Why Drive-By Charity is Ruining Your View of God
Sarah Thebarge
By Sarah Thebarge

I usually listen to NPR in the mornings when I’m driving to work, but this summer it was difficult to keep listening because of all of the awful things going on in the world. My empathetic heart broke at the reports of Syrian school children who were gassed to death, a 1-year-old baby who was fatally shot in New Orleans, a little boy in Beijing whose eyes were gouged out, and several high-profile suicides. Some mornings the news reports were so terrible, all I could do was swear and cry. A lot.

I decided that walking around all day swearing like a sailor, with mascara running down my face, was not helpful (or attractive), so I stopped listening to the radio for a while, and instead used my silent morning commute to pray for the world and all […]

Are Cell Phones Ruining Our Relationships?
Dean Nelson
By Dean Nelson

Does this bother you as much as it bothers me: A person is pushing a stroller, with the child facing the adult, and the adult is doing something on his or her phone, oblivious to the child? If the child is a baby, he or she is invariably locked onto the face of the caregiver, looking for those cues like facial expression, sweet sounds, songs, maybe even a little monologue about what they are seeing and hearing together. That’s how babies learn stuff. We all know that.

I saw it again this morning […]

Why Self Pity is Ruining Your Life
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

I have a friend who can’t hold a job. He’s actually had some great jobs, but he can’t keep them. And for each job he’s lost, he has a story about how bad his boss was, how much they overworked him, how silly their systems were or some similar excuse.

Over time I’ve realized my friend suffers from a victim mentality. I noticed it because I used to have it myself. But in the last few years I’ve realized a victim mentality costs me success, relationships and inner peace.

A victim mentality means […]