.”

    It’s repeated often, even though it can’t be true—just as it can’t be true that all men are handsome.

  • #193
    Sep 30, 2012

    Love on a Paper Plate

    Pepperoni Roll
    Reflections on a Breakfast Delivery

    It was an emotional moment for me, yet I didn’t know how to feel. I was moved by the gesture, but I felt awkward for being the sole recipient. Love, respect, and appreciation wafted with the smell of bread, protein, and dairy; but I didn’t feel like what I love to do needed to be rewarded. In a welcome moment on the horizontal level, I felt something vertical in motion.

  • #175
    Nov 5, 2011

    Finding Not-so-random Words on My Screen

    Image used with permission through purchase from iStockPhoto
    Writing a Eulogy for a Friend

    So, for the last three days, I’ve been talking to God about it, asking for something worthy of John, worthy of his mom, worthy of answered prayer. Today, I interviewed John for an hour about his mom—a woman I’ve never met.

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