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How to Handle the Success of Others: A Psychologist’s Perspective
Bill Lokey
By Bill Lokey
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Most of us have experienced times when stories of other people’s victories leave us feeling angry or resentful instead of encouraged. Deep inside we have questions like, “Why doesn’t that happen for me?” “Why do my prayers seem to go unanswered?” We may even find ourselves avoiding their stories because they leave us feeling empty and alone. If this is where you are right now you’ve likely kept it hidden thinking that you shouldn’t feel this way and besides, you’re tired of hearing “easy” answers that don’t change anything. Ironically, the only meaningful answers begin where you are, not where you pretend to be. For the truth about hope is that it is usually discovered only when hope is lost. But to admit to losing hope is so frightening that we usually prefer staying hidden.

What if the answer is feeling the…

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How One Woman Created a Community Out of a Neighborhood
Shauna Niequist
By Shauna Niequist
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My friend Sarah and I worked at a summer camp together about a hundred years ago, and we reconnect whenever I’m in Texas. I spent a weekend in Dallas in December, and Sarah invited me over for lunch with a few friends. She told me that every year she chooses a theme word, and that her word for 2012 was COMMUNITY.

She decided that instead of talking about community in some vague but well-intentioned way, her specific goal would be to gather 500 people around her table in 2012, one meal at a time.

She asked her dad to build a table in her backyard. It’s a gorgeous outdoor cedar dining table with…

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What Gets Lost When We Fail to Live a Good Story
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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Every leader invites people into a story.

Thomas Jefferson invited the country into a story about democracy. Rosa Parks invited the country into a story about racial equality. Billy Graham invited the world into a story about eternity.

Could it be you were designed to live a great story, too? This is an important question because lives hang in the balance. What if the story burning inside you, if lived, could dramatically influence the lives of others? And what if that story could bring light into an otherwise dark world?